Today is the last day of finals! Isn’t that awesome? I’m sure your brains are quite relieved to have a little break from all the schoolwork. Here are a few things to keep in mind (so to speak) while you are catching your breath:
- The Library will be closed from December 18th to January 11th.
- The Textbook Lending Library will take place on January 7th, and you can pick up tickets on January 6th. More information here.
- You can turn in books to the bookdrop down by the flagpole near Telegraph Road.
- If you are looking for a 1-credit class, one of our librarians is teaching an entirely online class called “Using the Library of the 21st Century.” It’s a late-start class. It’ll help you get a grasp on the weirdnesses of doing research. The CRN is 32496, and it is LIB v01.
That’s it for 2014. Have a great, relaxing, and safe break. See you next year!
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Hello! Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer!
By now, you’ve probably realized that school starts soon, on the 19th. You may be worried about textbooks and where to get them and how to afford them. Fortunately, the Library has a Textbook Lending Library. Here, you can check out up to three textbooks for the entire semester.
The system is a little different this year. On Monday the 13th from 8am-3pm, and Tuesday the 14th from 8-9am, lottery tickets will be issued, telling you what number you will be in line. The order of ticket numbers has already been determined, and is up on the Textbook Lending Library website. This will determine the order you will stand in line. The library will be opened Tuesday, August 14th starting at 9:30, and numbers will come in groups to get their books.
On August 15th, the library will be open from 2pm-6pm, and Textbook Lending Library books will be available first come, first served. On this day, the Santa Paula site will also be open from 1pm-5pm with their Lending Library, on a first come, first served basis (with no lottery).
If you have any questions about the Textbook Lending Library, there is a FAQ available. Also check out the website carefully. And make sure to print out your schedule and booklist in advance. If you aren’t sure what books the library has available, you can always check the library’s online catalog in advance.
And remember, the Lending Library is always available to you throughout the semester; if you don’t find a book this week, you can always return through the semester. It is always wise to check to see if people have dropped classes or gotten their financial aid and have returned the books.
While the Ventura College Library is closed until the 17th, your local library is open for business. Here is a little peak at the action going down at some of the local libraries:
- The Ventura County Library is open, but there will be some changes at the Simi Valley branch, with its decision to change its management. The E.P. Foster branch, which is located in downtown Ventura, will be having free music every second Sunday of the month. Many of the other local libraries are part of the Ventura County Library system; just check the “Locations” drop-down menu for a list of locations and addresses.
- The Oxnard Public Library is having summer reading programs for teens as well as adults. You can win prizes for reading books!
- The Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula allows you to learn another language using the Mango software. Check it out!
- The Camarillo Public Library is having free movie nights on Thursdays.
Today is the last day of finals, and the last day that the library will be open in 2012. So this will most likely be our last entry in 2012.
The Mayan Calendar ends on December 21, 2012, and some are predicting the end of the world (despite NASA’s assurances to the contrary). There have been many other Ends of the World that have been predicted in the past:
- Nostradamus predicted that there would be a King of Terror in July of 1999, leading many to believe the world would end.
- The Japanese group Aum Shinrikyo predicted the end of the world by nuclear war by the end of November 2003.
- Harold Camping has predicted many dates for the End of the World, including May 21, 2011 and October 21, 2011.
And of course, when Orson Welles first broadcast “The War of the Worlds” on radio, people thought the end was near due to martian invasion. Take a listen and see if you can hear what the fuss was about.
We’ll be optimistic, and conclude it’s just the end of the semester. Have a great new year, and we’ll see you in 2013!
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