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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. 
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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.
SCHEDULE:
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!

Choose Privacy!

Choose Privacy Week is May 2 - 8, 2010. For libraries in America, protecting privacy has always been a major concern. In fact, libraries in this country have been talking about privacy for library users since 1939, when privacy first showed up in the ALA Code of Ethics

See the trailer, enjoy our computers & privacy word search and Choose Privacy now!

Choose Privacy Week Trailer from 20K Films on Vimeo.

¹Privacyrevolution.org blog. (2010). [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.privacyrevolution.org/index.php/blog/C18/  

El Día de los Niños / El Día de los Libros

Celebrate! El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Celebremos! El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida.

Ventura County Library events: Avenue Library - Thursday, April 29th from 3 - 5pm
                                               Simi Valley Library - Firday, April 30th at 2pm

How the West Was Sung - free musical performance!

Join Craig Newton for a free musical performance for kids and families! See How the West Was Sung on Sunday, May 2nd - 3pm at the Simi Valley Library.

How the West Was Sung is a fast-paced program taking audiences on a Westward Movement journey across America. It features songs from cowboys, miners, settlers, farmers, laborers, soldiers and more. History and music in one delightful program, filled with singing, clapping and interaction.  See you there!

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