Dr. Scarpaci explores the contradictions of the Italian-American legacy, considering the ways in which Italians became an essential part of American history. Every aspect of life ranging from religion, the struggle for citizenship, anti-Italian prejudice, WWII, and of course, food, all come to life in this insightful illustrated talk. A book signing will follow the lecture.
If you're interested in Italian-American history, or history in general, it should be a very interesting evening!
This week is National Public Health Week and Wednesday, April 7th, is World Health Day. Ventura County Library offers you many online health resources: our Need More Info About ...? page lists Health Information Sites and our eLibrary page offers Health & Medicine resources. Plus, you can always browse the non-fiction shelves at your local library!
National Public Health Week is a time for us to celebrate advancements in public health and assess our Nation’s and County's public health status. The theme this year is A Healthier America: One Community at a Time. Take a moment to view the County's Public Health Department's APHA video inviting us to change our health status in one generation.
According to World Book Student, the vernal equinox occurs on March 19, 20 or 21 and marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Ventura County, Spring might start wet, but warms into Summer in a very temperate and colorful manner!
Are you seeing more wildflowers? Ventura County Library has books on identifying and growing all sorts of plants. For native wildflower guides, see Dewey 582.13; for gardening with natives, see Dewey 635.9 or check with the California Native Plant Society.
Photo credit: Kyle Denson
Celebrate your inner leprechaun! Join in an afternoon of Irish fun on Wednesday March 17th, 3:30pm at Fillmore Library with Pulse Drumming. Learn about the origins of Irish music and try your hand at playing a bodhran!
¹"St. Patrick's Day." Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. Ed. Helene Henderson. 3rd ed. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., 2005. 480-481. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.
Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. According to World Book Student, the chief purpose of daylight saving time is to save energy by reducing evening use of lighting.¹
Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as favoring daylight saving time in summer. It struck him as silly and wasteful that people should "live much by candle-light and sleep by sunshine."²
¹Petrie, Joanne. "Daylight saving time." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010.
²Waldstreicher, David. "Franklin, Benjamin." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010
This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes the diverse accomplishments of women throughout history. Explore the history of generations of women whose commitment to nature and humanity have proved invaluable to society.
Gale PowerSearch on our eLibrary page is a great place to start along with Biography Resource Center, the History Resource Centers and World Book.
Our photo is of American suffragist Alice Paul unfurling a banner off the balcony of the National Women's Party headquarters in Washington, D.C. in August 1920 (from General Reference Center Gold, 2009.)
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Join in the fun of Simi Valley's Annual Read Across America Celebration and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday this Saturday, February 27 at Simi Valley Library from 10am to 12 noon. The event is free and includes performances and readings by special guests. There will be drawings for prizes, photo opportunities and much more.
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.