AROUND TOWN: Check out some culture along witha good book at local libraries

Hey, you know how it’s really, really hot outside and all you want to do is stay in air-conditioned comfort? Well, why not head to the library and check out a few books? While you’re there, grab some culture.

Local libraries offer exhibits and displays, usually of local artists. You can catch photo exhibits, paintings, sculpture and craft designs. It changes about every month. And it’s free. For a complete list of the events, check out the Clark County Library District’s Web site. Events at Henderson libraries can be found at the, and the North Las Vegas libraries can be accessed on the program’s site.

Libraries often have separate gallery rooms, as well as glass cases for smaller pieces. Of course, there’s also the Las Vegas Art Museum, connected to Sahara West Library at 9600 West Sahara Ave., if you really want to get some culture. Right now, it’s showcasing contemporary art collected by the Las Vegas’ top, influential families — you know, the ones you read about in the newspaper.

OK, so getting into the art museum isn’t free (it’s $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors, $3 for students with ID and free for children younger than 12), but the exhibit has some contemporary artists who will, no doubt, be talked about in art circles for years to come.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

— Jan Hogan/Photo by Larry Cruikshank

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