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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.

Find your Halloween Soundtrack on Freegal!

Happy Halloween!

Freegal Music has many great options available for your Halloween party, or anywhere you feel like a little music to get in the mood for the holiday.

Need background music for answering the door on Halloween? A search of either "halloween" or "haunted" produces album results - make your own mix.

Have a spook-tacular time!

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Mango Languages can help you learn to speak Pirate!

In our Ventura County eLibrary, under the subject Language Instruction, click on Mango Languages and create an account to learn everything you need to "parlay" in perfect Pirate.

In just a few minutes, you'll learn: 

  • The appropriate way to hail your fellow gentlemen o' fortune
  • A few choice names for your lazy excuse of a crew
  • The finer points of swashbuckling
  • A bit about Pirate history, and the part it played in forming modern democracy
  • All sorts of practical Pirate lingo!

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.)

Need something to do?

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress: Severo Ochoa - Nobel Prize winner

Join the Library Big Read!

Ventura County Library features Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth in both eBook and audiobook formats.  The Library Big Read starts today, September 16th and runs through Monday, September 30th.

During this two-week reading period, Book 1 from the Nancy Clancy series will be available for every patron that wishes to read it - no holds, no waitlists! You can find the Library Big Read book in OverDrive, found our eLibrary under eBooks and/or eAudiobooks.

Fancy Nancy author, Jane O’Connor, is participating in a live 30-minute chat with readers on Tuesday, September 24 at 6pm PDT. You may join the discussion by visiting this page.

Fancy Nancy creator Jane O’Connor brings us back to the glamorous world of our favorite fancy girl. Nancy Clancy may be a bit older and more sophisticated, but she hasn’t lost her love for fancy words, outrageous fashion and dramatic flair.

Come read with us!

Trying to sort facts and opinions on an issue? We've got a database (or 2) for that!

 

Ventura County Library is pleased to announce the availability of Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Global Issues in Context under several subject headings in the Ventura County eLibrary

“Adding Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Global Issues in Context is one more step in our efforts to deliver relevant, timely content to our community members, whether they are at home, work or on the road,” says Jackie Griffin, Director of Ventura County Library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. 

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. 

Check them out and see what you think!

Save the dates! ReferenceUSA online training coming this Fall

Mark your calendars! ReferenceUSA is offering hour-long online classes October through December.

ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. These hour-long sessions will cover the basics of getting started and the essentials of using ReferenceUSA for a variety of subjects:

   * Search Essentials - Fridays at 9am (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies -
                   Wednesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Start, Manage & Grow Your Business - Mondays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Consumer & Lifestyle Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * ReferenceUSA Big Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm
                   Registration Required - follow pdf link

This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques as well as find out about ReferenceUSA's new Data Visualization feature.

To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".

More historical newpapers!

 

You now have access to five historical newspaper resources! 

In our eLibrary, under the subject "News", click on the link:
                           ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
There you will find links to:

  • The Los Angeles Times from 1881 to 1989
  • The New York Times from 1851 to 2009; includes Index (1851-1993)
  • The Christian Science Monitor from 1908 to 1999
  • The Wall Street Journal from 1889 to 1995
  • The Washington Post from 1877 to 1996

Calling all genealogists, researchers and scholars! See our eLibrary for first hand accounts and coverage.

 
 
 

Freegal - music videos and lots more songs coming!

Watch for the addition of nearly 4.5 million new songs to our Freegal database - resulting, by early Summer 2013, in over 7 million songs! 

But, that's not all - Freegal is also adding 8000 MTV type music videos - the complete music video collection of Sony music! And, they are adding 12,000 new labels!

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Freegal Music congratulates the Class of 2013 and “90’s Babies” everywhere! 
Freegal has thousands of popular songs for people of all ages!

YOU MIGHT BE A 90's BABY IF:

  • Nintendo 64 was the best Christmas present you ever received.
  • You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet or Nano and brought it everywhere.
  • You had the entire Pokémon character lineup memorized before you learned your own phone number.
  • You grew up watching Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory & SpongeBob.
  • You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air" (Available in Freegal)
  • You know the Macarena by heart. (Also available in Freegal)
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