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Book Sales

San Buenaventura Friends of the Library  Book Sale January 31

The San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will host a used book sale in the Topping Room of E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Collect some finds  from our wide selection of hardcover books, audiobooks, dvds and like new paperbacks at bargain prices. This sale features Theater, Art, Special Interest, Biography, History, Cookbooks,  Autographed Books, Classics, Psychology, Children’s Books and  Reference.

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

San Buenaventura Friends of the Library

San Buenaventura Friends of the Library (SBFOL) is an all-volunteer group, working to help Ventura's libraries serve the public need for knowledge and opportunity. For information regarding SBFOL, 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. For more information contact SBFOL periodic book sales manager Chuck Carlson at 805.642.6084 or chucknsherrie@att.net. ###

Monthly Events @ E.P. Foster Library

February Events newsletter

January events newsletter ●1/6 Makeshop: Super Bouncy Ball 5-7 p.m. Join us at the E.P. Foster Library for this special Library LAB activity! Participants will make use of a simple chemical reaction to create a bouncing ball. Come learn about some of the ways science can be fun at this free event!

●1/8 Complimentary Hearing Screening 12-2 p.m. Curious about the state of your hearing? Stop by the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room for a free screening provided by Connect Hearing!

●1/10 Bookbinding Lecture 10 a.m. Join us in the Topping Room for a special talk by Roderick Lang, who will discuss bookbinding and related topics. Mr. Lang’s presentation will include general information surrounding the practice as well as examples of books he is currently working on.

●1/17 Movie Sing-Along 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This special movie screening will take place in the Topping Room. The film is the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Join us for this free sing-along event!

●1/20 Makeshop: Vibrating Robots 5-7 p.m. Come to E.P. Foster Library for another special Library LAB activity! This week, participants will be able to use small motors, battery clips, and assorted odds and ends to create fun little vibrating robots. If you’re looking for a project that requires a mix of engineering and creativity, join us for this free event!

●1/24 Writer’s Workshop 1-3 p.m. Doug Taylor, author of “Bogota by Bus,” will host a free interactive workshop at E.P. Foster Library discussing writing and the elements of a successful novel. Topics will include mapping out a novel in advance, character development, creating good dialogue, and the differences between action and descriptive narrative.

●1/20 Read Me a Story & More 6-8 p.m. This early literacy workshop is for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 years old. Participants will learn early literacy skills and practices, how to make a story come alive, and how to extend stories into activities that the whole family will enjoy! Registration is required, and space is limited; please contact Star Soto, Children’s Librarian at (805) 648-2716 for more information.

Recurring Events

●1/7, 1/14, 1/21 & 1/28 Library LAB 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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.

●1/8, 1/15, 1/22 & 1/29 Open Mic Night 7:30-9 p.m. On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to present their work.

●1/12, 1/26 Ukulele Jam Session 7-10 p.m. Come play the ukulele with other local musicians in the Topping room! This event is free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome to join in.

February

Below is a list of E.P. Foster Library’s planned events for February. A flyer of the month’s events is attached, and can also be found on the E.P. Foster Library location page; a direct link to the flyer can be found here.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the library at (805) 648-2716, and thank you for your help spreading the word about what we have going on here at the library!

2/3 Makeshop: Dancing Art Robots 5-7 p.m. Join us on the second floor of the library for this Library LAB activity! Participants will be able to build a robot out of a battery pack, vibrating motor, and washable markers that will dance across a surface and leave colorful designs in its wake. See how science and art can come together at this free event!
2/4 CI Lecture Series 5-7 p.m. In this talk, “Folding Them In: Using Science to Teach Science,” Dr. Gillespie, Associate Professor of Chemistry, explores the barriers to student interest and success in the sciences, and discusses his approach to bringing students into the fold, preparing them for careers in science fields, and for improving all students' science literacy.
2/6 Library LAB: 3D Printing Workshop 6-8 p.m. This special Friday evening Library LAB session will focus on 3D printing from beginning to end, starting with creating your own simple designs using free online tools and following the process through to a finished, printed model. Additional discussion of the capabilities of the library’s equipment and the future of our makerspace will follow!
2/14 Valentine’s Day Matinee 12:30-2 p.m. Join us for a St. Valentine’s Day matinee showing of a classic film featuring love, loss, and the oncoming nuclear winter. This dark comedy satirizes cold war fears of nuclear conflict between the US and the USSR. This film is on the AFI’s “100 Years… 100 Laughs” list. Join us for this free event and take in a classic.
2/17 Makeshop: Super Bouncy Ball 5-7 p.m. Join us at the E.P. Foster Library for this special Library LAB activity! Participants will make use of a simple chemical reaction to create a bouncing ball. Come learn about some of the ways science can be fun at this free event!
2/18 Silly Science Show 11 a.m. to noon & 3-4 p.m. Stop by E.P. Foster Library for the Silly Science Show with Ric Morton as "Professor Wisenheimer." During this show the Professor will teach basic scientific principles through fun activities and interactive experiments.
2/21 Miramar Publication Party 3-4 p.m. A special event and poetry reading hosted by Christopher Buckley. Miramar is published out of Santa Barbara and features poets from all over the United States. An inclusive journal that combines the past, the now, and the future of poetry, Miramar publishes poetry and commentary, old-school truth and beauty. Featured readers include Marsha de la O, Gary Young, Suzanne Lummis, and more!
2/28 FosterCon Mini Comic Festival 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. FosterCon is a two-day comic-related event with activities for all ages. There will be vendors, workshops on cosplay and drawing comics, stations for making candy sushi, Wii games for teens, and a special movie screening. Call the library for more information!

Recurring Events
2/4, 2/11, 2/18 & 2/25 Library LAB 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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.
2/5, 2/12, 2/19 & 2/26 Open Mic Night 7:30-9 p.m. On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to present their work.
2/9, 2/23 Ukulele Jam Session 7-10 p.m. Come play the ukulele with other local musicians in the Topping room! This event is free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun!

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 fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Santa Cruz Conference Room.

  • Chair - Ron D'Incau
  • Vice Chair - Patrick C. Squires
  • Commissioner Danny Carrillo
  • Commissioner Debbie Giles
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions about the Closure of HP Wright Library

Click here for an FAQ about the closure of HP Wright Library

More information regarding library issues is available at http://www.cityofventura.net/public_meetings/LibraryAdvisoryCommission.

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