Ventura Friends of the Library



boy-santa-christmas-listHOLIDAY SHOPPING TIME!

Our bookstore has a large selection of Children's Holiday Books!
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Religious, Storybooks, Chapter Books, Early Readers and Board Books.

Plus many almost new bestsellers in all genres for gift giving.


Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m.

Gift Memberships for Ventura Friends of the Library available.




Camouflage an animal:Using crayons and an animal cut-out.

Avenue Library,   Tuesday, November 22,  3:30 to 5:00 pm

Build a Wind Powered Sailboat: Aluminum foil, straws, and tape!
E.P. Foster Library, Tuesday, November 29, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

Makestuff: Make a Wave Machine with tape, skewers, and clothes pins!
E.P. Foster, Tuesdays, November 1 & December 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5 pm


Saticoy Library - Tech Clinic - Until 9-2016

Saticoy Library  Tech Help 
2nd and 4th Monday of every month.
Mondays, December 12 & 26
1:00 to 2:00 pm


December 5, 12  & 19

3:00 pm

E.P. Foster

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

Lego Play: lego

Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Avenue and  Saticoy Libraries  Mondays @ 3:30 pm

Lego Play at E.P. Foster:  Tuesdays, December 6 & 20 @ 3 pm


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Monday,  December 12

   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!

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Tuesdays, December 6, 13 & 20

2:00pm to 5:00pm

 Get your craft on in the afternoon for this special crafternoon.

Altered Book Workshop


December 7

6:00 to 8:00 pm
E.P. Foster

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.

Adult Coloring Book Break

coloringbooksWednesdays, December  7, 14, 21, & 28

@ 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



December 14 & 28


E.P. Foster

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.

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Wednesdays, December  7, 14, 21, & 28

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Come by the library on alternating 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

Poetry Open Mic

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

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday

December 1, 8, 15,  22 & 19


 Chess_board_and_piecesSpontaneous Chess

Saturdays, December  3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

@ 1:00 pm,  E.P. Foster

Calling all chess players! Keep your skills sharp with this one-hour, drop-in session of free play.


familyColoringE.P. Foster, Avenue and Saticoy libraries.


spanish-375830_1280Saturdays,  10:30 am

December  3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

E.P. Foster – Spanish Conversation Group

Join this informal group to chat and practice your Español!

Bring your own coffee!

Meets in the Rentfrow Room.



TAG, the Teen Advisory Group

E.P. Foster
November 2 & 16 Wednesday @ 5 pm

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.

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Early Literacy Class2015


2015_08_18_PAWS_for_ReadingPaws for Reading

Saturdays 12 – 1

E.P. Foster Library

Read aloud to registered therapy dogs.

(sign-up required,

call Phillip Yocham at 805 648-2716)

Saticoy Library - Paws for Reading2016


Saticoy Library

Every OTHER Saturday

(sign-up required,

call Jane Middleton at 805 671-5148)



CompuComputer_MonitorClassester 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.


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.

Book Donations

Bookstore2015may be left in the blue bins located outside the Friends of the Library Bookstore in the E.P. Foster Library.


We accept HIGH QUALITY donations to generate revenue for library programs through our bookstore.

Please DO NOT DONATE:  damaged, neglected books.  No magazines, encyclopedias, or large  dictionaries.  We have limited volunteer help and cannot sell these items. Please take older collections to an interested thrift store or recycle venue.

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