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Discover your family tree!

Ventura County Library has a wealth of genealogy resources available for those interested in researching their family tree!

Inside each Ventura County Library location, you can take a look at Ancestry Library Edition, a huge database of over 5 billion names and over 7000 available databases. Unlock your story with sources like vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court & legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more!

Available at home and in-library is HeritageQuest, which complements Ancestry Library Edition with federal census data, family & local history books, tax lists, city directories, probate records and more.

Don't forget, we also have current and historical newspaper resources as well - including the Los Angeles Times (1881 to present), the Ventura County Star (1997 to present), the New York Times (1980 to present). And, ProQuest Digital Microfilm for Los Angeles Times and New York Times full page obituaries (2008 to present).

Can't get enough? Contact the Ventura County Genealogical Society for more resources and events!

Computer skills at your fingertips!

Looking for an online resource to help you learn more about computers?  Feel like you could learn more about the fundamentals of the personal computer? Look to the Ventura County eLibrary and LearningExpress for your answer.

LearningExpress has multiple offerings, including 'Computer & Internet Basics' where you learn about computers, internet and email. Work your way up to using and customizing Windows 7, participating in social networks, mastering web apps and more!

Additionally, under 'Popular Software Tutorials', brush up on your Office 2003, 2007 or 2010 skills with courses available for both Windows and Macintosh.

LearningExpress is not just about practice tests and career help. There's a lot of education in LearningExpress!

Celebrate National Library Week! April 10-16, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week this week! Visit your local library and let them know how important they are to you. Tuesday, April 12 is National Library Workers Day.

Library database vendors often celebrate National Library Week by offering free access to databases we normally don't have available. Here's Gale's offering:

            
Another vendor is ProQuest and by visiting their Celebrate National Library Week link, you can explore free access to several databases from Civil War & African American heritage to science, social studies and cultural sites.

Enjoy the free information! Celebrate your Library!

Career & Jobs Databases – Resources available free!

Looking for a career that matches your interests? Need help writing your resume and cover letters? Brush up on your interviewing skills? Need to master computer software? Not sure how to evaluate your skill level? Taking a test as part of the process? Ventura County Library's Career & Jobs databases can help!

Your Ventura County Library card is all you need to access the volumes of information, tutorials, computer courses and career assistance in these databases. And, it is all FREE! Select eLibrary to get started.

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

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.

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