Foster Library will hold its 4th annual Foster Con Mini Comic Festival

on Saturday, February 25 from 10 am to 4 pm

This year, the library is pleased to welcome back Carlos Nieto, III, who will be offering his anime drawing class. The Mandalorian Mercs will be back, dressed in their finest Star Wars cosplay. Local comic book vendors, including Seth’s Comics and Games will also be on hand. REI will be presenting a zombie preparedness workshop, a new event for this year. The library’s Maker Lab will be open, for those interested in 3-D printing and coding. Kids can make their own version of a comic strip with comic creators online. There will also be RPG board games and Bloxels, which allows you to make your own video game.

Avenue Library Dr. Seuss Celebration

Library LAB Open Workshop

Now on Mondays

February 6, 13, 20, & 27 Mondays @ 5-6 pm

Come by the library on Monday evenings to learn more about our 3D printer and laser cutter or to use them yourself! Ask the library staff about what you need to bring to print or engrave an item of your own, or just drop in to see what we’re up to in our library makerspace.



Special Ukulele Event:  “Your first ukulele lesson”

Monday, February 27

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Just received a ukulele as a gift?  Well, we have the perfect opportunity for you to develop your ukulele skills.  Alan Ferentz will provide musical instruction.

Ukulele.scaledJam Sessions

Mondays, February 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: lego

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

Avenue and  Saticoy Libraries  Mondays @ 3:30 pm

Lego Play at E.P. Foster:  Tuesdays, February 7,  14, 21 & 28 @ 3 pm

Saticoy – Crafternoon

Tuesdays,  February 7,  14, 21 & 28

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

Code Club Wednesdays,  February 1, 8, 15, & 22 4:00– 5:00 pm

in the Makerspace on the 2nd floor

Kids will be introduced to computer programming using Code.org and Scratch. They will build confidence in computer science through self-directed skill building, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

• No computer experience needed

• Aimed at kids 8 – 13

• Bring your own laptop to connect and follow- along

• 10 library laptops will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis

E.P. Foster – Makerspace Open Workshop

Wednesdays,  February 1, 8, 15, & 22
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Come by the library on Wednesday evenings to learn more about our 3D printer and laser cutter—or to use them yourself! Ask the library staff about what you need to bring to print or engrave an item of your own, or just drop in to see what we’re up to in our library makerspace, now upstairs!

Dance Party in the Topping Room for children ages 2 – 5 and their grownups.

Friday, February 10 &  Saturday, February 18 @ 10:00am in the Topping Room.


Poetry Open Mic

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

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday

February 2, 9, 16, & 23

Family Friendly Films at the Library
sponsored by Ventura Downtown Lions, Saticoy Lions and Ventura Friends of the Library.  Film screenings and a specially themed craft!

MARY POPPINS: E.P. Foster Library   Friday,  Feb.  24, 2:00 pm                                     MINIONS:      Saticoy Library     Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 am                                                     

Chess_board_and_piecesSpontaneous Chess

Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25

@ 1:00 pm,  E.P. Foster

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


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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.



TAG, the Teen Advisory Group

E.P. Foster

Wednesdays, February 1 & 15 @ 5 pm

If you want to share ideas, meet new people and have a great time shaping the library teen program join TAG!
This is for 13+ and grades 8+ and counts toward community service requirements.

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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

(sign-up required,

call Jane Middleton at 805 671-5148)



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.

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.

Book Donations

Bookstore2015may be left in the blue bins located outside the Friends of the Library Bookstore in the E.P. Foster Library.


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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