Each year on Earth Day, millions of people throughout the world gather to clean up litter, protest threats to the environment, and to celebrate progress in reducing pollution.¹
How are you celebrating Earth Day?
¹"Earth Day." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. According to World Book Online Info Finder, the chief purpose of daylight saving time is to save energy by reducing evening use of lighting.¹
Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as favoring daylight saving time in summer. 'It struck him as silly and wasteful that people should 'live much by candle-light and sleep by sunshine.'"²
What do you think about daylight savings? Does it still make sense today?
¹Petrie, J. (2014). Daylight saving time. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from World Book Online Info Finder 3-2014
² Waldstreicher, D. (2014). Franklin, Benjamin. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from World Book Online Info Finder 3-2014
This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries.
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 In Context, Gale Virtual Reference Library and World Book.
Our photo is of athlete Wilma Rudolph (LOC).
Ventura County Library and OverDrive are partnering to bring you Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollencamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook ebook.
All patrons have access to download this ebook - no waiting in line!
The Big Library Read runs through Wednesday, March 5th. Download the ebook today!
This comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as color photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and more.
Come read (and cook) with us!
Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress and many others in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
For starters, in our eLibrary under "Biography":
* Explore Chelsea House Biographies - their featured collection this month highlights Black History Month.
* Browse Gale Virtual Reference Library's "Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History"
Enjoy exploring - it's all free with your library card!
The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour will make two stops
at Ventura County Library locations in February 2014:
At these free events, readers learn how to download eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and instructional videos.
A gadget gallery — featuring a variety of smartphones, tablets and ereaders will help visitors discover portable devices compatible with Ventura County Library’s OverDrive download service.
Ventura County Library cardholders can also check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere, by visiting http://vencolibrary.lib.overdrive.com/.
We now offer free access to two internationally focused online resources available on our eLibrary page.
==> AtoZ World Travel - a travel resource for travelers with information on more than 200 world cities. AtoZ World Travel includes a language translator, maps, recipes and links to hotels, restaurants, weather and more!
==> World Crunch - global newspapers translated into English and also available in the original language. Experience diverse perspectives on world affairs from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
IndieFlix provides free, independent films for Ventura County Library card holders! Your first step is to create an Indieflix account -- start at our eLibrary page and click on Indieflix (under Arts, Communication, Culture, Education, Music and the A to Z database list). Use the links to create a new account or login using Facebook.
The folks at Indieflix are brimming with excitement in anticipation of the holidays, winter's first snow and snuggling by the fire. Indieflix features some hilarious, heartwarming, and hoax-worthy films. For a full list, see their blog.
You can also watch festival films, vote on best picture, or play film trivia. Film Festival in a Box is perfect for any film-buff!
Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution and many other national institutions in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
See the Library of Congress' Native American Heritage Month website for events, audio & video clips, travel itineraries, images, and much more.
Photo of Nathan Jackson, Artist, courtesy of the Library of Congress.