San Buenaventura Friends of the Library



Thursday, April 24, 4:00 pm

Teens ages 13-18 meet at the library to work on various community projects.
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Saturday, April 26

Teens Teach Teccellphone-nokiascaledh, 10 to noon

Need help with technology?

Bring your device to the library to get help from
local teens.



SweetestSoundsThe Sweetest Sounds:

The Music of Richard Rodgers

Sunday, April 27, 2-3:30 p.m.

Join OLLI presenter Bruce Collins as he explores this “American Master” from the onset of his career in 1924 with “Manhattan,” written with Lorenz Hart, through his Broadway triumphs of Pal Joey, and, with Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. Using original cast recordings drawn from a collection of more than 200 CDs and featuring such performers as Bing Crosby, Ezio Pinza, Gertrude Lawrence, and Peggy Lee, the lecture will include such classics as “Blue Moon,” “Lover,” “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” together with the stories behind their creations.




Enter your original Haiku poem.

April 2 — April 16

Words are arranged in 3 lines, 17 syllables or less.
No rhyming. Keep it fun!

Winners announced on


Submit your poem at E.P. Foster Library

or at





Ukulele Jam Session

Every second and fourth Monday

April 14 & 28       7:00 to 10:00 p.m.


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

Ukulele Class

Saturday, April 19

A free class where you can learn the basics of playing the ukulele. Don’t have a ukulele? Check one out at the library!



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, 651 E Main St.


The Big Read is a cooperative effort of the City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships and the Ventura County Library.  It is designed to encourage the community to read, discuss and participate in activities inspired by this year’s featured book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Big Read Kick Off at Bell Arts
Mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially opened the Big Read at First Fridays Ventura gallery crawl at Bell Arts Factory, which hosts an art exhibit, “From Hell to Healing: The Art of Vietnam Vets”.    Ventura Film Society presented its special “The Things They Carried” compilation video.     The video can be viewed on YouTube here.

Friday, April 18 through May 2: Art Exhibit:

“War Stories”

Curator/artist/Vietnam veteran Moses Mora and the Ventura County Arts Council host a group show focusing on “what soldiers carry with them, in mind and body, during and after war” from April 18 to May 2
Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration,  800 S Victoria Ave
Friday, May 2, 5:30-7pm:  Closing Reception: “War Stories”
Ventura’s Big Read closes with a reception for exhibit artists and public.

For a list of all the Big Read events, see


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)





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Teen Activity Council (TAG, formerly YAC)

 meets the first and third Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Teens ages 13 to 18 work on various community service projects, including:




Phil 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.


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.


 SBFOL Annual Membership Meeting:  Coffee House Live! at the Library

AnnualMeetinggraffics.masks.colorized2This year, San Buenaventura Friends of the Library
Annual Membership Meeting showcased live
poetry, music, drama vignettes, Sr. Readers Theatre, Foothill H.S. Speech team

Congratulations to all for a wonderfully attended annual meeting that was both entertaining and inspiring.

The newly elected Executive Board  for SBFOL for 2014/15:

President:             Kathy Thomson

Vice President:     Berta Steele

Treasurer:            Gary Stephens

Recording Secretary: Joanne Fields

Corresponding Secretary:  Jill Forman

_________________________________________________________________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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