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Free iPhone app for database access!

It's now easier than ever for users of the iPhone to access library databases. Gale's AccessMyLibrary Public uses GPS to find public libraries within a 10-mile radius of the user's location.

Download through your phone's App Store or visit Gale's AccessMyLibrary download page for more information. Our eLibrary's A to Z list has links to the app for each available database. Identical apps are in-the-works for the Android and Blackberry.

Library Advocacy Day - June 29th

Does the content of this video sound familiar? Around the country, as library use goes up - budgets continue to be cut. Keep an eye on this page to learn how you can advocate for your library!


Library Advocacy Day from ALA Washington on Vimeo.

Preservation Week

May 10th is Personal Archiving Day and kicks off Preservation Week. Learn how to preserve many different kinds of digital materials, using our Library of Congress links and this handy, pdf guide on Preserving Your Digital Memories.

Don't forget to manage your material in other formats: home movies, sound recordings, print photography and documents. See the Library of Congress' Preservation FAQ.

Another view of the value of libraries

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March is Women's History Month

This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes the diverse accomplishments of women throughout history. Explore the history of generations of women whose commitment to nature and humanity have proved invaluable to society.

Gale PowerSearch on our eLibrary page is a great place to start along with Biography Resource Center, the History Resource Centers and World Book.

Our photo is of American suffragist Alice Paul unfurling a banner off the balcony of the National Women's Party headquarters in Washington, D.C. in August 1920 (from General Reference Center Gold, 2009.)

Have you tried Self-Checkout?

It's easier than ever to check out items! Self-check is available now at Camarillo, E.P. Foster, Ojai, Ray D. Prueter, Oak Park & Fillmore Libraries.

It's coming soon to Simi Valley, Avenue, El Rio, Oak View, Meiners Oaks, Saticoy and Piru Libraries. We anticipate item tagging and self-check installations will be completed by the end of 2010.

Avoid the lines and the wait - why not give it a try?

'The Catcher in the Rye' author, J.D. Salinger, dies at 91

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has been required reading in countless English courses for more than five decades. The classic novel is notable for its timeless depiction of teenage angst and vulnerability personified in the memorable character of Holden Caulfield.

The reclusive author died this week in New Hampshire at 91. Why not re-visit his works in our catalog, or check out his biography? Also, the feeds coming into our Book Reviews Plus page link to several articles about him (scroll to bottom of page.)

The passing of a giant in American crime fiction

Robert B. Parker, beloved creator of the street-smart Boston private eye Spenser (among others), has died. He was 77.

Fans old and new can find many titles by him in our catalog, articles about him in our literature databases, biography database and on many sites on the web, including the L.A. Times and Wikipedia. He will be missed.

Books! Books! Books!

Book pagesOur new site has many more book features! See the Books & Reading link under Special Interests to find:
 * Our library catalog holdings
 * Book Reviews Plus - Links to popular lists as well as feeds from the L.A. Times Book Reviews, Book Blog and New York Times Books
 * Bestseller and Awards Lists - Over 60 lists of literary awards and best sellers
 * Book of the Day - features a new title every day
 * Staff Picks - Ventura County Library staff share some of their favorite titles
 * Authors A to Z - Learn more about your favorite authors

At various spots on our site, you will see images of book covers. Clicking on the cover photo brings up either the list on which the book is featured or a summary/review page about the work. Both have a link so you may check our catalog to see if we own it and/or if it available for you to request.

We hope you find these features inspiring and enlightening. As always, let us know what you think.

[Photo credit: zerok - Creative Commons]

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