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Databases highlight African American History Month

February is African American History Month. Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress and many others in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

See Biography In Context (in our eLibrary under "Biography") for articles about famous figures in African American history, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Barack Obama.

Or, try U.S. History In Context (in our eLibrary under "History & Social Studies") to get information for things like Abolition and the Underground Railroad, Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.

It's all free with your library card!

Love your job? You might not need Career Transitions ...

Looking for a job and drowning in a sea of applications?  New to the world of interviewing, or just a little bit rusty?  Are you finding it difficult to match your current experience to a new career, or looking for an entry-level position and wondering how best to format your resume? 

Career Transitions is a powerful resource that was recently updated to make it even easier for you to find everything you need to assess your interests, sharpen your resume, tighten your interviewing skills, customize your job search and build the career of your dreams. 

Career Transitions also offers YouTube tutorials to help you better use the resource. Available YouTube tutorials are:

Best of all, this resource is available for free with your Ventura County library card!

What's All That Jazz About at Simi Valley Library?

Shenole Latimer is an award winning saxophonist performing Sunday, February 5 at 2pm at Simi Valley Library.

In order to offer listeners an appreciation of jazz, Latimer will present a program featuring lively storytelling, group participation, entertaining demonstrations and live performance.

Gain a better understanding of the colorful and expressive American music genre of jazz! The entire family will enjoy this entertaining program.

This program is sponsored by the Simi Valley Friends of the Library

Latin Jazz at Ojai Library - Sunday, Feb. 5

Francisco de Leon plays Latin Jazz on acoustic guitar at the Ojai Library on Sunday February 5 at 1pm.

Accompanying himself on a nylon string guitar, Francisco sings a vast repertory blending his own original compositions with classic standards from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes, Carlos Gardel and other Latin masters.

Francisco's influences are Brazilian bossa nova and Argentine tango.

Come and hear both the sadness and joy in his music.

ReferenceUSA to offer online training!

ReferenceUSA will be offering training available online every Friday from January 13 through March 30, 2012. Designed for those new to using the ReferenceUSA database, these hour-long sessions will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. 

ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. The training will cover the Four Essentials you'll want to know in order to be successful using the resource. 

This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques. Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.

To register for any of the sessions, follow this link. To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".

Artists Show at Fillmore Library

Artists Guild of FillmoreArtists Guild of Fillmore members Wana Klasen, Luanne Perez, Karen Browdy, Lois Freeman-Fox, Joanne King, Virginia Neuman (in the back row) and Jan Faulkner and Judy Dressler (front row left and middle) have just shown our Fillmore Library Supervisor, Cathy Krushell (front row right) their new group of paintings.

This is the 5th One-Per-Member-Mini-Show of original art by local artists on the north wall inside the Fillmore Library. The Library is located at 502 Second Street.

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Ojai Library Book Group Presents Local Author Ken McAlpine

Ken McAlpine will be at the Ojai Library on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30

McAlpine will be discussing his latest book, Islands Apart: A Year On The Edge Of Civilization, a description of his solo excursions to the Channel Islands.  Islands Apart is a touching and often humorous look at our hectic life and how time alone in nature can give us a fresh perspective and greater clarity about what matters most.  

Ken McAlpine's writing has appeared in national magazines and newspapers.  He has earned three Lowell Thomas Awards, the premier award for travel writing.

This event is open to the public, all are welcome!

3 Reasons to Visit Oak View Library this holiday season!

Click here for the reasons:
 1. Stock up on books to read, audio-books to listen to, and DVDs to watch during long car trips and family vacations.

 2. Tired of sitting at home?  Bring your family to play board games & solve puzzles (available daily during open hours Dec. 19-31).

 3. Help your local feathered friends.  Stop by between 2-4 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 27 or Thursday, Dec. 29 to make a pine cone bird feeder.

Holiday Hours at Oak View Library:
Monday-Thursday 1-6 pm, Saturday 10-2 pm
The library will be CLOSED Monday, Dec. 26 & Monday, Jan. 2 for the Christmas & New Year holidays.

Margaret Mitchell: The Voice Behind Scarlett O'Hara at Simi Valley Library

Simi Valley Library presents Margaret Mitchell: The Voice Behind Scarlett O’Hara performed by Martha Abbey Miller on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 2pm.

Martha Miller is a writer, actor, director  and producer rolled into one. She  becomes Margaret  Mitchell, the author of  Gone with the Wind.  What did this notable book mean to its author and the world? 

Enjoy meeting Margaret Mitchell whose life changed the day Gone with the Wind was published. This program is sponsored by the Simi Valley Friends of the Library.

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