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The 26th Annual Trivia Challenge
is Thursday November 6th!

Wedgewood Banquet Center
5880 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura

Cheer for a team, play along, enjoy yummy snacks, all for just $5.00.
There will be an Opportunity drawing, loads of fun and a no-host bar.

To sign up a team click here   Event benefits READ Adult Literacy
Presented by Rotary Club of Ventura South

A Ghost Town Cemetery, Bodie, California

 

 

As we celebrate Halloween, All Souls’ Day, and Día de los Muertos, your resident photographer thought she would share some photographs relevant to the season. On a recent sojourn, I decided to explore the cemetery in the ghost town of Bodie, California.

While wandering among the ruins of the town and the headstones in the cemetery, yours truly ran into one of the rangers who works in the park. He told me that the cemetery used to be in the lower-lying area where the entrance kiosk is currently located. Unfortunately, that area is swampy in the spring, which had unfortunate consequences for the inhabitants of the old cemetery. The cemetery was moved to its current location on a hill, where the interred have a lovely view overlooking the town of Bodie. Right outside the graveyard there is a brick building which used to house the hearses used for the funerals. It was also where they stored bodies during the winter when the ground was too frozen to dig graves.

One of the most poignant stories involves the “Angel of Bodie,” three-year-old Evelyn Myers, who died when she was accidentally hit in the head with a miner’s pickaxe. Some people have reported that she haunts the cemetery, looking for other children to play with. Her grave is marked by a sculpture of a child angel. There have also been reported sightings of a woman seen looking out a window on the second floor of the Cain House, an old woman seen rocking in a chair in the Gregory House, and the smell of cooking coming from the Mendocini House, as well as other unexplained occurrences.

If you are interested in visiting the ghost town of Bodie, Foster Library has books available to assist you in planning your next ghost hunt, as well as information about the history of Bodie. There are also a number of items by our own local ghost hunter, Richard Senate, if you want to limit your spectral searches to Southern California.


 

Keep in mind, though, if you do decide to visit Bodie, do not remove any artifacts, even if they don’t look like they will be missed. The story goes that the ghostly residents of Bodie protect the site, and anyone who removes anything from the town is doomed to misfortune until they return what they have taken. The rangers routinely receive items in the mail that remorseful visitors have removed, so it is quite possible there is some substance to the “Bodie Curse.”

 

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

A Wrinkle in Time @ Foster

Thursday, November 6, will mark the opening of a special art exhibit at E.P. Foster Library!

Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly is partnering with the library on this exhibition, and the opening will be marked with a reception.

The reception begins at 5 p.m., and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. We hope to see you there!

Ken McAlpine @ Foster

On Sunday, November 2, there will be a special reading by local author Ken McAlpine at E.P. Foster Library.

Ken has experience writing for magazines and will be talking about his latest release, Juncture, and about the craft of writing in general. He has traveled far and wide and has used much of this experience to fuel his writing.

This event is free and open to the public. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Topping Room. We'd love for you to stop by!

Jade’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Minute: “The Diamond Age,” by Neal Stephenson

Even in a world full of nanotechnology and incredible advances in science, there can still be strife and unrest. Such is the setting of Neal Stephenson’s novel The Diamond Age. We follow Nell, an orphan girl from the lowest phyle, or class. She receives a stolen Primer, an educational book written for young women of high society which prepares them for “an interesting life.”

As with many of Stephenson’s novels, the plot almost becomes overshadowed by the engaging universe he creates. In The Diamond Age he has created a Neo-Victorian society filled with technology. The novel has many interesting themes, including post-scarcity economics, hive consciousness, artificial intelligence, and cultural and racial relativism. Written in 1995, it poses an interesting question: what role does technology play in the education of children? It may be almost twenty years since its original publication, but I find The Diamond Age as relevant now as it was then. With the growing popularity of eBooks, studies are being done around the world to try to answer this same question. I love sci-fi novels that engage on an intellectual level, and Neal Stephenson does that wonderfully.

You can request a copy of The Diamond Age online, over the phone, or by dropping in at the library. For more sci-fi and fantasy titles, check out E.P. Foster Library's Adult Science Fiction section on the first floor.

 

Yours Truly

Not Your Grandmother's Encyclopedia!

 

World Book Online
 Encyclopedias For a New Generation

  • Interactive Earth
  • Timelines
  • Tutorials
  • Life and Research Skills
World Book Online includes 23 subscription databases, every article in the print set as well as several thousand additional articles and the contents of every yearbook since 1922. The online version contains links to current web sites, magazine articles, primary source documents, a news section, and video and audio samples.  

The Whole World in Your Hands 24/7

Global Issues in Context uses a wealth of resources to explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio and links to vetted websites.

Worldcrunch translates articles from journalists with top news organizations and worldwide media sources in an effort to compensate for the decline in English-language foreign coverage. 

Debate with authority, be informed, win that argument once and for all.
The Ventura County eLibrary has all the tools you need 24/7. 

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Turn Back Your Clock

Don't be early!

Get that extra hour of sleep. 

Set your clock back before bed

Saturday November 1st.

Sleepless in Ojai?

Battling Insomnia?

Come to the Ojai Library

Saturday, November 1st @ 2pm

Ian James will share his tips for a drug free sleep

Ian James is a retired psychotherapist, Buddhist practitioner, teacher and late blooming librarian.

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"Zom-B," by Darren Shan

For Halloween, try out this creepy YA series!

Readers Beware

A lot of characters die in this series, and even the main character is not immune as Darren Shan spins a tale of horror that leaves no one unscathed.

The book starts by letting the reader get to know the main character, “B.” B comes from a troubled home in a working-class community of London and spends time hanging out with friends, getting in trouble, going to school, and trying to avoid problems at home. Generally, B performs poorly in school, but suddenly things change a bit. Inspired by a teacher, B begins to challenge the ideas of a cruel and racist father, and one day during a museum visit saves a small child that was kidnapped by two men with horribly disfigured faces. B is hailed as a hero for a while, but nothing is easy in B’s life, and even as things seem to drift back to the way they were…

The world ends.

Suddenly, everything is different. EVERYTHING. And B must adjust to a world full of the shambling, brain-eating dead and worse. B is changing too, and nothing makes sense anymore.

What caused this? Who caused it?

What is happening to B?

Is B even alive anymore?

Zom-B is available to borrow as part of E.P. Foster Library's Young Adult Fiction collection on the second floor, along with several other books in this series.


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