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: 

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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:, open 24/7


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Bring Your Projects to Our LAB!

As we wrap up our first month of our Library LAB being open to the public, we've already had a few great experiences with people bringing in interesting projects!

This photo features a stencil created with our laser cutter. A library user brought in the pattern, which we loaded onto one of the laptops in the LAB and ran through the laser's software. The result was the beautifully intricate design here, which was cut out in about fifteen minutes!

If you have any questions about how you can use our laser or our 3D printer, stop by E.P. Foster Library on Wednesday evenings for our open workshop hours!

CI Lecture Series @ Foster

The 2015 CI Lecture Series kicks off at E.P. Foster Library on Wednesday, February 4! Faculty from CSU Channel Islands will visit Foster to give talks on topics relating to children, education, and the sciences.

In our first talk, Dr. Blake Gillespie will discuss barriers that keep students from developing interest in science fields as well as his approach to drawing them in and increasing science literacy.

This talk begins at 5 p.m. in the Topping Room. It's totally free, so stop by and learn more about this important subject!

Library LAB: Makeshop @ Foster

The Ventura County Library LAB will hold its third Makeshop event on Tuesday, February 3, at E.P. Foster Library!

All ages are welcome to join us for this activity, where we will build dancing art robots out of motors, battery packs, washable markers, and other simple materials.

This free event will take place at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the library. Come by to learn about how science and art can complement each other!

SBFOL Book Sale @ Foster

On Saturday, January 31, the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will host a special book sale at E.P. Foster Library.

The sale will feature books, audiobooks, and DVDs on the subjects of art, history, psychology, cooking, and more. Stop by the Topping Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check out their selection.

Additional volunteers are always welcome—especially those who can help move boxes of books! If you’d like to volunteer, please email

Learn to Play Ukulele at Prueter Library

Learn to Play Ukulele in One Day
with Alan Ferentz

Saturday, May 9 at 1pm

Adults and kids (7 and older) are welcome.  
Bring your ukulele and music stand if you have one. 

A limited number of ukuleles will be available.
Children under 10 must be accompanied by a
participating adult. 


David's Dish: Foraging and Edible Plants

The "Dish" delves into a new area of study in the food world: foraging (new to me, at least). No, I don't mean dumpster diving. I mean foraging for wild food edibles. I'll admit as a child I was known to chomp on a bit of sour grass, but didn't venture much further into the wild edible kingdom.

To instruct me in this new interest of mine I looked at a terrific new book from our collection, Foraging California: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods in California, by Christopher Nyerges. The book is an informative guide to accessing our wonderful wild food bounty here in California. The photographs are very clear and the descriptions for the identification of the edible plants are concise. Also, there are some very interesting recipes for your foraged morsels. The Stinging Nettles Hot Sauce recipe caught my attention; it seemed edgy. Careful, though: latex gloves are recommended for this recipe.

Page 178 became of special interest to me, for upon this page was one of my favorite plants, Nasturtium, and it happens to be edible. The book suggested it could be used in a "survival garden" and that the plant can be left to reseed year after year, providing an endless supply of edible plants. This sounded like a wonderful idea. I did feel slightly guilty taking the wild out of the Nasturtium, but I suppose the wildness is taken out of most everything—the "Dish" being an exception to that rule of course! I found some Nasturtium seeds at the local market, planted them, and will prepare a delicious meal with them this spring.

In addition to Foraging California I'd also recommend Hen of the Woods & Other Wild Foods and Medicines, by "Wildman" Steve Brill. It is an outstanding audiobook available through Hoopla Digital, which you can access from our eLibrary.


*****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!

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