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2012 Art Tales winners honored June 6 at E.P. Foster Library

The City of Ventura and the E.P. Foster Library are pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Art Tales creative writing contest. You are invited to hear the winners read from their entries on the library's 2nd floor located at 651 East Main Street in Ventura on Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-6:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

Area youth, high school and adult writers submitted 72 short stories and poems inspired by one of the six Municipal Art Collection works of art currently on exhibit in the E.P. Foster Library. Deputy Mayor Cheryl Heitmann will present the cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place, certificates to 3rd place, bound editions of the winning entries to all winners and journals to all youth winners.
 
In addition there will be a special ceremony in appreciation of Jack Halbert, the prize winning local artist who created the wonderful indoor mural in the H.P. Wright Children's Department. The 120' long mural entitled "Tropical Frieze" provides a whimsical, colorful feeling in the children's reading area.

OneClickdigital (eaudiobooks) - free webinars!

Did you know Ventura County Library has over 5000 eaudiobooks just waiting for you to download? And, there's no waiting: all titles are ipod compatible and available at all times!

Recorded Books offers free webinars on OneClickdigital's features. The next training webinar is offered:

The 1 hour program also includes a complete tour of the service and will show you how to create an account, install the OneClickdigital Media Manager, search for content, manage checkouts, and download and transfer audiobooks to listening devices.

Recorded Books will continue to provide training webinars throughout the year. As new webinars are scheduled, the dates and times will be available here (scroll to the bottom).

Every Wednesday a Library Lad blog

It's Wednesday, so grab your favorite beverage and sit down to enjoy the latest Library Lad, which comes out each week.

Need to catch up? You can find all the past Library Lad columns in the Library Lad's Blog Archive. Of course, you can be sure to get each week's blog by subscribing!

Happy reading!

Anne Frank at Simi Valley Library!

Anne Frank: Hiding and Writing comes to Simi Valley Library.  This program features Martha Abbey Miller on Saturday June 9th at 2pm.

Our generation and the next cannot lose the significance of Anne’s story.  Now, you can experience Anne’s story in a fresh and impactful way. 

Come inside Anne’s life and inside her heart.  Savor the hope and maturity of this talented writer hiding in Amsterdam amidst WWII.

This program is designed for middle school and above.

Today: Annular Solar Eclipse!

This Sunday, May 20, 2012, an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from many parts of California. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, creating the appearance of a "Ring of Fire."

The pinhole projector is a great way to view the eclipse. Remember: never view the sun with the naked eye or with any optical device!

Sites for futher study: NASA Eclipse Web Site
Wikipedia: Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012
Space.com's Annular Solar Eclipse coverage

Cancelled: Guitarist Chaz Prymek at Ojai Library

We are sorry to report: the performer has cancelled!
Guitarist Chaz Prymek
will not perform at the Ojai Library on Sunday, June 3. 

Chaz plays American Primitive Guitar, a genre created by John Fahey in the 1950s. 

American Primitivism is a blend of blues, classical and folk styles combined with country blues finger-picking techniques.  Chaz also performs under the name Lake Mary.

Summer Reading Program is June 10 through August 12!

The Ventura County Libraries have two exciting Summer Reading Programs held from June 10 through August 12, 2012: Dream Big for grades K-6 and Own the Night for grades 6-12.  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.

Library Lad Extra Edition: Maurice Sendak 1928 - 2012

He has left the Night Kitchen to join all our Wild Things.Maurice Sendak, and the immortal Max, King of the Wild Things
 
The New York Times in today's editions, refers to Sendak as the greatest book artist of the twentieth century. Your Lad loves that they say "artist" and not illustrator.  If your Lad might be bold enough to correct the New York Times, he might point out that there is a mistake in their obituary. It is said that he had no survivors. Of course, that is wrong. Maurice Sendak is survived by three generations of readers, who adore him, and will celebrate his life by reading Where the Wild Things Are, a book as close to perfection as your Lad knows, to one child after another after another and another. And, of course, dinner will still be warm....
 
Maurice Sendak with his German Shepard, Herman, named for Herman Melville. Sendak told Terry Gross in an NPR interview that Melville and Emily Dickinson were his literary Gods.  Your Lad would not argue that point.
 
Yours in information [sadly],
 

Abigail Adams at Simi Valley Library!

Actress Judith Helton brings Abigail Adam, wife of John Adams to life. She will be speaking at Simi Valley Library on Saturday, May 19 at 2pm.

She weaves the tale of Abigail’s life into America’s struggle for freedom and salutes the female side of the American Revolution. Abigail will also bring tools from everyday life including a spinning wheel.

This program is for the whole family and is sponsored by the Simi Valley Friends of the Library.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed nationally to recognize the contributions people of Asian and Pacific heritage have made to American culture.

Join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Enjoy websites explaining the significance of the month, Asian American History (take the quiz), along with biographies of notable Asian Americans and more. Don't forget, you can use our eLibrary resources too!

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