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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
 

 

 

Click here for the Ventura County Library Summer Reading Program website

 

Ventura County Libraries Celebrate Summer Reading Program

“Read for the Win!”
E P Foster Library 2nd Floor 651 E Main St
Wednesdays 3 PM

07/13 - Shawn McMaster: Magical Genius
07/20 - The Reptile Family: Reptile Experts
07/27 - Ojai Raptors: Birds of Prey Aces
08/03 - Jessica Vang: Early Literacy Maestro
08/17 - Wrap-Up Party with Kona Ice

Avenue Library 606 N Ventura Ave
Mondays 3:30 PM

07/18 – The Reptile Family: Reptile Experts @ Boys & Girls Club 1440 N Olive St
07/25 - Pulse Drumming: Beat Virtuosi
08/01 - Wrap-Up Party with Kona Ice

Saticoy Library 1292 Los Angeles Ave
Thursdays 3:30 PM

07/14 - Shawn McMaster: Magical Genius
07/21 – The Reptile Family: Reptile Experts
07/28 - Pulse Drumming: Beat Virtuosi
08/04 - Wrap-Up Party with Kona Ice

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.

JULY 2016 EVENTS - Click here for July schedule in printable form

Adults
Spocabulary
7/27 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.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Puja & Piety: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent
7/15 Friday @ 12pm
Presented by the Docent Council of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Community Speakers program features lectures written and delivered by docents. Enjoy some art on your lunch break!

Spanish Conversation Group
7/30 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

Adult Coloring Book Break
7/6, 13, 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!  

Library LAB Open Workshop
7/ 20 & 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
7/14, 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
7/25 Mondays 7-10pm Locals gather to play the ukulele on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess
7/16, 23, & 30 Saturday @ 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
Early Literacy Class                                                                                                                             
7/19, 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!

Crafternoon
7/14, & 28  Thursdays 3:30 pm
Get your craft on in the afternoon. This summer’s crafternoons are themed to this year’s Summer Reading theme: Read for the Win!

Paws for Reading                                                                                                                                  
7/16, 23 & 30 Saturdays Noon- 1 pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required)

Teen Happenings
Gaming Day
7/22
Every other Friday 2:30 pm
We’ll fire up the Wii U for some competitive and cooperative game play.

Race for the Win
7/21 Thursday 3 pm
Build, design, and race your own wooden cars.

Youth Chess Club
7/18, & 25 Mondays 3 pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.

Special Events

Summer Reading Shows
Wednesdays 3 pm
7/20, The Reptile Family: Enjoy the wonders of reptiles with The Reptile Family on the 2nd Floor of the library.
7/27, Ojai Raptors: Enjoy the birds of prey with the Ojai Raptors on the 2nd Floor of the library.

Film Fridays - Enjoy a sport movie themed to Summer Reading: Read for the Win!
Every other Friday 2:30 pm
7/15 The Mighty Ducks (1992) & 7/29 Space Jam (1996)

AUGUST 2016 EVENTS - Click here for the August schedule in printable form
 

Adult Programs & Special Events

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation  
8/2 Tuesday @ 6:30-7:30pm
In our hectic 24/7 world, managing stress is the new necessity. Find out more about this non-religious stress reduction practice for everyone.

Altered Book Workshop
8/3 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.

Storytime: Short Stories
8/12 Friday @ 12pm
Storytime? For grownups? That’s right! Bring a brown bag lunch and have someone read to you just like old times! Stories will be read from the Saturday Evening Post.

Spocabulary
8/10 & 24 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.

Flora of Ventura: A California Native Plant Society Lecture
8/16 Tuesday @ 7pm
David Magney is a Certified Consulting Botanist. He will discuss the process of becoming a Certified Botanist in addition to rare flora of Ventura County. This will be an extremely informative evening. Presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Art Floats My Boat: A History of Boats Depicted in Art
8/19 Friday @ 12pm
Presented by the Docent Council of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Community Speakers program features lectures written and delivered by docents. Enjoy some art on your lunch break!

Spanish Conversation Group
8/27 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

Adult Coloring Book Break
8/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 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
8/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 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
8/4, 11, 18, & 25 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. Featured readers change weekly.

Ukulele Jam Session
8/8 & 22 Mondays @ 7-10pm
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess
8/6, 13, 20, & 27 Saturday @ 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

Early Literacy Class                                                                                                                             
8/2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, & 31
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:30 am - 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!

Crafternoon
8/4, 11, & 18
Thursdays 3:30 pm
Get your craft on in the afternoon. This summer’s crafternoons are themed to this year’s Summer Reading theme: Read for the Win!

Paws for Reading                                                                                                                                  
8/6, 13, 20, & 27 Saturdays Noon- 1 pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required)

Teen Happenings

Gaming Day
8/5 & 19
Every other Friday 2:30 pm
We’ll fire up the Wii U for some competitive and cooperative game play.

Youth Chess Club
8/1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Mondays 3 pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.

Special Events

Summer Reading Shows
Wednesdays 3 pm
8/3, Jessica Vang: Enjoy the song and dance of Jessica Vang on the 2nd Floor of the library.
8/17, Wrap-up with Kona Ice: Enjoy sweet and cool shaved ice with Kona Ice right outside the 2nd Floor of the library.  Free shaved ice for kids and teens.

Film Fridays
Every other Friday 2:00 pm
8/12 The Karate Kid (1984): Enjoy a sport movie themed to Summer Reading:  Read for the Win!

Holidays in August
No holiday 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 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