Family Fest at Simi Valley Library - Sunday, April 10th

Barney Saltzberg - authorThis year's Children's Book Festival theme is "Passport to Adventure" and takes place on Sunday, April 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Simi Valley Library.

Barney Saltzberg, noted children's author, illustrator, singer and songwriter, will be featured at two performances at 2 pm and 3:15 pm in the Community Room.

In addition, there will be story corners, book sales, author autographs, give-a-ways, coloring stations and more!

This event is FREE to the public and sponsored by the Simi Valley Friends of the Library. Come celebrate National Library Week with us!

Latin Jazz at Ojai Library - April 3rd

Francisco de Leon plays Latin Jazz on acoustic guitar at the Ojai Library on Sunday April 3, 12:30pm

Accompanying himself on a nylon string guitar, Francisco sings a vast repertory blending his own original compositions with classic standards from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes, Carlos Gardel and other Latin masters. 

Francisco's influences are Brazilian bossa nova and Argentine tango.

Come and hear both the sadness and joy in his music.

“The Good Side of Bad” at Ojai Library - April 5th

Join Beverly Olevin Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30pm for a reading and discussion of her new novel The Good Side of Bad.

The novel is an exploration of the mysterious world of mental illness, corruption, greed and the tangled ties of family.

Kirkus Reviews, a pre-publication review source, states, “This true and telling novel is optimistic, realistic and sensitively told.”

“Best Fiction Book” -- Kirkus Discoveries


Ojai Library has over 250 new picture books!

Giggle over Betsy Red Hoodie, a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Discover what is so scary about Frankie Stein.

Learn what a Reverso is while enjoying the poetry in Mirror Mirror.

Enjoy the traditional Little Red Riding Hood and the Red Hen with charming new illustrations.

Come to the Ojai Library Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 for story time.

TumbleBooks - animated picture books!

Love reading picture books with your kids? Check out our new database: TumbleBook Library! In addition - take the Tumble Tour!

TumbleBook Library (scroll down to TumbleBook Library) is an online collection of animated, talking picture books - teaching kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration (sentences are highlighted as they are read) to produce an electronic picture books which you can read, or have read to you!

Byron Katie Story Time


 Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? Four questions to make you smile again

An inspirational story by Byron Katie, creator of  The Work.

Ms. Katie will read her story Tuesday March 22, 10:30 am at the Ojai Library.


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.

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!

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