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":
* 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 OverDrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour will make two stops
at Ventura County Library locations in February 2014:
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/.
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 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!
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.
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!
In just a few minutes, you'll learn:
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?
- Indieflix invites you to brush up on your Spanish with their Top 10 Hispanic Films
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress: Severo Ochoa - Nobel Prize winner
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 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!
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!