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Do you know the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?

Do you know the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?¹ 
Do you know the Question to the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?²
Do you know where your towel is and why that question is important?³

If you know the answer to any of these questions you have Douglas Adams to thank. Douglas, who sadly died in 2001, was born on March 11th in 1952. He is the author of the five book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (Yes, trilogy) as well as the Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency novels, a handful of Doctor Who episodes and more.

If you have never read one of his works, pick one up and give him a shot.

¹42.
²According to some, "What do you get when you multiply six by nine?" (Which actually works in base 13). According to others, it is impossible to know both the answer and the question in the same universe lest the universe destroy itself.
³A towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, ...soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. ... What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.” —The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Chapter 3.

Bilingual Stories with Tawny!

Bring your little ones to the Ojai Library every Tuesday afternoon at 3pm for fun and stories with staff member Tawny Villaseñor.

Tawny reads picture books from Ojai Library's bilingual collection.  Parents and children of all ages will enjoy stories in both English and Spanish.

Come experience the joy!

 

 

Words Words and More Words

Ojai's first WordFest, 9 days of talks, workshops, readings and a book fair, may just put Ojai firmly on the map as a destination for the literary world. 

Ojai Library is a large part of this exciting event. Check the Ojai Library event calendar for a list of talks and readings.

Computer labs, wireless and in-library catalogs are back up!

Ventura County Library has completed the move of their systemwide network and related hardware.

Our public computer labs, wireless access and in-library catalogs are all back up and running.

From all of us: THANK YOU for your patience!

Words Words and More Words

Ojai's first WordFest, 9 days of talks, workshops, readings and a book fair, may just put Ojai firmly on the map as a destination for the literary world.  Ojai Library will be a large part of this exciting event. Check the event calendar for a list of talks and readings.

 

March is Women's History Month

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.

Our photo is of Aviator Amelia Earhart. 

Computer Down time at Ventura County Library locations

Ventura County Library will be conducting the final phase of the systemwide computer hardware move that impacts computer use at the Ventura County Libraries. The move is a result of the Library's consolidation of Administration, Support and Children's Services offices to one location.

Beginning Thursday, February 24, 2011 and continuing through Thursday, March 3, 2011, online capable computers including public internet, wireless and the in-library catalog will not be available for public use.

Home access to the Ventura County Library website, www.vencolibrary.org will not be affected.

Library staff will be available to assist in finding items during the transition. All Ventura County Library locations are impacted. We thank you for your patience!

Learn about Home Energy Efficiency

Come to Ojai Library on Tuesday, February 22, at 6:30pm and learn how to reduce your utility costs through energy efficiency opportunities. 

Representatives from Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance will provide a public workshop to explain common efficiencies useful in homes.  You will learn how to conserve electricity and gas, where to obtain utility rebate information and how to use utility efficiencies to benefit other conservation measures. 

Bring your questions and join the discussion!

Jeff Uzzel at Ojai Library

Singer/Songwriter Jeff Uzzel will play at the Ojai Library as part of their First Sunday Music series on Sunday, March 6 at 1pm.

Jeff has written 40 original songs and also covers music by the Beatles, Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, Van Morrison, and others.

Jeff specializes in Rock, Reggae, and Folk music and has many years of performance experience. He performs regularly at restaurants in Ventura and Ojai. Keep up with him on his website www.jeffuzzel.com.

Subscribe to an email book list!

Running out of reading sources? Need some inspiration?  See our book list newsletter sign-up page for lists of new books and old favorites. 

As a subscriber, you'll receive emails with lists linking directly into our catalog. Fiction and nonfiction, reading for children, teens and adults... there's a list for everyone!

Find the sign-up page on our website by looking under the "Special Interests" heading on the left side of the vencolibrary.org page: Books & Reading > Newsletters & Booklists.

For descriptions of each list, hover your cursor over the list name. The frequency of list updates will also appear.

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