San Buenaventura Friends of the Library


Another Year, Another



Saturday, January 31, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Topping Room, E.P. Foster

Collect some finds  from our wide selection of hard back books, audiobooks, dvds and like new paperbacks at bargain prices.

This sale features Theater, Art, Special Interest, Biography, History, Cookbooks,  Autographed Books, Classics, Psychology, Children’s Books and  Reference.

We could  use some more volunteers (especially heavy lifters) at the book sale — the more volunteers we have, the more books get moved out of the warehouse and on to the sale tables!   To volunteer to help at the book sale, please email:



  On Tuesday, January 20,  5-7 p.m.             Come to E.P. Foster Library

     for another special Library LAB activity:  Vibrating Robots!  Participants will be able to use small motors, battery clips, and assorted odds and ends to create fun little vibrating robots. If you’re looking for a project that requires a mix of engineering and creativity, join us for this free event!

This free event begins at 5 p.m. and will take place on the second floor of the library. We hope to see you there, and stay tuned for information on additional Makeshop events through February and March!

 Library Lab Opens at E.P. Foster


If you’ve been curious about the Library LAB’s  3D printer and laser engraver, you’re in luck!   Starting January 7, library staff will be  available to help you learn about this equipment.

The Library LAB will be open for walk-ins on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm starting on January 7.

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!

Ventura County’s Library LAB is a makerspace operating across the various branches of the county library system.
Makerspaces are community-operated workspaces where people with common interests—often in computers, technology, science, digital or electronic art, and DIY—can meet, socialize, and collaborate.

The Ventura County Library makerspace is free and open to the public.
Our goal is to reach the entire community by providing tools and guidance for all types of makers.  To see more of what we’re doing, check out our blog!


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

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday

except the fourth Thursday of the month.

1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29

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


Writer’s Workshop

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  1 to 3 p.m.

   Doug Taylor, author of “Bogota   by Bus,”  will host a free interactive workshop at E.P. Foster Library discussing writing and the elements of a successful novel.

  Topics will include mapping out a novel in advance, character development, creating good dialogue, and the differences between action and descriptive narrative



Jam Sessions

Mondays, January 12 and 26

   7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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



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TAG, the Teen Activity Group, now has groups st both E.P. Foster and Saticoy libraries.
The E.P. Foster group meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
The Saticoy group meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.
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

BookBlueOpenFriends of the Library book discussion

meets in the Topping Room on the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon.  This group reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction and is always open to new members.

Saturday, Feb. 7:  Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Saturday, March 7:  Star Rover
by Jack London

Saturday, April 4:  Poetry Discussion

Saturday, May 2:  The Judges of the Secret Court                                                    by David Stacton

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


Happenings at Saticoy Library


PawsforReadingSaticoy Library will be hosting two new programs starting in November.

First, PAWS for Reading comes to Saticoy.  For information on how to sign up, contact:  or call (805) 647-5736.


Also, Laubach Literacy of Ventura County will be cosponsoring an English language class for adults on Mondays at 11 a.m., starting on November 17. This series is presented by Marilyn May; for more information, call (805) 647-5736 or (805) 506-0110.



Crafts for Kids


Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m.

Crafts for school age children.



Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.

Storytime and crafts.

Best for children under age 5


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meets every month at Saticoy Library

on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.

For more info contact:
Jane at (805) 647-5736



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 Wonders at 3:30 p.m., a storytime and activity program for children 5 and up.

Paws for Reading Saturdays 12 – 1 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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