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New Programs at Saticoy!

Saticoy Library will be hosting two new programs starting in November.

First, PAWS for Reading comes to Saticoy. Contact the library for information on how to sign up!

Also, Laubach Literacy of Ventura County will be cosponsoring an English language class for adults on Mondays at 11 a.m., starting on November 17. This series is presented by Marilyn May; for more information, call (805) 647-5736 or (805) 506-0110.

VCL @ the CSUCI Science Carnival

Last weekend the Ventura County Library had a couple of staff members volunteering at the CSUCI Science Carnival. This annual event is geared towards cultivating interest in STEM topics among elementary and middle school students.

Our table's activity involved Art Bots, simple robots designed to create colorful patterns when activated. Instructions are available on the Science Buddies website for anyone interested in doing this activity themselves!

This event was a great success and a wonderful opportunity for the library to get out in the community and help promote curiosity, science, and learning. We look forward to many similar collaborations in the future!

Ojai Library - Culture, Food and Biotechnology

 

 Where do you stand on GMOs?

Join anthropologist Angela Kirwin, co-founder of Kirwin International Relief Foundation, for an anthropological perspective on how cultural identity influences our views on food and biotechnology.

We hope people on all sides of this issue will participate in a lively and civil dialogue on this controversial subject that affects us all.

Saturday, November 8, 3pm 
Ojai Library 


Ethics, Culture, and Biotechnology @ Foster

On Sunday, November 9, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting the first of two talks on bioethics to take place this month.

This first talk is entitled "Mixing Species: Is it Kosher?" It will focus on biblical perspectives relating to biotechnology as it pertains to diet and more.

This event begins at 3 p.m. in the Topping Room. For more information on other talks in this series, call or drop by the library!

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 2 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.

 

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