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Bookmobile History in Ventura

May Henning School, October 1934 Library Day

The idea of the Bookmobile did not originate in Ventura, California, but was an east-coast concept observed by a young Miss Elizabeth Topping—future County Librarian of Ventura—during her time spent in school. The official Bookmobile service in this county began during the summer of 1934, when at the behest of a “Grand Jury” it was suggested that the library find a cost-effective method of servicing schools then withdrawing from the general county system.

Del Mar, October 1934 Library Day

Librarians, especially children’s librarians, began regular visits to school playgrounds during the summer months, catering to the children of those schools (and even adults in at least one location). At that time there was a county sedan that was used, though not yet exclusively for this purpose. Books were packed up and then unloaded in boxes or on tables set up on the playgrounds. An interesting thing is that, during that period, one of the arguments for such a service was that it encouraged children to go outside. Books and the Bookmobile service to playgrounds in general were seen as positive outdoor activities.

Over the following year or so (the document used for this research is undated), the service continued and expanded, though it was considered to be yet in an “experimental stage,” one report yields. Records show that less than a year later over 20,000 books had circulated through the Bookmobile system. The locations visited include about eight schools and four ranches.

There is also specific mention of Spanish-speaking families in the undated report. The writer states that “We have found out one very definite fact about the children whose parents are Spanish-speaking; namely, that they love fairy tales.” Bookmobile services would make strides to provide a variety of Spanish-language materials and current periodicals and elevate their efforts to bring books and information to all of Ventura’s sprawling communities.

 

Alan Martin, Your Friendly Reader

Mound School, October 1934 Library Day

Black History Month and Your eLibrary, Part 4

Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955 -1956

Read more about it in our eLibrary:

For informed, differing views of each side:

 

The Ultimate Car Exhibit!

 

  The first of a three part series: 
Classic and Hollywood Cars

Until May 1st at Reagan Library.
 
Tickets: Reaganlibrary.com/tickets 
Use discount code "VCLIBRARY"
for $3.00 off admission when 
purchasing online. 

Meet You at the Kitchen Table!

Did you know when families eat meals together, children:

  • Do better in school
  • Hear 8 million more words before they begin school
  • Are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol
  • Are less likely to be overweight or develop eating disorders

Learn about a free, fun new dinner club especially for 
families who want to share meals together.
Join us for for delicious food, kids activities and lunch.
To reserve a seat RSVP - 805-677-7150  

Sunday, February 22nd, 1 - 2:30pm
E.P. Foster Library - Topping Room

 
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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

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