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Free music! We now offer 3 hours of streaming music per day!

GREAT NEW CHANGES TO      FREEGAL!! 

5 not 3 Downloads each week.

3 hours DAILY of streaming music.

Create a playlist or choose from one of 

the" Freegal Playlists".

FAQ

 

Are you ready for Daylight Saving Time (DST)?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. According to World Book Online Info Finder, 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

However, Wikipedia and National Geographic call DST "controversial". They too cite its origins in ancient civilizations' adjustment of schedules to sunlight.

What do you think about daylight savings?  Does it still make sense today?

¹Petrie, J. (2014). Daylight saving time. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from World Book Online Info Finder 3-2014
² Waldstreicher, D. (2014). Franklin, Benjamin. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from World Book Online Info Finder 3-2014

March is Women's History Month

This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries.

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 In Context, Gale Virtual Reference Library and World Book.

 


Our photo is of athlete Wilma Rudolph (LOC).

Can you use a free cookbook? Download our free Big Library Read ebook!

 

Ventura County Library and OverDrive are partnering to bring you Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollencamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook ebook.

All patrons have access to download this ebook - no waiting in line!

The Big Library Read runs through Wednesday, March 5th. Download the ebook today!

During this two-week reading period, you can find the Big Library Read ebook in OverDrive [also, see our eLibrary under eBooks]. 

This comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as color photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and more. 
Come read (and cook) with us!

February is African American History Month

Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress and many others in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

For starters, in our eLibrary under "Biography":

 * See Biography In Context for articles about famous figures in African American history, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Barack Obama.

 * Explore Chelsea House Biographies - their featured collection this month highlights Black History Month.

 * Browse Gale Virtual Reference Library's "Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History"

 Enjoy exploring - it's all free with your library card!

The digital bookmobile is back! At a library near you today!

The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour will make two stops
at Ventura County Library locations in February 2014:

Yesterday - Tuesday, February 11th from 11am to 5pm -- E.P. Foster Library sponsored the event at Ventura Community Park at 910 Kimball Rd. in Ventura, CA. 

TODAY! -- Wednesday, February 12th from 10:30am to 4:30pm -- Ray D. Prueter Library at 510 Park Avenue in Port Hueneme, CA. 

At these free events, readers learn how to download eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and instructional videos.

A gadget gallery — featuring a variety of smartphones, tablets and ereaders will help visitors discover portable devices compatible with Ventura County Library’s OverDrive download service. 

Ventura County Library cardholders can also check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere, by visiting http://vencolibrary.lib.overdrive.com/.

Two new online resources with international focus!

We now offer free access to two internationally focused online resources available on our eLibrary page.

==> AtoZ World Travel - a travel resource for travelers with information on more than 200 world cities. AtoZ World Travel includes a language translator, maps, recipes and links to hotels, restaurants, weather and more!

 
==> World Crunch - global newspapers translated into English and also available in the original language. Experience diverse perspectives on world affairs from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Indieflix - films to help you keep warm!

IndieFlix provides free, independent films for Ventura County Library card holders!  Your first step is to create an Indieflix account -- start at our eLibrary page and click on Indieflix (under Arts, Communication, Culture, Education, Music and the A to Z database list). Use the links to create a new account or login using Facebook. 

The folks at Indieflix are brimming with excitement in anticipation of the holidays, winter's first snow and snuggling by the fire. Indieflix features some hilarious, heartwarming, and hoax-worthy films. For a full list, see their blog.

You can also watch festival films, vote on best picture, or play film trivia. Film Festival in a Box is perfect for any film-buff! 

To keep up with all they offer, why not follow Indieflix through their Twitter or blog?

November is Native American Heritage Month!

Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution and many other national institutions in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

See the Library of Congress' Native American Heritage Month website for events, audio & video clips, travel itineraries, images, and much more.

Photo of Nathan Jackson, Artist, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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