CloudLibrary Launch on August 1

All of the library’s digital book and audiobook collections will be consolidated (on 8-1-2017) in one easy to use resource.

CloudLibrary gives Ventura County Library customers access to an even larger collection and shorter wait times.

The app can be downloaded  to your device or computer from The Apple App Store  or GooglePlay.

Library staff will be on hand to help you set up the CloudLibrary on Saturday, August 12th 1-3pm at Ojai Library and Friday, August 18th, 1-3pm at E.P. Foster Library.


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

End of Summer Reading Program

Kona Ice Parties!

Avenue Library

Monday, August 14

3:00 p.m.

Saticoy Library

Tuesday, August 15

3:00 pm

E.P. Foster Library

Wednesday, August 16

3:00 pm

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards

followed by

End of the Summer Kona Ice Party!

at 4:00 pm

Mondays   10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Get your craft on all day at the library! Crafts supplied!

Now open Mondays, Tuesdays & 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.


Ukulele.scaledJam Sessions

Mondays,  August 14 & 28

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 Ecology and Flora of Bitter Creek

E.P. Foster Library Topping Room

Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

Lego Play: lego

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

Saticoy Library

Mondays @ 3:30 pm

Avenue Library:

Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

E.P. Foster:  Mondays @ 3pm, August 5, 12 & 19

Saturdays @ 10:30 am, August 7, 14  &21



Saticoy Library:   Gaming @ the Library

Monday, August 7,  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm,

Socialize and strategize with Wii games and board games.

Avenue Library:   Gaming @ the Library

Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm,  August 3 & 10

Socialize and strategize with Wii games and board games.

E.P. Foster Gaming Daze Unplugged!

Board not bored games!

Fridays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

August 4, 11 & 18

Avenue – Crafternoon


August  1, 8, 15, 22, 29

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Saticoy – Crafternoon

Now on Wednesdays!

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

E.P. Foster,  Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

August 8: Straw Glider

August 15:  Bubble Prints

August 22:  CD Spinning Top

Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club

Thursdays,  August10 & 24

Foster – 3D Printing Club

Thursdays,  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

August 3, 10 & 17

Our 3D Printing Club inspires individuals to explore this emerging technology through hands-on experiences with creative tools, discover new skills through design-based problem solving, and connect with others in a collaborative and positive learning environment

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

August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31




Chess Around the Corner

Saturdays, August 5, 12,  19 & 26

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

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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.

Bilingual Early Literacy Class

Avenue Library

Mondays, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.

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

June 10 and 24

(sign-up required,

call Jane Middleton at 805 671-5148)

English Classes for Adults

Avenue Library


  • Monday/Lunes at 11AM
  • Tuesday/Martes 12PM
  • Thursday/Jueves 1PM

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

English Class Pumarosa

Tuesdays @ 10-11:30 am

Wednesdays @ 5:30-7 pm
Meeting Room

Saticoy Library

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


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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