Local libraries offer movie rentals, workshops, resume help, much more

HENDERSON, Nev. – While it is common to think of the local library as simply a place to check out books, there are many lesser-known and free resources available to patrons at Henderson’s libraries that anyone can benefit from. Here are just a few:

1. Learn a new skill: Participating in the free workshops offered at Henderson Libraries is a great way to learn a new skill. Some workshops include computer and Internet skills, college readiness, couponing, cheerleading, yoga and many more. See the events calendar on the library’s website at www.mypubliclibrary.com.

2. Stand out in the job hunt: With Henderson Libraries’ online Job Now program, free live job coaching is offered from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day from the library’s web site. Resume writing and job search assistance, test prep and writing lab services are also available 24/7 online.

3. Get ahead in school: Along with the endless number of encyclopedias and books available at the library, there are also numerous free online databases available on a variety of subjects from medicine to history. In addition to research assistance, the libraries also offers free tutoring online seven days a week.

4. Catch up on entertainment: From the No. 1 song to the latest movie, Henderson Libraries has it all. With Freegal, patrons can download three free songs per week using a Henderson Library card. The latest movies, including titles like “Life of Pi” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” can be reserved and rented for free. The Green Valley Library also offers a “Friday Film Series” with a new theme every month to gather the community and showcase different films. James Gandolfini films will play during the month of August, and September will feature “Super Hero Flicks.”

5. Blast from the past: History buffs can discover the rich history of Henderson by diving in to the archives available on the library’s web site, which include everything from oral histories to scrapbooks full of historic newspaper and magazine clippings.

6. Kids and teens: There are many ways for local kids and teenagers to expand their imagination at the library. In addition to the designated kid and teen zones available, there are also weekly activities offered such as fun and creative craft workshops and “Drop In Storytime” several times a week at various locations.

7. Discover a new way to read: Gone are the days of waiting lists, late fees and worrying about returning on time. Henderson Libraries now offers eBooks and magazines. Online eBook programs like Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, Freading and Zinio provide thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles that can be accessed on any computer or mobile device. Visit Green Valley Library on Sept. 20 for a demonstration on how to use this new technology.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates four locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

For additional information on Henderson Libraries, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6581.