San Buenaventura Friends of the Library


Plastic Pollution:

How Microplastics are Impacting Beaches in Southern California

Channel Islands Lecture Series

microplasticSunday, May 1, 2016

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Topping Room

Clare Steel, PhD, Environmental Science Lecturer, discusses the trash found on beaches in Southern California, much of which comes from single-use plastics like takeout containers. Join us to learn how this debris is impacting our beaches.



May 2, 9, 16, & 23

E.P. Foster

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


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3:30 pm

at both

Avenue Library


   Saticoy Library


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Mondays,  May 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!

Lego Lab at E.P. Foster

legoSaturday,  May 28, 10:00 am


May 10 & 24   3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Build, Learn & Play!


Saticoy Library


Tuesdays  at 3:30 pm

Adult Coloring Book Break

May 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 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!

May the Fourth

Board Game Meet-Up

Ave - Board GamesWednesdays at 3:30 pm

Avenue Library


Saticoy Library

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

May 4, 11, 18 & 25


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!

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

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday

May 5, 12, 19 & 26

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

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presents a series of Free Noontime Concerts at E.P. Foster Library. The concerts will feature members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, a residential training program for accomplished young singers, performing a diverse repertoire of popular and lesser-known operatic offerings, all accompanied by piano.

The fourth and final concert in the series

 May 13, 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

will preview the music that will be performed in Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming season.

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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