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Computer classes at Foster Library


Computer classes take place every Monday from 11-11:45. We work in the computer lab upstairs and have room for 8 people. No reservation is required, just show up and we will direct you!
Call Foster at 648-2716 for more information.

Classes in November:

11/4 Basic Training - Doug's five step method for navigating the internet: In this class you will learn how to log onto the internet as well as the five necessary functions for completing a successful internet search.

11/11 Flickr Follow Up - Learn how to post your photographs online to share with family and friends. Yahoo account required. Bring in a flash drive with pictures for hands on experience.

11/18 Zinio - Use this library database to download FREE magazines.

11/25 Q&A - A drop in session where you can ask for help with your technology questions.

The Mermaid of Soter Point

 
In Marina Park, there is a 20 foot statue of a mermaid playing a flute, situated on a patch of land known
as Soter Point.  While the origins of the statue itself are shrouded in mystery, how she came to Marina
Park is a different story.  Andy Soter, who lost his daughter, Andrea, to ovarian cancer, wanted to do
something for the community in memory of his daughter.  Samuel Povar, as part of his mission to
enhance Ventura with private-public art projects, had already sponsored a memorial near the Ventura
Pier in honor of his late wife, Orianna.   Alec Benke, a Russian immigrant, was the man with the
mermaid.  Together, they brought the statue to Soter Point, where it can be seen as the centerpiece of
the renovation at Marina Park.  If you would like to find more information about how this all came
together, you can read the full story by visiting this database.  Just one of many databases available to you, with your library card, through www.vencolibrary.org.
 
Resident Photographer - Aleta Rodriguez
 

Halloween Safety Tips

Join The E.P. Foster staff along with First 5 of Ventura at the Pacific View Mall on Halloween between 4 and 7 for a special and safe Halloween.

Happy Halloween from the staff at E.P. Foster Library.

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

ALL DRESSED UP:

•Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
•Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
•Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
•When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
•Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
•Some costumes may be scary to a young child, before the big day, show little ones rubber masks in daylight and let them touch and see that it is only a mask.
•Remind children that if a costume is scary, it is really just like theirs, a costume. Have children check for regular shoes on the feet of what may be a scary costume walking down the street.
•Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.

ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
•Host or attend a Halloween Party.    
•A parent or responsible adult should accompany children on their Trick-or-Treat route.    
•Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
•Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters.
•Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
•If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
•Never cut across yards or use alleys.
•Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out  driveways.
•Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
•If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
•Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
•Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
•Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
 
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN:
•A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
•Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
•Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
•Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

New Books: Graphic Novels

If you’ve ever perused the New Book section of the library, you may have noticed an increasing number of graphic novels. In fact, there are currently over thirty of them.  Even if you may not be an avid comic book reader, it’s a worthwhile part of the collection that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Among the titles on the shelf, you’ll find graphic novels with Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Superman. There are also some based on television shows, such as Castle, Once Upon a Time, and True Blood. I happened to like True Blood: Where Were You?, which recalls a time before the series when vampires first went public with their identities, telling the story from each characters point of view. Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen looks at the complex relationship between the Queen and the Huntsman.
 
Other graphic novel titles are adaptations of well-known books. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is given its own series. James Patterson’s Zoo, a tale of the animal kingdom fighting back against man, has also been adapted. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was particularly well-adapted, but it‘s definitely not for kids.
 
Still others are for those looking for something beyond the traditional superhero titles. Saga, a graphic novel about two warring alien factions, is particularly good. Jerusalem: A Family Portrait tells the story of three generations of one family living in the midst of Israel’s struggles with Palestine. Husbands tells of two gay men who wake up one morning to find themselves married after a crazy Vegas weekend.

There are many titles worth looking into, with new ones coming monthly. There’s a little something for everyone, and you’ll find them in our New Book section.
 
Heather, the graphic novel goddess

OZ-sified


The last few months have seen several high profile adaptations of American author, L. Frank Baum's major work, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Indeed, due to WICKED, the book and Broadway musical, Baum's story has seldom been out of the mass popular culture consciousness for the past few years.

The summer brought OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, a prequel which imagines how the wizard got to Oz in the first place. Of course that would also involve the back stories of, in this case, three witches, and how they got that way.

This wizard being a bit of a bounder, the story is also spiced up with a bit of romantic intrigue (of which there is none in the Baum original). But ultimately this version comes off as an epic fantasia on the original book, and features some truly spectacular 3-D effects. (This cyclone and the droll credit sequence with its jaunty Danny Elfman score are both knockouts).

