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April is Poetry Month

Maybe you know: April is National Poetry Month!

Check out your Library's Dewey 811.54 shelves or take a gander at our eLibrary Literature databases: Literature Resource Center, LitFinder and the literature links in Gale Virtual Reference Library. Don't miss out on alternative forms of poetry: haiku, rhyme, song, prose poetry and hymns, to name a few.

And for fun, why not sneak a peak at Crayola.com's Calendar activities to celebrate National Poetry Month?

National Library Week - free databases!

 Celebrate National Library Week by exploring additional, FREE databases offered by vendors:

Gale, one of our major vendors, offers the widget below to gain free access (this week only) to:
  * Archives Unbound — cross-searchable digital collections of historical documents
  * Career Transitions — a new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change
  * Global Issues in Context — global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance
  * GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) — authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources 
  * Grzimek's Animal Life — an interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species

Another major vendor is ProQuest - by visiting their Celebrate National Library Week link, you can explore free access to:
 * CultureGrams™ - explore the world's cultures with local experts
 * ProQuest eLibrary® - subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources. [Try it out!]
 * ProQuest® African American Heritage - brings together records critical to African American family history research
 * ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ - Black Newspapers experience history firsthand via continuous runs of the following full-image titles: The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, and New York Amsterdam News

Last but not least, H.W. Wilson offers Careers - from their Current Issues database series. Careers offers a wide array of information on diverse careers in a single vetted source.

We hope you enjoy the free information!

Don't forget to celebrate your Library this week!

Feedback to your Web Librarian is always welcome.

The Journey of Italians in America

The Simi Valley Library will host a lecture by University of Oregon historian and professor Vincenza Scarpaci, author of The Journey of Italians in America, on Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Scarpaci explores the contradictions of the Italian-American legacy, considering the ways in which Italians became an essential part of American history. Every aspect of life ranging from religion, the struggle for citizenship, anti-Italian prejudice, WWII, and of course, food, all come to life in this insightful illustrated talk. A book signing will follow the lecture.

If you're interested in Italian-American history, or history in general, it should be a very interesting evening!

Health and Healing

This week is National Public Health Week and Wednesday, April 7th, is World Health Day. Ventura County Library offers you many online health resources: our Need More Info About ...? page lists Health Information Sites and our eLibrary page offers Health & Medicine resources. Plus, you can always browse the non-fiction shelves at your local library!

National Public Health Week is a time for us to celebrate advancements in public health and assess our Nation’s and County's public health status.  The theme this year is A Healthier America:  One Community at a Time. Take a moment to view the County's Public Health Department's APHA video inviting us to change our health status in one generation.

Springtime in Ventura County

California Poppies in Thousand Oaks by Kyle DensonAccording to World Book Student, the vernal equinox occurs on March 19, 20 or 21 and marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Ventura County, Spring might start wet, but warms into Summer in a very temperate and colorful manner!

Are you seeing more wildflowers? Ventura County Library has books on identifying and growing all sorts of plants. For native wildflower guides, see Dewey 582.13; for gardening with natives, see Dewey 635.9 or check with the California Native Plant Society.
Photo credit: Kyle Denson

Irish Percussion from Pulse Drumming

Celebrate your inner leprechaun! Join in an afternoon of Irish fun on Wednesday March 17th, 3:30pm at Fillmore Library with Pulse Drumming. Learn about the origins of Irish music and try your hand at playing a bodhran!

The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, was born about 390 in Roman Britain. His association with the shamrock stems from his use of its 3 part leaf to explain the Christian Holy Trinity.¹

¹"St. Patrick's Day." Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. Ed. Helene Henderson. 3rd ed. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., 2005. 480-481. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.

Daylight Savings Time (DST)

Daylight Savings 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. See the results of our poll!

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
¹Petrie, Joanne. "Daylight saving time." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010.
²Waldstreicher, David. "Franklin, Benjamin." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 12 March 2010

Duffy Hudson brings Albert Einstein to life!

Sunday, March 21st at 2pm, come see actor Duffy Hudson perform as Albert Einstein at the Camarillo Library.

As Einstein, Mr. Hudson will explain the Special and General Theories of Relativity in a fun and engaging way. Learn about Einstein's life, gravity, speed of light and time travel.

March is Women's History Month

This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes the diverse accomplishments of women throughout history. 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 Resource Center, the History Resource Centers and World Book.

Our photo is of American suffragist Alice Paul unfurling a banner off the balcony of the National Women's Party headquarters in Washington, D.C. in August 1920 (from General Reference Center Gold, 2009.)

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