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March is Women's History Month

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.)

Have you tried Self-Checkout?

It's easier than ever to check out items! Self-check is available now at Camarillo, E.P. Foster, Ojai, Ray D. Prueter, Oak Park & Fillmore Libraries.

It's coming soon to Simi Valley, Avenue, El Rio, Oak View, Meiners Oaks, Saticoy and Piru Libraries. We anticipate item tagging and self-check installations will be completed by the end of 2010.

Avoid the lines and the wait - why not give it a try?

'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.)

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.

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]

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!

Finding your way ...

 Confused? Interested? Annoyed? Pleased? We hope you love the new website as you have the old - but we also realize change is painful. We are here to listen and to help you with the new site.

Please feel free to email our Web Librarian, at barbara.eales@ventura.org. She wants to hear - not only what you love, but what you are struggling with, what you can't find and what you are confused by. We can't promise change for every problem, but you, our users, have the unique viewpoint we want to accomodate.

Here's an example: having trouble catching the "fly-outs" (those menu items that appear when you mouse over them)? You may want to bookmark our Site Map page as your home page. It is a page of static links to all parts of the webpage. See our FAQ page, in particular the Online Access FAQs for more information.

 Let us know - we look forward to hearing from you!

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