New, updated, public computer labs!

Ventura County Library is updating libraries’ public computer labs. The new PCs are Lenovo ThinkCentre all-in-one units with 20” displays, featuring the Windows 7 operating system with Microsoft Office 2010 installed.

To aid in learning the new operating system and Office software, patrons can find tutorials in the Ventura County eLibrary > Education > LearningExpress Library > Computer & Internet Basics. These resources are available free with a Ventura County Library card.

Already completed are the public computer labs at Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme, Ojai Library, Oak View Library and Meiners Oaks Library in the Ojai Valley, Avenue Library, Saticoy Library and E. P. Foster Library in Ventura, Fillmore Library, Oak Park Library, and most recently, Albert H. Soliz Library in El Rio. New computers for the remaining Ventura County Libraries will be installed over the next few months. All Ventura County Libraries also supply free wireless 24/7.

Photo credit: Terry Quick

Join in the fun! Our Summer Reading Program is on!

The Ventura County Libraries have three Summer Reading Programs held from June through August: Dream Big for grades K-6, Own the Night for grades 6-12, and Between the Covers for adult readers.  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.

Celebrate Oak Park History Month at Oak Park Library!

How do you plan a community? Find out at Oak Park Library on Saturday, June 23 from 4:30-6:30pm.

Join Oak Park master planner/architect/environmentalist, Richard W. Smith, and find out how Oak Park became such a beautiful place to live.

Mr. Smith will show rare 1970s plans and area photographs. Come to the library and learn about your town!

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: > 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).

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