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Butterflies!

Ventura is host to a myriad number of butterflies.  Most of us are familiar with the Monarch butterfly, but did you know that there are dozens of different butterflies that call Ventura County home?  Foster library has many Butterfly Books to help you identify our winged neighbors.

Resident Photographer Aleta Rodriguez

MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES

MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES - Two-Disc DVD Set, Foster Children's Section
 
A title in Leonard Maltin's series of Walt Disney TREASURES DVD sets is "Disney Rarities" but Foster has another Maltin rarity in the 2-disc (now out-of-print) MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES. This is a collection of now-rare short cartoons, mostly from the 1930s which, along with the more celebrated Mickey Mouse shorts, laid the groundwork for the first features and the Disney mega-empire of today.
 
Collectively the shorts may also be seen as a history of early 20th century cinema, embracing innovations such as sound, color, and precise muscial synchronization (The 1930s were an era of remarkable technical progress in Hollywood).
 
The early Symphonies (like the first Mickeys) are in black-and-white, and were launched by SKELETON DANCE in 1929 when Disney wanted to showcase music more than was possible in the Mickey shorts. Though SKELETON DANCE is not in this collection, HELL'S BELLS, a somewhat bizarre short from 1929, provides a key example of the crude but energetic style of this period. Also from 1929 is THE MERRY DWARFS, a key example of early musical camp.
 
The early 1930s ushered in the first Technicolor shorts. The Sillys drew on a variety of source material from classic fairy and folk tales to myths and legends. THE GODDESS OF SPRING (1934), based on the Greek myth of Persephone, is a virtual mini-opera in which all the dialogue is sung. MOTHER GOOSE GOES HOLLYWOOD, from 1938, features movie star caricatures which adult movie buffs (of a certain age) will find amusing.
 
But there's a variety of silliness, amazingly detailed, ground-breaking animation, and excellent music to be discovered by kids and adults alike in this marvelous set. And be sure to listen to the commentaries, some of which are voiced-over by yours truly.
 
Staff member - Ross

National Voter Registration Day - September 24th

September 24th is National Voter Registration Day. If you are a US citizen, 18 or older on Election Day, have not registered before, have changed your name or have moved since the last election, now is the time to register.

Registration forms are available at fire stations and libraries, or you can register online at http://registertovote.ca.gov/. You’ll need your driver license or state ID card number, or the last four numbers of your social security number.

Find out about upcoming elections here. Assistance in languages other than English, voting for those serving overseas, voter qualifications, and questions concerning voting for those with criminal convictions are answered on this page.

Literacy Fair - October 6th at Prueter Library

The Literacy Fair takes place on Sunday, October 6 from 10am – 2pm at the Ray D. Prueter Library.   Admission is FREE!  The theme: “I Wish I Could Read… Come… Take-a-Walk in My Shoes!” offers educational fun for the whole family:

 * Meet the PAWS for Reading dogs
 * Listen to a story read by the VCL Story Fairy
 * Talk to a real Firefighter and learn about fire trucks
 * Get emergency preparedness information from the Red Cross
 * Snack at some of Ventura County’s favorite Food Trucks
 * Check out our opportunity drawing baskets

The purpose of the “I Wish I Could Read…Come…Take-a-Walk in My Shoes!” event is to increase community awareness of literacy problems and what is being done to help adults with limited reading skills. The event will also raise money to purchase educational materials for the READ program.  

READ - Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program is a department of the Ventura County Library System and has been providing free reading instruction in libraries and correctional facilities since 1984. Generally, between 150 – 250 adult students benefit each year from the instruction provided by READ’s volunteer tutors. Sixty-five percent of these adults were born and educated in the United States, but experienced limited success in reading because their learning disabilities make learning in a traditional classroom very difficult. 

September 26th: our Catalog is back up!

Our scheduled upgrade is complete! Our Library Catalog is now available! 

Our website and our eLibrary page are also available. 
 

Thank you for your patience!

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!

Battle of the Books

Photo Credit: Andrew Bollerman
Ventura Unified School District - Middle Schools

Battle of the Books is a fun, voluntary reading incentive program for students.  Students read from a list of 20 preselected books and attend Friday book talks in the library at lunch.  Raffle prizes are given, sometimes popcorn, and book related movies are shown.  Students may bring their lunch and share in the fun with fellow students and teachers.  Students must read and take the AR tests on at least 7 books from the list and attend book talks.

In March, qualifying students from the 4 middle schools and Sunset will come together to participate in the Final Battle.  Students will be placed on teams where they will have an opportunity to test their knowledge of the books they have read.  The competition is similar in style of the TV series Family Feud.  There will be a raffle for prizes, and everyone receives a t-shirt, lunch, goodie bag, and participation ribbon. Winning team members also receive a medal, gift certificates, and their names will be engraved on a perpetual trophy.

Join the fun at your school. Contact your teacher or librarian for more information: Mrs. Carr at Anacapa; Mrs. Deal at Balboa; Mrs. Hofflund at Cabrill; Mrs. Johnson at DATA; Petra Somar at Sunset.

Look for our display of the books on the list.

Battle of the Books 2013-14

Abbott, Tony        Firegirl     
Dahl, Roald         Boy: Tales of Childhood      
Draper, Sharon      Out of My Mind
DuPrau, Jeanne      City of Ember
Farmer, Nancy       House of the Scorpion
Hesse, Karen        Out of the Dust      
Jimenez, Francisco  Breaking Through       
Kadohata, Cynthia   Kira-Kira      
Kessler, Liz        Tail of Emily Windsnap
Mihaley, James      You Can't Have My Planet, But Take My Brother, Please
Mikaelsen, Ben      Touching Spirit Bear
Nixon, Joan Lowry   Other Side of Dark     
O’Dell, Scott       Black Star, Bright Dawn
Park, Linda Sue     Project Mulberry     
Paver, Michelle     Wolf Brother
Peck, Richard       The Teacher’s Funeral  
Riordan, Rick       The Lightning Thief    
Rylant, Cynthia     Missing May    
Schmidt, Gary       Wednesday Wars
Yolen, Jane         Devil’s Arithmetic  

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.)

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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!

In memory of 9/11

In May of 1987, I visited family back east.  We decided to take a quick trip to New York City.  We took the Staten Island ferry back to New Jersey and I was able to take some pictures of the World Trade Center from the ferry.  At that time I had no way of knowing that it would be the last time I would ever see the twin towers.


On this anniversary of 9/11 I offer these images in memoriam to those who lost their lives that day and to the memory of a skyline that has changed forever.  Foster Library has many books about 9/11 if you are interested in finding out more about the heroes and events of that day.

Resident Photographer – Aleta A. Rodriguez

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