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The digital bookmobile is back! At a library near you today!

The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour will make two stops
at Ventura County Library locations in February 2014:

Yesterday - Tuesday, February 11th from 11am to 5pm -- E.P. Foster Library sponsored the event at Ventura Community Park at 910 Kimball Rd. in Ventura, CA. 

TODAY! -- Wednesday, February 12th from 10:30am to 4:30pm -- Ray D. Prueter Library at 510 Park Avenue in Port Hueneme, CA. 

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/.

Two new online resources with international focus!

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 - films to help you keep warm!

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! 

To keep up with all they offer, why not follow Indieflix through their Twitter or blog?

November is Native American Heritage Month!

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.

Find your Halloween Soundtrack on Freegal!

Happy Halloween!

Freegal Music has many great options available for your Halloween party, or anywhere you feel like a little music to get in the mood for the holiday.

Need background music for answering the door on Halloween? A search of either "halloween" or "haunted" produces album results - make your own mix.

Have a spook-tacular time!

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Mango Languages can help you learn to speak Pirate!

In our Ventura County eLibrary, under the subject Language Instruction, click on Mango Languages and create an account to learn everything you need to "parlay" in perfect Pirate.

In just a few minutes, you'll learn: 

  • The appropriate way to hail your fellow gentlemen o' fortune
  • A few choice names for your lazy excuse of a crew
  • The finer points of swashbuckling
  • A bit about Pirate history, and the part it played in forming modern democracy
  • All sorts of practical Pirate lingo!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 through Oct.15, celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture. Mid-September was chosen to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September.

We have celebrated Hispanic Heritage nationally since 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week (later expanded into the month by President Reagan.)

Need something to do?

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress: Severo Ochoa - Nobel Prize winner

Join the Library Big Read!

Ventura County Library features Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth in both eBook and audiobook formats.  The Library Big Read starts today, September 16th and runs through Monday, September 30th.

During this two-week reading period, Book 1 from the Nancy Clancy series will be available for every customer that wishes to read it - no holds, no waitlists! You can find the Library Big Read book in OverDrive, found our eLibrary under eBooks and/or eAudiobooks.

Fancy Nancy author, Jane O’Connor, is participating in a live 30-minute chat with readers on Tuesday, September 24 at 6pm PDT. You may join the discussion by visiting this page.

Fancy Nancy creator Jane O’Connor brings us back to the glamorous world of our favorite fancy girl. Nancy Clancy may be a bit older and more sophisticated, but she hasn’t lost her love for fancy words, outrageous fashion and dramatic flair.

Come read with us!

Trying to sort facts and opinions on an issue? We've got a database (or 2) for that!

 

Ventura County Library is pleased to announce the availability of Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Global Issues in Context under several subject headings in the Ventura County eLibrary

“Adding Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Global Issues in Context is one more step in our efforts to deliver relevant, timely content to our community members, whether they are at home, work or on the road,” says Jackie Griffin, Director of Ventura County Library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. 

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. 

Check them out and see what you think!

Save the dates! ReferenceUSA online training coming this Fall

Mark your calendars! ReferenceUSA is offering hour-long online classes October through December.

ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. These hour-long sessions will cover the basics of getting started and the essentials of using ReferenceUSA for a variety of subjects:

   * Search Essentials - Fridays at 9am (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies -
                   Wednesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Start, Manage & Grow Your Business - Mondays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Consumer & Lifestyle Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * ReferenceUSA Big Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm
                   Registration Required - follow pdf link

This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques as well as find out about ReferenceUSA's new Data Visualization feature.

To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".

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