“The First Time”   Poetry Contest

During the month of October,  Ventura County Library is partnering with the Ventura County Arts Council to offer a poetry contest for adults. The theme is “The First Time.”  Adults are invited to submit up to three poems about the times in their lives that marked beginnings, transitions, or new ways of thinking and being, each of which may be up to 30 lines. The last day for submissions is Oct. 31.

Poetery contest entrees will be judged by members of the Ventura County Arts Council, which include widely published poets, publishers, and creative writing teachers.  Winners will be contacted in the second week of November and will be invited to present their poem as an honored guest at a public reading.  Prizes will include Visa gift cards, a copy of a County Laureate’s volume of poetry, and a set of broadsides of the winning poems.

To submit entries, fasten together five copies of each poem along with name and contact information on a separate piece of paper.  Turn in entries to E.P. Foster Library by October 31.

 Poetry Writing Workshop

Saturday, October 14,  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, E.P. Foster Library

This workshop is for participants in the “First Time” Poetry Contest. Participation will be limited to 20 and will be on a first-come basis. Writers may bring up to three pieces of work for evaluation. Sandra Hunter will lead the workshop in the Topping Room!

For additional information, contact Irma Morales  (805) 648-2716.



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

Ventura Libraries Community Conversations

As part of the development of a new strategic direction, the Ventura County Library has been hosting a series of Community Conversations. Each of these facilitated conversations includes questions designed to better understand people’s aspirations for their community, the concerns they have, and what they believe might make a difference in strengthening the community.
Thursday October 19, 6:00pm at Jose Flores Community Center

We pledge to get back to you with what we learned and let you know how we’ll use what we heard. Hopefully you’ll be able to join us, but if you can’t make it in person you can also participate online        For additional information, contact Irma Morales (805)256-4414 or irma.morales@ventura.org

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 – 6 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.



E.P. Foster


10 am-6 pm

Drop-in craft table!




Ukulele.scaledJam Sessions

October 9 & 23

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!

The Good, the Bad and the Bugly

Tuesday, October 17

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
E.P. Foster Topping Room

Our gardens are full of insects! What are they and what are they all doing there? This lecture will answer those questions and more. Presented by the Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

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


October 14 & 28

12:30 – 1:30 pm

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

Saticoy – Crafternoon


October 14 & 28

12:30 – 1:30 pm

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


10/3 & 17 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.

Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club

October 12 & 26

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

 October 5, 12, 19, & 26



2:00pm to 4:00pm

at E.P. Foster Library

Board not bored games!

Poetry Writing Workshop for Kids at E.P Foster

Friday, October 20,  3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Join Lin from the Ventura County Arts Council in a poetry workshop for school aged children and teens.

This workshop is for participants in the “The First Time” Poetry Contest happening in the Ventura Region.


Chess Around the Corner

Saturdays,  October 7, 14, 21, & 28

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!

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 Third annual Ukulele Blowout featuring virtuoso Jim D’Ville.  A mini concert, workshops, and fun; all are welcome!  Sing, strum, and learn how to play the ukulele. Hawaiian attire is encouraged. Prizes too!

familyColoringE.P. Foster, Avenue and Saticoy libraries.

Saturdays,  10:30 am

spanish-375830_1280October 7, 14, 21 & 28

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

September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, & 27

Saticoy  Library Early Literacy Classes


Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28

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.  September 11, 18 & 25

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

October 14 and 28

(sign-up required,

call Jane Middleton at 805 647-5736)

English Classes for Adults

Avenue Library


  • Monday/Lunes at 11 AM
  • Thursday/Jueves 12 PM

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

Tuesdays @ 10-11:30 am

Wednesdays @ 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

Bookstore2015may be left in the blue bins located outside the

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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