One thing that I have always been passionate about is literature.
When I was a child, my mother took me to the local library, I joined and received my first library card. I can still remember lugging home a bunch of picture books with the easy reading printing (c’mon I was five years old). I was delighted to read through these books and then saddened because I did it so very quickly and then had to wait until the next visit to the library for more books.
When I go to the the library today, I love to see moms loading up their bags with books for their children. Like my mother, they are doing their little ones a huge favor. They are introducing them to the wonders of the written word, enlarging their vocabulary, and sparking their imaginations to the untold marvels of the universe.
When I graduated from the “Dick and Jane” series, I embarked on the mystery tour of the “Nancy Drew” books. how I loved those books! I credit them with precipitating my fondness for mystery thrillers, both at the movies (too many to mention) and on television (from Hitchcock to Columbo to CSI). If a movie is based on a novel, then I will read the novel first, since nine out of ten times it will be better than the movie. In my opinion, only one movie actually rivaled its written word counterpart, and that was “Gone With the Wind.” Both were magnificent!
I am not a book snob! I have read Shakespeare and Harlequin. I have read many of the Classics and have equally loved many a best seller. The more I read, the more I grow. I just love a good story!
These days, technology has invaded my reading world. I own an mp3 and a Nook. I can “listen” to five times as many books this way and can always be found with my ear phones on whether gardening, driving or doing household chores. I use my Nook for taking notes and highlighting discussion items for my two Book Clubs. There have been a couple of people who have tried to tell me that “listening” to a book is not really reading it, that it is ‘cheating.’ I counter that with the fact that before there was the written word, stories, histories, folklore and religion were handed down from generation to generation by the spoken word. So, in fact, verbal literature is the “true original” method of literature.
Most libraries have downloadable books that are accessible online. Some libraries even have wi-fi if you plan on bringing your laptop. At one of our local libraries, the Oxnard Public Library, you can even apply for a passport! At many of the Ventura County Public Libraries you can find programs for adult literacy and they even offer homework help for the kids who need it. The Ventura County Public Library system has so many resources, it definitely deserves your patronage.
Every time I visit a library, I think how lucky we are that all these books are basically free to anyone. So many books..... so little time!
Please Support your local library!
In Ventura County your public libraries are:
The Oxnard Library has three locations. The main one is 251 South 'A' Street, Oxnard, CA 93030
The Ventura County Library has 13 locations in these cities: Ventura, Fillmore, Oak View, Oak Park, Ojai, Piru, Port Hueneme, Saticoy, Simi Valley and Oxnard. Use the link for hours, locations and online access
The Thousand Oaks Library has 2 locations. The main library is 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, (805) 449-2660
The Camarillo Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Road Camarillo, CA 93010, 805-388-5222
The Moorpark Library is located at 699 Moorpark Ave, Moorpark, California 93021, 805-517-6370
The Blanchard Library in Santa Paula is located at 119 North 8th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2709, (805) 525-3615
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