Express library in Ventura opens to public without staff

From VC Star

” Two hours before Hill Road Library in Ventura opens for the day, patrons can go it alone.The newly opened branch is one of just a few libraries in the nation to offer “express hours,” allowing residents to use the library without staff present. Officials are piloting the idea to add operating hours at low cost and may expand the concept to other locations in the 12-branch Ventura County library system.The express service adds 12 hours of operation each week to the 40 that the Ventura library is normally open, up 30 percent. “It could really be a sea change for us in Ventura County because we do have limited staffing resources,” said Nancy Schram, director of the library system. She knows of only two other library systems in the nation that offer the express service, one in Georgia and the other in the Minneapolis area. But express hours are common in Europe, where the idea has been tried successfully for more than 10 years, she said.”


YOU SHALL NOT READ : Ventura County Libraries recognize Banned Books Week|

From Ventura County Reporter

” What does Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop have in common with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451? Both have been targets of attempts to ban them from public libraries. Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 24, and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 30, the Ventura County Libraries are highlighting novels that share the same honor during the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week.Jackie Griffin, county library director, says that county libraries do get the occasional challenge but that she isn’t aware of any challenges that have arisen over the last year. Griffin says that books are challenged for various reasons, including for having sexually explicit scenes, language or even satanic depictions or “what they interpret as satanic depictions.” “Banned Books Week exists to bring attention to the fact that there are still books being censored around this country off and on,” said Griffin, “and we’ve seen an example of that here in Ventura County.” In August, at a meeting of the Conejo Valley Unified School District trustees, Conejo Valley school board President Mike Dunn was the lone vote cast to ban Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the ninth-grade curriculum, calling the book “too controversial.”

From card catalogs to free WiFi: Ventura County Library turns 100

From Ventura County Star

“It was 100 years ago that the Ventura County Library opened, and the 11 libraries in the system today feature services far removed from those bulky wooden drawers that kicked off a treasure hunt.Today, free Wi-Fi, free use of computers and DVDs on loan are just a few examples of the many services unimaginable just a few decades ago.”

Look! In the library! It’s Ventura’s Foster Con!

From Ventura County Star

” A station where children can create their own superhero — including super powers, a secret identity and a mask — will be among the offerings at the Third Annual Foster Con Mini Comic Festival at E.P. Foster Library in Ventura on Saturday.”Foster Con is the library’s version of a comic con — like the ones in San Diego and right here in Ventura — albeit on a much smaller scale,” said Heather Seaton, a County of Ventura library technician.”

Ventura County: T.O. Library demonstrates new technology

From Ventura County Star

” Some of the newest technology — from 3D printing to LED circuitry — is now available in Ventura County’s libraries and in six local city libraries thanks to a $20,000 grant from the state.”

Ventura County: County library system marks 100 years

From Ventura County Star

” The Ventura County Library system is marking its centennial this year.The occasion is scheduled to be recognized by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors at 10 a.m. Tuesday during the board’s meeting in Ventura.Officials traced the system’s beginnings to a previous board’s decision to establish a free county library that opened in January 1916 in Ojai.”

Ventura County: Libraries remain popular spots even as they evolve, economy improves

From Ventura County Star

” Ventura County’s libraries remained popular, busy places in 2015, even with the economy rebounding.That’s the take of Heather Cousin, director at the Thousand Oaks Library. Libraries also continued to evolve as community centers, places where people can learn English or use a 3-D printer. And students are using libraries as gathering spaces, as they do more group work for school, she said.”