Gypsy Folk Ensemble at Simi Valley Library

The Gypsy Folk Ensemble are performing at Simi Valley Library on Sunday, November 14 at 3 pm

Holidays with Gypsy gives a glimpse of California's rich multicultural heritage as it explores the December holiday customs of several cultural groups: the Mexican-American tradition of Las Posadas, the Central European sources of Christmas customs such as the Christmas Tree and Santa Claus, the meaning of the eight day Jewish festival of Hanukkah, and the California roots of the African-American holiday and cultural celebration of Kwanzaa.

Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and Los Posadas with a colorful mixture of dances from various countries!

Camarillo patrons - action required before 15 Dec 2010

As was decided at the 13 October 2010 Camarillo City Council meeting, Camarillo Library will be withdrawing from Ventura County Library and transitioning to a Municipal City Library run by a subcontractor, Library Systems & Services LLC (LSSI). The date for LSSI to take over library operations is 1 January 2011.

For patrons with Camarillo as their home library: to keep your Ventura County Library services smooth during this transition, the first step is to change your home location to another Ventura County Library location before 15 December 2010.

Up through 15 December 2010, you may make this change at Camarillo Library or any other Ventura County Library location (excluding the Museum of Ventura County's Research Library). If you are not able to make the change during this time, on 1 January 2011, your account will be assigned to another library in our system.

Please watch this webpage for further developments. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the City and community of Camarillo and want to make this transition as smooth as possible for our patrons!

Birds of the Ojai Valley with Allen Bertke

Join Allen Bertke, a photographer and the official leader of the Beginning Bird Walks sponsored by the Ventura Audubon Society for Birds of the Ojai Valley, Monday, October 18th, 6pm at Ojai Library.

Mr. Bertke will be leading a discussion and showing his photographs of Ojai Valley birds. Come and learn about the local winged ones!

E.P. Foster Community Open House

Foster Fun @ the Library
Sunday, October 17, 1 to 5 pm - during Harvest Walk!

Enjoy an afternoon of fun art and literary activities for adults & children:

  • Book Signing - author Don Borchert of “Free For All”
  • Meet children’s book author Alexis O’Neill
  • Mural Workshop by MB Hanrahan - help design a colorful entrance for kids
  • PAWS for Reading - read aloud to a therapy dog
  • Art Tales - youth winners share their stories and poems inspired by art
  • Wooden Toys by Gene West - discover vintage toys for all ages
  • Plus: Hands on Arts and Crafts, Music & Storytelling

Aimee French visits E.P. Foster Library Wed. October 6

Aimee French will offer a program on Humane Education Wednesday, October 6 at 3:30pm at the E.P. Foster Library. The presentation is a free service from the Humane Society of Ventura County that teaches compassion, empathy, respect and kindness for all living things. The program uses the irresistible draw of live animals to captivate and tap into the minds and hearts of the audience.

Pictured is Charlie, a 3 year old neutered male Rottweiler. He has been at the shelter since July 6, 2010. Charlie was kept as an outdoor only dog and is now looking for a home where he can be a companion to a family.

"Saving just one dog won't change the world...but surely the world will change for that one dog." -- Unknown

Snapshot Day is Monday, October 4th

Ventura County Libraries are taking part in "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries" on and around Monday, October 4th, 2010.  We Want YOU in the Picture!

On this day libraries across California will participate by collecting comments and photographs from events in a typical library day. The results will offer proof of the invaluable services libraries consistently provide to our community.

For more information on what your local library is doing, contact library staff. For information on the state-wide event, visit: Snapshot Day is a project of the California Library Association.

OverDrive - a new look *and* downloadable ebooks!

Our OverDrive database has a new look and now features downloadable ebooks as well as audiobooks!

The downloadable ebooks are compatible with the Sony eReader, Nook and Kobo e-readers [the Kindle is not compatible]. OverDrive ebooks will soon be downloadable to the iPad as well.

Keeping track of all the ebook and eaudiobook compatible file types and devices can be daunting - so OverDrive provides a great Help Page for your convenience. Enjoy the new selections!

The Humane Society of Ventura County

This Saturday, October 2 at 3pm, come see Humane Education at Simi Valley Library.

Humane Education is a free service from the Humane Society of Ventura County that teaches compassion, empathy, respect and kindness for all living things.

The program uses the irrestistible draw of live animals to captivate and tap into the minds and hearts of our audience. We'll see you Saturday!

"Saving just one dog won't change the world...but surely the world will change for that one dog." -- Unknown

Ojai Library Sunday Music: Polecat Ramblers

Ojai Library's Sunday Music continues on October 3rd at 1pm with the Polecat Ramblers who bring old timey, traditional music to the Library. Come see and hear great banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin music on a Sunday afternoon.

Christian Gallo and David Roine have played at various festivals and parties around the County. Come and be entertained at the Ojai Library!

Banned Books Week: Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Celebrate open access to information and your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25 though October 2.

"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, 2010)

Find a Frequently Challenged Classic to read and celebrate your freedom!

Photo credit: florian.b on Flickr

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