Library LAB: Makeshop @ Foster

The Ventura County Library LAB will hold its third Makeshop event on Tuesday, February 3, at E.P. Foster Library!

All ages are welcome to join us for this activity, where we will build dancing art robots out of motors, battery packs, washable markers, and other simple materials.

This free event will take place at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the library. Come by to learn about how science and art can complement each other!

SBFOL Book Sale @ Foster

On Saturday, January 31, the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will host a special book sale at E.P. Foster Library.

The sale will feature books, audiobooks, and DVDs on the subjects of art, history, psychology, cooking, and more. Stop by the Topping Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check out their selection.

Additional volunteers are always welcome—especially those who can help move boxes of books! If you’d like to volunteer, please email

Learn to Play Ukulele at Prueter Library

Learn to Play Ukulele in One Day
with Alan Ferentz

Saturday, May 9 at 1pm

Adults and kids (7 and older) are welcome.  
Bring your ukulele and music stand if you have one. 

A limited number of ukuleles will be available.
Children under 10 must be accompanied by a
participating adult. 


David's Dish: Foraging and Edible Plants

The "Dish" delves into a new area of study in the food world: foraging (new to me, at least). No, I don't mean dumpster diving. I mean foraging for wild food edibles. I'll admit as a child I was known to chomp on a bit of sour grass, but didn't venture much further into the wild edible kingdom.

To instruct me in this new interest of mine I looked at a terrific new book from our collection, Foraging California: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods in California, by Christopher Nyerges. The book is an informative guide to accessing our wonderful wild food bounty here in California. The photographs are very clear and the descriptions for the identification of the edible plants are concise. Also, there are some very interesting recipes for your foraged morsels. The Stinging Nettles Hot Sauce recipe caught my attention; it seemed edgy. Careful, though: latex gloves are recommended for this recipe.

Page 178 became of special interest to me, for upon this page was one of my favorite plants, Nasturtium, and it happens to be edible. The book suggested it could be used in a "survival garden" and that the plant can be left to reseed year after year, providing an endless supply of edible plants. This sounded like a wonderful idea. I did feel slightly guilty taking the wild out of the Nasturtium, but I suppose the wildness is taken out of most everything—the "Dish" being an exception to that rule of course! I found some Nasturtium seeds at the local market, planted them, and will prepare a delicious meal with them this spring.

In addition to Foraging California I'd also recommend Hen of the Woods & Other Wild Foods and Medicines, by "Wildman" Steve Brill. It is an outstanding audiobook available through Hoopla Digital, which you can access from our eLibrary.


*****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!

Tarantulas, Fudge, and Altered Reality @ Foster

On Wednesday, January 28, author Karen Banfield will be at E.P. Foster Library for a special reading!

This event will feature selections from Banfield's book Tarantulas, Fudge, and Altered Reality, a collection of stories inspired by the author's unique perspective on the events of her life.

The reading begins at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room, and is completely free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Great Non-fiction Ideas for 2015

Barbara Rosenblat Shines On-stage, On-screen and in Your Ears

Barbara Rosenblat
is one of the most distinguished and popular 
narrators in the audiobook industry.  Her portrayal of Rosa on Orange is the New Black is just one example of her gift for dialects and characterization. One critic hailed her as "the Meryl Streep of audiobooks".

Search hoopla or OneClickDigital for audiobooks
read by Barbara Rosenblat in our eLibrary. - there for you 24/7


Towards a Sustainable Global Community


Ojai Library
will welcome Craig Quick,
an international broadcast developer, 
Saturday, January 31 at 2pm
to speak about
 "Achieving a Sustainable Global Community".


War Comes Home: The Legacy @ Foster

Between January 20 and March 1, 2015, E.P. Foster Library will host War Comes Home: The Legacy, a traveling exhibition highlighting the experiences of veterans returning from war and their families.

Using both historical and contemporary correspondence, the exhibition explores the joys and hardships surrounding separation and reunion, and looks at the ways in which war shapes individuals and society.

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the library. MP3 players pre-loaded with a self-guided audio tour are available to borrow at the reference desk; for more information, call or drop by the library.

Read Me a Story & More @ Foster

E.P. Foster Library will be hosting an early literacy workshop on Tuesday, January 27.

Read Me a Story & More is an event for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 years old, and will provide information on the literacy skills children need to be reading-ready.

Registration is required for this event, so contact the library for more information. The workshop is for adults only, and starts at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room.

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