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Can you use a free cookbook? Download our free Big Library Read ebook!

 

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!

During this two-week reading period, you can find the Big Library Read ebook in OverDrive [also, see our eLibrary under eBooks]. 

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!

February is African American History Month

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":

 * See Biography In Context for articles about famous figures in African American history, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Barack Obama.

 * 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 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!

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