David's Dish: Signature Sangria

But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry by Julia Reed is an interesting collection of stories and recipes, with many beverage recipes and some great  meal recipes to boot!

My relationship with sangria goes back many moons. My first meeting with this divine elixir was in Bishop, California, at a friend's house. A couple of us had just finished up an arduous journey in the Sierras and were ravenous and parched as well. From my first sip of this eye-pleasing and taste bud-pleasing beverage I knew I would have many more festive times indulging in this beverage.

Fast forward to the present: I saw the pitcher of the delicious ruby-red liquid on the book's cover and knew I had to check-out But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!

I'll confess, I read mainly for inspiration and the minute I saw this book I wanted to make some serious sangria.

The book inspired me enough to blaze my own path and create my own signature recipe for making sangria. I prefer wine to vodka, so I chose a white Zinfandel. As for the fruit I used, I took the kitchen sink approach and sliced up what I had in the kitchen, plus fruit that had been given to me by neighbors. I let the whole concoction chill in the refrigerator and served it the next evening.

We enjoyed the sangria out on the patio, which in my opinion is the best place to indulge in this drink. While sipping the sangria the afternoon turn to evening and we observed some lively bats zipping around the darkening sky.

Skip the vodka and use wine!

David's Dish*****


Check out the book at Foster 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!

Volunteer Opportunity: Fourth of July Book Sale!

Interested in helping out your library over the summer? Want to be a part of something fun and exciting? E.P. Foster Library's TAG group is looking for volunteers to lend a hand with this year's Fourth of July Book Sale!

This event will take place in front of the library during the Fourth of July Street Fair. The sale is co-sponsored by TAG and the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Jane Middleton at (805) 901-2875, or by email at

Making Your Life Easier


You may now pay your fines and fees or make a donation
to Ventura County Library online. You will find the link under "Library Catalog" and "My Account" above or by clicking on the SmartPAY logo to the left.
More information click here or phone your library. 

3D Printing in the Workplace

When a small piece of a larger object breaks it can be tough to justify replacing the whole thing. At E.P. Foster Library, one of the keyboards at the first floor desk lost one of its supporting “feet.” Rather than trash the keyboard, we designed a replacement foot in Tinkercad and printed it out on our LulzBot TAZ. The new foot is bright pink and works great, showing yet another way that 3D printing is changing the way we interact with our workplace and our world.

Also, the Library LAB at E.P. Foster recently received a new piece of equipment: a LulzBot Mini 3D printer! We will be taking this little one out into the community for outreach, workshops, and classes, so stay tuned to our website, blog, and Facebook page to see what’s coming up, or call (805) 648-2716 to ask about arranging a class!

Film Screening and Discussion at Ojai Library

Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee.  She knew she was not.
Film Screening, In the Matter of CHa Jung Hee

Super Non-fiction eBooks in Axis 360

The Vegan Kitchen, The Tucci Table, Michael Symon's Carnivore & The Epicurious Cookbook

These are just a few of the current and inspiring
cookbooks available from Axis 360 eBooks.  But that's 
just the beginning. There are books on health and diet, memoirs, how-to books and titles from the Books for Dummies series.

Just click on the logo to browse Axis 360.  While you are there take a look at the young adult and 
children's books. 

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Streaming Audio Available on OneClick Digital


We'd like to remind you of a fantastic feature that has always been part of OneClickdigital – streaming eAudio.  Once you check out an eAudio title from our collection, if you have an internet connection and a device with a web-browser (PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone), you can stream the eAudio title without having to download it.
If you don’t own a portable device or don’t like the extra steps of downloading, listen to any title in our collection with this method. Click here for detailed instructions. 

Hoopla Digital Adds Comics and eBooks!

 For more information on this exciting addition to hoopla click here.

Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan

With the next Star Wars film set to open in December of this year, it would seem only natural for me to review a comic set in the Star Wars universe. Therefore, I present to you the next chapter in the life of young Roan Novachez and his journey to become a Jedi. No, dear readers, that is not a typo (you were probably expecting Luke Skywalker, weren’t you?). Author and Star Wars fan Jeffrey Brown continues his Jedi Academy series with Return of the Padawan.

Roan Novachez returns to the Jedi Academy for his second year of training, facing tougher classes, a new cafeteria cook, and reconnecting with his friends. However, things don’t quite go as planned. He’s finally getting his chance to train as a pilot in the school’s flight simulator, but he ends up breaking it on his first try; his good friends, Pasha and Gaiana, seem to be ignoring him; and the school bullies are trying to lead him to the dark side. It’s a year of hurt feelings, embarrassing situations, and misunderstandings—so it’s pretty much what school is like for the rest of us.

Once again, Jeffrey Brown shows us the ups and downs of middle-school life, with all the angst that comes with it combined with Brown’s love of all things Star Wars. Anyone who’s ever suffered jealously, bullying, and horrible cafeteria food will certainly relate to Roan and his friends. Aside from the Jedi stuff, this could easily have been anyone’s story, and that’s what makes it so appealing (okay, that and the Star Wars stuff, I’ll admit it). Brown shows us that life isn’t any easier for a Jedi-in-training than it is for the rest of us.

If you liked his previous books set in the Star Wars universe, then you’re sure to like this one, too.


Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

Ghosts of Ventura County @ Foster

On Sunday, May 17, E.P. Foster Library will host a talk by noted historian and ghost hunter Richard Senate.

In The Ghosts of Ventura County, Mr. Senate will share the knowledge and experience he has gained dealing with spirits and similar phenomena during his career. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this talk is sure to be a lot of fun!

This free event begins at 2 p.m. in the Topping Room. Stop by for a bit of local history and folklore!

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