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If you can't stand the heat...

Beth's Basic Bread Book, by Beth Hensperger is exactly what the title states, a basic bread baking book, which is fine with me. Bread baking can be an intimidating kitchen activity, but this book clearly breaks down the process into a relatively easy and rewarding task. I plead guilty to being absent from the kitchen for awhile, the lure of summer and wine tasting had led me astray. But, I made it back to the kitchen to work some wonders once again. Even though it is still summer, hot in other words, I was itching to bake some bread, we all know the old adage if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Well, the "Dish" can deal with the heat if delicious bread is the outcome!

The Cinnamon Swirl bread recipe is bread I chose to bake in this episode of “David’s Dish”. It’s a straightforward bread recipe with the bubbling yeast and the kneading of dough, lots of fun! After carefully following the recipe the result was one of the best bread baking experiences I have ever had, delicious bread and that Zen-like feeling  that comes with bread baking.  Bread baking is a beautiful thing, everyone, I mean everyone needs to do it.

 *****  “David’s Dish”

Check out the book at Foster Library, or put a hold on it - we will send it to you!

 

Being Muslim in America - - Program at Ojai Library

 

A Mother's Journey to Promote Interfaith Dialogue

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear author Soraya Deen discuss:

  • Being Muslim in America
  • Her life in an American Christian home
  • Enemy images promoted by the media
  • Her journey from Sri Lanka
  • Her commitment to compassionate communication and empathy
  • Islam, Muslims and the hijab, women's rights and terrorism

 Saturday, August 24th at 1-2pm  ***  Ojai Library

VCL will be at the Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo!

 

Come visit Ventura County Library at the Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo on Saturday, August 24 from 10am to 3pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

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Admission is free - to Southern California's premier lifestyle, health & active aging expo for baby boomers and seniors!

Save the dates! ReferenceUSA online training coming this Fall

Mark your calendars! ReferenceUSA is offering hour-long online classes October through December.

ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. These hour-long sessions will cover the basics of getting started and the essentials of using ReferenceUSA for a variety of subjects:

   * Search Essentials - Fridays at 9am (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies -
                   Wednesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Start, Manage & Grow Your Business - Mondays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Consumer & Lifestyle Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * ReferenceUSA Big Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm
                   Registration Required - follow pdf link

This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques as well as find out about ReferenceUSA's new Data Visualization feature.

To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".

Writer's Series event at Foster Library

Foster Library is proud to present a new series
geared 
towards writing and writers

8/25 at 5:00pm – Charles Freericks - Writing a Memoir 

Charles Freericks, author of the comedic memoir, "My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang out With Me" speaks on how your own life may be the best grist for the mill for your writing - whether you choose to pen your memoirs or just to use autobiographical incidents for your characters in your fiction.

Calling All Makers!

Save the NEW date!  Tuesday, September 17, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, when Ventura County Library launches weekly Maker meetings - to be held every Tuesday evening in the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library.

The meetings will begin at 7:30 every Tuesday, except the first Tuesday of each month, when they will start at 8pm.

Come learn what Maker Spaces are all about - see examples of robotics and media projects, 3D printers (see photo), and knitting & crafting projects.  

See our launch party video announcement!

Learn about the local and national Maker network - tap into your neighbors' interests and share equipment.

There really is something for everyone. Don't see what you like? Consider making it!

Where did the summer go?

Can you believe the summer is almost over and school starts in about two weeks?  Whether you are celebrating this day or dreading it, Ventura County Library has many resources for school help.

Go to our webpage at vencolibrary.org and under Special Interests, you will find the Teens or Kids’ pages that list Quick Start Homework help. On this page you can link onto such subjects as Mythology, Countries, Science Projects and more.

For more help check out our elibrary databases where there is a link to our k-12 databases. Information and links to biographies, encyclopedias, magazine and journal articles, and reading suggestions can be found.  Under Test Preparation you will find LearningExpress Library which is an interactive instructional and test preparation database.  The learning center in this database covers elementary school through college.

In addition to all these electronic links, we also offer books and staff to help you and your child locate the resources you need to make this school year the best ever.

More historical newpapers!

 

You now have access to five historical newspaper resources! 

In our eLibrary, under the subject "News", click on the link:
                           ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
There you will find links to:

  • The Los Angeles Times from 1881 to 1989
  • The New York Times from 1851 to 2009; includes Index (1851-1993)
  • The Christian Science Monitor from 1908 to 1999
  • The Wall Street Journal from 1889 to 1995
  • The Washington Post from 1877 to 1996

Calling all genealogists, researchers and scholars! See our eLibrary for first hand accounts and coverage.

 
 
 

Channel Islands

The Channel Islands are home to the most well-preserved archeological sites on the Pacific coast, with more than 10,000 years of continuous human occupation recorded.   They contain the oldest dated  human remains in North America—Arlington Springs Man (13,000 BP). 

While the islands themselves are accessible only by boat or aircraft, the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitors Center is right in the Ventura Harbor.  Located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura, it features a display of marine aquatic life as well as exhibits reflecting the unique character of each island.  There is a 3-dimensional map of the islands outside the bookstore that gives an idea of the shapes of the islands.  If you go up to the 3rd floor, you get a beautiful panoramic view of Ventura and the harbor.

San Nicolas Island, part of the Channel Islands, is the setting for Scott O’Dell’s novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins”.  Foster Library has many copies of the novel along with other items to help you plan your journey to the Channel Islands.

Storytime in your own living room!

Did you miss storytime?  The Library Fairy and storytellers can now be seen reading and signing on CAPS-TV and at vencolibrary.org.
 
Hear Pete The Cat by Eric Litwin, Neville by Norton Jester, The Napping House by Audrey Wood and more read by your favorite storyteller. Also join the Story Fairy with fingerplays and songs.
 
We love seeing you at storytimes on Tuesday mornings at 10:30, but if you can't make it, don't miss out on the fun.  Check the listings at CAPS-TV for show times and log onto vencolibrary.org anytime.
 
Please help us Stuff the Bus. We are helping to collect back to school items for homeless children returning to school.  Drop off pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons and other school supplies within the next two weeks so there is time to distribute them in time for school.  You can find a bus on both floors of the E.P. Foster Library.

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