San Buenaventura Friends of the Library



The Mayor and the City Council will  honor our Poster Contest winners at the beginning of the City Council Meeting on Monday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m.

We invite you to come to the meeting to congratulate the winners and

The 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

fallleaves3 Holiday Closures in November

Ventura County Library will be closed:

Wednesday, Nov. 11
in observance of Veterans Day

Thursday, Nov. 26
in observance of Thanksgiving Day


Tuesday, November 17, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

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Local Author John Mulhall

John Mulhall.darkwill discuss and sign his book Dark and Broken Things.

Topping Room
Tuesday, Nov. 17
6:30 p.m.

John Mulhall is an award-winning video and event producer.

His debut novel, Geddy’s Moon was a #1 Horror bestseller on Amazon and named one of the best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine.


Humane Society of Ventura County will visit Saticoy and Avenue Libraries.  Learn how to treat pets, how to take care of pets, what kind of animals need care, and animal safety.

Saticoy Library
Tuesday, Nov. 10
10 to 11 am
Avenue Library
Wed., Nov. 18
10 to 11 am

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Dr. Jacob Jenkins: Learning to Lead

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Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 pm

Topping Room

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.


 Jam Sessions

Mondays, November  9 and 23

   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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3:30 pm

at both

Avenue Library


   Saticoy Library



Saticoy Library


Tuesdays  at 3:30 pm



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Wednesdays at 3:30 pm

Avenue Library


Saticoy Library

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Stories, activities & fun

on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month

5:30 to 6:30 pm

E.P. Foster Library

K – 3rd grade elementary students & their families are invited to this literacy enrichment class.

The Library LAB at E.P. Foster is open for walk-ins on Wednesday evenings3DprinterFosterLibrary 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.



Lego Lab with Alan

    Tuesdays: October 13 & 27

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Build, Learn & Play!


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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.


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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)

BookBlueOpenFriends of the Library Book Discussion

  meets in the Topping Room on the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon.  This group reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction and is always open to new members.

Saturday, November 7:  Billy Bathgate

by E. L. Doctorow

Saturday, December 5:  Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel 

Please feel free to call Marcia at 407-3510 or e-mail, if you have any questions.



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.


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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