Summer Reading 2015--Read to the Rhythm!

Read to the Rhythm 

From June 1 through August 8, we urge you to shake, rattle or roll to the library for Read to the Rhythm, a summer of fun and prizes.  Earn prizes for every 5 hours that you read (or are read to) and enter into an end-of-summer grand prize drawing.  

Check out all the free fun filled activities--puppets, magic, animals, crafts, games, and more--happening at Ventura County Library throughout the summer.  Join us to kick-off 2015 Summer Reading--Music with Craig Newton.  Here is a list of shows. For more fun and a chance at a grand prize drawing, check out our Summer Reading page.


Summer Hours at the Library!

Four of our libraries will have new hours beginning May 31.

Our goal is to more closely meet the needs of each community with revised hours and expanded services.

See a list of the libraries, addresses and hours.

And remember our eLibrary is open 24/7

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Summer Vacation

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and the winding down of the school year. As this season begins many people have plans for vacation. Your Resident Photographer recently returned from her own vacation and encourages others to seek out locations that are far enough away to feel like you’ve actually gone somewhere, but not so far that you spend most of your time driving to your destination.

This year we decided to make a loop with the farthest point being Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. We had a lovely stopover in Sacramento and stayed in a motel which backed up on the American River Trail. This part of the trail runs along the Sacramento River before taking a turn at the fork of the American River. After dinner, we took a stroll down to the river and noticed quite a few fishermen in little boats. It was very serene for being smack in the middle of the capital of California.

We proceeded to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where we stayed a couple of nights and went to visit Crater Lake National Park. Personally, I believe this park should be on everyone’s bucket list. Access to beautiful views of the lake are easily reached from the parking lot and there are two roads that circumnavigate the lake itself. Unfortunately, the East Rim Road was still closed because of snow. Often the rim roads are closed until June, so we were lucky that the West Rim was open.

After visiting Crater Lake we headed back into California and spent one night in South Lake Tahoe. This town has a split personality because the border between California and Nevada runs through it. The Nevada side has large casinos and the California side has numerous resorts and quaint lodges to stay in. Lake Tahoe itself, though, has some beautiful views and is definitely worth a visit.

Our next stop was Mammoth Lakes, one of my favorite spots. We decided to take it easy and just do a tour of the actual lakes themselves. Anybody interested in visiting the lakes will find them quite accessible. They were a bit on the low side because of the drought but were still quite beautiful.

On our way back home, we stopped in Red Rock Canyon State Park. This is one of those unusual spots which has formations right off the highway. I would highly recommend this park for an extended day trip. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you like, depending on the kind of experience you are looking for.

Whether you decide to travel across the country or just across county lines, E.P. Foster Library has travel books to help you plan your trip. There are also eBooks and eAudiobooks available as part of our online research tools. Bon Voyage!


Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

California Native Plants @ Foster

On Wednesday, June 3, E.P. Foster Library will host a presentation by David L. Magney of the California Native Plant Society.

This educational talk will focus on the plants of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Come learn more about some of California's unique flora! There will also be time for some plant identification, so bring your unidentified plants.

This free event starts at 7 p.m. in the Topping Room. We hope to see you there!

New Library Card Design Art Contest for Kids & Teens!

Calling all children and teen artists! Ventura County Library wants you to design our new children and teen library cards.  The contest will run from June 1 through June 30.

Only children (ages 5-12) and teens (ages 13-17) are eligible to participate, one entry per person.  All entries must be submitted on a regulated contest form.  Here is a complete list of rules and the regulated contest form or you may pick up a regulated contest form with rules at any Ventura County Library.

Film Discussion Group @ Foster

On Monday, June 1, E.P. Foster Library will screen the next film in our first-Monday discussion series.

This month's film is a contemporary cult classic set in a 1960s East Coast city. In it, high school teens come to terms with changing pop culture, race relations, bigotry, and music and decide to take a stand… all with a tongue-in-cheek spirit.

This fun and free event will take place in the Topping Room; the doors open at 6 p.m. There will be time afterward for discussion and critique, so come by to share your thoughts!

David's Dish: Signature Sangria

But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry by Julia Reed is an interesting collection of stories and recipes, with many beverage recipes and some great  meal recipes to boot!

My relationship with sangria goes back many moons. My first meeting with this divine elixir was in Bishop, California, at a friend's house. A couple of us had just finished up an arduous journey in the Sierras and were ravenous and parched as well. From my first sip of this eye-pleasing and taste bud-pleasing beverage I knew I would have many more festive times indulging in this beverage.

Fast forward to the present: I saw the pitcher of the delicious ruby-red liquid on the book's cover and knew I had to check-out But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!

I'll confess, I read mainly for inspiration and the minute I saw this book I wanted to make some serious sangria.

The book inspired me enough to blaze my own path and create my own signature recipe for making sangria. I prefer wine to vodka, so I chose a white Zinfandel. As for the fruit I used, I took the kitchen sink approach and sliced up what I had in the kitchen, plus fruit that had been given to me by neighbors. I let the whole concoction chill in the refrigerator and served it the next evening.

We enjoyed the sangria out on the patio, which in my opinion is the best place to indulge in this drink. While sipping the sangria the afternoon turn to evening and we observed some lively bats zipping around the darkening sky.

Skip the vodka and use wine!

David's Dish*****


Check out the book at Foster Library, or put it on hold—we will send it to you. If there are any cookbooks in Foster Library’s collection that you would like me to try out, please leave the title on our Facebook page and I’ll get cooking!

Volunteer Opportunity: Fourth of July Book Sale!

Interested in helping out your library over the summer? Want to be a part of something fun and exciting? E.P. Foster Library's TAG group is looking for volunteers to lend a hand with this year's Fourth of July Book Sale!

This event will take place in front of the library during the Fourth of July Street Fair. The sale is co-sponsored by TAG and the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Jane Middleton at (805) 901-2875, or by email at

Making Your Life Easier


You may now pay your fines and fees or make a donation
to Ventura County Library online. You will find the link under "Library Catalog" and "My Account" above or by clicking on the SmartPAY logo to the left.
More information click here or phone your library. 

3D Printing in the Workplace

When a small piece of a larger object breaks it can be tough to justify replacing the whole thing. At E.P. Foster Library, one of the keyboards at the first floor desk lost one of its supporting “feet.” Rather than trash the keyboard, we designed a replacement foot in Tinkercad and printed it out on our LulzBot TAZ. The new foot is bright pink and works great, showing yet another way that 3D printing is changing the way we interact with our workplace and our world.

Also, the Library LAB at E.P. Foster recently received a new piece of equipment: a LulzBot Mini 3D printer! We will be taking this little one out into the community for outreach, workshops, and classes, so stay tuned to our website, blog, and Facebook page to see what’s coming up, or call (805) 648-2716 to ask about arranging a class!

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