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Libraries and Hours

The City of Ventura has two public libraries, E.P. Foster Library (648-2716) and The Avenue Library (643-6393), administered and staffed by the Ventura County Library System. To receive the library's e-newsletter click here

E. P. Foster Library located at 651 East Main Street

Monday-Thursday   10-7
Friday -Saturday     10-5
Sunday                    1-5
 

 

 

Avenue Library located at 606 North Ventura Avenue

Monday-Tuesday            12-7
Wednesday-Thursday    12-6
Saturday                          10-3
Friday & Sunday              Closed
 

 

Monthly Events @ E.P. Foster Library

Below is a list of E.P. Foster Library’s planned events for the upcoming month, which can also be found on the E.P. Foster Library location page.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Library Technician Ron Solórzano at 805-648-2716 or visit https://www.facebook.com/epfosterlibrary. Thank you for your help spreading the word about these events.

Ongoing Events for Adults
Library LAB Open Workshop – Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Poetry Open Mic Night – Thursdays at 7:30 in the Topping Room
Ukulele Jam Session- 2nd and 4th Monday at 7 pm in the Topping Room.

E.P. Foster November 2016 Event Calendar

Click here for a printable November calendar PDF

Adult Programs & Special Events

Author Talk- Los Padres National Forest
11/22 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
Please join us for an early evening discussion with local author Craig Carey and cartographer Bryan Conant. Bring any questions regarding hiking and navigating the Los Padres National Forest.

Spocabulary
11/23 Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
This poetry performance and writing workshop with an open mic is geared towards high school and college students but all are welcome. Specific emphasis is on SLAM Poetry. Presented by Phil Taggart and Aaron Gardner.

Ongoing Events
Spanish Conversation Group
11/19, & 26 Saturdays @ 10:30am in the Rentfrow Room
Are you learning Spanish but need some practice speaking? Join this informal group to chat and practice your Español! Bring your own coffee                                                                                                   

Adult Coloring Book Break
11/23, & 30 Wednesdays @ 12-2pm
Join us in the library for some stress relieving coloring. Coloring sheets and pencils provided. Available from 12pm to 2pm so stop by for a minute or ten!                                                                                                                      

Library LAB Open Workshop
11/23, & 30 Wednesdays @ 4:30-6:30pm    Come by the library on Wednesday evenings to learn more about our 3D printer and laser cutter or to use them yourself! Ask the library staff about what you need to bring to print or engrave an item of your own, or just drop in to see what we’re up to in our library makerspace.

Poetry Open Mic Night
11/17 Thursdays @ 7:30-9pm
On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to share their work.

Ukulele Jam Session
11/28 Mondays @ 7-10pm
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess
11/19, & 26 Saturdays @ 1pm
Calling all chess players! Keep your skills sharp with this one-hour, drop-in session of free play. Boards will be set up and ready to go. Bring your best moves!

Adapting to Alzheimer's
11/19 Saturday @ 2-3pm
Join us for a compassionate discussion about the caring and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Local author Sherry Lynn Harris will provide insight and advice from her new book, Adapting to Alzheimer’s.

Children’s Events   

Early Literacy Class                                                                                                                            
11/122, 23, 29, & 30
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am                                                                                                             
A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library. Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

Family Coloring                                                                      
11/19, & 26 Saturdays @ 10:30am – 12pm     Saturday Family Coloring Fun!

Lego Play                                                                                      
11/22 Tuesdays @ 3pm                                                     
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Paws for Reading     11/19, & 26 Saturdays 12 - 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required)

Teen Happenings

Spocabulary
11/23 Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
This poetry performance and writing workshop with an open mic is geared towards high school and college students but all are welcome. Specific emphasis is on SLAM Poetry. Presented by Phil Taggart and Aaron Gardner.

Youth Chess Club
11/ 21, & 28 Mondays @ 3pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.

Holidays in November
We will be closed:
November 23rd closing @ 5pm  
November 24th Thanksgiving Day E.P. Foster Events Listing December 2016

December Events

Click here for a printable December calendar

Adult Programs & Special Events

Altered Book/Collage Workshop  12/7 Wednesday @ 6pm
Repurpose an old book into a new piece of art.  Bring an old book and your imagination.
Local artist Ron Smith will be leading this workshop. Some materials will be supplied but feel free to bring special items for your altered book.

Spocabulary
12/14 & 28 Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
This poetry performance and writing workshop with an open mic is geared towards high school and college students but all are welcome. Specific emphasis is on SLAM Poetry. Presented by Phil Taggart and Aaron Gardner

Ongoing Events

Spanish Conversation Group
12/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Saturdays @ 10:30am in the Rentfrow Room
Are you learning Spanish but need some practice speaking? Join this informal group to chat and practice your Español! Bring your own coffee                                                                                                   

Adult Coloring Book Break
12/7, 14, 21, & 28 Wednesdays @ 12-2pm
Join us in the library for some stress relieving coloring. Coloring sheets and pencils provided. Available from 12pm to 2pm so stop by for a minute or ten!                                                                                                                      
 
Library LAB Open Workshop
12/7, 14, 21, & 28 Wednesdays @ 4:30-6:30pm                                         
Come by the library on Wednesday evenings to learn more about our 3D printer and laser cutter or to use them yourself! Ask the library staff about what you need to bring to print or engrave an item of your own, or just drop in to see what we’re up to in our library makerspace.

