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World Book Encyclopedia additions!

World Book Encyclopedia has a fabulous suite of databases for all ages! The encyclopedia links to articles and websites using videos, animations, audio clips and read-alouds; the suite even includes a Spanish language encyclopedia.

Enjoy exploring the whole suite - and in particular - our new databases, Early World of Learning & Discover:
 
 - World Book Early World of Learning - for preschoolers and kids in early grades
 - World Book Online for Kids - for elementary school students
 - World Book Online Info Finder - for elementary and middle school students
 - World Book Discover - for middle and high school students
 - World Book Online Reference Center - high school level and above
Ventura County Library loves World Book - we think you will too!

Story time begins at Oak View Library!

Photo by daveparker (Flickr)Ready for story time fun?
 
Oak View Library's autumn session of story time begins Tuesday, October 25th.   It will run eight weeks at 4pm on Tuesdays, concluding Tuesday, December 13.
 
This early literacy-based story time is filled with stories, songs, and movement. It is best-suited for infants and children up to five years of age. 

No need to register, just come!

Join us at the 23rd Annual Trivia Challenge!

Trivia lovers: come test your mind! Join us at the 23rd Annual Trivia Challenge - a night of fun supporting READ Ventura County Library Adult Literacy Program.

Enjoy the 23nd Annual Trivia Challenge - Wednesday, November 16th at 6pm at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at 5880 Olivas Park Drive, in Ventura 93003. Snacks! An opportunity drawing! Only $5 admission for audience members.

Interested in participating on a team? Please call READ Ventura County Library at (805) 677-7160. This event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Ventura-South.

Teens Teaching Tech at E.P. Foster Library

Photo by Mostly Muppet (Flickr)Technology challenged? Frustrated with your smart phone? Are your Techno gizmos making you crazy?

E.P. Foster Library is offering Teens Teaching Tech, every third Saturday of the month, between 10:00 am and noon. These sessions are hosted by the E.P. Foster's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and offered free of charge.

The next session will be held in the Children's Computer lab on the second floor of the library on Dec. 17th. Come in with your questions and bring your laptop, phone, shuffle, nook, and/or iPad and let the techno teens teach you how to get the most out of your gadget.

Ojai Library Presents: College Admission in the Age of Anxiety

Wednesday October 19, 7pm at the Ojai Library

Join experienced college counselor Judy Oberlander for a discussion on how to prepare for and navigate the world of college admission.  Judy believes searching for a college should be a quest for the school that is the right "fit", a college where a student will thrive and be challenged to meet his or her potential. 

This is an opportunity for parents to get help with the daunting college application process.

Knitting and More at the Ojai Library

Do you knit? Crochet?

Would you like to share your skills or master a new one?

Join a group of like-minded needle arts enthusiasts at the Ojai Library for a weekly hour of fun and fiber.

All ages and skill levels are welcome, no reservation is necessary. Just drop in!

Mark your calendar - Wednesdays, 6:30pm

 

Cameron O'Connor, Classical Guitarist at Simi Valley Library

Simi Valley Library regrets to inform you this event has been cancelled - we hope to reschedule soon!

Cameron O’Connor, born and raised in Simi Valley, is an award-winning and critically acclaimed guitarist. 

O'Connor has received a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is currently in the PhD program at the USC School of Music. His performances include the 9/11 Memorial in New York in 2010 and the Aspen Music Festival.

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

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

Celebrate open access to information and your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 24 though October 1.

"Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week." (ALA, 2011)

For the first time, everyone can participate in a Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out on YouTube. Videos (no more than two minutes long) can be submitted by anyone as long as the video includes a reading from a banned or challenged book.

Or, find a Frequently Challenged Classic to read and celebrate your freedom!

 

Ojai Library First Sunday presents Jesse Davis

Popular local guitarist, Jesse Davis, returns to the Ojai Library on Sunday, October 2, 1pm.

Jesse has studied under master guitarist Carlos Gonzales and is enrolled in the applied music program at Ventura College.  

Jesse is an accomplished performer who generously shares his talent so that people have a chance to hear great music in an informal, relaxed environment. 

 

Quote contest - for E.P. Foster Library's new mural

We need your help with a suitable “library” or “literary” quote for the new mural at the E.P. Foster Library 2nd Floor children’s entrance.

The mural is a colorful exploration of literature and fantasy designed to encourage young people to come to the library. The available space is 15 inches by 16 feet, so entries should be limited to one or two short sentences.

Submit your quote on forms provided on the 2nd Floor of the E.P. Foster Library or email the quote to mary.stewart@ventura.org using “quote” in the subject line. Please include your name and a phone number.

The contest ends Sunday, September 25th at 5pm. The winner will be notified and a prize awarded.

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