Three super cool artists on Freegal

Freegal is our music database. You can download 3 free songs a week and you get to keep them! Do I need to repeat that? 3 free songs a week. And they are good songs! I use several apps to discover new music and I'm always pumped when I find something FREE on Freegal. I just wanted to share what I have been listening to lately courtesy of Ventura County Libraries.


1. Josh Ritter - I like his style. Simple, clear and to the point. I really like the song "Wait for love (You know you will)." He has such a nice voice and his lyrics, while sappy at times, are really sweet.



2. Passion Pit - "Sleepyhead" isn't my typical style, but I dig it. I listen to it while I workout and it just makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Ok, maybe that's extreme but it's a fun listen.



3. The Civil Wars - "Poison and Wine" is deep, beautiful and soothing. I just want to listen with a big glass of wine while reading a book in front of a fire. If you don't know The Civil Wars, you should. They aren't making music anymore, but what they did make is good!


Freegal does have a Droid app and an Apple app. It's so easy: download the app, find the library and type in your library card number. No passwords or log-ins! Let there be rejoicing in the streets of Ventura.

What about you? What have you found on Freegal?

Sara R

Paper Craft Projects Week at the Ojai Library

Ojai Library through Friday 2-21 from 1pm to 3pm

Weave with paper,

make an origami box,

a giant envelope

and a book


"Kids Can!" event lead by award winning paper artist Gail Hercher

Beekeeping 101 at Ojai Library


 What's The Buzz? Bees! 

Beekeeping 101 with Casey Abbott

A lecture for beginner and experienced beekeepers

Saturday February 15, 1:00 to 3:00pm

Question and answer session to follow -- outside, weather permitting.

California Drought Conditions


The Governor of California has recently declared a state of drought emergency for the state. Locally, Lake Casitas shows sad evidence of the extended lack of rain.

The first image was taken in April of 2006. The second image was taken this past Saturday, January 19, 2014. You can see the stark difference between the two images. As residents of Ventura, we all need to do our part to conserve water while we are in this emergency. Foster Library can help with materials on water conservation as well as books about native plants.

Resident Photographer Aleta Rodriguez

Two Dudes, One Pan

Two Dudes, One Pan: Maximum Flavor from a Minimalist Kitchen, by Jon Shook, is a great cookbook for those of us that are trying to get the most out of the kitchenware we already own. I made two of the recipes from the book, a chicken dish and a pasta dish, both very tasty and uncomplicated to prepare. The great thing is they both were prepared with just one pan and required very little clean-up.  The book provides information for those on a limited budget and short on time to make high-quality food that’s delicious. To be honest, I’ll probably purchase this book for myself. Great job Dudes!

*****David’s Dish

Check out the book at Foster Library, or put a hold on it - 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.

Storytime at Meiners Oaks Library with Julie Albright

It's Storytime in Meiners Oaks!

Join Children's Librarian Julie Albright for stories and crafts beginning in February.

The first and third Thursday of each month at 10:30 Julie will delight your little ones

with picture books, fingerplay, songs and fun crafty things.

Gluten Free at Foster


What's all the hype about? What is gluten and should you avoid it? Learn more at the talk "Gluten Free?" on:

Saturday, February 1st at 5:00

Learn about gluten free options, and enjoy a free tasting.

Foster Library - 651 E Main St. Ventura     648-2716

Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Jeffrey Brown has done it again. The author of Darth Vader and Son has continued his love of all things Star Wars with Jedi Academy. It’s the story of Roan Novachez, a young boy living on Tatooine, with dreams of attending Pilot Academy Middle School. Instead, he gets an invitation from none other than Yoda himself to attend Jedi Academy. Soon, Roan is millions of miles away on Coruscant, learning how to be a Jedi with other promising students.

Told through journal entries, holomail, and funny observations, Jedi Academy is an amusing and familiar tale of a boy’s first year in middle school. There are class bullies, school sweethearts, and favorite teachers. It has everything you would expect to encounter going through school—except for the Jedi part, of course. Young Roan makes new friends, attends the school dance, takes field trips to other planets, and participates in the science fair, all while learning how to use the Force.

It’s a charming tale that can be enjoyed by all, whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not.

-Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

Preschool Storytime and Activity at Avenue Library!


Avenue Library is hosting a weekly

Preschool Storytime & Activity!

~~ Presented by Ventura Neighborhood for Learning ~~

Begins Tuesday, January 28 from 1 to 2pm.

For all parents with children 2 to 4 years
(younger children welcome)

January Reminders!

A new preschool storytime is starting on Wednesday mornings at 10:30!

Remember to cast your vote for this year’s Newbery & Caldecott winners. The American Library Association will announce the winners during their 2014 Winter Conference on January 27. Let’s see how our choices compare to theirs!

Top nominations so far for the Newbery Award are Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Libraryby Chris Grabenstein and The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata.  For the Caldecot, Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods, written by Mary Quattlebaum and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant, and Inside Outside, written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd.

The Boys and Girls Club of Ventura will have their Annual Art Contest entries on display from January 8 to January 22 on the second floor of the library. Judging and a small reception will be held on Thursday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Teens Teaching Tech will have two sessions this month to help patrons who might have received new electronic gadgets over the holidays. These sessions will be held on January 11 and January 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Library.

Congratulations to our Teen Activity Group for being recognized by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for their Teens for Teens gift drive this year! They did an awesome job collecting teen gifts for local teens in foster homes. This group is made up of middle- and high-school students and meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 4:00 p.m.

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