GREAT AND POWERFUL was released by Disney Productions which at one time had planned an OZ musical, THE RAINBOW ROAD TO OZ. Originally planned for the Mouseketeers, who actually did a promo for the film on one of Disney's 1950s TV shows, it was never made. Disney finally did do "Return to Oz", loosely based on the second Oz book, in 1985.

Coincidentally (or maybe not) the original MGM 1939 version was released in a 3-D transformation in September. Personally, I've always thought OZ was a 3-D film just waiting to happen, and the detailed set design and camera setups adapt themselves perfectly to the dimensional process. The first circular truck around Munchkinland after Dorothy steps out of black-and-white into dazzling 3-D Technicolor is breathtaking, as is the incredibly choreographed Munchkin mini-opera which follows.

Even the BxW prologue, which looks like something out of John Ford's GRAPES OF WRATH, is enhanced by 3-D, particularly the shots of the barren road leading away from Dorothy's farm which now actually recedes into the far gray distance.

An odd postscript to this year's OZ-mania in a new stage musical which played the Pantages in LA in September. This version uses the MGM score but includes several new songs by, of all people, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (of EVITA/CATS fame). None of the new tunes were especially memorable - sample title: Red Shoe Blues, a song for the Wicked Witch! - and the overall production, co-produced by Sir Andrew himself, and, aside from a dynamic video cyclone, looked surprisingly tacky.

It's now almost difficult to recall that the source material for all this was a charmingly artless story that has been sited as the first (1900) genuinely American fairy tale. Though not without its naive charm, today the book itself seems like a first draft for the MGM film. Several writers labored for months on the beautifully cohesive screenplay, and many of the film's lines pervasively entered the language years ago.The literary Kansas opening takes up only a few pages and, there are no ruby slippers (they're silver) and no suggestion that Dorothy's journey was a dream. MGM did loosely pick up on the original W. W. Denslow illustrations, however, particularly in regard to Dorothy's hairstyle and the basic look of the Scarecrow and the Tin Man.

Foster's collection of various editions includes "Journeys Through OZ," with both "Wizard" with Denslow's illustrations, and Baum's second book, "The Marvelous Land of Oz," with John R. Neill's more sophisticated images (and a protagonist - spoiler alert - who turns out to be transexual).

Fans of the book might also search out the comprehensive "Annotated Wizard of Oz," C. N. Potter, NY, 1971. And any film buff would find "The Making of The Wizard of Oz," Knopf, 1977, by film historian Aljean Harmetz, fascinating.

So.... To Oz? To Oz!

The opinions of, and critique by, Ross Care

Ukulele check-out!

Catch the Aloha spirit with one of or gorgeous Takamine concert size ukuleles. Yes, we are a library and yes, we do check-out ukuleles, we do things a bit differently around here! One word of warning, we have five ukuleles for check-out and they are going fast!!

There will also be a free beginner’s ukulele class, so check one of our ukuleles out or bring your own. Brad from Anacapa Ukulele will guide us through the tranquil ways of the ukulele. The first class is in the Topping room Saturday, November 9th at 1 P.M.

While we are on the subject of ukuleles, our databases have some classic ukulele songbooks, delightful old books that are still relevant today. Our brick and mortar library has some great ukulele books too! Take some time to explore these options, you will be thoroughly entertained.

Check out the link to Open Library where I discovered many ukulele songbook gems.

Two Trees

In 1898, Joseph Sexton and Owen Marron planted thirteen Blue Gum eucalyptus trees on a hill overlooking the city of Ventura.  By 1940, only five remained, the rest were victims of a fire.  These five were featured on a bookplate designed by Cornelius Botke. Oddly enough, while Mr. Botke’s bookplate shows the hill with five trees directly behind the library, it is one of the few places in Ventura from which the trees cannot be seen.  Vandals chopped down three of the trees, which were later replaced.  
At some point, three of the replacement trees became victims of vandalism once again.  There is now one tree from the original thirteen and one replacement tree left.  These two trees have become the City of Ventura’s unofficial symbol and a beloved landmark for its citizens.  More stories of Ventura’s history  are available at Foster Library.

Resident Photographer, Aleta Rodriguez

 

 

A busy weekend at Foster Library!

Friday, Oct 11th

7-8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 12th

5-6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 13th

4:30-6 p.m.

  • Author talks with John Mulhall
  • Reading and book signing of Geddy's Moon
  • Bird watching
  • Basics of bird identification in an interactive workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about any of these events, call the library at 648-2716!

The ABC's of Building an Opera at Foster Library

 

 

Foster Library Presents:

The ABC's of Building an Opera

A special talk with the director of the Santa Barbara Opera

Get a backstage look at what it takes to build and direct these magnificent productions!

6:30 p.m. on October 4th

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