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Tech Fest at Oak Park Library - October 12

What is Tech Fest?  A kickoff program for the new Robots at the Library program using the Vex IQ robotics kits and AutoDesk.

Tech Fest is for anyone over 8 years old who loves problem solving, computers, building, designing, robotics or engineering. The goal is to encourage the next generation of students to use their imagination, problem solving, team building, and mentoring skills to have fun and solve the problems of the future!

Tech Fest is at the Oak Park Library on the Oak Park High School campus on Saturday, October 12 from 2 to 5pmSign up sheet available at Oak Park Library.  Join Us!

♦ The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department will display their com-mand and control vehicle as well as their bomb disposal robot. 

♦ The Ventura County Fire Department will display their fire equipment.

♦  CSUN ASME Chapter will display, as well as the CSUN Computer Club and the CSUN chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

♦ AeroVironments will display their drones.

 ♦  General Motors will display two electric cars.

♦  Northrop Grumman will bring a display.

Fiction Writing Essentials Workshop at Prueter Library

 

Join local author Doug Taylor in this interactive workshop at Prueter Library from 2-4pm on Saturday, October 12.

In the Fiction Writing Essentials Workshop, Doug will discuss how to map out a novel with an attention-grabbing beginning, plot twisting ending, character development, subplots and counterpoints. He'll include action, dialogue, and descriptive narrative as well.  

Doug will use his novel, Bogota by Bus, as a training template to illustrate these essentials for writing commercially successful fiction.  Workshop participants should come prepared with questions and thoughts!

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

 

 

First Staff Picks of the New Year!

Each month, our staff sends in a list of their favorite books, DVDs, children's and young adult materials they recommend.

See something you like? When viewing the list, click on the "Check Library Catalog" link to be taken directly to our catalog. Then, sign in and place a hold request to have the item brought to your local library for pick up!

Can't remember to check the list? You can sign up to receive this and many other book recommendation lists directly into your email box at our "Newsletter & Booklists" page found under Special Interests (on the left side of this page) > Books & Reading > Staff Picks.

Enjoy!

UC/Cal Application Help at the Ojai Library

UC/CAL STATE APPLICATION HELP

Mondays 5:30pm - 8:00pm October through November

College Counselor Judy Oberlander will be at the Ojai Library to answer your questions about the UC/CAL applications.  With 28 years of experience Judy is well qualified to help you and your future college student navigate the admissions process.

Ojai Library     * * *   (805) 646-1639

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

ABC's of building an opera at Foster Library

 

Foster Library Presents:

The ABC's of Building an Opera

A special talk with the General 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

Ojai Library Presents: Local Author Susan Salguero

Susan Salguero will read from her new book

Lighten the Load;

Tips and Tools to Ease Aging, Dying, Grieving

Saturday October 5th at 2pm

at the Ojai Library

After a life altering three years in an Indian asram, Ms. Salguero became a bereavement and hospice counselor.  Her book is a wealth of wisdom that comes from 27 years counseling, facilitating support groups, teaching hospice volunteers and public education courses.  Lighten the Load offers tips and tools for getting your affairs in order and making yourself available to help others in distress.

Drawing Manga

 

For some people, it’s not enough to just read manga (or graphic novels for that matter). They want to draw manga as well. Now, if you’re like me that might be a bit of a challenge. I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler and my circles have always been more like ovals, but I was willing to give it a try. So, I decided to find myself a book on drawing manga, to see if someone as artistically challenged as myself could actually do it.

The book I chose was Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart. I know there are quite a few books like these out there in the world, so you’ll have lots to choose from. Now, to make this review fair, I actually attempted to draw at least one of the pictures in the book. I figure if I’m going to write a review about drawing manga, I should put my money where my mouth is. For someone not inclined to draw, I thought I did pretty good. I followed the basic guidelines for drawing a face and, using the picture as a reference, it began to take shape. 

Now, to be honest, it sometimes felt like the book jumped ahead a few steps, going from drawing a basic body shape to having a completed character in costume, but then I’ve noticed that most books on drawing manga do that.  Still, some of the basic steps were included, and it was enough to make me comfortable with the drawing I was making. Now, I won’t be bringing out any new manga anytime soon, but I can at least say that I tried it, and that might just be enough for me.

Now, for those who have stayed ‘til the end… 

The reason I’m focusing on drawing manga is that Foster Library will be having a minicon of sorts on October 26 and it will include an art contest. So, if you like to draw and are brave enough to try, you can pick up an application (with contest rules) at the library. Deadline is October 22.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

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