Library Services

PrintPrintEmailEmail

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
 

 

 

Read for the Win - Summer Reading Program

Click here for the Ventura County Library Summer Reading Program website

 

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 Library – April Events

Click here for April flyer of events listed below

Adult Programs & Special Events

Adult Coloring Book Break
4/20 & 27 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!  

Spontaneous Chess
4/19 @ 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!

California Prairies: A California Native Plant Society Lecture
4/19 @ 6pm
Glen Holstein will speak about California Prairies. Presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

Ongoing Events
Library LAB Open Workshop
4/27 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
4/21, & 28 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
4/25 Mondays 7-10pm Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Children’s Events
Early Literacy Class    4/19, 20, 26, & 27   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!

Homework Center    4/19, 21, 26 & 28  Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5pm                                                     Homework Helpers will be available to help students in grades K through 12 with their homework assignments.

Paws for Reading    4/23, 30 Saturdays noon- 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required).

Spanish Conversation Group 4/30 @ 10:30 am 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!

Teen Happenings

TAG Teen Advisory Group
4/20 Wednesdays 4 pm
Active members will get credit towards School Community Services Hours. TAG meetings are in the Young Adult area on the 2nd floor.

Youth Chess Club
4/25 Mondays 3 pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.

Makeshop
4/19 Tuesdays 3-5 pm
Building fun at the library! Makerspace event.

Special Events

Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play!  4/26 Tuesdays 3 pm  4/30 Saturday 10 am
Exciting challenges every meeting. Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Earth Day Crafternoon
4/22 Thursday 1:30 pm
A craft in the afternoon themed to Earth Day.

Dance Party!
4/21 and 04/30 Friday, Thursday, Saturday 10-11 am
Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups in the Topping Room!
Holidays in April

E.P. Foster Library – May Events

Click here for a printable version of the May events below

Adult Programs & Special Events
 
Adult Coloring Book Break
5/4, 11, 18, 25 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!  

Make Stuff: 3D Printing Custom Charm/Guitar Pick
5/12 Thursday @ 3:30pm
Library LAB Makerspace
Learn to 3D print and get an intro to digital design in this entry-level workshop.
We will explore the following free tools:
-    123D Design from Autodesk (http://www.123dapp.com/design)
-    TinkerCAD (https://www.tinkercad.com)
-    Thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com)
 
Seats are limited, registration is required. Please email Antonio.Apodaca@ventura.org for more information.

Opera Santa Barbara
5/13 Friday @ 12pm
These concerts, featuring members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, are offered FREE to the public, and will feature a diverse repertoire of popular and lesser-known operatic offerings, all accompanied by piano.

Spontaneous Chess
5/14 & 24 Saturday & Tuesday @ 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!

Art Tales Reception
5/25 Wednesday @ 5:30
Join us to celebrate the winners of the 8th Annual Art Tales Writing Contest.

Make Stuff: National Paper Airplane Day
5/26 Thursday @ 3:30pm
Topping Room
Put down your electronics and pick up a sheet of paper—join us in a celebration of the paper airplane! This workshop in open to all ages. Parents, please plan on working with your children to help bring their designs to life. We will create and fly paper airplanes and hold a contest in distance and airtime.

Spanish Conversation Group
5/28 Saturday @ 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!

Ongoing Events
Library LAB Open Workshop
5/4, 11, 18, 25 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
5/5, 12, 19, 26 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
5/9 & 23 Mondays 7-10pm
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Children’s Events
Early Literacy Class                                                                
5/3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, & 31 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!

Homework Center                                                                                                                                  
5/3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, & 31                                                                                                  Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5pm                                                                                                             Homework Helpers will be available to help students in grades K through 12 with their homework assignments.

Paws for Reading                                                                                                                                  
5/7, 14, 21, & 28 Saturdays noon- 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required).

Teen Happenings

TAG Teen Advisory Group
5/4 & 18 Wednesdays 4 pm
Active members will get credit towards School Community Services Hours. TAG meetings are in the Young Adult area on the 2nd floor.

Youth Chess Club
5/2, 9, 16, & 23 Mondays 3 pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.

Special Events
Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play!
5/10 & 24 Tuesdays 3 pm

05/28 Saturday 10 am
Exciting themes every meeting. Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

May the Fourth Be with You
5/04 Wednesday 3 pm
Join us for an afternoon of Star Wars crafts and activities.

Dance Party!
5/06, 05/19, and 05/28, Friday, Thursday, Saturday 10-11 am
Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups in the Topping Room! Note: These will be the last until Winter 2016.

Holidays in May - We will be closed: Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

Party!
3/11, 03/17, and 03/25 Fridays and Thursday 10-11 am
Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups in the Topping Room!

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

On Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ventura Friends of the Library will hold a Buck-a-Bag Book Sale
at the Vons at Telegraph and Victoria

Restock your bookshelves along with your groceries.
We'll provide the bag -- fill a plastic bag and take home a bag of books
for just $1.00.
Fill a larger paper bag and take it home for $2.00.
We'll even provide a box which you can fill for $4.00.

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