As a coastal community, Ventura has an abundance of seabirds. The most common birds are California Brown Pelicans, ducks, various breeds of seagulls, grebes, and cormorants. If you spend any time at the beach, though, you may also notice some smaller birds near the shore.
Sanderlings tend to be the smallest shore bird, are usually found in groups, and generally run back and forth on the beach as the tide ebbs and flows looking for small prey. You might be entertained by their antics and the “peeps” they make as they skitter back and forth across the sand. Black Bellied Plovers are a bit larger, a little darker in color, and have a slightly shorter, thicker bill. In breeding season they have a striking black belly. The Marbled Godwit is larger still and has a very long bill, suitable for finding food in the wet sand near the waterline. If you are fascinated by the abundance of waterfowl on our coast, Foster Library can help you identify the different species with a number of books about birds.
-Resident Photographer Aleta Rodriguez
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
•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.