April is National Poetry Month!
Check out your Library's Dewey 811, 821, 831 (etc.) shelves or take a gander at our eLibrary Literature databases: Literature Resource Center and the literature links in Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Public libraries across the country, including Ventura County Libraries, have seen usage numbers go up in the past few years as funding has remained stagnant or decreased. Communities rely on libraries more than ever for a diverse list of programs and services - making the library a true community center.
1. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for
2. To express interest in
3. To possess a large amount of knowledge in
4. To promote
"Libraries ... are being asked to perform a number of functions that most people probably don't associate with libraries. They really are supporting and complementing the work of other public agencies,”
-- Larry Eichel, The Pew Charitable Trusts, in a recent article.
Libraries can do amazing things with small budgets, but they need your support! Start the conversation in your community!
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! Tuesday, May 1 from 12 to 12:45pm, Recorded Books is offering a free webinar on OneClickdigital's features. You can register here.
This 45-minute 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).
To enjoy a planting activity, stop by between 2 and 4pm on Tuesday, April 3 or Thursday, April 5 to plant a seed and create a plant life-cycle wheel.
Come and play board games and solve puzzles! Available daily during open hours the week of April 2nd.
A life-long lover of music and singing, Robbie added songwriting to her talents after she discovered an abandoned guitar. Robbie has a large repertoire of folk music and encourages her audiences to sing along. John Wilson will accompany on bass, adding warmth and texture to Robbie's beautiful music.
For more information call the Ojai Library 646-1639.
Daylight Saving 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. What do you think?
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
WordFest is a festival of words, ideas and stories that encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill level, and ages to partake in an extravaganza of individually-hosted events around Ojai.
This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries. Explore the history of generations of women whose commitment to nature and humanity have proved invaluable to society.
Gale PowerSearch on our eLibrary page is a great place to start along with Biography In Context, the U.S. & World History In Context and World Book.
Or, read about how the history of libraries and women dovetail in this article from American Libraries.
Our photo is of suffragette Alice Paul.
This Teen Tech Week™ (March 4–10), YALSA invites you to Geek Out @ your library! This year’s theme encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors and showcase the outstanding technology they offer, from services as digital literacy-focused programs to resources like ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults.
The purpose of the initiative is to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.
Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.
Turn Your family history into a variety of interesting stories! Make your ancestors come alive on paper. Learn the most important elements of writing.
Each of us has a story from our ancestors or even our own story to tell. If these stories remain unwritten, how will your children know of their heritage? You'll be encouraged to write stories and experiences and turn your family history into a variety of interesting works - something your children will be proud of.
This program is especially suited for genealogists and aspiring authors.