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.
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Join in the fun of Simi Valley's Annual Read Across America Celebration and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday this Saturday, March 3 at Simi Valley Library from 10am to 12 noon. The event is free and includes performances and readings by special guests. There will be drawings for prizes, photo opportunities and much more!
Mr. Tallent has written a moving coming of age tale set in 1832, the end of the California Mission Period.
Making the Reata is a beautifully written and carefully researched story that weaves the history of Ventura County into an informative depiction of the conflict between the Chumash and the Spanish invaders as well as an enchanting story of the relationship between a Mission Padre, Chumash Elder and a young boy.
Woven into the story is the construction of a reata (lariat) by the Mestizo protagonist and his Chumash mentor, an apt metaphor for the complex task of respecting tradition and heritage while adapting to change.
February is African American History Month. Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress and many others in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Or, try U.S. History In Context (in our eLibrary under "History & Social Studies") to get information for things like Abolition and the Underground Railroad, Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.
It's all free with your library card!