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


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.

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 October 2016 Event Calendar

Adult Programs & Special Events

Art Walk
10/1 & 2 Saturday @11am-7pm and Sunday @ Noon-5pm
Stop by the EP Foster Library while you’re out and about at Art Walk. The Topping Room will be serving as one of the venues at the 2016 Art Walk and will host local art and artists all weekend.

Author Reading – Zoe Murdock
10/4 Tuesday @ 6pm
Join us for a reading from Ojai author Zoe Murdock’s book Man in the Mirror: A man finding himself as he loses himself to Alzheimer’s. This fictional tale is a deep and riveting contemplation of a man’s experience with the disease as he continues to live his life and fight for his freedom.

Altered Book Workshop
10/5 & 19 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.

10/5, 12, 19, & 26 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.

Indie Author Day
10/8 Saturday @ 11am
During Indie Author Day, come together for an hour-long digital Q&A featuring writers, agents and other industry leaders. Writers will learn valuable information while meeting other members of their local literary community.

Drought is a Four Letter Word
10/9 Sunday @ 2pm
Local author Mohammed A. Hasan will discuss technological solutions to our current water crisis in California. Please join us for an informative afternoon.

A Matter of Balance
Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
10/13, 20, & 27 Thursdays @ 10am-12pm
Many older adults experience concerns about falling- this program is designed to help you manage falls and increase activity levels with an emphasis on practical strategies.  Registration required. Call (805) 477-7343.

Opera Santa Barbara Noontime Concert
10/14 Friday @ 12pm
Spend Your Lunch Hour listening to members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, who will perform a selection of popular opera arias and duets as well as some musical theatre pieces. The concert will also offer a “preview” of Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of Carmen.

Free Indie Author Workshop: Self-Publish eBooks with Pressbooks
10/14 Friday @ 10am
Join us for an introduction to Pressbooks, an online platform that will help you electronically publish your written works in popular formats, including EPUB and MOBI (for Amazon Kindles).

Flora Surveys: California Native Plant Society Channel Islands Chapter
10/18 Tuesday @ 7pm
Heidi Schneider will be discussing Flora Surveys in Ventura County. Join us and learn about the diversity of plant life in Ventura County.
Ventura Friends of the Library Meeting
10/20 Thursday @ 1:30pm
Join the Friends of the Library for their monthly board meeting.

Ukulele Blowout!                                                                                                                                                             10/22 Saturday @ 12-5pm                                                                                                                                     Ukulele workshops, beginning, intermediate and advance featuring Victoria Vox. Singing, strumming and fun!  

Ongoing Events
Spanish Conversation Group
10/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 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                                                                                                   

Adult Coloring Book Break
10/5, 12, 19, & 26 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
10/5, 12, 19, & 26 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
10/6, 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
10/10 & 24 Mondays @ 7-10pm                                                                                                                           Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess
10/1, 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
Family Coloring                                                                                                                                                                           10/1, 8, 15, 21, 29 Saturdays @ 10:30am – 12pm                                                                                                         Saturday Family Coloring Fun!

Fall Break 3D Printer Design                                                                                                                                                      10/27 Thursday @ 3:30pm-5pm                                                                                                                                         Explore 3D Printer design during fall break at the 2nd Floor computer lab at E.P. Foster Library.                                       

Paws for Reading                                                                                                                                                                      10/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Saturdays @ 12 - 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up

Music Together with Hitchcock Children’s Center
10/4 Tuesday @ 9am
A music and movement class for kids 0-5 and the grown-ups who love them. Music Together is a community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting.

Yoga with Hitchcock Children’s Center
10/10 Monday @ 10am
Hitchcock Children’s Center and E.P. Foster Library is co-hosting free yoga class for children ages 3-5 and their care-givers. Children and family yoga provides an opportunity for families to bond. This child-centered approach to yoga practice will include music, games, and interactive kid-friendly poses.

Early Literacy Class
10/4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, &26
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!

10/11 & 25 Tuesday @ 3pm @10am
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Autumn Crafternoon
10/27 Thursday @ 3:30pm-5 pm
Get your craft on in the afternoon and enjoy the wonderful colors of Fall!

Teen Happenings

Makestuff: Camouflage an animal
10/4 Tuesday @ 3:30pm - 5pm
Camouflage an animal: Using crayons and an animal cutout!

TAG: Teen Advisory Group
10/5 & 19 Wednesday @ 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.

MakerBox: LED Circuitry Sewing
10/13 Thursday @ 3:30pm
Sew your own circuit using LED lights!

Lego Fall Film Creations
10/24 Monday @ 10:30am -12pm
10/26 Wednesday @ 1:30pm-3pm
10/28 Friday @ 2:30pm-4pm
Come to the E.P. Foster Library during Fall Break and try your hand at stop motion animation.  Children and teens of all ages welcome!

10/5, 12, 19, & 26 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
10/4, 11, 18, & 25 Mondays @ 3pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.

Holidays in October        
There are not any library holidays 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 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