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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.)

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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 customer 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)

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual observance, held on April 22, to increase public awareness of our planet and environmental issues.

Each year on Earth Day, millions of people throughout the world gather to clean up litter, protest threats to the environment, and to celebrate progress in reducing pollution.¹

Reduce waste! * Earth friendly crafts! * See the Earth in the Universe!

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

¹Hayes, Denis. "Earth Day." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2012.

Now you can download free and legal music!

Yes, you read that correctly! Using the library's new music resource, Freegal (rhymes with "legal"), available on our eLibrary page under Music, each Ventura County Library card holder can download 3 tracks per week from a wide variety of genres.

All downloads are free to you in MP3 format. Freegal music will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. All songs have a sample, preview clip to listen to before downloading.

Currently, Freegal has approximately 2.8 million songs from classical music to the latest chart-topping music of today.  Content is provided by over 15,000 music labels from more than 60 countries around the world, including the 50+ labels of Sony Music Entertainment.

This gives Ventura County Library the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of albums that don't get lost, damaged or stolen, and they are available to all card holders 24/7!   Enjoy!

More eBooks! Check our new Axis 360 collection!

We are delighted to announce the availability of Axis 360 digital media library. This collection is available now to all cardholders through the Ventura County eLibrary.

Axis 360 provides a state-of-the-art system for circulating ebooks and Blio, their ereading software.

Our Director, Jackie Griffin, states, "Adding the Axis 360 platform will enhance our current ebook offering of OverDrive and EBSCOhost. This additional partnership will give us a wider range of selection for our patrons who are clearly sending the message that more downloadable content is desirable."

Enjoy the dynamic presentation of titles on the Axis 360 Magic Wall as well as their book reviews and recommendations for further reading. Cloud-based delivery greatly simplifies the process of downloading onto your preferred device, including iOS, Android and Windows tablets and smartphones.

Check out our collection of free digital magazines!


Yes! We now have a collection of over 100 digital magazine subscriptions available to you online! Issues may be read on a variety of computer platforms and mobile devices (iOS and Android apps are available).

The link to Zinio - Digital Magazines from Recorded Books is found on our eLibrary page under the "Magazine & Journal Articles" subject heading. You will need to create 2 accounts to get started: one to gain access to the collection (along with your library card number) and another, separate Zinio account to manage your subscriptions. Enjoy!

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