San Buenaventura Friends of the Library


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Teen Activity Group


Book Sale

at July 4 Street Fair

The Teen Activity Group of E.P. Foster Library held a book sale as part of the

Fourth of July Street Fair.

They raised more than $1,000 to support materials and programming at Ventura’s libraries!


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Hey Kids and Teens!

Gallop, crawl, slither or fly  to  join the

Summer Reading Program

for a summer of fun and prizes.

Download a reading log at the Ventura County Library website:

Color a paw for every hour that you read or someone reads to you.

Complete 5 hours of reading, return your log to any Ventura County Library and pick a small prize.

Turn in 1 log per week for a maximum of 10 logs to be entered into an end­ of­ summer grand prize drawing.


Pulse Drumming

Wednesday, July 23

E.P. Foster Library

3:30 p.m.




Avenue Library

Make your pet or wild birds a treat to eat

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm


srpAdult.colorSunday, June 15, marks the beginning of the Summer Reading for Adults contest at E.P. Foster Library! Let us know what you’re reading this summer and you’ll be entered to win one of our exciting prizes.

All adults with a valid Ventura County Library card can enter once per week starting on June 15 by filling out the  online entry form. Form will be active June 15.  The contest runs for six weeks, and at the end will be a grand prize drawing for all entrants. The big winner will receive an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite!

Call or visit the library for more information. Remember, summer reading isn’t just for kids; plan your own private getaway with a good book! _______________________________________________

Writers and Performance Workshop for Young Adults on the first and third Monday of each month at 4:00. This workshop focuses on using informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen skills of language and thinking.


First and third Mondays

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Out of these informal writing activities, using techniques of peer response and performance, writers develop more polished pieces, ranging from personal narratives to stories, poems, and exploratory essays.

Askew Poetry Journal editor Phil Taggart leads this bimonthly writing and performance group for young adults working on their portfolios through lessons and exposure to a variety of mentors, performers and artists.

E.P. Foster Library Topping Room


Games Galore!

at E.P. Foster

Drop in to play board games

Thursdays, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Digital Storytelling


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

Starts at 7:30 every Thursday except the fourth Thursday of the month.

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




 Ukulele Class

Saturday, July 26,  11:00 am to noon

Beginners welcome!


Ukulele Jam Session

Every second and fourth Monday

July 14 and July 28,    7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Join local ukulele lovers as they strum together in the Topping Room.


 Saturday Matinee

Film_ReelOn Saturday, July 26, E.P. Foster Library will show two films for this month’s Saturday Matinee!

The films will be shown in the Topping Room, and will include a 1960s fantasy feature based on Greek mythology and a 1940s film serial about an arch-criminal attempting to steal a superweapon.

This event is free and open to the public.

The first film starts at 4 p.m. We hope to see you there!



NEW!MilkAndCookies  Cookies and Milk Storytime!

Join Star Soto at Panera

located 4910 Telephone Road, Ventura

First Monday of each month, 10:00 a.m.


Story Times at E.P. Foster

Lapsit at 10:30 a.m. on 2nd and 4th Mondays, Story interaction for ages 0 to 18 months.

Preschool Storytime  10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays,  Stories and Crafts for Ages 5 and under.

Wednesday Wonder at 3:30 p.m., Stories, games and activities for ages 5 to 12.

                   Storytime S t r e t c h i n g

E.P. Foster Library offers a yoga class for parents while their children, four years and older, attend the 3:30 p.m.  storytimes on Wednesdays.

In order to attend the free yoga class your child must be 4 years old and up. You must bring your own yoga mat or beach towel. Must be open to having fun and a relaxing time!

Paws for Reading Saturdays 12 – 1 Read aloud to registered therapy dogs. (sign-up required, call 648-2716)




TAG Large Beach.cropped                         Teen Activity Group  meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:00.

 For more information, please contact :Star or Jane @  (805) 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.


Friends of the Library book discussion

The San Buenaventura Friends of the Library  holds book discussions in the Topping room at E.P. Foster Library on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

This group reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction works and welcomes new members.

Book selection for August:   Bootlegger’s Daughter by Margaret Maron

Please feel free to call Marcia at 407-3510 or e-mail, if you have any questions.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________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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