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Tags, Virtual Browsing, Similar Books, oh my!

Have you seen our new catalog features? We've added several new features to the item information page in our Library Catalog:

1) Shelf browse shows titles that are found on the same virtual shelf in our system-wide eLibrary (see the blue arrow in the picture at left)

2) Tags! Linked, natural language tags now appear below the Copy/Holding information (see the green arrow). These tags are clickable.

3) Similar book titles along with Other editions and translations appear under Item Information in the left column (see the red arrow). These titles are linked within the catalog.

We are still working on the catalog pages - keep an eye out for more. We're interested in what you think!
Let us know!

Shop online to support Adult Literacy!

You can still support our Ventura County Library Adult Literacy program by shopping at Barnes & Noble online through Sept 17th!

Visit bn.com/bookfairs and support READ Ventura County Library Barnes & Noble Bookfair from the comfort of your home through 9/17/10 or enter Bookfair ID 10267466 at online checkout at bn.com/bookfairs.

Nominate your librarian for an award!

Have you received exceptional assistance from a librarian? Has your library made a difference in your life? The 'I Love My Librarian' award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional librarians.

You can nominate your librarian for the third year of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!  Nominations for 2010 stay open through September 20.

Faery Time at the Simi Valley Library

On Sunday, Sept. 12, come join Faery Boon and Brownie Cletus as they take you to an enchanted place through stories, songs and laughs.

The magical faery adventure happens in the Community Room at the Simi Valley Library at 3pm. Costumes are optional!

READ Ventura County Library - Book Fair!

Have fun and celebrate & support our Ventura County Library Adult Literacy program at the same time! Visit our table at Barnes & Noble in Ventura Sept. 10 - 13 with special events Friday evening, Sept. 10 and Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11. See our flyer (vouchers included)!

Almost EVERYTHING in the store counts which means you can enjoy food in the café, pick up a new game, choose from loads of CDs & DVDs, and lots more! 

Check out the exciting new areas including Educational Toys & Games, Adult Games & Puzzles, BN@School, and NOOK the Barnes & Noble e-reader.  There’s something for EVERYONE!

Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Visit bn.com/bookfairs and support READ Ventura County Library Barnes & Noble Bookfair from the comfort of your home from 09/10/10 to 09/13/10 or enter Bookfair ID 10267466 at online checkout at bn.com/bookfairs.

See Comedian Jason Love at Camarillo Library!

Come see Jason Love - comedian, guitarist, cartoonist and author - at Camarillo Library on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2pm.

The program is for all ages. Jason performs standup comedy all over the country at venues such as The Improv, Funny Bones, Laugh Factory, Punchline and Zanies. He also syndicates his daily cartoon "Snapshots" to millions of readers in print and on the Internet. His humor column "So It Goes" has run in over 50 publications including the Ventura County Star.

His mother still asks when he is going to get a job!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Do you know someone who might benefit from online database access? Children's storytimes? Free Internet access? Books on CD? Downloadable audiobooks? 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, observed nationally since 1987, and the Ventura County Library wants to make sure all residents of Ventura County have the smartest card of all – a library card.

Getting a library card is easy.  Visit a Ventura County Library, complete the library card application form and present it at the circulation desk along with picture identification showing your current street address.

“Your library card is the most important school supply of all,” says our Library Director, Jackie Griffin.  “There’s a lot happening at Ventura County Library, and the best part for both children and parents, especially in these tough economic times, is that it’s all free with a library card.”

There's a whole world waiting for you @ your library!

Classical Guitar at Ojai Library - Jesse Davis

Please join us at Ojai Library for an hour of beautiful acoustic guitar by Jesse Davis on Sunday afternoon, September 5 at 1pm.

Jesse has performed with the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society. He studies with Master Guitarist, Carlos Gonzales.

 

 

County Libraries at the Fair!

Jordan enjoys a book!Ventura County Library, Oxnard Public Library, Blanchard/Santa Paula Public Library and Moorpark City Library joined forces to promote our libraries at this year's Ventura County Fair.

The booth, located in the Children's Building, promoted County-wide library services, Adult Literacy programs, and Childrens' & Adult programming. Fair attendees gathered information about library events, services & programming, and signed up for library cards.

Every year, the children's craft side of the booth is a big hit, and this year was no different! Children decorated hats and bandanas, played western dress-up and enjoyed a story time or two.

To those of you who visited: thanks for stopping by, we appreciated your energy, questions and suggestions!

To all: hope to see you next year!

Mom reads to her kids... Bridget shows off her hat!

Focus on the Masters at Camarillo Library

Join Donna Granata, Founder and Executive Director of Focus on the Masters, this Sunday, August 8 at 2pm in the Camarillo Library Community Room.

Ms. Granata will present a visual journey through the unique life of Horace Bristol (1908 - 1997), a notable photojournalist from Ventura County. His photographs, depicting the plight of American migrant workers during the Dust Bowl era, inspired John Steinbeck. He also went on to document World War II.

Learn more about this historic Ventura County artist from one of Ventura County's current artistic stars!
[Photo credit: Horace Bristol]

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