Books Awards from the American Library Association

Each January during their winter conference, The American Library Association (ALA) gives out many acknowledgements and awards to books and authors.  Three of those awards are:

The Caldecott Medal:
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children in the previous year.  The first award was given out in 1938 to Animals of the Bible, a Picture Book illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish (Stokes).  The 2013 is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press).

The Newbery Medal:
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Newbery Award became the first children's book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children's book award in this country. The first award was given out in 1922 to The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon (Liveright) and the 2013 is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The Michael L. Printz Award:
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.  The award-winning book may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or an anthology.  The first Printz award was given out in 2000 to Monster, by Walter Dean Myers (Harper-Collins). The 2013 winner is In the Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury).

E.P. Foster Library will be taking votes from patrons for the 2014 winners.  What books do you feel are worthy to win these awards?  Cast your votes!  Boxes will be available in November and December on the Children’s floor to cast your ballots for these prestigious awards.


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

-- Honoring Veterans Day - libraries are open --

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
Resident Photographer - Aleta Rodriguez
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