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Silly Science Show @ Foster

On Wednesday, February 18, E.P. Foster Library will host a special event: the Silly Science Show with Professor Wisenheimer!

This free event will blend science education with fun activities, teaching kids about basic scientific principles and performing experiments in an entertaining and interactive way.

There will be two shows on the second floor of the library. The first begins at 11 a.m., and the second at 3 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Library LAB: Makeshop @ Foster

Interested in having some fun with chemistry? On Tuesday, February 17, E.P. Foster Library will host another great Makeshop event. In this activity we will revisit the water glass bouncing ball.

Participants will be able to perform and observe a simple chemical reaction that will result in a surprising transformation. This free event is open to all ages!

This Makeshop activity will be held on the second floor of the library at 5 p.m. For more information, call or drop by the library!

Foster Con Is Coming!

Get ready, comic book fans! From February 28 to March 1, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting another Foster Con Mini Comic Festival. Whether you’re a fan of comics or not, there will be fun activities for everyone. Although this year’s Foster Con will have many familiar elements from our first eventsuch as candy sushi, Wii games, and a photo boothwe will also be throwing in something new!

This year, there will be two workshops: one for making comics and one for cosplay. Our comic workshop for kids will be taught by Carlos Nieto, III. Carlos is a self-taught artist, who has worked both in television and movies, including with Disney and Universal. He has taught comic book-making and animation drawing. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the kids!

Our cosplay workshop will be given by Mac Beauvais. I had the good fortune to meet Mac at the Pop Stuff Expo last spring. She’s a very nice lady and has some real insight to offer anyone interested in trying their hand at cosplay. For those who still don’t know what cosplay is, it is costume play. I like to think of it as Halloween for grownups, but it’s really so much more than that. Cosplayers often make their own costumes and props, and they can be from films, television, comics, games, or manga.

There will also be a special storytelling program for kids. True Thomas the Storyteller will give two performances, regaling kids with stories from folktales and mythology. I’ve seen him in action, and he really dresses the part and makes the stories come alive.

A special movie presentation will happen on Sunday, for all ages. I won’t say what it is, but I can tell you it’s a certain Marvel film from last summer. We will also have lots of vendors, including Arsenal Comics and Games and Seth’s Games and Anime.

If you go to the Foster Con event website, you’ll get information on all the programs and vendors who will be participating.

It’s only a few short weeks away. I’ll see you there!

 

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

Free Tax Preparation Assistance @ Foster

E.P. Foster Library is proud to host friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable AARP volunteers on site to help you with your tax return.

AARP TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) has preparers who are trained for retirement and investment income situations as well as wage earners.

Tax help is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon in the Topping Room through April 15th.

For more information, please call 805-648-3035.

Valentine's Day Matinee @ Foster

Join us at E.P. Foster Library for a special Saturday film screening on February 14.

We will be showing a classic film featuring love, loss, and the oncoming nuclear winter. This dark comedy satirizes cold war fears of nuclear conflict between the US and the USSR.

This event is totally free, and will take place in the Topping Room starting at 12:30 p.m. Stop by and enjoy this classic with us!

Black History Month and Your eLibrary, Part 3

 

Novelists, Musicians, Poets, Playwrights & Actors,
explore the richness of the Harlem Renaissance
with the help of our eLibrary.

Links to biographies are in part one of this series.
Search for music and videos in part two
For encyclopedias, primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis:

                     Vencolibrary.org, here to help 24/7

Clouds over Ventura

In Southern California, our “normal” weather doesn’t often produce dramatic cloud formations. That’s why when we do get rain—or just the clouds associated with a low-pressure front—photographers in Ventura get really excited. Your resident photographer is no exception.
Over the years I’ve taken a few cloud shots myself and still find the various types of clouds extremely fascinating. When Ventura does get clouds, do you ever wonder about the different formations you’re seeing? Most of us are familiar with cumulus clouds, but do you know what a lenticular cloud looks like? What is virga? And what about crepuscular rays—just what are they?

The answers to these and other weather-related questions can be found at the E.P. Foster Library, which has a variety of materials on clouds as well as some interesting items on weather.  

 

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

Black History Month and Your eLibrary, Part 2

 

Meet Josephine Baker

The first black woman to star in a motion picture.

Check last weeks blog for links to a biography of 
the "Bronze Venus" who took Paris by storm.

To see video or hear recordings of the star
who refused to perform to segregated audiences
search for Josephine Baker in any of these: 

          Vencolibrary.org, information and more 24/7

What's New in the World of 3D Printing

This last week the Ventura County Library had some representatives at 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank! The conference featured seminars on new technologies and printing techniques as well as panel discussions by artists, educators, and others who are using 3D printing in interesting ways.

There were lots of cool developments being showcased, but pictured here is one of our favorites: a new type of PLA filament that changes color when exposed to heat! We were lucky enough to get a sample of this filament along with another type that reacts similarly under UV light.

Drop by the Library LAB's open workshop hours on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 if you'd like to hear more about the conference or use our 3D printer!

Black History Month and Your eLibrary, Part 1

February is Black History Month

Vencolibrary's eLibrary is a valuable research partner.
This month we will explore some of the resources 
available and how you might use them. 
If you are writing a biography we suggest:

Vencolibrary.org, open 24/7

 
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