Ventura Friends of the Library



Saticoy Library - Tech Clinic - Until 9-2016

Saticoy Library  Tech Help 

Monday, August 8 and 22
1:00 to 2:00 pm


August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

3:00 pm

E.P. Foster

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


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Mondays,  August 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!



Tuesdays,  Aug. 9, 16, 23 & 30
2:00 pm
Wednesday,  Aug. 10
2:00 pm
EP. Foster
Thursdays, August 11 & 18
3:30 pm



Make a Signal Horn: Using balloons, rubber bands, & tubes.

E.P. Foster, Tuesday, August 23

Avenue Library, Thursday, August 25



Maker Camp provides a simple way for kids to get involved in making and STEM subjects. They have a worldwide network of affiliates with more than 1 million kids since 2012. Their project ideas are free, flexible, and fun.

Ventura County Library is a  Maker Camp affiliate and encouraging everyone to learn the basics of creating your own video game in Scratch. Drop into E.P. Foster’s makerspace  Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:30 pm  (August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31)to find out more, or simply participate from home using this online guide

Adult Coloring Book Break

coloringbooksWednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31

@ 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




 Wednesdays, August 10 & 23 @ 6:30pm

September  7, 14, 21, & 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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Poetry Open Mic

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

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday

August 4, 11, 18, & 25


Chess_board_and_piecesSpontaneous Chess

Saturdays, August 6, 13, 20, & 27

@ 1:00 pm,  E.P. Foster

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

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E.P. Foster, Avenue and Saticoy libraries.

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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.

3D Printing Open Workshop

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2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Come by the Foster Library to learn more about 3D printing. This event will be held in the Library LAB, our small makerspace just off of the main desk on the first floor.

Volunteers from our Maker Mentor program will be available to tell you more about 3D printing and help you explore project ideas.

No registration required – hope to see you then!


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

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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.


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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