Poetry Open Mic Night
12/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Thursdays @ 7:30-9pm
On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to share their work.

Ukulele Jam Session
12/12 Monday @ 7-10pm                                                                                                
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess
12/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Saturdays @ 1pm
Calling all chess players! Keep your skills sharp with this one-hour, drop-in session of free play. Boards will be set up and ready to go. Bring your best moves!

Children’s Events

Winter Crafternoon                                                                         
12/15 @3:30-5:30pm                                                                     
Get your craft on in the afternoon and enjoy the crisp shapes and colors of winter!

Early Literacy Class                                                                                                                             
12/6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am                                                                                                            
A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library. Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

Family Coloring                                                                            
12/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Saturdays @ 10:30am – 12pm                               
Saturday Family Coloring Fun!

Lego Play                                                                                     
 12/6 &20 Tuesdays @ 3pm                                                      
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Paws for Reading                                                                                                                                  
12/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Saturdays @ 12 - 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required)

Hour of Code
12/7 Wednesday @ 3:30 – 4:30pm in the Topping Room
Learn and have fun in the Hour of Code™ at the E.P. Foster Library in Downtown Ventura!
Kids will be introduced to computer programming using Code.org. They will build confidence in computer science through self-directed skill building, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.  
•    No computer experience needed
•    Aimed at kids 8 – 13
•    Bring your own laptop to connect and follow-along
•    10 library laptops will be available on a first-come,  first-serve basis
The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

Code Club
12/14 & 21 Wednesdays @ 3:30 – 4:30pm on the children’s  floor
Learn and have fun in the Code Club at the E.P. Foster Library!
Kids will be introduced to computer programming using Code.org and Scratch. They will build confidence in computer science through self-directed skill building, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.  
•    No computer experience needed
•    Aimed at kids 8 – 13
•    Bring your own laptop to connect and follow-  along
•    10 library laptops will be available on a first-come,   first-serve basis

Teen Happenings

TAG: Teen Advisory Group
12/7 & 21Wednesdays @ 5pm
If you want to share ideas, meet new people and have a great time shaping the library teen program join TAG! This is for 13+ and grades 8+ and counts toward community service requirements.

Spocabulary
12/14 & 28 Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
This poetry performance and writing workshop with an open mic is geared towards high school and college students but all are welcome. Specific emphasis is on SLAM Poetry. Presented by Phil Taggart and Aaron Gardner.

Youth Chess Club
12/5, 9, 12, 19 Mondays @ 3pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability!
Holidays in December
We will be closed:
December 25 & 26 in observance of Christmas

Ventura Friends of the Library

Ventura Friends of the Library (VFOL) is an all-volunteer group, working to help Ventura's libraries serve the public need for knowledge and opportunity. For information regarding VFOL, including becoming a volunteer worker, and/or making a tax-deductible donation of cash, please pick up forms at any library where you may also donate books for future sales.

Upcoming Booksales

Contact: Mary  Olson  (805) 223-1187

 For exact dates and times please check their website sanbuenaventurafriendsofthelibrary.org.

Library Strategic Plan

The Library Strategic Plan Vision for the Future: 2012-2017 (see also the final Executive Summary) was adopted by the Ventura City Council on May 7, 2012. For more information about this project please contact Denise Sindelar, Community Partnerships Manager at dsindelar@cityofventura.net or 805-658-4793.

Share your thoughts and comments with the Library Advisory Commission Please complete and save this form and email it to dsindelar@cityofventura.net.  Library Survey (pdf)

Library Advisory Commission

The City of Ventura has a Library Advisory Commission - not related to the County Library Commission. The City Library Advisory Commission's purpose is to make recommendations to the Ventura City Council on issues related to libraries and library services. The LAC meets on the alternate fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm (January, March, May, July, September, and November) in the Santa Cruz Conference Room.

  • Chair - Patrick C. Squires
  • Vice Chair - Debbie Giles
  • Commissioner Ron D'Incau
  • Commissioner Paul Feldman
  • Commissioner David Luna
  • Commissioner Dolly Moerhle
  • Commissioner Berta Steele
  • City staff contact for the Library Advisory Commission:  Denise Sindelar, 658-4793

View Library Advisory Commission minutes and agendas

The County Library System

The County Library System consists of twelve libraries in seven cities, plus unincorporated county areas. The System is governed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The mission of the Ventura County Library is to meet the general reading, lifelong learning and informational needs of the people of Ventura County, with special focus on children, youth and families.  Jackie Griffin is the Director of the Ventura County Library System.

Ventura County Library
5600 Everglades St.
Suite A
Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 677-7150

Ventura County Library website