Library Services


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


Memories of Main Street: A Digital Storytelling Workshop • June 5-6, 9 am-5 pm

Ventura County Library invites you to share your family or personal experiences and learn the basics of Digital Storytelling. This free, two-day workshop on June 5th and 6th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is part of California Listens, a program sponsored by the California State Library and led by StoryCenter. Printable flyer (pdf)

In this workshop, you will create a 2 to 4-minute video using your personal and family images, videos and archival material. Learn how to tell a great story, write and record a narration script, and the basics of video editing. The video you create will become part of a statewide archive of stories about life in California!

We are seeking stories that reflect the full spectrum of life around Main St. Ventura. Long-time residents, newcomers, surfers, environmentalists, artists, community activists, business owners, oil industry employees and their families - we want to hear from you!

Apply online by May 31st, 2017. There is a limit of 15 participants for this workshop. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Nancy Schram, Deputy Director, at


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 Thank you for your help spreading the word about these events.

click here for February calendar pdf

click here for March calendar pdf


Monthly Calendar of Events

E.P. Foster April 2017 Events Listing

Adult Programs & Special Events

A California Native Plant Society Lecture

4/18 Tuesday @7-9pm

Rick Burgess "A Flora of Ventura County" a lovely view of Ventura's spring beauties. Presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

Ongoing Events

Spanish Conversation Group
4/1, 8, 15, 22, &  29 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!                                                                                  

Library LAB Open Workshop
4/3, 10, 17, & 24 Mondays @ 5-6pm            

Makerspace Open Workshop
4/5, 12, 19, & 26 Wednesdays @ 4-6pm
Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation, a laser cutter/engraver, and so much more! Play hard, have fun, explore, discover, connect.  

Poetry Open Mic Night
4/6, 13, 20,  & 27  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
4/10 & 24 Mondays @ 7-10pm
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month

Spontaneous Chess
4/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 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

Friday Films with Craft
4/7, 14, 21, & 28 Fridays @ 2pm
Films: Toy Story (7th), Ratatouille (14th), Lego Movie (21st), The Muppets (2011) (28th)
Join us each Friday for a film screening and a specially themed craft!

Earth Day Crafternoon
4/20 Thursday @ 3:30pm
Join us for a special Earth Day craft!
What will you create?

Dance Party!
4/14 & 29 Thursday & Saturday @ 10-11am on the 2nd Floor
Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups.

Early Literacy Class
4/4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, & 27
Tuesdays @ 10:30am
Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Thursdays @ 5:30pm
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
4/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Saturdays @ 10:30am – 12pm
Saturday Family Coloring Fun!

Lego Play
4/4, 11, 18, & 25 Tuesdays @ 3pm
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Paws for Reading
4/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Saturdays @ 12-1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog. (Sign-up required)

STEAM Monthly
4/6 Thursday @ 10:30am-12pm
STEAM monthly will explore concepts related to science, technology, engineering, art, & math in fun and sometimes silly ways.

Teen Happenings

TAG: Teen Advisory Group
4/5 & 19 Wednesdays @ 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.

Library LAB Open Workshop
4/3, 10, 17, & 24 Mondays @ 5-6pm                                               

Makerspace Open Workshop
4/5, 12, 19, & 26 Wednesdays @ 4-6pm                                         
Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation, a laser cutter/engraver, and so much more! Play hard, have fun, explore, discover, connect.

Holidays in April

No closures this month

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

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 or 805-658-4793.

Share your thoughts and comments with the Library Advisory Commission Please complete and save this form and email it to  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 Paul Feldman
  • Commissioner David Luna
  • Commissioner Allison Maginot
  • 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