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Ojai Library Presents: Mime Workshop

Ojai Academy Sidewalk Saturday upcoming event this month is a fun filled one hour event with Mime artist Candace Hull.

Candace Hull has practiced the art of pantomime for over 35 years.  She studied with Anne Dennis Yankovitch of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Mime Project.

Candace will teach the art of Pantomime to adults and children at the Ojai Library on Saturday June 30 from 11am-12pm. All material and supplies will be provided.

Come and join us for an unforgettable experience.

The Elements of Style: Building the Oak Park Library

Today, June 18 from 6:30 to 8pm, come to Oak Park Library to enjoy an evening with the library's lead architect/designer, James Weiner and Oak Park pioneer Ron Stark and learn about this award winning library building design. 

The authors of Images of America: Oak Park will sign copies of their new book with the proceeds from book sales at this event benefiting the Oak Park Library.

Ojai Library Presents: Ray Bradbury, A Tribute

Join E.E. King at the Ojai Library for a tribute to her godfather, Ray Bradbury on Saturday June 23 from 2-5.

This free literary event will include both a discussion of Bradbury's writing and excerpts from his classic works read by commmunity members.

E.E. King will share the imagery and imagination of Ray Bradbury and discuss other short story techniques.  Learn how short stories can be transformed into longer works and how fact is utilized in fiction, no matter how strange.

Photo credit: Lennox McLendon / AP

We're offering a Summer Reading Program for adults too!

That's right! Ventura County Library is offering adults a chance to join the fun this summer with the Adult Summer Reading Program, June 18 through August 18, 2012.

Participating libraries include: Simi Valley Library, Oak Park Library, Oak View Library, Meiners Oaks Library and the Ray D. Prueter Library.

Looking for something new? See our Staff Picks!

Each month, we publish a new list of our Staff Picks: books, ebooks, books on CD, DVDs, picture books, children's and young adult books that our staff members recommend.

Can't remember to check the list? You can sign up to receive this and many other book recommendation lists directly into your email box at our "Newsletter & Booklists" page found at: http://www.vencolibrary.org/ > Special Interests > Books & Reading > Staff Picks.

See something you like? When viewing the list, click on the "Check Library Catalog" link to be taken directly to our catalog, where you can sign in and place a hold request to have the item brought to your local library for pick up! Enjoy!

2012 Art Tales winners honored June 6 at E.P. Foster Library

The City of Ventura and the E.P. Foster Library are pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Art Tales creative writing contest. You are invited to hear the winners read from their entries on the library's 2nd floor located at 651 East Main Street in Ventura on Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-6:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

Area youth, high school and adult writers submitted 72 short stories and poems inspired by one of the six Municipal Art Collection works of art currently on exhibit in the E.P. Foster Library. Deputy Mayor Cheryl Heitmann will present the cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place, certificates to 3rd place, bound editions of the winning entries to all winners and journals to all youth winners.
 
In addition there will be a special ceremony in appreciation of Jack Halbert, the prize winning local artist who created the wonderful indoor mural in the H.P. Wright Children's Department. The 120' long mural entitled "Tropical Frieze" provides a whimsical, colorful feeling in the children's reading area.

OneClickdigital (eaudiobooks) - free webinars!

Did you know Ventura County Library has over 5000 eaudiobooks just waiting for you to download? And, there's no waiting: all titles are ipod compatible and available at all times!

Recorded Books offers free webinars on OneClickdigital's features. The next training webinar is offered:

The 1 hour program also includes a complete tour of the service and will show you how to create an account, install the OneClickdigital Media Manager, search for content, manage checkouts, and download and transfer audiobooks to listening devices.

Recorded Books will continue to provide training webinars throughout the year. As new webinars are scheduled, the dates and times will be available here (scroll to the bottom).

Every Wednesday a Library Lad blog

It's Wednesday, so grab your favorite beverage and sit down to enjoy the latest Library Lad, which comes out each week.

Need to catch up? You can find all the past Library Lad columns in the Library Lad's Blog Archive. Of course, you can be sure to get each week's blog by subscribing!

Happy reading!

Anne Frank at Simi Valley Library!

Anne Frank: Hiding and Writing comes to Simi Valley Library.  This program features Martha Abbey Miller on Saturday June 9th at 2pm.

Our generation and the next cannot lose the significance of Anne’s story.  Now, you can experience Anne’s story in a fresh and impactful way. 

Come inside Anne’s life and inside her heart.  Savor the hope and maturity of this talented writer hiding in Amsterdam amidst WWII.

This program is designed for middle school and above.

Today: Annular Solar Eclipse!

This Sunday, May 20, 2012, an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from many parts of California. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, creating the appearance of a "Ring of Fire."

The pinhole projector is a great way to view the eclipse. Remember: never view the sun with the naked eye or with any optical device!

Sites for futher study: NASA Eclipse Web Site
Wikipedia: Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012
Space.com's Annular Solar Eclipse coverage

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