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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 https://www.facebook.com/epfosterlibrary. Thank you for your help spreading the word about these events.

click here for February calendar pdf

click here for March calendar pdf

 

February Monthly Calendar of Events

Adult Programs & Special Events

Opera Santa Barbara Noontime Concert
2/10 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 productions.

Your First Ukulele Lesson
2/27 Monday @ 5:30pm
Just received a ukulele as a gift? Found an old ukulele in the closet? Well, we have the perfect opportunity for you to develop your ukulele skills with "Your first ukulele lesson". Our own Alan Ferentz will provide the musical instruction.

 Altered Book/Collage/Assemblage Workshop
2/25 Saturday @ 2-4pm
Join us for another crafty year of assemblage, collage and altered book crafting with Ron Smith.

 Native Plant Society
2/21 Tuesday @ 6:30-9:00 in the Topping Room
"The Drought Defying California Garden” presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

Ongoing Events

Spanish Conversation Group
2/4, 11, 18, & 25  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                                                                                     

New Day!
Library LAB Open Workshop
2/6, 13, 20, & 27  Mondays @ 5-6pm
Come by the library on Monday 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, now upstairs!

Makerspace Open Workshop
2/1, 8, 15, & 22 Wednesdays @ 5-6 pm 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, now upstairs!

 Poetry Open Mic Night
2/2, 9, 16, & 23 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
2/13 & 27 Mondays @ 7-10pm
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess
2/4, 11, 18, & 25 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 

ADDITIONAL DAY! 
Early Literacy Class      
2/1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, & 28

Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am
2/2, 9, 16, & 23 Thursdays @ 5:30 pm
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!

Read me a Story and More!
2/?  TBA the Topping Room
Early literacy workshop for parents/caregivers of children ages 0-5 years old. You will learn: The 6 early literacy skills and the 5 practices children need to be reading ready. Each family receives finger plays, felt supplies and a book to enjoy. Advanced registration is required: Class size is limited. Sign up at the children’s desk or call 648-2716 (ask for children’s dept.) This workshop is for ADULTS ONLY!

Friday Films with Craft
2/3, 10, 17, & 24 Fridays @ 2:00pm
Films: Hook (3rd), Shaun the Sheep (10th), Frozen (17th), Mary Poppins(24th)
Join us each Friday for a film screening and a specially themed craft!

Valentine's Day Crafternoon
2/14 Tuesday @ 3:30pm
Join us for a Valentine's Day themed crafternoon!

Dance Party!
2/10 Friday & 2/18 Saturday @ 10:00am in the Topping Room Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups.

STEAM Monthly
2/2 Thursday @ 10:30am-12pm
STEAM monthly will explore concepts related to science, technology, engineering, art, & math in fun and sometimes silly ways.

Family Coloring
2/4, 11, 18, & 25 Saturdays @ 10:30am – 12pm
Saturday Family Coloring Fun!

Paws for Reading
2/4, 11, 18, & 25 Saturdays 12 - 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog. (sign-up required)

Code Club
2/1, 8, 15, & 22 Wednesdays @ 4-5pm in the Makerspace
Learn and have fun in the Code Club! Kids will be introduced to computer programming using Code.org and Scratch. They will build confidence in computer science through  self-directed skill building, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

No computer experience needed *Aimed at kids 8 – 13*Bring your own laptop to connect and follow- along 10 library laptops will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis
Lego Play 2/7, 14, 21, & 28 Tuesdays @ 3pm
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Teen Happenings

Foster Con
2/25 Saturday @ 10am-4pm

4th annual Mini Comic Festival - For comic lovers of all ages, there will be many activities, including an anime workshop for kids, zombie preparedness class, vendor tables, games, and special guests, including True Thomas the storyteller, and the Mandalorian Mercs, a very special Star Wars cosplay group.

 TAG: Teen Advisory Group
2/1 & 15 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.

 Makerspace Open Workshop
2/1, 8, 15, & 22 Wednesdays @ 5-6pm &
Library LAB Open Workshop
2/6, 13, 20, & 27  Mondays @ 5-6pm

Come by the library on Monday & 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, now upstairs!

Holidays in February

We will be closed:

February 20th in honor of President’s Day

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 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