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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Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at Simi Valley Library!

Join in the fun of Simi Valley's Annual Read Across America Celebration and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday this Saturday, February 27 at Simi Valley Library from 10am to 12 noon. The event is free and includes performances and readings by special guests. There will be drawings for prizes, photo opportunities and much more.

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Free Cartooning Class for Kids!

Kids! Learn to draw pirate cartoons from Dave Boatman at the Simi Valley Library on Sunday, March 7th at 3 pm. 

The one hour class features warm-up and imagination exercises, demonstrations of various cartoon facial expressions, and a step-by-step follow-the-instructor drawing period.

Have fun! Get creative - drawing cartoons in an interactive hour of instruction.

Celebrate Simi Valley Library's 30 year Anniversary!

Join us in celebrating Simi Valley Library’s 30th Anniversary Sun. Feb. 21st - 2 to 4 pm.

Featuring: a guest speaker from the Simi Valley Historical Society discussing the history of libraries in Simi Valley ...
And, a variety of children’s events, including:
 * Performance by the Alphabet Soup Puppeteers, "A Red, White, and Blue Day"
 * Storytelling with local children’s book author and artist Mary Ann Fraser
 * Paws 4 Healing, Inc. READ Program: dogs helping children discover the joy of reading
 * Arts and crafts

Have you tried Self-Checkout?

It's easier than ever to check out items! Self-check is available now at Camarillo, E.P. Foster, Ojai, Ray D. Prueter, Oak Park & Fillmore Libraries.

It's coming soon to Simi Valley, Avenue, El Rio, Oak View, Meiners Oaks, Saticoy and Piru Libraries. We anticipate item tagging and self-check installations will be completed by the end of 2010.

Avoid the lines and the wait - why not give it a try?

The Winter Olympics & Art

Art and the Olympics DO mix! Janet Echelman created two suspended net forms that float above a pond in Richmond (site of the skating events.)   "Water Sky Garden ... is a 75,000-square foot installation that functions as a filtration system for the rainwater runoff from the building."            [From Stephanie Cash's article "Art takes the Olympic podium" in Art in America Feb. 2010 General Reference Center Gold.]
 * 2010 Winter Olympics began February 12.
 * Winter Olympics: Dewey 796.98;  Vancouver, B.C. Guidebooks: Dewey 917.1133

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10am, come celebrate a centuries old tradition: Chinese New Year, at Camarillo Library. Join in the celebration of the Year of the Tiger with the Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe,Ventura County Chinese Language School students and crafts.

Ventura County Library has lots of resources on the Chinese New Year: from books (Dewey 394.261) to eLibrary encyclopedia or magazine and journal articles.

"To Kill A Mockingbird" Screening in Ojai

In celebration of the Ventura County Big Read, "To Kill a Mockingbird" starring Gregory Peck will be screened at the Ojai Playhouse on Sat. Feb. 20th at 4:30 pm.

Following the movie, join others for a discussion of the book and movie at Jesters.
The Ojai Playhouse is located at 145 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai.
Jesters is located at 139 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai.

Documentary showing - "The Welcome Table"

"The Welcome Table", a documentary film project of the University of Mississippi and the Southern Foodways Alliance, will be shown on Tues., Feb. 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Prueter Library in Port Hueneme in conjunction with Ventura County's Big Read Program, Black History Month, and Women's History Month. 

The film provides a look at the roots of the Civil Rights Movement and the role of two African-American women who ran food establishments in Montgomery, Alabama, during this period.

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