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, 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
Ongoing Events for Children & Teens
Early Literacy Class – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:30
PAWS for Reading (kids read to dogs) – Saturdays at noon
Lego Lab- September 1st, 15th, & 29th at 3 pm
Library LAB Open Workshop – Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Homework Center for kids and teens – Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5 pm
Youth Chess Club – Mondays 3-5
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) -- 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 4-5 pm
E.P. Foster Library and CSU Channel Islands present Lectures from 5 to 7 p.m.
Elizabeth R. Topping Room - click here for flyer
All events are free and open to the public; free parking is available behind the library.
For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org/locations/epfoster, or call the library at (805) 648-2716.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Dr. Colleen Nevins
Good, Bad, or Otherwise: Reliable Healthcare Internet Resources for Healthcare Information
Accessible and easy to use, the internet is a popular source for information on various healthcare topics. This presentation will discuss guidelines for how to determine if a website is current, reliable, and valid; give examples of good and questionable healthcare websites; and provide a list of reliable healthcare websites for the public.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Dr. Don Rodriguez
The Growing Importance of Protected Areas to Urban Communities
Protected areas are connected to urban areas in many ways. This talk will identify unique situations in California where protected area managers have brought communities, civil society, governments, and investors together to produce unique partnerships that create a new management model for the 21st century.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Dr. Jacob Jenkins
Learning to Lead
There are few skills in life more important than the ability to lead others. This talk explores what it means to be an effective leader in the world today by outlining five specific leadership styles, techniques for developing leadership skills, and the role and importance of leadership in our everyday lives.
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.
The Ventura Friends of the Library are sponsoring a poster contest for the City of Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration, April 2, 2016.
This contest is open to all youth, ages 6-18, who live or go to school in the City of Ventura. This is a great opportunity for you to use your imagination and highlight the special places and things our city has to offer.
If you like to draw, paint, collage or do some other type of 2 dimensional artwork this is for you! If you have a child or student who is artistically gifted, encourage them to work on a poster image.
Poster entries can be turned in at Avenue, Saticoy, and E.P. Foster Libraries.
The library will accept submissions September 8th - October 16th at 5:00 p.m
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