Featuring traditional library services, such as adult literacy tutoring, early childhood literacy classes, training classes and a collection of print materials.  Also making use of innovating technology, mobile furnishings and forward-thinking planning to expand access.             Truly visionary, the Hill Road Library will enable residents to explore, discover and connect with the world, and, ultimately, improve lives.  For more info, contact Deputy Director Nancy Schram: NancySchram@ventura.org   (805) 677-7150

The  Friends of the Library are now raising funds to meet  the  immediate needs for the  opening of  the new Hill Road library branch.

Donations can be made at https://squareup.com/store/VenturaFOL

Or mail to:  Ventura FOL,  P.O. Box 403, Ventura CA, 93002

VFOL is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

 Summer Reading 2017, Reading by Design: The Summer of STEAM

Starting June 1 through August 12, register online  for the Summer Reading Challenge and chances to win a Chromebook & STEAM Kit.

Visit the library for STEAM Maker Daze or the STEAM Playground where you can explore, discover, and connect concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math in fun and sometimes silly ways.  In addition to STEAM activities, the library offers Kick-off Shows with Luce Puppets, gaming days (plugged and unplugged), craft days, performers, and end of summer parties — all for FREE.

Kick-off Show:  Summer Reading Kick off show with Luce Puppets

June 21, Shows at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm

at E.P. Foster

Do you enjoy helping others? Are you looking for a way to fulfill your required community service?  Summer Reading begins soon and it’s a perfect opportunity to meet that required community service credit for school. To get started, fill out a volunteer application and turn it into a library near you. Drop by your local library and talk to the staff. They will be happy to explain how important your service is to the library and summer reading.


 All across the County of Ventura, adults are reading for the win! Enter to win a host of fun prizes every time you read a book. There is no limit on the number of entries. By submitting a response you agree to have your initials displayed on our leader board inside of the library.
Enter the online contest for Adult Summer Reading 2017 here. Good luck!

Mondays   10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Get your craft on all day at the library! Crafts supplied!

June 18 & 25,  July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Library LAB Open Workshop

Now on Mondays

Library LAB Open Workshop

Monday, June 26  @ 4-6 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.


Ukulele.scaledJam Sessions

Mondays, June 12 & 26

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!

Saticoy Library

Mondays @ 3:30 pm, June 5, 12, 19 & 26

Avenue Library:

Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

E.P. Foster:  Mondays & Saturdays @ 3pm, June  17, 19, 24 & 26



Saticoy Library:   Gaming @ the Library

Mondays 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 5, 12, 19, 26

Socialize and strategize with Wii games and board games.

Avenue Library:   Gaming @ the Library

Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, June 8, 15, 22, 29

Socialize and strategize with Wii games and board games.

E.P. Foster Gaming Daze

Both plugged and unplugged options!

Fridays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, beginning June 16

Avenue – Crafternoon


June 6, 13, 20, 27

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Saticoy – Crafternoon

Now on Wednesdays!

June 7, 14, 21, 28

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! Aimed at children ages 9 and up

 Gumdrop Bridges

Saticoy Library STEAM Boxes

Tuesday, June 20, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Avenue Library STEAM Boxes

Wednesday, June 21, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

E.P. Foster, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.


E.P. Foster – Makerspace Open Workshop

Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm

June 21, 27, & 28

Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation, a laser cutter/engraver, and so much more! Play hard, have fun, explore, discover, connect.

California Native Plant Society Lecture

Tuesday, June 20

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

E.P. Foster

Michael Glenn with the US Fish and Wildlife will be speaking on Student Habitat Creation to Promote Pollinators. The meeting will start at 7pm. Bring native plants to id. All ages are welcome.  Free.

Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club

Thursdays, June 8 & 22

Foster – 3D Printing Club

Thursday, June 22,  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Our 3D Printing Club inspires individuals to 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

Thursday, June 22, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

@  E.J Harrison Boys & Girls Club, 11321 Violeta St, Ventura, CA 93004

Wednesday, June 28, 3:00 pm  @ E.P. Foster Library

New Early Literacy Class at Saticoy Library

Sing, Talk, Read, Play Write

Help get your child ready to read
Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 am
Saticoy Library

This is a new class, in addition to the 11:00 am Early Literacy Class.  Sponsored by Housing Authority, City of San Buenaventura.

For more info:  contact Rick Gurrola (805) 673-3610, RGurrola@hacityventura.gov


Poetry Open Mic

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

microphone Starts at 7:30 every Thursday

June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29



Spontaneous Chess

Saturdays, June 3, 10,  17, & 24

@ 1:00 pm,  E.P. Foster

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


familyColoringE.P. Foster, Avenue and Saticoy libraries.

Saturdays,  10:30 am

spanish-375830_1280June 3, 10 & 17

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.

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

June 10 and 24

(sign-up required,

call Jane Middleton at 805 671-5148)

English Classes for Adults

Avenue Library


  • Monday/Lunes at 11AM
  • Tuesday/Martes 12PM
  • Thursday/Jueves 1PM

Introductory English classes offered through Laubach Literacy at Avenue Library. Comenzando clases de inglés ofrecidos a través de Laubach Literacy en la biblioteca.

English Class Pumarosa

Tuesdays @ 10-11:30 am

Wednesdays @ 5:30-7 pm
Meeting Room

Saticoy Library

FREE/GRATIS ENGLISH CLASSES – Mondays/Lunes Y Wednesday/Miércoles at 3 PM


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

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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