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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

Cancelled: Guitarist Chaz Prymek at Ojai Library

We are sorry to report: the performer has cancelled!
Guitarist Chaz Prymek
will not perform at the Ojai Library on Sunday, June 3. 

Chaz plays American Primitive Guitar, a genre created by John Fahey in the 1950s. 

American Primitivism is a blend of blues, classical and folk styles combined with country blues finger-picking techniques.  Chaz also performs under the name Lake Mary.

Summer Reading Program is June 10 through August 12!

The Ventura County Libraries have two exciting Summer Reading Programs held from June 10 through August 12, 2012: Dream Big for grades K-6 and Own the Night for grades 6-12.  Teens also may volunteer at their local library branch to help run the programs.

Mr. Nifty, balloon artist extraordinaire, is the featured performer at the kickoff program in each library branch. See our kickoff program schedule for a library near you and our Kids' & Teen Events Calendar for all events!

All aspects of the Summer Reading Program are open to youth of all ages and are free of charge! In addition, each branch library has planned storytimes, events, games, and demonstrations.

Library Lad Extra Edition: Maurice Sendak 1928 - 2012

He has left the Night Kitchen to join all our Wild Things.Maurice Sendak, and the immortal Max, King of the Wild Things
 
The New York Times in today's editions, refers to Sendak as the greatest book artist of the twentieth century. Your Lad loves that they say "artist" and not illustrator.  If your Lad might be bold enough to correct the New York Times, he might point out that there is a mistake in their obituary. It is said that he had no survivors. Of course, that is wrong. Maurice Sendak is survived by three generations of readers, who adore him, and will celebrate his life by reading Where the Wild Things Are, a book as close to perfection as your Lad knows, to one child after another after another and another. And, of course, dinner will still be warm....
 
Maurice Sendak with his German Shepard, Herman, named for Herman Melville. Sendak told Terry Gross in an NPR interview that Melville and Emily Dickinson were his literary Gods.  Your Lad would not argue that point.
 
Yours in information [sadly],
 

Abigail Adams at Simi Valley Library!

Actress Judith Helton brings Abigail Adam, wife of John Adams to life. She will be speaking at Simi Valley Library on Saturday, May 19 at 2pm.

She weaves the tale of Abigail’s life into America’s struggle for freedom and salutes the female side of the American Revolution. Abigail will also bring tools from everyday life including a spinning wheel.

This program is for the whole family and is sponsored by the Simi Valley Friends of the Library.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed nationally to recognize the contributions people of Asian and Pacific heritage have made to American culture.

Join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Enjoy websites explaining the significance of the month, Asian American History (take the quiz), along with biographies of notable Asian Americans and more. Don't forget, you can use our eLibrary resources too!

First Sunday Music at the Ojai Library: Polecat Ramblers

The Polecat Ramblers return to the Ojai Library on Sunday May 6th at 1pm

Ramblers, David Roine (fiddle, guitar, mandolin and accordion) and Christian Gallo (guitar and five- and six-string banjos) play traditional old-timey acoustic fiddle tunes and string band music.

Join us for an hour of music from our nation’s history.

 

Please stand by - the library catalog is not fully functional

We are having technical difficulties - some catalog searches are not functioning correctly.

We expect to have the catalog fixed sometime Monday, June 25.

We apolgize for the service interruption and thank you for your patience!

Author Niki Bahara at Fillmore Library!

Author Niki Bahara will present her award winning book Unpaved Road at the Fillmore Library on Saturday, April 21 at 10am.

After acquiring her BS in Finance from the University of Tehran, she worked for two years in Iran until she was forced to flee the Islamic Regime when she was only twenty-three.

Married, with one daughter, her story recounts her journey of escaping Iran through the underground network across many borders.

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual observance, held on April 22, to increase public awareness of environmental issues. Each year on Earth Day, millions of people throughout the world gather to clean up litter, to protest threats to the environment, and to celebrate progress in reducing pollution.¹

There are many events in and around Ventura County! To name a few:
Day of Learning at Simi Valley
Beautify McGrath State Beach
United Way Beach Cleanup

Reduce waste? * Earth friendly crafts? * More earth friendly crafts? How will you celebrate Earth Day?

¹Hayes, Denis. "Earth Day." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2012.

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