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First Staff Picks of the New Year!

Each month, our staff sends in a list of their favorite books, DVDs, children's and young adult materials they recommend.

See something you like? When viewing the list, click on the "Check Library Catalog" link to be taken directly to our catalog. Then, sign in and place a hold request to have the item brought to your local library for pick up!

Can't remember to check the list? You can sign up to receive this and many other book recommendation lists directly into your email box at our "Newsletter & Booklists" page found under Special Interests (on the left side of this page) > Books & Reading > Staff Picks.

Enjoy!

September 26th: our Catalog is back up!

Our scheduled upgrade is complete! Our Library Catalog is now available! 

Our website and our eLibrary page are also available. 
 

Thank you for your patience!

This is National Library Week! April 14 - 20

April 14 – 20 is National Library Week. In addition to celebrating our physical library locations, this year, Ventura County Library features online resources found in the Ventura County eLibrary.

Ventura County eLibrary offers library card holders over 18,000 free downloadable books, 105 free online magazine subscriptions, almost 3 million free downloadable music tracks, and over 12,000 streaming videos. Additionally, newspapers, encyclopedias, and phone books are all available free, online. Language instruction, career and resume help, practice tests, legal forms, and auto repair are just a few more of the resources available online at no charge.

Our eLibrary is an online branch that’s open 24/7.

Try some free databases, available this week only!

Celebrate National Library Week, and you’ll discover the best story in the library is the library.

Staff Recommendations

Each month, we publish a new list of our Staff Picks: books, ebooks, books on CD, DVDs, picture books, children's and young adult books that our staff members recommend.

Can't remember to check the list? You can sign up to receive this and many other book recommendation lists directly into your email box at our "Newsletter & Booklists" page found at: http://www.vencolibrary.org/ > Special Interests > Books & Reading > Staff Picks.

See something you like? When viewing the list, click on the "Check Library Catalog" link to be taken directly to our catalog, where you can sign in and place a hold request to have the item brought to your local library for pick up! Enjoy!

A new Library Lad!

Grab your favorite beverage and sit down to enjoy the latest Library Lad, which comes out every other week or so.

Need to catch up? Find past Library Lad columns in the Library Lad's Blog Archive. Of course, you can be sure to get each blog by subscribing!

Happy reading!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Ventura County Library (VCL) wants to make sure all residents of Ventura County have the smartest card of all – a library card.

“Your library card is the most important school supply of all,” says Library Director, Jackie Griffin. “There’s a lot happening at Ventura County Library, and the best part for both children and parents, is that it’s all free with a library card.”

Getting a library card is easy. Visit a Ventura County Library, complete the library card application form and present it at the circulation desk along with picture identification showing your current street address.

VCL - the place to go when you want to know!

Nominate your librarian for an award!

Have you received exceptional assistance from a librarian? Has your library made a difference in your life? The 'I Love My Librarian' award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional librarians.

You can show your appreciation and nominate your librarian for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!  Nominations for 2012 stay open through September 12.

New, updated, public computer labs!

Ventura County Library is updating libraries’ public computer labs. The new PCs are Lenovo ThinkCentre all-in-one units with 20” displays, featuring the Windows 7 operating system with Microsoft Office 2010 installed.

To aid in learning the new operating system and Office software, patrons can find tutorials in the Ventura County eLibrary > Education > LearningExpress Library > Computer & Internet Basics. These resources are available free with a Ventura County Library card.

Already completed are the public computer labs at Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme, Ojai Library, Oak View Library and Meiners Oaks Library in the Ojai Valley, Avenue Library, Saticoy Library and E. P. Foster Library in Ventura, Fillmore Library, Oak Park Library, and most recently, Albert H. Soliz Library in El Rio. New computers for the remaining Ventura County Libraries will be installed over the next few months. All Ventura County Libraries also supply free wireless 24/7.

Photo credit: Terry Quick

Join in the fun! Our Summer Reading Program is on!

The Ventura County Libraries have three Summer Reading Programs held from June through August: Dream Big for grades K-6, Own the Night for grades 6-12, and Between the Covers for adult readers.  Teens also may volunteer at their local library branch to help run the programs.

Mr. Nifty, balloon artist extraordinaire, is the featured performer at the kickoff program in each library branch. See our kickoff program schedule for a library near you and our Kids' & Teen Events Calendar for all events!

All aspects of the Summer Reading Program are open to youth of all ages and are free of charge! In addition, each branch library has planned storytimes, events, games, and demonstrations.

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