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Prueter Library Art Contest for Kids, Ages 0-18

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! The staff of the Ray D. Prueter Library would like you to draw or paint or color (or a combination) a picture showing us how important your library is to you.

The pictures will be judged by age groups: 0-5 years old, 6-12 years old, & 13-18 years old.  There will be one (1) winner from each age group.

The three (3) winners will each receive a Barnes & Noble $15 gift card (thanks to the Friends of the Port Hueneme Library).  So stop by the Ray D. Prueter Library and pick up an Art Contest Entry Form. 

All Art Contest entries must be submitted on an official entry form and are to be returned to the Ray. D. Prueter Library.  Contest ends September 30, 2011.  Happy drawing!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Ventura County Library (VCL) wants to make sure all residents of Ventura County have the smartest card of all – a library card.

“Your library card is the most important school supply of all,” says Library Director, Jackie Griffin.  “There’s a lot happening at Ventura County Library, and the best part for both children and parents, is that it’s all free with a library card.”

Getting a library card is easy.  Visit a Ventura County Library, complete the library card application form and present it at the circulation desk along with picture identification showing your current street address.

VCL - the place to go when you want to know!

Taro Wayama performs at Ojai Library Sept. 4th

Japanese born guitarist/composer

Taro Wayama

performs Sunday September 4, 1pm

Ojai Library

Soloist and chamber musician Taro Wayama has performed in Japan, Thailand, Canada and the US. He is the winner of numerous competitions.  Taro performs music from the Renaissance through the 20th century including folk and world music.  Join him for a concert that connects music from the East and West.

Johnny Cash Tribute Sept. 10th at Simi Valley Library

Come to Simi Valley Library on Saturday, September 10th at 2pm to see Michael J's fun and educational tribute to music legend Johnny Cash.

Joining Michael is his singing partner and bass player, Leticia Blumette (June Carter).

This program showcases the music, roots and history of Johnny Cash spanning six decades from the 1950s thru 2003.

10th Anniversary of September 11th - Memorial Ceremony

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the public is invited to pay their respects in remembrance of the firefighters, peace officers, military personnel and civilians who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony is being presented by the Ventura County Emergency Planning Council at the Ventura County Government Center.

The ceremony will include the traditional Bell Ceremony, a flag ceremony, a helicopter flyover, bagpipes and other musical tributes.

The ceremony will be held from 11am to 12 noon on the lawn between the Law Enforcement, Firefighter's and Veteran's memorial. Free parking.

Discover your family tree!

Ventura County Library has a wealth of genealogy resources available for those interested in researching their family tree!

Inside each Ventura County Library location, you can take a look at Ancestry Library Edition, a huge database of over 5 billion names and over 7000 available databases. Unlock your story with sources like vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court & legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more!

Available at home and in-library is HeritageQuest, which complements Ancestry Library Edition with federal census data, family & local history books, tax lists, city directories, probate records and more.

Don't forget, we also have current and historical newspaper resources as well - including the Los Angeles Times (1881 to present), the Ventura County Star (1997 to present), the New York Times (1980 to present). And, ProQuest Digital Microfilm for Los Angeles Times and New York Times full page obituaries (2008 to present).

Can't get enough? Contact the Ventura County Genealogical Society for more resources and events!

Library Lad joins our staff bloggers!

Have you seen our staff blogs?  We welcome Library Lad's Blog to our website!

Along with Staff Picks and Ace of Reads' Infinite Book List, Library Lad's Blog is found under Special Interests > Books & Reading. 

Don't want to miss a post? Subscribe to these newsletter lists and much more on our Newsletters & Booklists page, also found under Special Interests > Books & Reading. Enjoy!

Computer skills at your fingertips!

Looking for an online resource to help you learn more about computers?  Feel like you could learn more about the fundamentals of the personal computer? Look to the Ventura County eLibrary and LearningExpress for your answer.

LearningExpress has multiple offerings, including 'Computer & Internet Basics' where you learn about computers, internet and email. Work your way up to using and customizing Windows 7, participating in social networks, mastering web apps and more!

Additionally, under 'Popular Software Tutorials', brush up on your Office 2003, 2007 or 2010 skills with courses available for both Windows and Macintosh.

LearningExpress is not just about practice tests and career help. There's a lot of education in LearningExpress!

Don't miss the last week of Summer Reading Program events!

For other Library locations' events, see our Kids' & Teen Events Calendar.

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.

"In the Shadow of the Raven" at Simi Valley Library

In the Shadow of the Raven: the Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe comes to Simi Valley Library on Saturday, July 9th at 2pm.

Duffy Hudson - actor, writer and filmmaker - becomes Edgar Allan Poe rising from the scene of his mysterious death to tell his life story.

A famous short story and several poems are also presented.

This program is ideal for middle school & high school students and adults.

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