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Read Me A Story & More @ Foster Library

Susan Mikula, Children’s Services Manager, will be presenting Read Me A Story & More, an early literacy educational workshop for parents and/or caregivers of children ages 0-5 on April 30 at 6 p.m. in the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room.

Modeling reading to parents and caregivers during a weekly storytime is just the beginning to help children develop early literacy skills. This early literacy education workshop will give parents and caregivers more tools to become totally engaged with their children.

Susan will share research, developed methods, and the basic supplies needed to take this information home and actually be able to share it with your child. In this workshop, you will learn the value of reading to your child, including the six early literacy skills and five practices. Not only will you learn why it is important to read to your child but how to select materials that include dialogic reading.

This workshop will take parents and caregivers beyond books with activities incorporating art and creativity, discovering the world, language development, exploring concepts, playtime, and oral storytelling. Susan will demonstrate how to transform your child’s favorite book into a flannel board story. Each participant will receive a free bag filled with information, activities, flannel figures, a flannel board, and a free book.

The Read Me A Story & More workshop is limited to ten participants per session. Sign up for this session by calling Star Soto at (805) 648-2716.

Toddler and Parent Classes at Ojai Library

Thursdays at the Ojai Library Theodora Reyes of Dora's Daycare

will instruct parents in valuable child development skills.

No registration is required.

Classes are drop-in and will be conducted in English and Spanish.

For times and more information click on the class name above.

 

Pinata Making - A Parent & Child Together Workshop

Celebrate Ojai Valley Family Week and Cinco de Mayo  by crafting a pinata with your child.

Parents are invited to bring their children to a fun bi-lingual workshop conducted by Theodora Reyes of Dora's Daycare.

Class is free to Ojai residents

Ojai Library  Monday May 5, 3pm to 5pm

   

Cancelled! Local Author Galit Jaffe at Ojai Library

       Please notice: this event has been cancelled 

 Nakoma

   A spirit's Destiny by Gala. J

A journey to the center of the soul

 

This novel takes elements from fairy tales, classical heroic epics, magical realism and modern young adult fiction to weave a coming of age tale that entwines the classic conflict of good and evil with romance and the supernatural.

Join the author at the Ojai Library 

   

Read Me a Story and More @ Foster Library

Early Literacy Workshop

for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 

Wednesday, April 30 from 6 to 8pm
in the Topping Room.

This ADULTS ONLY event requires advanced registration.

Class size is limited. Sign up at the children's desk or

phone 648-2716 and ask for the children's department.

   

Font to Film: "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Typically when a book is adapted for the screen the general tone and thematic content remain the same, even if specific events or characters are shuffled around. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a rare exception to this rule. Originally a children’s book written in 1970 by Roald Dahl, it was adapted to film by Wes Anderson nearly forty years later—and anyone who is familiar with Anderson’s other works will be unsurprised with how his version turned out.

Roald Dahl’s story is fairly straightforward: Mr. Fox makes his living by stealing chickens and other delicacies from three local farmers who despise him as a result. The farmers begin to hunt Mr. Fox, who must use his fantastic wit to protect his family and the other inhabitants of the forest. Bearing in mind that this is a book for children, there are still a couple of pretty strong themes present which merit some discussion. For instance, while Dahl’s farmers are presented as disgusting, vindictive men clearly destined to be the antagonists of any narrative, the fact remains that Mr. Fox is, at the end of the day, a thief. Concerns over whether glorifying such a lifestyle is appropriate for a young audience tend to be dismissed on the grounds that stealing is not, in fact, all that bad if it is a.) done to feed one’s family and b.) the victims are bad people. But Fantastic Mr. Fox is also a book about obsession, specifically on the part of the farmers, whose actions not only drive the plot but solidify their position as corrupt—or at least corruptible—characters. From a child’s perspective, it’s easy to see that they are villains, and to believe that villains deserve to be bested by heroes as clever and capable as Mr. Fox.
It should be mentioned right off the bat that Wes Anderson’s version of Fantastic Mr. Fox expands the narrative substantially, taking a children’s book of under a hundred pages and turning it into a fairly intricate and frantically-paced comedy. A simple example of this expansion is the portrayal of Mr. Fox—voiced by George Clooney—as a far more complex character, one who struggles to support his family while wrestling with an overblown sense of pride. Anderson interprets the book’s title ironically; Mr. Fox is less fantastic than flawed, leaving room for a significant transformation that simply wasn’t present in Dahl’s version. The supporting characters are fleshed out as well; Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) is no longer one-dimensionally unwavering in her devotion to her husband, and the four fox children are replaced by one brooding son and a curiously-enlightened nephew. Overall, the plot is the same: Mr. Fox makes his living stealing from three farmers who make it their mission to eradicate him and his family from their property. However, the addition of several new scenes and a more fleshed-out cast allows for the exploration of a few additional themes, such as coming to terms with one’s nature and intrinsic value while trying to develop a place in the world relative to those around you—be they friend or foe. 

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is available to borrow at E.P. Foster Library as part of the second-floor juvenile fiction collection. Wes Anderson’s film version is available at several branches of the Ventura County Library; if the book or DVD is not on the shelf at your local branch, you can request for it to be delivered to the branch of your choosing in person, over the phone, or online through our catalog.

 

Released into the wild by Ronald Martin.

Eastern and Western Perspectives on Health and Well-being

Visit the Topping Room on April 16, 2014, for the next installment of the E.P. Foster Library and CSU Channel Islands Lecture Series!

This event will feature a talk by Dr. Christy Teranishi Martinez, who will examine happiness and well-being from Eastern and Western perspectives.

The talk begins at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Ojai Library Presents Author John Mulhall

Author John Mulhall will read

from his debut novel

Geddy's Moon

Ojai Library

Saturday April 26, 2pm. 

Geddy's Moon was named one of the best horror

novels of 2013 in Suspense Magazine!

 

Mariachis and More at Avenue Library

    Celebrate

El Dia de los Ninos y el Dia de los Libros at Avenue Library

Tuesday April 29

3 - 5pm

Patty Peinado will read stories.

There will be crafts and snacks.

Los Mariachis de Anza will perform at 4pm.

 
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