All libraries will open at 1pm on Thursday, Jan. 12 due to staff training.
Libraries Closed Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr.
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!
The Polar Express
Saturday, January 7, 10:30 am
Friday, January 13, 2:00 pm
E.P. Foster Library
When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Library LAB Open Workshop
January 9, 23, & 30 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.
Monday, January 9 & 23
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!
Monday, January 9 at 3-5pm
3:00 -5:00 pm
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.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, January 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 @ 3 pm
Saticoy – Crafternoon
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Get your craft on in the afternoon for this special crafternoon.
Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, & 25
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
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!
Wednesdays, January 11 & 25
This poetry performance and writing workshop with an open mic is geared towards high school and college students but all are welcome. Specific emphasis is on SLAM Poetry. Presented by Phil Taggart and Aaron Gardner.
Poetry Open Mic
Phil Taggart hosts an open mic night for poets, authors and everything in between!
January 5, 12, 19, & 26
Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, & 28
@ 1:00 pm, E.P. Foster
Calling all chess players! Keep your skills sharp with this one-hour, drop-in session of free play.
Saturdays, 10:30 am
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.
Wednesdays, January 4 & 18 @ 5 pm
Bilingual Early Literacy Class
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.
Saturdays 12 – 1
E.P. Foster Library
Read aloud to registered therapy dogs.
call Phillip Yocham at 805 648-2716)
Every OTHER Saturday
call Jane Middleton at 805 671-5148)
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.
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
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.
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.