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Book Publishing 1-2-3

Are you a writer? Do you want to get published?
 
Join us at Ojai Library on Thursday, July 1st at 6:30 pm for this popular lecture/workshop. Pick up practical tips to help boost your chances of getting published (for example, how to find literary agents). We’ll also follow the behind-the-scenes journey of a manuscript as it becomes an actual book, briefly discuss self-publishing and the children’s literature market, and look at how writers can sell their books.
 
Other highlights include a couple of quick creativity exercises, our “Editor’s Tips on Craft” segment, and a Q&A session. Our presenter is Laurie Gibson, whose editing/proofreading projects range from “The Color Purple” (Alice Walker) to “Tales from Margaritaville” (Jimmy Buffett) and several titles by Brian Tracy, the bestselling business author.

1st Annual Chalk Art Festival

Join in the fun at this free art event this Saturday, May 8th at Simi Valley Library. From 10am to 2pm, the community will come together just for the "ART" of it.  Use chalk as the medium to express your inner artist. Fun for the whole family!

Bring your creativity, chalk, art and a cushion to sit on. Learn to use a grid to draw and enlarge a design. There will even be a "look alike" special guest appearance from Mary Poppins!

Bilingual Storytime - Lectura de Cuentos en Familia

Simi Valley Library is launching a new, monthly, bilingual storytime event on Monday, May 24th in the Children's Story Corner at 11 am. 

The bilingual storytime will feature stories & songs. Watch for the event on the fourth Monday of each month. Sponsored by the Simi Valley Library and Simi Valley First 5. 
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La biblioteca de Simi Valley esta lanzando un nuevo evento mensual, la hora de cuentos bilingüe, el lunes 24 de mayo a las 11:00 de la mañana, en el rincón de cuentos para los niños.
 
La hora de cuentos bilingüe contara con cuentos y canciones en español e ingles. Estén pendiente de este evento el cuarto lunes de cada mes.  Patrocinado por la biblioteca de Simi Valley y Los Primeros 5 de Simi Valley.

Ojai Local Authors Series

Meet your favorite local author! Ojai Library hosts local authors on a series of Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 8pm June 9 - 30. For more information, call 646-1639.
SCHEDULE:
JUNE 16 – Sucinno: Walking Between Trees, the current plight of humankind
JUNE 23 – Elise De Puydt: Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai,  art and historic places of the Ojai Valley       
JUNE 30 – Polly Bee: Scattershot, poetry direct and honest with humor & insight

Togen Daiko Drum Taiko Ensemble

Camarillo Library presents the Togen Daiko Drum Taiko Ensemble on Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m.  Togen Daiko's style can be described as a group effort of taiko players working towards creating harmony with their drums and each other. The emphasis is on group harmony and shared development.

“Taiko” is used to mean the relatively modern art of Japanese drum performances (kumi-daiko), but the word actually refers to the taiko drums themselves. Togen Daiko is a local group that was formed in 1996. They have performed at many events including the Oxnard Buddhist Temple Obon Festival.

Choose Privacy!

Choose Privacy Week is May 2 - 8, 2010. For libraries in America, protecting privacy has always been a major concern. In fact, libraries in this country have been talking about privacy for library users since 1939, when privacy first showed up in the ALA Code of Ethics

See the trailer, enjoy our computers & privacy word search and Choose Privacy now!

Choose Privacy Week Trailer from 20K Films on Vimeo.

¹Privacyrevolution.org blog. (2010). [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.privacyrevolution.org/index.php/blog/C18/  

El Día de los Niños / El Día de los Libros

Celebrate! El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Celebremos! El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida.

Ventura County Library events: Avenue Library - Thursday, April 29th from 3 - 5pm
                                               Simi Valley Library - Firday, April 30th at 2pm

How the West Was Sung - free musical performance!

Join Craig Newton for a free musical performance for kids and families! See How the West Was Sung on Sunday, May 2nd - 3pm at the Simi Valley Library.

How the West Was Sung is a fast-paced program taking audiences on a Westward Movement journey across America. It features songs from cowboys, miners, settlers, farmers, laborers, soldiers and more. History and music in one delightful program, filled with singing, clapping and interaction.  See you there!

The Journey of Italians in America

The Simi Valley Library will host a lecture by University of Oregon historian and professor Vincenza Scarpaci, author of The Journey of Italians in America, on Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Scarpaci explores the contradictions of the Italian-American legacy, considering the ways in which Italians became an essential part of American history. Every aspect of life ranging from religion, the struggle for citizenship, anti-Italian prejudice, WWII, and of course, food, all come to life in this insightful illustrated talk. A book signing will follow the lecture.

If you're interested in Italian-American history, or history in general, it should be a very interesting evening!

Irish Percussion from Pulse Drumming

Celebrate your inner leprechaun! Join in an afternoon of Irish fun on Wednesday March 17th, 3:30pm at Fillmore Library with Pulse Drumming. Learn about the origins of Irish music and try your hand at playing a bodhran!

The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, was born about 390 in Roman Britain. His association with the shamrock stems from his use of its 3 part leaf to explain the Christian Holy Trinity.¹

¹"St. Patrick's Day." Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. Ed. Helene Henderson. 3rd ed. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., 2005. 480-481. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.

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