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National Library Week - free databases!

 Celebrate National Library Week by exploring additional, FREE databases offered by vendors:

Gale, one of our major vendors, offers the widget below to gain free access (this week only) to:
  * Archives Unbound — cross-searchable digital collections of historical documents
  * Career Transitions — a new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change
  * Global Issues in Context — global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance
  * GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) — authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources 
  * Grzimek's Animal Life — an interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species

Another major vendor is ProQuest - by visiting their Celebrate National Library Week link, you can explore free access to:
 * CultureGrams™ - explore the world's cultures with local experts
 * ProQuest eLibrary® - subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources. [Try it out!]
 * ProQuest® African American Heritage - brings together records critical to African American family history research
 * ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ - Black Newspapers experience history firsthand via continuous runs of the following full-image titles: The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, and New York Amsterdam News

Last but not least, H.W. Wilson offers Careers - from their Current Issues database series. Careers offers a wide array of information on diverse careers in a single vetted source.

We hope you enjoy the free information!

Don't forget to celebrate your Library this week!

Feedback to your Web Librarian is always welcome.

Health and Healing

This week is National Public Health Week and Wednesday, April 7th, is World Health Day. Ventura County Library offers you many online health resources: our Need More Info About ...? page lists Health Information Sites and our eLibrary page offers Health & Medicine resources. Plus, you can always browse the non-fiction shelves at your local library!

National Public Health Week is a time for us to celebrate advancements in public health and assess our Nation’s and County's public health status.  The theme this year is A Healthier America:  One Community at a Time. Take a moment to view the County's Public Health Department's APHA video inviting us to change our health status in one generation.

Springtime in Ventura County

California Poppies in Thousand Oaks by Kyle DensonAccording to World Book Student, the vernal equinox occurs on March 19, 20 or 21 and marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Ventura County, Spring might start wet, but warms into Summer in a very temperate and colorful manner!

Are you seeing more wildflowers? Ventura County Library has books on identifying and growing all sorts of plants. For native wildflower guides, see Dewey 582.13; for gardening with natives, see Dewey 635.9 or check with the California Native Plant Society.
Photo credit: Kyle Denson

Daylight Savings Time (DST)

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. According to World Book Student, the chief purpose of daylight saving time is to save energy by reducing evening use of lighting.¹

Wikipedia calls DST "controversial" and cites its origins in ancient civilizations' adjustment of schedules to sunlight. See the results of our poll!

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
¹Petrie, Joanne. "Daylight saving time." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010.
²Waldstreicher, David. "Franklin, Benjamin." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10am, come celebrate a centuries old tradition: Chinese New Year, at Camarillo Library. Join in the celebration of the Year of the Tiger with the Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe, Ventura County Chinese Language School students and crafts.

Ventura County Library has lots of resources on the Chinese New Year: from books (Dewey 394.261) to eLibrary encyclopedia or magazine and journal articles.

February is African American History Month

The History of Black Economic Empowerment - This year's theme recognizes the enterprise and entrepreneurship of African Americans, both past and present, that helped strengthen and invigorate the nation.

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

Map fans - you're going to love this!

We have another brand new database! A to Z Maps Online has an amazing array of map types, including the following: outline, political, topographic, historic, geological, animal and plant species distribution, climate change, weather, earthquake, NASA, Flags of the World and much more.  

Check it out!

 

Job seekers - help has arrived!

We have just launched LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator which provides personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels.

Explore occupations from over 1000 detailed profiles and find available jobs from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings! Create professional resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing and networking techniques, and prepare for occupation related exams.

This is a great supplement to the LearningExpress Library database of skills courses and tests designed to assist everyone from grade school through college and beyond. Give it a try!

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