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Celebrate National Library Week! April 8-14, 2012

Celebrate National Library Week @ Ventura County Library, April 8-14, 2012!

Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers and travel buffs.

Visit your local library and let them know how important they are to you. Tuesday, April 10 is National Library Workers Day.

April is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

Check out your Library's Dewey 811, 821, 831 (etc.) shelves or take a gander at our eLibrary Literature databases: Literature Resource Center and the literature links in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Don't miss out! There's a way to celebrate every day of the month! Or, try out alternative forms of poetry: book spine poems, zombie haiku, rhyme, song, prose poetry and hymns.

For fun, why not sneak a peak at Crayola.com's Calendar activities to celebrate National Poetry Month?

Databases highlight African American History Month

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.

See Biography In Context (in our eLibrary under "Biography") for articles about famous figures in African American history, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Barack Obama.

Or, try U.S. History In Context (in our eLibrary under "History & Social Studies") to get information for things like Abolition and the Underground Railroad, Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.

It's all free with your library card!

Love your job? You might not need Career Transitions ...

Looking for a job and drowning in a sea of applications?  New to the world of interviewing, or just a little bit rusty?  Are you finding it difficult to match your current experience to a new career, or looking for an entry-level position and wondering how best to format your resume? 

Career Transitions is a powerful resource that was recently updated to make it even easier for you to find everything you need to assess your interests, sharpen your resume, tighten your interviewing skills, customize your job search and build the career of your dreams. 

Career Transitions also offers YouTube tutorials to help you better use the resource. Available YouTube tutorials are:

Best of all, this resource is available for free with your Ventura County library card!

ReferenceUSA to offer online training!

ReferenceUSA will be offering training available online every Friday from January 13 through March 30, 2012. Designed for those new to using the ReferenceUSA database, these hour-long sessions will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. 

ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. The training will cover the Four Essentials you'll want to know in order to be successful using the resource. 

This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques. Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.

To register for any of the sessions, follow this link. To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".

Downloadable ebooks and you

Looking for free downloadable ebooks for your Nook, Kindle, iPad or Sony eReader? We have them!

OverDrive is our database vendor supplying downloadable ebooks.  You can find our OverDrive collection by accessing our eLibrary > Subject: "eBooks" >  OverDrive eBooks.

OverDrive ebooks are compatible with many devices. See the list here.  OverDrive also offers downloadable audiobooks (eaudiobooks).

If you have questions about ebooks, see our eBooks Explained page.  For eAudiobook help see our eAudiobook Help page.  Enjoy!

World Book Encyclopedia additions!

World Book Encyclopedia has a fabulous suite of databases for all ages! The encyclopedia links to articles and websites using videos, animations, audio clips and read-alouds; the suite even includes a Spanish language encyclopedia.

Enjoy exploring the whole suite - and in particular - our new databases, Early World of Learning & Discover:
 
 - World Book Early World of Learning - for preschoolers and kids in early grades
 - World Book Online for Kids - for elementary school students
 - World Book Online Info Finder - for elementary and middle school students
 - World Book Discover - for middle and high school students
 - World Book Online Reference Center - high school level and above
Ventura County Library loves World Book - we think you will too!

Discover your family tree!

Ventura County Library has a wealth of genealogy resources available for those interested in researching their family tree!

Inside each Ventura County Library location, you can take a look at Ancestry Library Edition, a huge database of over 5 billion names and over 7000 available databases. Unlock your story with sources like vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court & legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more!

Available at home and in-library is HeritageQuest, which complements Ancestry Library Edition with federal census data, family & local history books, tax lists, city directories, probate records and more.

Don't forget, we also have current and historical newspaper resources as well - including the Los Angeles Times (1881 to present), the Ventura County Star (1997 to present), the New York Times (1980 to present). And, ProQuest Digital Microfilm for Los Angeles Times and New York Times full page obituaries (2008 to present).

Can't get enough? Contact the Ventura County Genealogical Society for more resources and events!

Computer skills at your fingertips!

Looking for an online resource to help you learn more about computers?  Feel like you could learn more about the fundamentals of the personal computer? Look to the Ventura County eLibrary and LearningExpress for your answer.

LearningExpress has multiple offerings, including 'Computer & Internet Basics' where you learn about computers, internet and email. Work your way up to using and customizing Windows 7, participating in social networks, mastering web apps and more!

Additionally, under 'Popular Software Tutorials', brush up on your Office 2003, 2007 or 2010 skills with courses available for both Windows and Macintosh.

LearningExpress is not just about practice tests and career help. There's a lot of education in LearningExpress!

Celebrate National Library Week! April 10-16, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week this week! Visit your local library and let them know how important they are to you. Tuesday, April 12 is National Library Workers Day.

Library database vendors often celebrate National Library Week by offering free access to databases we normally don't have available. Here's Gale's offering:

            
Another vendor is ProQuest and by visiting their Celebrate National Library Week link, you can explore free access to several databases from Civil War & African American heritage to science, social studies and cultural sites.

Enjoy the free information! Celebrate your Library!

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