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2012 WordFest at Ojai Library

Ojai WordFest 2012 is coming to the Ojai Library.

WordFest is a  festival of words, ideas and stories that encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill level, and ages to partake in an extravaganza of individually-hosted events around Ojai. 

Many of the free events will take place at the Ojai Library.

March is Women's History Month

This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries. Explore the history of generations of women whose commitment to nature and humanity have proved invaluable to society.

Gale PowerSearch on our eLibrary page is a great place to start along with Biography In Context, the U.S. & World History In Context and World Book.

Or, read about how the history of libraries and women dovetail in this article from American Libraries.

Our photo is of suffragette Alice Paul.

Teen Tech Week is March 4-10!

This Teen Tech Week™ (March 4–10), YALSA invites you to Geek Out @ your library! This year’s theme encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors and showcase the outstanding technology they offer, from services as digital literacy-focused programs to resources like ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults.

The purpose of the initiative is to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.

Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.

The Family Legacy Writing Workshop

Turn Your family history into a variety of interesting stories! Make your ancestors come alive on paper. Learn the most important elements of writing.

Author Linda Weaver Clarke joins us to give the Family Legacy Writing Workshop:
at Simi Valley Library on Thursday, March 15 from 6-8pm

Each of us has a story from our ancestors or even our own story to tell. If these stories remain unwritten, how will your children know of their heritage? You'll be encouraged to write stories and experiences and turn your family history into a variety of interesting works - something your children will be proud of.

This program is especially suited for genealogists and aspiring authors.

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! Celebrate with Read Across America

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Join in the fun of Simi Valley's Annual Read Across America Celebration and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday this Saturday, March 3 at Simi Valley Library from 10am to 12 noon. The event is free and includes performances and readings by special guests. There will be drawings for prizes, photo opportunities and much more!

Ojai Library Presents: Sunday Music with Mark Parson

Mark Parson

Returns to the Ojai Library!

  Eclectic Music for Educated People

Mark plays Dixie and Cajun music and his own compositions

on guitar, fiddle and flute

Sunday, September 30, 1pm

Mardi Gras at the Ojai Library

    

Hey Kids - Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!

    
 

Yes it's Mardi Gras time at the
Ojai Library

Time to let the good times roll!
Tuesday February 21, 2:30pm

Wear your masks and beads and head to the Ojai Library.

There will be games, crafts, raffles, music and fun galore!

 

 

Ojai Library Book Group Presents: Making the Reata with Local Author Terry Tallent

The Ojai Library Book Group welcomes everyone to a discussion of Making the Reata by Terry Tallent, March 7, 7:30pm.

Mr. Tallent has written a moving coming of age tale set in 1832, the end of the California Mission Period. 

Making the Reata is a beautifully written and carefully researched story that weaves the history of Ventura County into an informative depiction of the conflict between the Chumash and the Spanish invaders as well as an enchanting story of the relationship between a Mission Padre, Chumash Elder and a young boy. 

Woven into the story is the construction of a reata (lariat) by the Mestizo protagonist and his Chumash mentor, an apt metaphor for the complex task of respecting tradition and heritage while adapting to change.

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!

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