An Evening with B.J. Novak

BJ Headshot - Lo Res (2)The opening keynote speaker for the Vegas Valley Book Festival will be B.J. Novak at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 16, at the Clark County Library.

Novak is an actor, writer, director and executive producer, best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series “The Office.” He is also known for his stand-up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”

From a stored box of ideas collected over a ten-year period, he wrote the book “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories,” which debuted in February at #4 on The New York Times Best Sellers List to overwhelmingly positive reviews. It’s a collection of 64 comic short stories, all about the human inability to find perspective. “The Book With No Pictures,” his first endeavor into children’s books, hits stores September 30.

Novak is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

His books, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” and “The Book With No Pictures,” will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the talk.

The Vegas Valley Book Festival, Oct. 16-18, is the largest literary event in Las Vegas. Now in its 13th year, the festival is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the producing partners:  the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV; the local chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Nevada Humanities; and Barnes & Noble. For more information, call 702-507-3459 or visit

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July 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

Library District Board of Trustees Selects Ronald R. Heezen, Ph.D. to be Next Executive Director

At its June 17, 2014 meeting, the Library District Board of Trustees selected Ronald R. Heezen, Ph.D., for the position of Executive Director. He will replace current Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich who is retiring at the end of the summer.

Since 2009, Heezen has been the Executive Director of Shreve Memorial Library System in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Director of the Green Gold Library System consisting of 12 parishes in northwest Louisiana. Among other previous positions, he was Director of Frisco Public Library in Frisco, Texas, and Executive Director of Omaha Public Library in Omaha, Nebraska.

Library Board Chair Keiba Crear said, “Ron Heezen is a seasoned library professional who brings extensive experience in administration, automation, budgeting, building design and space utilization, among other relevant experience. The Board looks forward to working with him to meet the challenges to come.”

Heezen holds a B.A. in history from the University of Utah, an M.L.S. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Library Science (Rhetoric cognate) from Texas Woman’s University.

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July 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

Library District Board Holds Elections

At the June 12, 2014, Board of Trustees’ Meeting, elections for Board officers were held. Keiba Crear was re-elected to the position of Chair, Michael Saunders was re-elected Vice Chair, Randy Ence was re-elected Secretary and Ydoleena Yturralde was re-elected Treasurer.

Their terms begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2015.

The other Board members are Kelly Benavidez, Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, Marilyn Francis Drake, Sheila Moulton, Felipe A. Ortiz and Robin Wadley-Munier.

View the Board of Trustees meeting calendar, agendas and approved minutes.

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June 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

Library District Board of Trustees Adopts FY 2014-2015 Budget

The Library District’s Board of Trustees adopted the FY 2014-2015 budget starting July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, at its Board Meeting held on May 15, 2014. The budget’s General Fund, or operating fund, is $55.4 million.

“Six years of cost reduction, expenditure management and personnel cost containment have paid off,” said Library District Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich. “The District has turned the corner and is projecting a 2% increase in property tax revenue and a 6.6% increase in consolidated tax revenue. We are delighted that we can finally expand our computer lab and homework help services, expand services to children and families at the renovated Sunrise Library and shore up critical support services.”

The Budget also provides for expanded hours at the Sandy Valley Library in response to community request and usage, a Library Materials budget of $8M, and transfers to the Capital Projects Fund to provide funding for identified repairs, maintenance, and construction projects.

The Budget positions the District for the future through the establishment of Capital Projects Funds for needed furniture replacement, and opening day collections for new or enlarged facilities. It funds the implementation of a comprehensive services and facilities master plan to address the needs of both the District’s aging facilities inventory and the demands from population growth.

“By tightening our belt significantly during the tough times, the District is now in a position to build its capacity to meet community needs, while maintaining a prudent ending fund balance. The Adopted Budget is sustainable, using conservative expenditure and revenue estimates over the next 15 years.

The Library District is an independent taxing entity that levies and collects its own taxes. Ninety-two percent of the District’s revenue is from a combination of property tax and the consolidated sales tax.

The Adopted Budget for FY 2014-2015 may be found on the District’s website.

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June 9, 2014 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Library District Branch Manager Named REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year

LVCCLD06-SAvila26REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, recently announced that the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Enterprise Library Branch Manager, Salvador Avila, is the recipient of The Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year award. The award recognizes early to mid-career library professionals who have promoted and advocated services to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.

Mr. Avila has taken on leadership roles in local, state and national organizations. He is a cofounder of the Nevada Chapter of REFORMA and has served on numerous committees for REFORMA, including the Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee. As a member of the American Library Association Council, he was instrumental in passing a resolution in support of the rights of immigrants to use libraries regardless of their nationality or status. He has given numerous presentations at library conferences on serving the Spanish-speaking, concentrating primarily on serving families and teens.

Mr. Avila received his Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona and was selected for the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the Urban Library Council. He is the author of Crash Course in Serving Spanish-Speakers (Libraries Unlimited, 2008) and Serving Latino Teens (Libraries Unlimited, 2012.) Previous honors include being named as a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2006 and as the Criticas Librarian of the Year in 2003.

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June 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Public Forum: Library District Executive Director Candidates

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Board of Trustees will host a public forum to introduce the finalists for the position of Executive Director. The public is invited to attend and participate.

The forum will be held on Monday, June 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Charleston Library in the Lecture Hall. Candidates will make brief presentations and members of the public will have an opportunity to present questions to each of the candidates. The public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates during a brief reception following the meeting. Light refreshments will be served.

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May 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

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