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Springtime in Ventura County

California Poppies in Thousand Oaks by Kyle DensonAccording to World Book Student, the vernal equinox occurs on March 19, 20 or 21 and marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Ventura County, Spring might start wet, but warms into Summer in a very temperate and colorful manner!

Are you seeing more wildflowers? Ventura County Library has books on identifying and growing all sorts of plants. For native wildflower guides, see Dewey 582.13; for gardening with natives, see Dewey 635.9 or check with the California Native Plant Society.
Photo credit: Kyle Denson

Daylight Savings Time (DST)

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. According to World Book Student, the chief purpose of daylight saving time is to save energy by reducing evening use of lighting.¹

Wikipedia calls DST "controversial" and cites its origins in ancient civilizations' adjustment of schedules to sunlight. See the results of our poll!

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
¹Petrie, Joanne. "Daylight saving time." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010.
²Waldstreicher, David. "Franklin, Benjamin." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10am, come celebrate a centuries old tradition: Chinese New Year, at Camarillo Library. Join in the celebration of the Year of the Tiger with the Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe, Ventura County Chinese Language School students and crafts.

Ventura County Library has lots of resources on the Chinese New Year: from books (Dewey 394.261) to eLibrary encyclopedia or magazine and journal articles.

February is African American History Month

The History of Black Economic Empowerment - This year's theme recognizes the enterprise and entrepreneurship of African Americans, both past and present, that helped strengthen and invigorate the nation.

Our resources: start with a subject search (african american(s) in our library catalog, check the eLibrary resources under Biography, Encyclopedias, History & Social Studies, Magazine & Journal Articles, and more!

Map fans - you're going to love this!

We have another brand new database! A to Z Maps Online has an amazing array of map types, including the following: outline, political, topographic, historic, geological, animal and plant species distribution, climate change, weather, earthquake, NASA, Flags of the World and much more.  

Check it out!

 

Job seekers - help has arrived!

We have just launched LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator which provides personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels.

Explore occupations from over 1000 detailed profiles and find available jobs from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings! Create professional resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing and networking techniques, and prepare for occupation related exams.

This is a great supplement to the LearningExpress Library database of skills courses and tests designed to assist everyone from grade school through college and beyond. Give it a try!

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