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
Friday -Saturday 10-5
Avenue Library located at 606 North Ventura Avenue
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. Or click on the PDF link of the month’s events above, which can also be found on the E.P. Foster Library location page; a direct link to the flyer can be found here.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the library at(805) 648-2716, and thank you for your help spreading the word about what we have going on here at the library!
7/22 Music & Storytelling with Jessica Vang 3 p.m. Come have fun and reinforce emergent reading skills through the music and storytelling of Jessica Vang.
7/28 Read Me a Story & More 6-8 p.m. This early literacy workshop is for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years old. Early literacy lays the foundation for learning to read. In this workshop, parents and caregivers will learn the five early literacy practices that children need to be reading-ready. Class size is limited, and advanced registration is required. This workshop is for adults ONLY. Sign up at the children’s desk or call(805) 648-2716 and ask for the children’s department.
7/29 Puppetry Discovery 3 p.m. Enjoy the classic story of The Race of the Tortoise and the Hare, followed by an exclusive educational and fun look into the world of puppetry.
7/22 & 7/29 Library LAB 4:30-6:30 p.m. 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.
7/23 & 7/30 Crafternoon 2 p.m. Come by E.P. Foster Library to take part in a special craft event for children. Get your craft on in the afternoon!
7/23 & 7/30 Open Mic Night 7:30-9 p.m. On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to present their work.
7/24 & 7/31 Lego Play 10:30 a.m. – noon. Building fun at the library! Children of all ages welcome.
7/27 Ukulele Jam Session 7-10 p.m. Come play the ukulele with other local musicians in the Topping room! This event is free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun!
7/14 & 7/28 Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play! 3 p.m. New, exciting challenges every meeting. Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!
8/4 Library LAB Makeshop: Ethanol Fuel 3 p.m. A special STEM class for elementary and middle school students on the second floor of the library. Explore ethanol fuel and design a working circuit with conductive ink.
8/5 Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits 6-7 p.m. A presentation by Tim Wilbur. Stop by the Topping Room to hear about the ways you can get the most out of your Social Security retirement benefits.
8/18 Library LAB Makeshop: Solar Energy 3 p.m. A special STEM class for elementary and middle school students on the second floor of the library. Learn about solar energy and use it to power a simple dancing robot.
8/19 Botanist Certification Information Session 7 p.m. The Channel Islands Chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents David Magney, who will discuss the Professional Botanist Certification Program. This event is open to anyone with an interest in botany; beginners to experts are welcome.
8/5, 8/12, 8/19 & 8/26 Library LAB 4:30-6:30 p.m. 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. [ONGOING EVENT]
8/6, 8/13, 8/20 & 8/27 Open Mic Night 7:30-9 p.m. On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to present their work. [ONGOING EVENT]
8/7, 8/14, 8/21 & 8/28 Lego Play 10:30 a.m. – noon. Building fun at the library! Children of all ages welcome.
[RECURRING THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST]
8/10 & 8/24 Ukulele Jam Session 7-10 p.m. Come play the ukulele with other local musicians in the Topping room! This event is free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun! [ONGOING EVENT]
8/11 & 8/25 Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play! 3 p.m. New, exciting challenges every meeting. Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome! [RECURRING THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST]
Ron Solórzano/Library Technician Ventura County Library System (805) 648-2716
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San Buenaventura Friends of the Library
San Buenaventura Friends of the Library (SBFOL) is an all-volunteer group, working to help Ventura's libraries serve the public need for knowledge and opportunity. For information regarding SBFOL, 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.
For more information, Mary Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 223-1187
The SBFOL hosts used book sales in fall 2015. 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 email@example.com or 805-658-4793.
Share your thoughts and comments with the Library Advisory Commission Please complete and save this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Library Survey (pdf)
- Survey Results as of June 10, 2011
- Consultant's Report to City Council June 16, 2011
- Consultant's Request for Information (RFI) due August 15, 2011 Spreadsheet Attachment
- FAQs (frequently asked questions) about the library strategic plan process
- VIDEO OF: Special Joint Meeting of City Council and Library Advisory Commission on June 16
- PowerPoint presentation made by Nancy Howe, Deputy Director, Santa Clara County Library
- Click here for the Library Vision adopted by the San Buenaventura City Council January 27, 1997
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 fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Santa Cruz Conference Room.
- Chair - Patrick C. Squires
- Vice Chair - Debbie Giles
- Commissioner Danny Carrillo
- Commissioner Ron D'Incau
- Commissioner David Luna
- Commissioner Dolly Moerhle
- Commissioner Berta Steele
- City staff contact for the Library Advisory Commission: Denise Sindelar, 658-4793
Frequently Asked Questions about the Closure of HP Wright Library
Click here for an FAQ about the closure of HP Wright Library
More information regarding library issues is available at http://www.cityofventura.net/public_meetings/LibraryAdvisoryCommission.
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.
Ventura, CA 93003
Ventura County Library website