It's Here! Summer Reading Program 2010

“Make a Splash – READ!” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Save the dates! From June 13 through August 13, Children will explore the world of water and water fun through stories, songs, games and other activities about the oceans, rivers, lakes, and pools and the creatures that live there.

Kickoff shows or parties are scheduled at each branch. SWAZZLE PUPPETS are the featured performers. Check the Kids’ Pages for the schedule of kickoff performances in each branch. All aspects of the Summer Reading Program are open to youth of all ages and are free of charge! Watch this blog for breaking news.

Preservation Week

May 10th is Personal Archiving Day and kicks off Preservation Week. Learn how to preserve many different kinds of digital materials, using our Library of Congress links and this handy, pdf guide on Preserving Your Digital Memories.

Don't forget to manage your material in other formats: home movies, sound recordings, print photography and documents. See the Library of Congress' Preservation FAQ.

Fishbone Vessels and Knotted Fiber Sculptures

Spend an afternoon with Gerri Johnson-McMillen, an artist known for Fishbone Vessels and Knotted Fiber Scupltures. Gerri is Artist in Residence at Studio Channel Islands; her love of the ocean and what's beneath play an influential part in her work.

On Sunday, May 16th at 2pm, Gerri will discuss how her art emotionally connects her and the viewer with life experiences. Fishbones and monfilament (fishing line) are woven together to create vessel forms the artist calls "jewels of the sea", vessels of remembrance. Join us for an unforgettable program!

1st Annual Chalk Art Festival

Join in the fun at this free art event this Saturday, May 8th at Simi Valley Library. From 10am to 2pm, the community will come together just for the "ART" of it.  Use chalk as the medium to express your inner artist. Fun for the whole family!

Bring your creativity, chalk, art and a cushion to sit on. Learn to use a grid to draw and enlarge a design. There will even be a "look alike" special guest appearance from Mary Poppins!

Bilingual Storytime - Lectura de Cuentos en Familia

Simi Valley Library is launching a new, monthly, bilingual storytime event on Monday, May 24th in the Children's Story Corner at 11 am. 

The bilingual storytime will feature stories & songs. Watch for the event on the fourth Monday of each month. Sponsored by the Simi Valley Library and Simi Valley First 5. 
La biblioteca de Simi Valley esta lanzando un nuevo evento mensual, la hora de cuentos bilingüe, el lunes 24 de mayo a las 11:00 de la mañana, en el rincón de cuentos para los niños.
La hora de cuentos bilingüe contara con cuentos y canciones en español e ingles. Estén pendiente de este evento el cuarto lunes de cada mes.  Patrocinado por la biblioteca de Simi Valley y Los Primeros 5 de Simi Valley.

Ojai Local Authors Series

Meet your favorite local author! Ojai Library hosts local authors on a series of Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 8pm June 9 - 30. For more information, call 646-1639.
JUNE 16 – Sucinno: Walking Between Trees, the current plight of humankind
JUNE 23 – Elise De Puydt: Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai,  art and historic places of the Ojai Valley       
JUNE 30 – Polly Bee: Scattershot, poetry direct and honest with humor & insight

Togen Daiko Drum Taiko Ensemble

Camarillo Library presents the Togen Daiko Drum Taiko Ensemble on Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m.  Togen Daiko's style can be described as a group effort of taiko players working towards creating harmony with their drums and each other. The emphasis is on group harmony and shared development.

“Taiko” is used to mean the relatively modern art of Japanese drum performances (kumi-daiko), but the word actually refers to the taiko drums themselves. Togen Daiko is a local group that was formed in 1996. They have performed at many events including the Oxnard Buddhist Temple Obon Festival.

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Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of a Mexican army over a French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The battle was fought after Emperor Napoleon III of France sent troops to take over Mexico. The French army was better armed and three times as large, but the Mexican army won anyway.¹

How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Will you find a book to read? (Dewey 394.262) Cook a Mexican meal? (Dewey 641.59) Find a website with Cinco de Mayo games and crafts? Have fun!

¹"Cinco de Mayo." World Book Kids. World Book, 2010. Web. 30 April 2010.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed nationally to recognize the contributions people of Asian and Pacific heritage have made to American culture.

Enjoy exploring websites that explain the significance of the monthAsian American History (take the quiz), along with biographies of notable Asian Americans and more. Don't forget, you can use our eLibrary resources too!

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