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Complimentary Newsletter for Genealogy Research

Register today for the new ProQuest Genealogy News & Notes, a free, quarterly newsletter featuring genealogy stories, research tips and content updates for ProQuest's online genealogy resources.

View the inaugural issue and sign-up to receive the next issue - due out November 2010. Remember, you can access ProQuest's Heritage Quest database from your home computer (in our eLibrary). Ancestry is available in-library only.

Don't miss out - your family's story awaits! Only those who sign up will receive future issues.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 through Oct.15, celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture. Mid-September was chosen to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September.

We have celebrated Hispanic Heritage nationally since 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week (later expanded into the month by President Reagan.)

For fun activities, reading lists and more information, please see ¡Colorín colorado! pages in English and Spanish.

Tags, Virtual Browsing, Similar Books, oh my!

Have you seen our new catalog features? We've added several new features to the item information page in our Library Catalog:

1) Shelf browse shows titles that are found on the same virtual shelf in our system-wide eLibrary (see the blue arrow in the picture at left)

2) Tags! Linked, natural language tags now appear below the Copy/Holding information (see the green arrow). These tags are clickable.

3) Similar book titles along with Other editions and translations appear under Item Information in the left column (see the red arrow). These titles are linked within the catalog.

We are still working on the catalog pages - keep an eye out for more. We're interested in what you think!
Let us know!

Shop online to support Adult Literacy!

You can still support our Ventura County Library Adult Literacy program by shopping at Barnes & Noble online through Sept 17th!

Visit bn.com/bookfairs and support READ Ventura County Library Barnes & Noble Bookfair from the comfort of your home through 9/17/10 or enter Bookfair ID 10267466 at online checkout at bn.com/bookfairs.

Nominate your librarian for an award!

Have you received exceptional assistance from a librarian? Has your library made a difference in your life? The 'I Love My Librarian' award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional librarians.

You can nominate your librarian for the third year of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!  Nominations for 2010 stay open through September 20.

Faery Time at the Simi Valley Library

On Sunday, Sept. 12, come join Faery Boon and Brownie Cletus as they take you to an enchanted place through stories, songs and laughs.

The magical faery adventure happens in the Community Room at the Simi Valley Library at 3pm. Costumes are optional!

READ Ventura County Library - Book Fair!

Have fun and celebrate & support our Ventura County Library Adult Literacy program at the same time! Visit our table at Barnes & Noble in Ventura Sept. 10 - 13 with special events Friday evening, Sept. 10 and Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11. See our flyer (vouchers included)!

Almost EVERYTHING in the store counts which means you can enjoy food in the café, pick up a new game, choose from loads of CDs & DVDs, and lots more! 

Check out the exciting new areas including Educational Toys & Games, Adult Games & Puzzles, BN@School, and NOOK the Barnes & Noble e-reader.  There’s something for EVERYONE!

Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Visit bn.com/bookfairs and support READ Ventura County Library Barnes & Noble Bookfair from the comfort of your home from 09/10/10 to 09/13/10 or enter Bookfair ID 10267466 at online checkout at bn.com/bookfairs.

See Comedian Jason Love at Camarillo Library!

Come see Jason Love - comedian, guitarist, cartoonist and author - at Camarillo Library on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2pm.

The program is for all ages. Jason performs standup comedy all over the country at venues such as The Improv, Funny Bones, Laugh Factory, Punchline and Zanies. He also syndicates his daily cartoon "Snapshots" to millions of readers in print and on the Internet. His humor column "So It Goes" has run in over 50 publications including the Ventura County Star.

His mother still asks when he is going to get a job!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Do you know someone who might benefit from online database access? Children's storytimes? Free Internet access? Books on CD? Downloadable audiobooks? 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, observed nationally since 1987, and the Ventura County Library wants to make sure all residents of Ventura County have the smartest card of all – 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.

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

There's a whole world waiting for you @ your library!

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