All libraries open later than usual, Thursday, Sept. 28th

due to a staff training meeting.

Your eLibrary is always open!

CloudLibrary gives Ventura County Library customers access to Downloadable audiobooks (eaudiobooks) and ebooks.

Check out up to 10 books at a time and keep as many as 20 on hold.

The app can be downloaded  to your device or computer from The Apple App Store  or GooglePlay.



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

Ventura Libraries Community Conversations

As part of the development of a new strategic direction, the Ventura County Library has been hosting a series of Community Conversations. Each of these facilitated conversations includes questions designed to better understand people’s aspirations for their community, the concerns they have, and what they believe might make a difference in strengthening the community.

Conversation Schedule – you are invited!

• Wednesday September 13, 6:00pm in the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library
• Wednesday September 27, 6:00pm at the Bell Arts Factory
• Thursday October 19, 6:00pm at Jose Flores Community Center

We pledge to get back to you with what we learned and let you know how we’ll use what we heard. Hopefully you’ll be able to join us, but if you can’t make it in person you can also participate online!

These events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Irma Morales (805)256-4414 or irma.morales@ventura.org

Next Book Sale!

Saturday, October 7
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
at the Vons
at Victoria & Telegraph

Quality used books at bargain prices.

All genres, including special interest, classics, vintage.

Fiction, including current hardcover  & paperbacks.
Non­fiction, children’s books.
Dvds, books on cd and tape, puzzles, and more!

Homework Help at the Library

E.P. Foster

E.P. Foster Library and Project Understanding provide students with tutors and a safe, nurturing environment in which to complete assignments and projects. To sign up, contact Maria Gonzales at
(805) 652-1326 ext 303
Mon – Thurs: 3 – 5 pm
Re-opens Monday, 9-25-17

Avenue Library
There is a bilingual tutor on site.
(805) 643-6393
Mon -Thurs: 3:30- 5:30 pm
Re-opens Tuesday, 9-5-17

Saticoy Library
Project Understanding provides tutors.To sign up,
contact Maria Gonzales at .
(805) 652-1326 ext 303
Mon – Thurs: 3 – 6 pm
Re-opens Monday, 9-25-17

Homework Centers provide free homework help,  including free printing, computer access and research assistance for students K-12. Assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis.


Mondays & Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm

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.


Ukulele.scaledJam Sessions

September 11 & 25

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:

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


legoMonday, August 28 @ 3:30 pm

Mondays, September 11, 18 & 25

1:00 om to 5:00 pm


Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21 & 28

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm


Tuesday, September 26 @ 3pm

Saturday, September 30 @ 10:30 am

Avenue – Crafternoon


September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

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

Saticoy – Crafternoon


September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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


9/5 & 19 Tuesdays @ 5-6pm

TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

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.

  • Active members will get credit towards School Community Services Hours
  • TAG meetings are at E. P. Foster Library, in the Young Adult area, on the 2nd floor.

Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club

September 14 & 28

10:30 am

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

 September 7, 14, 21, & 28



2:00pm to 4:00pm

at E.P. Foster Library

beginning September 29

Board not bored games!


Memories of Main St. written across a picture of downtown ventura in what appears to be the 1950's

Saturday, September 30,  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 Join us for the unveiling of some amazing short videos created by local community members during our “Memories of Main St” digital storytelling event two-day workshop in June. Hear and see personal stories about Ventura.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

Superbrain Yoga

Attend this hands-on workshop to improve memory, achieve mental clarity, and gain emotional calmness.
Facilitated by Ellen E. Morano

Avenue Library
In the Meeting Room
Saturday September 16
10:00 am—12:00 pm
Saticoy Library
Monday September 25
10:00 am—12:00 pm


Chess Around the Corner

Saturdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

11:00 am to 4:00 pm,  E.P. Foster

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

Boards will be set up and ready to go. Bring your best moves!

familyColoringE.P. Foster, Avenue and Saticoy libraries.

Saturdays,  10:30 am

spanish-375830_1280September 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

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.

E.P. Foster Library  Early Literacy Classes


Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30 am

September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, & 27

Saticoy  Library Early Literacy Classes


Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28

9:30 am – 10:30 am

and 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Bilingual Early Literacy Class

Avenue Library

Mondays, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.  September 11, 18 & 25

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

September 9 and 23

(sign-up required,

call Jane Middleton at 805 647-5736)

English Classes for Adults

Avenue Library


  • Monday/Lunes at 11 AM
  • Thursday/Jueves 12 PM

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

Pumarosa English Class

Tuesdays @ 10-11:30 am

Wednesdays @ 6:00-7 pm
Meeting Room

Learn English in a fun environment that combines conversation, singing, and technology.

Saticoy Library

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

ESL Conversation Groups hosted by Laubach Literacy of Ventura County

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, during hours when the bookstore is open:

Wednesday – Saturday

11:00 am to 4:00 pm


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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