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Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10am, come celebrate a centuries old tradition: Chinese New Year, at Camarillo Library. Join in the celebration of the Year of the Tiger with the Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe, Ventura County Chinese Language School students and crafts.

Ventura County Library has lots of resources on the Chinese New Year: from books (Dewey 394.261) to eLibrary encyclopedia or magazine and journal articles.

February is African American History Month

The History of Black Economic Empowerment - This year's theme recognizes the enterprise and entrepreneurship of African Americans, both past and present, that helped strengthen and invigorate the nation.

Our resources: start with a subject search (african american(s) in our library catalog, check the eLibrary resources under Biography, Encyclopedias, History & Social Studies, Magazine & Journal Articles, and more!

'The Catcher in the Rye' author, J.D. Salinger, dies at 91

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has been required reading in countless English courses for more than five decades. The classic novel is notable for its timeless depiction of teenage angst and vulnerability personified in the memorable character of Holden Caulfield.

The reclusive author died this week in New Hampshire at 91. Why not re-visit his works in our catalog, or check out his biography? Also, the feeds coming into our Book Reviews Plus page link to several articles about him (scroll to bottom of page.)

Map fans - you're going to love this!

We have another brand new database! A to Z Maps Online has an amazing array of map types, including the following: outline, political, topographic, historic, geological, animal and plant species distribution, climate change, weather, earthquake, NASA, Flags of the World and much more.  

Check it out!

 

The passing of a giant in American crime fiction

Robert B. Parker, beloved creator of the street-smart Boston private eye Spenser (among others), has died. He was 77.

Fans old and new can find many titles by him in our catalog, articles about him in our literature databases, biography database and on many sites on the web, including the L.A. Times and Wikipedia. He will be missed.

Job seekers - help has arrived!

We have just launched LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator which provides personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels.

Explore occupations from over 1000 detailed profiles and find available jobs from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings! Create professional resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing and networking techniques, and prepare for occupation related exams.

This is a great supplement to the LearningExpress Library database of skills courses and tests designed to assist everyone from grade school through college and beyond. Give it a try!

Books! Books! Books!

Book pagesOur new site has many more book features! See the Books & Reading link under Special Interests to find:
 * Our library catalog holdings
 * Book Reviews Plus - Links to popular lists as well as feeds from the L.A. Times Book Reviews, Book Blog and New York Times Books
 * Bestseller and Awards Lists - Over 60 lists of literary awards and best sellers
 * Book of the Day - features a new title every day
 * Staff Picks - Ventura County Library staff share some of their favorite titles
 * Authors A to Z - Learn more about your favorite authors

At various spots on our site, you will see images of book covers. Clicking on the cover photo brings up either the list on which the book is featured or a summary/review page about the work. Both have a link so you may check our catalog to see if we own it and/or if it available for you to request.

We hope you find these features inspiring and enlightening. As always, let us know what you think.

[Photo credit: zerok - Creative Commons]

Celebrating Authors

Amy Tan  

We've got more ways than ever for you to learn more about the folks who write the books you love! [Photo is of Amy Tan]

An American Original: Dale Chihuly

I should be embarrassed to admit the first time I saw his work was on the set of TV show "Frasier" and I wasn't impressed by the vase next to Frasier's fireplace. Then I experienced an exhibit at the Seattle Convention Center and saw the installation at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and was well on the way to becoming a fan.

Maybe you will enjoy reading the Wikipedia article about him online, which lists his permanent collections, current & past exhibits along with photos and a bio. Or you might lose some time browsing his website, which includes news, photo and video galleries among many other treats.

We'll leave you with a list of some of our books and videos by or about Dale Chihuly. There is plenty more information about him and other artists to be found in our eLibrary as well. We hope you find the information about this living legend interesting and thought inspiring.

Photo credit: amanderson2 with license from the Creative Commons

We hear you - "My Account" tab

   One of the consistent requests we have heard over the last week was that you liked being able to reach your library account with one click and had trouble finding it in the drop down under Library Catalog. So, we added the menu tab My Account next to the Library Catalog. 

   To make room, we moved the Site Map link down to the left side (under "Special Interests"). Hopefully, these changes make it easier for you to get where you want quickly.

   When you have a moment, why not try some of our new features? Under Books & Reading, see our Library Staff Picks (recommended reading). We hope you find something new to enjoy!

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