Summer 2017

Do People Still Use Libraries When I talk to people and they find out that I work at the Clark County Public Library, more often than not I hear from them, “Do people still use li- braries?” or “All you have are books, right?” If people haven’t visited the library in a while, I can see why they might think these things. But libraries are so much more than just books and yes, people are still using them! So, what are some of the things people are using at the library? One great example is our online learning classes through Gale Courses and Learning Express Library. Both are free to access with your Clark County Public Library card and can be used whenever and wherever is good for you. These sessions offer classes on everything from computer programs (Excel, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc…) to personal enrichment and career development (Interior Design, Be- ginning Guitar, Photography, etc…) to help up- grade your skill-sets or learn something new. We’re also excited to offer Hoopla, a new digital media service that allows patrons to download or stream digital content (10 titles a month) to their computer or mobile device, all for free with their library card. Hoopla offers access to nearly ½ a million titles in different formats including Movies, TV, Com- ics and more! Another great service the library offers – our databases – give patrons access to a multitude of resources. From the ability to research and document your family history, learning a new language, researching the best new products on the market before you buy, or getting pre- schoolers started on the road to reading and learning success, the databases we offer make all of this and more possible. I’d like to highlight just a few of these, start- ing with The full version of is available to any Clark County Public Library card hold- er, for use in the library. If those of you who are interested in genealogy were to go out and purchase this service, it would cost over $300 a year! allows you to search for family via national and international birth, death and military records, along with pas- senger lists, and more. You can also build and share your family tree with others and link by ALLISON PECK Public Relations Director Clark County Public Library ? 20 | Summer 2017 ON A MISSION