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Streaming video! The World Almanac! Online biographies!

We are extremely pleased to introduce three exciting new databases in our eLibrary, including a streaming video collection, a world almanac and a set of online biographies!

Access Video On Demand (AVOD) features streaming video from outstanding producers and broadcasters, including BBC, PBS, Biography, History Channel, National Geographic, Rick Steves and hundreds more! AVOD offers thousands of videos on a variety of topics.

The World Almanac Online features authoritative, essential statistics on hundreds of topics. Includes full color maps, flags, graphs, and charts. This database uses Google Translate to offer content in 53 languages.

Chelsea Biographies Online is an online biography resource for middle and high school students. Includes both contemporary and historical subjects. This database uses Google Translate to offer content in 53 languages.

If you do nothing else - enjoy the video selection at AVOD!

Celebration of Reading: Authors' Panel at Simi Valley Library

Celebrate the finale of Simi Valley Library's first Summer Reading Program for Adults by attending an Author's Panel moderated by local author Alexis O'Neill on Saturday, August 18 at 2pm at Simi Valley Library.

Panelists will include Margaret Brownley, author of western romance and self-help; Jerilyn Farmer, author of contemporary mysteries; Jeri Westerson, author of historical mysteries set in medieval times and Diantha Ain, haiku poet.

A drawing for prizes for participants in Between the Covers Summer Reading Program for Adults will also be part of the festivities. Come join us!

Ojai Library Zombie Lock-down

Zombies Invade Ojai Library

The Ojai Library is joining 71 public libraries nationwide in an all-night program featuring contests, author visits via Skype, Wii games, stories, movies, food and fun. Each library will post game scores to a dedicated website where national winners will be selected.

Zombies ages 10 to 16 are welcome.

SLEEP IS OPTIONAL. PARENT PERMISSION FORMS ARE MANDATORY!

Lock-down begins 6:30pm Friday August 3. Zombies will be released 8:00am Saturday August 4.

For more info: your Zombie contact is Julie Albright 646-1639

Nominate your librarian for an award!

Have you received exceptional assistance from a librarian? Has your library made a difference in your life? The 'I Love My Librarian' award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional librarians.

You can show your appreciation and nominate your librarian for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!  Nominations for 2012 stay open through September 12.

Knights in Training at the Ojai Library

Calling all aspiring knights!

More Summer Fun at the Ojai Library

Join us Thursday July 26th at 10:30am for a Knights in Training program. 

We will craft a shield, forge a sword and slay a dragon.

So boys and girls - grab your armour, suit up and head to the Ojai Library for some medieval fun. 

Magician Shawn McMaster at Ventura County Library

Summer Reading Program Fun and Frivolity Continues!

"Every idea you have of what a magician is will be shattered!"


Magician Shawn McMaster
uses no live animals, magic wands, or tacky old props. You will be amazed by his sophisticated, high-energy interactive program punctuated with astonishment and hilarity.

Join us for a rollicking good time. Come early for best seating.

Shawn McMaster's VCL performances:

Learn about Mars Science Laboratory - at Simi Valley Library!

Come to the Simi Valley Library on Saturday July 7 at 2pm to learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory Mission.

Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long term robotic exploration of the red planet. A rover named Curiosity, designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms, will be landing on Mars this August. Mars Science Laboratory Mission will begin the next decade of Mars exploration.

This presentation by Kirk Breitenbach, a spacecraft engineer who has worked for Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 22 years, will give an overview on this exciting mission to Mars. Mr. Breitenbach will describe the scientific purpose, engineering challenges and accomplishments, mission status and near term mission events.

New, updated, public computer labs!

Ventura County Library is updating libraries’ public computer labs. The new PCs are Lenovo ThinkCentre all-in-one units with 20” displays, featuring the Windows 7 operating system with Microsoft Office 2010 installed.

To aid in learning the new operating system and Office software, patrons can find tutorials in the Ventura County eLibrary > Education > LearningExpress Library > Computer & Internet Basics. These resources are available free with a Ventura County Library card.

Already completed are the public computer labs at Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme, Ojai Library, Oak View Library and Meiners Oaks Library in the Ojai Valley, Avenue Library, Saticoy Library and E. P. Foster Library in Ventura, Fillmore Library, Oak Park Library, and most recently, Albert H. Soliz Library in El Rio. New computers for the remaining Ventura County Libraries will be installed over the next few months. All Ventura County Libraries also supply free wireless 24/7.

Photo credit: Terry Quick

Join in the fun! Our Summer Reading Program is on!

The Ventura County Libraries have three Summer Reading Programs held from June through August: Dream Big for grades K-6, Own the Night for grades 6-12, and Between the Covers for adult readers.  Teens also may volunteer at their local library branch to help run the programs.

Mr. Nifty, balloon artist extraordinaire, is the featured performer at the kickoff program in each library branch. See our kickoff program schedule for a library near you and our Kids' & Teen Events Calendar for all events!

All aspects of the Summer Reading Program are open to youth of all ages and are free of charge! In addition, each branch library has planned storytimes, events, games, and demonstrations.

Celebrate Oak Park History Month at Oak Park Library!

How do you plan a community? Find out at Oak Park Library on Saturday, June 23 from 4:30-6:30pm.

Join Oak Park master planner/architect/environmentalist, Richard W. Smith, and find out how Oak Park became such a beautiful place to live.

Mr. Smith will show rare 1970s plans and area photographs. Come to the library and learn about your town!

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