Blogs

Jade’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Minute: “The Diamond Age,” by Neal Stephenson

Even in a world full of nanotechnology and incredible advances in science, there can still be strife and unrest. Such is the setting of Neal Stephenson’s novel The Diamond Age. We follow Nell, an orphan girl from the lowest phyle, or class. She receives a stolen Primer, an educational book written for young women of high society which prepares them for “an interesting life.”

As with many of Stephenson’s novels, the plot almost becomes overshadowed by the engaging universe he creates. In The Diamond Age he has created a Neo-Victorian society filled with technology. The novel has many interesting themes, including post-scarcity economics, hive consciousness, artificial intelligence, and cultural and racial relativism. Written in 1995, it poses an interesting question: what role does technology play in the education of children? It may be almost twenty years since its original publication, but I find The Diamond Age as relevant now as it was then. With the growing popularity of eBooks, studies are being done around the world to try to answer this same question. I love sci-fi novels that engage on an intellectual level, and Neal Stephenson does that wonderfully.

You can request a copy of The Diamond Age online, over the phone, or by dropping in at the library. For more sci-fi and fantasy titles, check out E.P. Foster Library's Adult Science Fiction section on the first floor.

 

Yours Truly

Not Your Grandmother's Encyclopedia!

 

World Book Online
 Encyclopedias For a New Generation

  • Interactive Earth
  • Timelines
  • Tutorials
  • Life and Research Skills
World Book Online includes 23 subscription databases, every article in the print set as well as several thousand additional articles and the contents of every yearbook since 1922. The online version contains links to current web sites, magazine articles, primary source documents, a news section, and video and audio samples.  

The Whole World in Your Hands 24/7

Global Issues in Context uses a wealth of resources to explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio and links to vetted websites.

Worldcrunch translates articles from journalists with top news organizations and worldwide media sources in an effort to compensate for the decline in English-language foreign coverage. 

Debate with authority, be informed, win that argument once and for all.
The Ventura County eLibrary has all the tools you need 24/7. 

  Hands holding world

Turn Back Your Clock

Don't be early!

Get that extra hour of sleep. 

Set your clock back before bed

Saturday November 1st.

Sleepless in Ojai?

Battling Insomnia?

Come to the Ojai Library

Saturday, November 1st @ 2pm

Ian James will share his tips for a drug free sleep

Ian James is a retired psychotherapist, Buddhist practitioner, teacher and late blooming librarian.

  Sleepless emoticon

Join the Fun!

 

The 26th Annual Trivia Challenge
is Thursday November 6th!

Wedgewood Banquet Center
5880 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura

Cheer for a team, play along, enjoy yummy snacks, all for just $5.00.
There will be an Opportunity drawing, loads of fun and a no-host bar.

To sign up a team click here   Event benefits READ Adult Literacy
Presented by Rotary Club of Ventura South

"Zom-B," by Darren Shan

For Halloween, try out this creepy YA series!

Readers Beware

A lot of characters die in this series, and even the main character is not immune as Darren Shan spins a tale of horror that leaves no one unscathed.

The book starts by letting the reader get to know the main character, “B.” B comes from a troubled home in a working-class community of London and spends time hanging out with friends, getting in trouble, going to school, and trying to avoid problems at home. Generally, B performs poorly in school, but suddenly things change a bit. Inspired by a teacher, B begins to challenge the ideas of a cruel and racist father, and one day during a museum visit saves a small child that was kidnapped by two men with horribly disfigured faces. B is hailed as a hero for a while, but nothing is easy in B’s life, and even as things seem to drift back to the way they were…

The world ends.

Suddenly, everything is different. EVERYTHING. And B must adjust to a world full of the shambling, brain-eating dead and worse. B is changing too, and nothing makes sense anymore.

What caused this? Who caused it?

What is happening to B?

Is B even alive anymore?

Zom-B is available to borrow as part of E.P. Foster Library's Young Adult Fiction collection on the second floor, along with several other books in this series.


New 3D Printing Filament!

The Ventura County Library has acquired a new roll of filament for our 3D printer, and it glows in the dark!

We've been working with printing out smaller items as we test the new filament; this treble clef was printed from a design by Thingiverse user 3tte. It was scaled up from the original to fit easily in the palm of your hand.

If you stop by E.P. Foster Library, you just might get to see the printer in action. We're more than happy to talk with anybody who is interested about this technology and our future plans for it!

Dia de los Muertos @ Foster

Stop by E.P. Foster Library on Wednesday, October 29, for a Spanish-language talk on Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.

This talk will be presented by the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project, and will discuss the history of this popular celebration.

Twenty headsets will be available for those interested in hearing an English translation of the talk. This free event starts at 7 p.m. in the Topping Room; we'd love to see you there!

Should I Start My Own Business? @ Foster

On Sunday, October 26, Business Coach Deborah Gallant will host a workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs at E.P. Foster Library.

This free event is designed for anyone who has thought about starting their own business. Deborah Gallant has helped hundreds of people decide whether they have what it takes to attract customers!

Stop by the Topping Room at 4 p.m. if you'd like to take part in this workshop, and come ready to ask questions!

Syndicate content