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TumbleBooks - animated picture books!

Love reading picture books with your kids? Check out our new database: TumbleBook Library! In addition - take the Tumble Tour!

TumbleBook Library (scroll down to TumbleBook Library) is an online collection of animated, talking picture books - teaching kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration (sentences are highlighted as they are read) to produce an electronic picture books which you can read, or have read to you!

Subscribe to an email book list!

Running out of reading sources? Need some inspiration?  See our book list newsletter sign-up page for lists of new books and old favorites. 

As a subscriber, you'll receive emails with lists linking directly into our catalog. Fiction and nonfiction, reading for children, teens and adults... there's a list for everyone!

Find the sign-up page on our website by looking under the "Special Interests" heading on the left side of the vencolibrary.org page: Books & Reading > Newsletters & Booklists.

For descriptions of each list, hover your cursor over the list name. The frequency of list updates will also appear.

Tax Information

As more people file their taxes electronically, fewer paper tax forms are available. Please note, our eLibrary links to online form sources. Hard copy Federal tax forms are no longer available at libraries or post offices in most areas.
[Click here for the Ventura County Star's recent article on ways to reduce your tax bill.]

If you will not be filing electronically you will need to start early to track down the tax forms you need. It takes at least 2 weeks for the forms to be mailed to you. 

Federal tax forms are available: order by phone at 1-800-829-3676
   Write to request forms: IRS; 1201 N. Mitsubishi Motorway; Bloomington, IL 61705
   Forms are available on the Internet at http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/ (can be downloaded or filled out online)

The nearest local IRS office is in Camarillo at 751 Daily Drive. Their hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. They do not provide telephone service but you can walk in without an appointment. 

California tax forms are available: order by phone 1-800-338-0505
   Forms are available on the Internet at http://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/ (can be downloaded or filled out online)
   Walk in and pick up forms: at both post offices in Ventura, the Ventura College Library, DMV in Ventura

The nearest field office is in Los Angeles at 300 S. Spring St Suite 5704, 90013. Hours are Monday – Friday 8-5.

If you download forms at your public library it costs 10 cents a page to print the forms. Filling out the forms online is free. The library also owns tax preparation handbooks like “Ernst & Young Tax Guide” and “ J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax” that can be checked-out.

February is African American History Month

African American History Month - This year's theme is in honor of the efforts of people of African descent to destroy slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the United States.

Our resources: start with a subject search (african americans) in our library catalog, check the eLibrary resources under Biography, Encyclopedias, History & Social Studies, Magazine & Journal Articles, and more!

How we learn language: the Mango methodology

Vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture are part of Mango's Intuitive Language Construction.

Learning without realizing it, focusing on common words and phrases, memory building exercises and cultural insights are key components in the Mango Methodology, outlined in a four minute video that can put you on track to learn a new language. And, you'll learn about "stealth grammar"!

Also, check out this interesting article about how one's native language may or may not affect the actual way you think. 

If you'd like to sign up for more in depth presentations, be sure to visit www.mangolanguages.com or our eLibrary link to Mango!

Complimentary Newsletter for Genealogy Research

Register today for the new ProQuest Genealogy News & Notes, a free, quarterly newsletter featuring genealogy stories, research tips and content updates for ProQuest's online genealogy resources.

View the inaugural issue and sign-up to receive the next issue - due out November 2010. Remember, you can access ProQuest's Heritage Quest database from your home computer (in our eLibrary). Ancestry is available in-library only.

Don't miss out - your family's story awaits! Only those who sign up will receive future issues.

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.)

For fun activities, reading lists and more information, please see ¡Colorín colorado! pages in English and Spanish.

Career Assistance? Ventura County eLibrary has your back!

Want to find a career that matches your interests? Need help writing your resume or with your interviewing skills? Need to learn Microsoft Office skills? Taking a test as part of the process? Interested in hearing how people in a given field spend a typical day?

Our eLibrary Careers & Jobs suite includes:
 * Gale Career Transitions
 * LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator
 * LearningExpress Library of practice tests and skills courses

These user-friendly databases offer complementary, in-depth, step-by-step assistance and resources for preparing for a job search, narrowing your field of interest, expanding and refining your skills, locating current opportunities, and on-the-job growth. Give them a try - it's time well spent!

New! Mango Languages for free and easy foreign language learning

Ventura County eLibrary has added Mango Languages to its list of customer resources.  Mango is an easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language and is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:  Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings and helpful phrases in a short period of time.  The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. 

Mango Complete: Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three ESL courses.

Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of a Mexican army over a French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The battle was fought after Emperor Napoleon III of France sent troops to take over Mexico. The French army was better armed and three times as large, but the Mexican army won anyway.¹

How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Will you find a book to read? (Dewey 394.262) Cook a Mexican meal? (Dewey 641.59) Find a website with Cinco de Mayo games and crafts? Have fun!

¹"Cinco de Mayo." World Book Kids. World Book, 2010. Web. 30 April 2010.

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