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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

06/15 - David Cousin: Juggler Extraordinaire
06/22 - Kealoha Dancers: Movement Masters
06/29 - Pulse Drumming: Beat Virtuosi
07/06 - Art of Boomerang: Art Champions
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

06/06 - Jessica Vang: Early Literacy Maestro

06/13 - Art of Boomerang @ Boys & Girls Club 1440 N Olive St
06/20 - Kealoha Dancers @  Boys & Girls Club 1440 N Olive St
06/27 - Balloon Mania
07/11 - Shawn McMaster: Magical Genius @ Boys & Girls Club 1440 N Olive St
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

06/16 - Art of Boomerang @ Saticoy Boys & Girls Club 11321 Violeta St
06/23 - Kealoha Dancers: Movement Masters
06/30 – Balloon Mania
07/07 - Humane Society
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

E.P. Foster Library – May Events

Click here for a printable version of the May events below

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

Adult Programs & Special Events
 
Adult Coloring Book Break
5/25 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: 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
5/25 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
5/26 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

Children’s Events

Early Literacy Class                                                                
5/25, & 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                                                                                                                                  
5/26, & 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                                                                                                                                  
5/28 Saturdays noon- 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required).

Teen Happenings

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

Dance Party!
5/28, 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.

June Events

Click here for printable schedule of programs below.

Adult Programs & Special Events

Summer Reading Begins 6/1
It’s not just for kids! Adults can enter this fun program to log their summer reading and win prizes. Think you can beat out the competition for books read? Sign up to see!

Altered Book Workshop 6/1 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 to bring special items for your altered book.

Spocabulary  6/8 & 22 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.

Haiku Reading @ Poetry Open Mic Night 6/9 Thursday @ 7pm
Our Haiku Contest was a stellar success! Join us for the reading of the winning haikus and stick around for all the other amazing local poets.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 6/17 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. Topics will be advertised in the library and on the library event calendar. Enjoy some art on your lunch break!

Drought Effects: A California Native Plant Society Lecture 6/21 @ 7pm
Peter Jump will be talking about the effect of the drought on the plants, animals and environment on the Carrizo Plains and Cuyama Valley.  Presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

Spanish Conversation Group 6/25 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
6/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 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
6/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 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
6/2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 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
6/13, 27 Mondays 7-10pm Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess
6/4, 11, 18, & 25 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    6/1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29                                                                                                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    6/9, 16, 23, & 30
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    6/7, 14, 21, & 28
Saturdays Noon- 1 pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up
required)

Teen Happenings

Gaming Day
6/10 & 24
Every other Friday 2:30 pm
We’ll fire up the Wii U for some competitive and cooperative game play.

Makerbox: Explore 3D Printer Design
6/9 3:30 pm
Design and print your own Minecraft sword step-by-step using Makethingsnow and a Lulzbot Mini Printer.

Youth Chess Club
6/6, 13, 20, & 27 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
6/15, David Cousin: Enjoy the juggling expertise of David Cousin on the 2nd Floor of the library.

6/22, Kealoha Dancers: Enjoy the vivid dancing moves of the Kealoha Dancers on the 2nd Floor of the library.

6/29, Pulse Drumming: Enjoy the beat of the drum with Pulse Drumming on the 2nd Floor of the library.

Film Fridays
Every other Friday 2:30 pm
6/3, Rudy (1993) & 6/17 Soul Surfer (2011): Enjoy a sport movie themed to Summer Reading: Read for the Win!

Holidays in June
No holiday closures in June

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, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ventura Friends of the Library will hold a  Book Sale: Hidden Treasures
for All Ages
at the Vons at Victoria and Telegraph  (6040 Telegraph Road)

All genres, including special interest, vintage; fiction, including
classics and current hardcover and paperbacks; non-fiction, including
biography, science, engineering, religion, travel, cooking, history,
California history, art, music, self help, education, parenting, sports,
craft books; children's books; dvds, books on cd and tape, puzzles, and
more.

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