Fillmore Library

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Fillmore Library
502 Second Street, Fillmore, CA 93015
(805) 524-3355

Cathy Krushell, Library Supervisor
Cathy.Krushell@ventura.org

Fillmore Library 

HOURS 

Mon & Tue       2 - 7

Wed               10 - 5

Thurs - Sat     12 - 5

 Sun              Closed

 

Directions

  • Fillmore Library is located at 502 Second Street. View map.
  • Transportation between Ventura and Fillmore is available weekdays through Vista Bus Transportation, call 1-800-438-1112 or go to www.goventura.org for schedule information. For Dial-A-Ride in Fillmore, call 524-2319.

 Programs & Special Events - Fillmore & Piru Library Event Calendar

  • Preschool Storytime and Crafts every Wed. @ 11 a.m.
  • Fillmore Reads:  "My Beloved World" By Sonia Sotyomayor Thurs. April 24th @ 6pm

Services

  • Want to know how to get a library card, borrow a book and more? See our FAQ page.
  • Access the library catalog from home.
  • Library staff will answer your research questions.
  • If a book you want is not available at your local library, it can be be ordered from our other library branches at no cost.
  • Self-Check Out available for your convenience. 
  • Telephone questions will be answered during open hours. Call (805) 524-3355.
  • 6 computers are available for public Internet use. Computers are filtered for use by patrons under 18.  Computers turn off 10 minutes before closing.  Must have library card to access.  Limited to 1 hour per day.
  • A self-serve copy machine is available. Copies are ten cents each.
  • Homework Centers are available in most Ventura County Libraries. Click here to see locations and times open.
  • Need help finding Accelerated Reader books?  Use AR Book Finder to find out which books are at your child's AR level as well as their point values.
  • Book Drop: the book drop is located against the building next to the main entrance.

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • The Fillmore Friends of the Library group supports and benefits the Fillmore Library. The group provides activities such as used book sales and sponsorship of children's programs. Contact Library staff for more information on becoming a member of the the Fillmore Friends of the Library or e-mail the Friends at walker@thegrid.net.
  • Volunteers are needed to read stories to children. Call the Library for more information.
  • Volunteers are needed for Adult Literacy Program. For more information click here.

Collections

  • The Fillmore Herald from 1907 to 2000 available on microfilm. Microfilm reader available.  Copies are ten cents each.  Available in hard copy 1997 to September 2007.
  • The Fillmore Gazette available from 1989 to 1996 in bound books and 1997 to present in hard copy.
  • The Fillmore American available from 1917 to 1919 and December 1925 to 1932 in bound books.
  • One month of the Ventura County Star, Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal are kept.
  • Past Fillmore High School Year Books are available for in-library use only.  The following years are available: 1914, 1915, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1941-1943, 1945-1949, 1958-1961, 1963, 1964, 1967-1970, 1981, 1983-1987. 
  • The Library has a local history collection.
  • The Library has magazines, books on tape and CD, music CDs, DVDs and videos available for check-out.

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History

The first bank built in Fillmore was the Fillmore State Bank.  It opened in 1905 and was built of brick and Sespe brownstone facing.  In 1916 the upper floor of the building housed the first library collection of the Ventura County Free Library.  Lucy Jorgenson was the first librarian in Fillmore.

Over the years the collection was moved to various locations throughout the town, and at one point resided in a private residence. In 1955, the Fillmore Library branch was built on the corner of Second Street and Central Avenue.  The land was donated by the William Shiells Company.Three oak chairs, circa 1920s, are currently kept in the Children’s Room and are believed to have been from the original site. 

Local student art on display: 

  • “Orange Beauty” and “Starry Night” (2008) by Maia Thayer
  • “Africa” and “Tree Frog” (2009) by Aimee Orozco
  • “A Walk to Remember” (2008) by Froy Corona
  • “Superman” (2009) by Kyle Hernandez (in the Young Adult section)

There is also a special black and white photograph of a raccoon:  “Frosty the Raccoon” was caught trying to get inside the library.  This continues to be a great story to share with children on their first visit to Fillmore Llibrary!

Fillmore Library has on-going art work displayed by local artists who are members of the Artists Guild of Fillmore. See: Artists Guild of Fillmore Hangs New Paintings in Fillmore Library from May 2013. Additionally, there are four local citrus labels in frames above the Arundell Local History Collection.

Behind the circulation desk are three large black and white photographs of the Fillmore State Bank, William Shiells and “Traffic Jam” Central Avenue 1915. There is an artist’s rendition of the Fillmore branch in colored pencil dated: June 3, 1990. 

Fillmore Library features numerous plaques:

  • A commemorative plaque to Roberta L. Nelsen, the founding President of the Fillmore Friends of the Library 1989-1999
  • To honor Lucille Snapp Wigley's generous donation of $423,000 to the Fillmore Library in 1995
  • To thank Mr. Arthur Dean Arundell Jr. for his 28 years of unselfish service as the Fillmore librarian - from the Fillmore City Council
  • Numerous awards to the Fillmore Friends of the Library - displayed in the Friends corner

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