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Crafternoon Mon & Wed 2 P.M.

FOL Book Sale at the Fourth of July Street Fair

While E.P. Foster Library will be closed on July 4 along with all other Ventura County Library branches in observance of Independence Day, the City of Ventura will be putting on its annual 4th of July Street Fair—and the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will be there!

Along with E.P. Foster TAG, the Friends will be holding a special book sale during the street fair. Stop by downtown for some great deals on great books and other materials, and then see what the rest of the fair has to offer!

Red, white, and blue 3D-printed figurines stand in front of books for sale by the Friends of the Library.

Early Learning Center Grand Opening @ Foster

The library's new Early Learning Center incorporates education and play to promote early literacy skills.

E.P. Foster Library has been developing a new Early Learning Center on the second floor, and on Wednesday, July 1, we will be holding a special ceremony to mark its grand opening!

The new center was established thanks to donations from the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. It will serve as a place for children and parents to work on early literacy skills.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., just before the Nifty Balloon Show. Come and see what the Early Learning Center is all about!

David's Dish: Bee Sting Honey

The cover of the book "Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love."

I was in the mood for a spicy, sweet treat. I didn’t want something too complicated to make and wanted to keep the cooking to a minimum—it’s summer, after all. Perusing the stacks at E.P. Foster Library proved futile; nothing struck my fancy. As I checked in returning library books I came across an interesting cookbook: Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love, by Cheryl and Griffith Day.

I flipped open the book to page 284 and found my long-lost love: Bee Sting Honey! Ah, the cheeky-looking honey bear stuffed with honey—a sight to behold! The book is worth checking out for that picture alone! Bee Sting Honey would meet all the requirements of my mood: sweet, spicy, and easy to make. Bee Sting Honey is the most smashing condiment known to man, and so I made some.

Most of the ingredients I had on hand, however one ingredient caused me a world of trouble to find. It was red pepper flakes, and eventually in the cupboard I found some red pepper flake packets from a long since devoured pizza purchase.

In my medium nonreactive saucepan I brought all five ingredients to a boil: the honey, cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, red pepper, and fine sea salt. The ingredients then cooled and I poured them into my honey bear. I served the Bee Sting Honey with sourdough bread and baked brie—fantastic!

Photo features the iconic bear-shaped honey container and other ingredients.

*****David’s Dish


Check out the book at Saticoy 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!

Crafternoon Comes to E.P. Foster Library!

Starting on Thursday, June 25, E.P. Foster Library will begin hosting a new series of special Crafternoons every week at 2 p.m.

During this time children of all ages can take part in various craft activities on the second floor of the library. For additional information, call the library and ask for our youth librarian.

Come join us for these special Crafternoons. Get your craft on in the afternoon at Foster!

Library LAB Makeshop: Ethanol Fuel @ Foster

Our second Makeshop class is happening at E.P. Foster Library on Tuesday, June 23! Makeshop events are put on through our Library LAB and are tailored for elementary and middle-school students.

This class will continue our discussion of alternative energy with a demonstration of an ethanol-fueled motor. Participants will then do an activity where they will design and create working circuits using conductive ink and LEDs!

This free event begins at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the library. Call the library or visit the Library LAB website for more information.

Pay Your Library Fine Online!

You may now pay your fines and fees online.

 You will find the link under
"Library Catalog" and "My Account" above.

For more information click here 
or phone your library


Get a New Start Today With Career Cruising


Career Cruising is our new online resource for anyone looking to find the the right career at any age.

Begin by creating an account and setting up a plan by answering questions about your interests.

Career Cruising will suggest possible careers. The more questions you answer the more specific your match will be.

Career Cruising can help you tailor your education to a specific career goal.  

Be successful in school, your career and life., there for you 24/7

Rappin' to the Rhythm of the Readin'

Read about triplets, flams and lazy tails and break out a new rhythm all your own.

Check out these 
eBooks on hoopla 
then take on the Summer Reading challenge and rap to a librarian.
Teens! joins here for summer fun.



Financial News in our eLibrary

Do you want to keep up with the latest in the world of money and finance?  We can help.
Read the Economist, Kiplinger's and Bloomberg Business Week for free in Zinio.
The first step to well managed finances? Your Ventura County Library card.

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