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W. Michael Blumenthal discusses his book From Exile to Washington at Ojai Library

Come to the newly renovated Ojai Library on Tuesday, November 19 from 6 to 8pm to hear former U.S. Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal discuss his book From Exile to Washington.

Mr. Blumenthal was the 64th United States Secretary of the Treasury in the Carter administration, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bendix, and later Burroughs/Unisys. Currently he is the President and Chief Executive of the Berlin Jewish Museum (the largest Jewish museum in Europe).

In a riveting memoir that spans the course of seven decades, Mr. Blumenthal documents his extraordinary life. As an observer and participant of some of the century’s milestone events, he tells the story of those influential political affairs that played a part in shaping the 20th century through the lens of both history and his own remarkable experience.

November is Native American Heritage Month!

Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution and many other national institutions in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

See the Library of Congress' Native American Heritage Month website for events, audio & video clips, travel itineraries, images, and much more.

Photo of Nathan Jackson, Artist, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Tuesday, November 5th -- 3D Printing: Idea to Object


3D Printing: Idea to Object 

Tuesday, November 5 at 8pm
The Topping Room - E.P. Foster Library

Part of make! Tuesday Night Pop-Up Maker Space

A brief overview of 3D printing and then a closer look at what is required to take your idea and convert it into a real 3D object.  A look at different software available for all the steps involved.

  • Computers will be available to try out some of the software.
  • Bring a thumb drive in case you start something you want to take with you.
  • The presentation will take roughly 30-40 minutes with the remaining time open for projects!

Ukulele Weekend at Foster Library

 

Ukulele weekend at Foster Library!


11/9 1-2 p.m. Bring your ukulele to a free class. Learn the basics of the ukulele and stick around to strum with friends. Free and open to the public!

 

11/10 2-4 p.m. Ron Hargrave visits our Sounds of Second Sunday series. Ron is a local ukulele legend. Please bring your ukulele and play along as we celebrate this unique instrument.

 

Call 648-2716 for more information.

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.

Foster Con - Mini Comic Festival - this weekend!

     
 Click the above poster for details!    Click the above schedule for details!

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.

Ojai Library is closed until Nov. 17 for remodeling

The Ojai Library will be closed for remodeling November 1 through 17. When Ojai Library reopens on November 18th, it will be with all new ADA compliant bathrooms!

Meiners Oaks Library will be open extra hours during construction.
From November 1 through 17, Meiners Oaks Library hours will be:     
  * Mondays: 10-6 
  * Tuesdays: 10-8
  * Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10-6
  * Friday & Saturday: 12-5

Requested items will be available to be picked up
at Meiners Oaks Library.

Story time will be at Meiners Oaks Library on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30am.

The Homework Center will meet at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Dr. November 4th-7th, 11th-14th:
   Mondays & Tuesdays 3–5pm
   Wednesdays 1:30-4:30pm
   Thursdays 3-5pm
The Ojai Library book drops will be open and emptied daily.

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

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