All libraries close at 5pm Wednesday, November 22nd
and are CLOSED Thursday, November 23rd, for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Libraries will be open normal Friday hours on November 24th.

The  Friends of the Library are now raising funds to meet  the  immediate needs for the  opening of the new Hill Road library branch.

Donations can be made at https://squareup.com/store/VenturaFOL

Homework Help at the Library

E.P. Foster

E.P. Foster Library and Project Understanding provide students with tutors and a safe, nurturing environment in which to complete assignments and projects. To sign up, contact Maria Gonzales at
(805) 652-1326 ext 303
Mon – Thurs: 3 – 5 pm

Avenue Library
There is a bilingual tutor on site.
(805) 643-6393
Mon -Thurs: 3:30- 5:30 pm

Saticoy Library
Project Understanding provides tutors.To sign up,
contact Maria Gonzales at .
(805) 652-1326 ext 303
Mon – Thurs: 3 – 5 pm

Homework Centers provide free homework help,  including free printing, computer access and research assistance for students K-12. Assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Superbrain Yoga

Attend this hands-on workshop to improve memory, achieve mental clarity, and gain emotional calmness.
Facilitated by Ellen E. Morano

Saticoy LibraryMonday, November 13
6:00 —7:00 pm
Avenue Library
In the Meeting Room
Saturday, November 18
10:00 am—12:00 pm




E.P. Foster


10 am-6 pm

Drop-in craft table!



Ukulele.scaledJam Sessions

November 13 & 27

7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Join local ukulele lovers as they strum together in the Topping Room on the first and third Monday of the month.

All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun!

Lego Play:

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



1:00 om to 5:00 pm



3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Tuesdays @ 3pm

Saturdays @ 10:30 am

Avenue – Crafternoon


November 11 & 25

12:30 – 1:30 pm

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

Saticoy – Crafternoon


November 11 & 25

12:30 – 1:30 pm

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


11/7 & 21 Tuesdays @ 5-6pm

TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

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.

  • Active members will get credit towards School Community Services Hours
  • TAG meetings are at E. P. Foster Library, in the Young Adult area, on the 2nd floor.



Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm

Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation, a laser cutter/engraver, and so much more! Play hard, have fun, explore, discover, connect.

Twisted Stichers Fiber Arts Club

November 9

10:30 am

New Early Literacy Class at Saticoy Library

Sing, Talk, Read, Play Write

Help get your child ready to read
Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 am
Saticoy Library

This is a new class, in addition to the 11:00 am Early Literacy Class.  Sponsored by Housing Authority, City of San Buenaventura.

For more info:  contact Rick Gurrola (805) 673-3610, RGurrola@hacityventura.gov

Poetry Open Mic

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

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday

 November 2, 9, 16, & 30



2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

at E.P. Foster Library

Board not bored games!


Get paid to shop!

Saturday, November 18

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
How to become a mystery shopper— get tips from Elaine Moran, a Mystery Shopper of the Year nominee with over 30 years experience as a mystery shopper, educator and author of How to Become a Mystery Shopper: Your Complete Guide to Secret Shopping.


Chess Around the Corner

Saturdays,  November 4, 11, 18 & 25

11:00 am to 4:00 pm,  E.P. Foster

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

Boards will be set up and ready to go. Bring your best moves!

familyColoringE.P. Foster, Avenue and Saticoy libraries.

Saturdays,  10:30 am

spanish-375830_1280November 4, 11, 18 & 25

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.

E.P. Foster Library  Early Literacy Classes


Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30 am

November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 28 & 29

Saticoy  Library Early Literacy Classes


Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16 & 30

9:30 am – 10:30 am

and 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Bilingual Early Literacy Class

Avenue Library

Mondays, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.  Nov.  6, 13, 20 & 27

These classes are a great way to introduce your child to bilingual early literacy and the library. Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement & fun!  Totally free and open to the public.

Estas clases son una excelente manera de presentar a su hijo a la alfabetización temprana bilingüe y la biblioteca. Únete a nosotros cada semana para historias, poemas, música, movimiento y diversión! Totalmente gratuito y abierto al público.


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)

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Saticoy Library

Every OTHER Saturday

November 11 and 25

(sign-up required,

call Jane Middleton at 805 647-5736)

English Classes for Adults

Avenue Library


  • Monday/Lunes at 11 AM

Introductory English classes offered through Laubach Literacy at Avenue Library. Comenzando clases de inglés ofrecidos a través de Laubach Literacy en la biblioteca.

Pumarosa English Class

Mondays @ 9:00 – 10:00 am & 6:00-7 pm

Wednesdays @ 9:00 – 10:00 am & 6:00-7 pm
Meeting Room

Learn English in a fun environment that combines conversation, singing, and technology.

Saticoy Library

FREE/GRATIS ENGLISH CLASSES – Mondays/Lunes Y Wednesday/Miércoles at 3 PM

ESL Conversation Groups hosted by Laubach Literacy of Ventura County

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

Book Donations

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Friends of the Library Bookstore in the E.P. Foster Library, during hours when the bookstore is open:

Wednesday – Saturday

11:00 am to 4:00 pm


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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