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Take the City of Ventura's survey about library services

The City of Ventura would like to get your opinion on library services. Take their survey at: http://www.cityofventura.net/libraries

This survey is designed to gather your input on what public library services you would like to see delivered in the City of Ventura. 

All who live, work or go to school in the City of Ventura are encouraged to complete this survey.  The online survey will be available through June 3, 2011. 

The Big X at Simi Valley Library, Saturday, May 14

Come to the Simi Valley Library on Saturday May 14 at 2pm and enjoy the musical stylings of Xavier Montes in the Library Community Room.

Xavier  Montes, affectionately known as The Big X, for both his size and talents, is an accomplished harpist, guitarist and vocalist as well as an artist and educator.  He will be presenting a variety of music including Mexican folk songs.  His performance will be  entertaining for the whole family.

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

READ - Annual Trivia Challenge - Wednesday, April 27

Have fun while supporting a great cause: the Ventura County Library Adult Literacy Program!

Enjoy the 22nd Annual Trivia Challenge - Wednesday, April 27th at the Wedgewood Banquet Center 5880 Olivas Park Drive, in Ventura 93003. Snacks! An opportunity drawing! Only $5 admission for audience members.

Appetizers are served at 6pm and the Program begins at 6:30pm.

Cycle for Literacy - Saturday, April 16

Saturday, April 16th is the Gold Coast Ride for Literacy - from 7am to 4pm. Choose to ride one of 5 different routes: 10 miles (on the bike path to Foster Park and back) and 30, 55, 62 and 100 miles up and down our coast. Registration required (you may register at the ride!) Funds support READ Ventura County Library - Reading Instruction for Adults.

This year's ride features metric (62) and century (100) routes! Same great ride experience, same great SAG support (Support Assistance & Gear), same great volunteers and great snacks too! Check out this great Star article about the ride and see you on the course!

READ Ventura County Library - Reading Instruction for Adults: We change lives.

Reader's Theatre Showcase

             ADVENTURES IN READER'S THEATRE SHOWCASE

       Join local actor/director Frank James Malle and student readers

Kyla Tate, Taylor Luckenbach, Gabrielle Castagne and Catalina Niessen

Monday, May 2 at 6:30pm in the Ojai Library for an evening of reader's theatre featuring selections from the works of Bronte, Poe, Carroll and Tolkien.

The showcase is part of a six week class entitled Adventures in Reader's Theatre facilitated by Frank James Malle.

Spring Carnival @ the Ray D. Prueter Library

Hurry, hurry, hurry and come celebrate spring at the Ray D. Prueter Library’s annual spring children’s carnival in Pt. Hueneme on Saturday, April 30 from 1:30 to 3:30pm

This year’s theme is “Welcome to the Jungle”, so be prepared to growl and snort your way through all the fun activities.  There will be plenty of games, face painting and crafts for children 4 to 10 years old.

Everyone is welcome! And, the price is FREE!  This carnival is a service project of the Ray D. Prueter Library Teen Advisory Board and is sponsored by the Friends of the Port Hueneme Library.

Celebrate National Library Week! April 10-16, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week this week! Visit your local library and let them know how important they are to you. Tuesday, April 12 is National Library Workers Day.

Library database vendors often celebrate National Library Week by offering free access to databases we normally don't have available. Here's Gale's offering:

            
Another vendor is ProQuest and by visiting their Celebrate National Library Week link, you can explore free access to several databases from Civil War & African American heritage to science, social studies and cultural sites.

Enjoy the free information! Celebrate your Library!

Career & Jobs Databases – Resources available free!

Looking for a career that matches your interests? Need help writing your resume and cover letters? Brush up on your interviewing skills? Need to master computer software? Not sure how to evaluate your skill level? Taking a test as part of the process? Ventura County Library's Career & Jobs databases can help!

Your Ventura County Library card is all you need to access the volumes of information, tutorials, computer courses and career assistance in these databases. And, it is all FREE! Select eLibrary to get started.

Our eLibrary Careers & Jobs suite includes:
* Gale Career Transitions
* LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator
* LearningExpress Library of practice tests and skills courses

April Fool's Fun at Oak View Library

In preparation for April 1st frivolity, Oak View Library patrons received free "Doughnut Seed" packets.  As the packet indicates, seeds are suitable for Laurel & Hardy Zones 1-596, need to be planted by April 1st, sowed in a pile in a deep bowl, and covered with 1-2 inches of milk. 

While seed growth is unlikely, goofy grins and giggles are guaranteed!

Interested in learning the "secret" of these seeds? Click here to print out your own seed packet and instructions from Family Fun magazine's website.

Family Fest at Simi Valley Library - Sunday, April 10th

Barney Saltzberg - authorThis year's Children's Book Festival theme is "Passport to Adventure" and takes place on Sunday, April 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Simi Valley Library.

Barney Saltzberg, noted children's author, illustrator, singer and songwriter, will be featured at two performances at 2 pm and 3:15 pm in the Community Room.

In addition, there will be story corners, book sales, author autographs, give-a-ways, coloring stations and more!

This event is FREE to the public and sponsored by the Simi Valley Friends of the Library. Come celebrate National Library Week with us!

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