San Buenaventura Friends of the Library



Valentines Day Crafternoon


Adult Coloring Book Break

February 3, 10, 17, 24 @ 12pm
E.P. Foster

Join us in the library for some stress relieving coloring. Coloring sheets and pencils provided. Available from 12 pm to 2 pm so stop by a minute or ten!

Dynamic Dinosaurs
E.P. Foster Library
Wed., Feb 10, 4 pm

Avenue Library
Thurs., Feb 18, 3 pm (Held at the Ventura Boys & Girls Club 1140 N. Olive St. Ventura)

Saticoy Library
Thurs., Feb 25, 4 pm



BookBlueOpenFriends of the Library book discussion

meets in the Topping Room on the first Saturday of the month from 10  am to noon and is always open to new members!

This group reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction.

Saturday, March 5:  Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue

Saturday, April 2: Poetry Month
Bring your favorite poem/s to share

More info,  call Marcia at 407-3510

or e-mail

   lego Lego Lab with Alan


February 2 & 16,  3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6, 10:00 am

Build, Learn & Play!

dancingpenguinsDance Party!

Friday, February 12
& Thursday, February 18
10:00-11:00 am

Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups in the Topping Room!


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3:30 pm

at both

Avenue Library


   Saticoy Library


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Mondays, February  8 and 22

   7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Join local ukulele lovers as they strum together in the Topping Room.  All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun!



Saticoy Library


Tuesdays  at 3:30 pm



Saticoy BoardGamesBoard Game Meet-Up

Wednesdays at 3:30 pm

Avenue Library


Saticoy Library

The Library LAB at E.P. Foster is open for walk-ins on Wednesday evenings

February 10 & 24


from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Whether you want to find out more about the software and hardware involved or use the printer or engraver for a project of your own, staff can walk you through the process and get you ready to start making!

Phil Taggart hosts an open mic night for poets, authors and everything in between!

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday


 Event is free and open to the public, call (805) 648-2716 for more information.

  Youth_Chess_Club2/1, 8, 22, & 29

E.P. Foster

Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.


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Teens Do Tech!

The Teen Advisory Group at E.P. Foster Library have launched their own website.  They plan to  create 2 more websites for the Avenue and Saticoy TAG groups and teach one of their members how to keep it updated.

Check it out:



TAG, the Teen Advisory Group, now has groups at E.P. Foster, Avenue and Saticoy libraries.
Now is the time to join TAG, if you want to share ideas, meet new people and have a great time shaping the library teen program. Members’  duties include promoting / co-hosting teen events & participating in library activities. Members also provide general feedback on various aspects of the teen programs: reviewing books, movies, music and other media plus suggestions for the Teen Collection.
Active members will get credit towards School Community Services Hours
For more info contact:
Jane at (805) 647-5736

MilkAndCookies  Cookies and Milk Storytime!

at Panera

located 4910 Telephone Road, Ventura

First Monday of each month, 10:00 a.m.


Early Literacy Class2015




Paws for Reading

Saturdays 12 – 1

E.P. Foster Library

Read aloud to registered therapy dogs.

(sign-up required, call 648-2716)



Computer assistance

Computer classes are now one-on-one sessions.

Call the library (805) 648-2716 for more information.

Set up a time for one-on-one help with your favorite library staff! Appointments are free and open to the public, and typically last between 15-30 minutes. Classes are held at E.P. Foster library in downtown Ventura.

Submit request here.

Ventura150Logo-1The City of Ventura is celebrating its 150th anniversary on April 2, 2016.

In honor of this occasion, Ventura Friends of the Library sponsored a poster contest.

This contest was open to all youth, ages 6 – 18, who live or go to school in the City of Ventura. Winning posters artistically and colorfully illustrate the city of Ventura and promote the city’s 150th Anniversary.

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS kids-painting-on-easel

Ages 14 to 18

1st Prize – Grand Prize Winner:
Sachi Tan, Senior, Foothill Technology

2nd Prize: Estrella Sinohui, Senior, Pacific High School
3rd Prize: Rocio Puga, Senior, Pacific High School

Ages 10 to 13
1st Prize: Dylan Spear,  Grade 6, Cabrillo Middle School
2nd Prize:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Ventura
3rd Prize: Marli Canchola,  Grade 5, Elmhurst Elementary

Ages 6 to 9
1st Prize: Allison Laak, Grade 4, Ventura Charter
2nd Prize: Bennett Rodman, Grade 2, Mound Elementary
3rd Prize: Layla Solomon, Grade 2, Juanamaria Elementary


Simple_Folder_PhotosSBFOL History Project

Yvonne Seabold, Marianne Coffey and Joanne Fields are working on a history of the SBFOL.

We would like to remember all our wonderful Friends throughout the years, record all of our accomplishments in our efforts to keep libraries open and services available, and perhaps inspire future Friends who will follow us.

We are hoping many of you have photos and other memorabilia, stories and suggestions for how our history should be written.  We would appreciate anything you could contribute to this effort.

Our history will be self-published and offered for sale in our bookstore, County Museum and other venues.

Please send anything you may have to SBFOL Attn: History Project, P.O. Box 403, Ventura, CA 93002.  If you have photos through the years to lend us and need them picked up instead, Marianne Coffey can be reached at (805) 558-0756.


New Library Book Drop Box

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A new drop box has been installed at Ventura Community Park at 901 S. Kimball Road.

This convenient box drop is now available for returning Ventura County Library books.


IMG_1295Book Donations

may be left in the blue bins located outside the Friends of the Library Bookstore in the E.P. Foster Library.

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