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

Read Me a Story & More!

Come to Oak View Library for a 6 week reading and play group for parents and children (age 5 and under).  Read Me a Story & More is designed to help parents choose what and how to read to their children and activities that bring it all together.

Presented by The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, Ojai Neighborhood for Learning and the Ojai Valley Libraries, this event is being held on Tuesday mornings at Oak View Library from October 12 through November 16, 10am to 11am.

Pre-registration required. For more information, please contact Julie at the Ojai Library (805) 646-1639 or The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center at (805) 646-7559.

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 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

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