San Buenaventura Friends of the Library


Next Friends of the Library Book Sale:


kids-sitting-on-booksBOOK SALE

Saturday, June 25
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
E.P. Foster Library – Rear Children’s Library Entrance

Early readers, classics, storybooks and non-fiction.
Bi-lingual children’s books, skill builder workbooks,
and young adult books.




Summer Reading 2016
Read for the Win!

Kids & Teens, get ready to read!  From June 1 through August 13, join us for a summer celebration of sports and achievements.

On your mark, get set, read!

Adults can also Read for the win! Enter to win a host of fun prizes every time you read a book.

Enter here.

Saticoy Library - Tech Clinic - Until 9-2016


Saticoy Library  Tech Help 


Monday, June 13 & 27

1:00 to 2:00 pm
 On the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.

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,  June 13 and 27

   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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E.P. Foster Library
June 22 at 3:00 pm

Saticoy Library

June 23 at 3:30 pm

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 Summer Films

Soul Surfer ( 2011)

Avenue  Library

  June 21, 3:30 pm

SRP2016.Summer Films.StarWarsSaticoy Film Night

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Saticoy Library
Tuesday, June 21

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Drought Effects

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Tuesday, June 21

7:00 to 8:00 pm
E.P. Foster Library
Topping Room
Peter Jump will be talking about the effect of the drought on the plants, animals and environment on the Carrizo Plains and Cuyama Valley.

Adult Coloring Book Break

June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 @ 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!

Maker Mentor Handout

Wednesday, June 1, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

This is the second round of training in the Maker Mentor volunteer program for 3D printing. If you’d like to become a Maker Mentor, please email the Makerspace Librarian to get involved: (link sends e-mail)

We welcome all inquiries!



SRP2016.Gaming Days

SRP2016.Lego Play

June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29


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

            June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

June 9: Haiku Night

Our Haiku Contest was a stellar success! Join us for the reading of the winning haikus and stick around for all the other amazing local poets.

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


Community Speakers program
Roman_-_Fragment_of_a_Mosaic_with_Mithras_-_Walters_437Presented by
Docent Council of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy some art on your lunch break!
12:00 to 1:00 pm
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room

Friday, June 17
Ancient Mystery Cults of Greece and Rome

Chess_board_and_piecesSpontaneous Chess

Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18, & 25 @ 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

Saturday, June 18

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

spanish-375830_1280Saturday, June 25

10:30 to 11:30 am

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.

Friends BookBlueOpenof 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.

More info,  call Marcia at 407-3510 or e-mail


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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)



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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