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County Libraries at the Fair!

Jordan enjoys a book!Ventura County Library, Oxnard Public Library, Blanchard/Santa Paula Public Library and Moorpark City Library joined forces to promote our libraries at this year's Ventura County Fair.

The booth, located in the Children's Building, promoted County-wide library services, Adult Literacy programs, and Childrens' & Adult programming. Fair attendees gathered information about library events, services & programming, and signed up for library cards.

Every year, the children's craft side of the booth is a big hit, and this year was no different! Children decorated hats and bandanas, played western dress-up and enjoyed a story time or two.

To those of you who visited: thanks for stopping by, we appreciated your energy, questions and suggestions!

To all: hope to see you next year!

Mom reads to her kids... Bridget shows off her hat!

Focus on the Masters at Camarillo Library

Join Donna Granata, Founder and Executive Director of Focus on the Masters, this Sunday, August 8 at 2pm in the Camarillo Library Community Room.

Ms. Granata will present a visual journey through the unique life of Horace Bristol (1908 - 1997), a notable photojournalist from Ventura County. His photographs, depicting the plight of American migrant workers during the Dust Bowl era, inspired John Steinbeck. He also went on to document World War II.

Learn more about this historic Ventura County artist from one of Ventura County's current artistic stars!
[Photo credit: Horace Bristol]

Free iPhone app for database access!

It's now easier than ever for users of the iPhone to access library databases. Gale's AccessMyLibrary Public uses GPS to find public libraries within a 10-mile radius of the user's location.

Download through your phone's App Store or visit Gale's AccessMyLibrary download page for more information. Our eLibrary's A to Z list has links to the app for each available database. Identical apps are in-the-works for the Android and Blackberry.

Blood Drive at E.P. Foster

Donate blood - give hopeThe American Red Cross, radio station 95.5 KLOS, and the E.P. Foster Library are hosting a blood drive in the Topping Room at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura on Thurs. & Fri. July 29 & 30, from 2pm to 8pm each day.

Make an appointment and show up to receive a commemorative t-shirt, a concert voucher and a Chili's skillet appetizer coupon. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by logging onto redcross.org and entering KLOS for the Sponsor Code. Identification is required to donate.

Textile Weaver Deborah Jarchow at the Camarillo Library

Award winning textile weaver Deborah Jarchow will be at Camarillo Library - Sunday, July 11th at 2 pm to discuss weaving, color and how she explores the endless ways hues can be combined, blended and interwoven.

Deborah has created hundreds of garments and accessories for sale and exhibitions which have brought her national and international awards and acclaim. Her designs use a plain weave so the color combinations and fiber textures can be fully sppreciated.

Career Assistance? Ventura County eLibrary has your back!

Want to find a career that matches your interests? Need help writing your resume or with your interviewing skills? Need to learn Microsoft Office skills? Taking a test as part of the process? Interested in hearing how people in a given field spend a typical day?

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

These user-friendly databases offer complementary, in-depth, step-by-step assistance and resources for preparing for a job search, narrowing your field of interest, expanding and refining your skills, locating current opportunities, and on-the-job growth. Give them a try - it's time well spent!

Make a Splash - Read! Make Waves!

“Make a Splash – READ!” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Save the dates! Through August 13, Ventura County children will explore the world of water and water fun through stories, songs, games and other activities about the oceans, rivers, lakes, and pools and the creatures that live there.

To find events near you, check the Kid's & Teen Events calendar (please be patient - it can take a few moments to load) or check your Library's webpage under "Programs & Special Events".

Library Advocacy Day - June 29th

Does the content of this video sound familiar? Around the country, as library use goes up - budgets continue to be cut. Keep an eye on this page to learn how you can advocate for your library!

 

Library Advocacy Day from ALA Washington on Vimeo.

New! Mango Languages for free and easy foreign language learning

Ventura County eLibrary has added Mango Languages to its list of customer resources.  Mango is an easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language and is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:  Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings and helpful phrases in a short period of time.  The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. 

Mango Complete: Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three ESL courses.

Make an impact in your community!

United Way of Ventura County is conducting a “Stuff the Bus” campaign which is part of the United Way’s Day of Action. United Way is asking people to donate new school supplies to benefit children who are homeless, living in shelters or foster care.

Simply stop by a participating Ventura County Library (E.P Foster, Ray D. Prueter and Simi Valley) through Thursday, July 21 and look for the yellow ‘stuff the bus’ bin and place the donated school supplies inside.

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