All libraries are closed Thursday & Friday 11/26 & 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday

Book drops, phone service, and walk up holds pick up are available at all 12 VCL locations!
More information about walk up holds pick up here.

STEAM & Makerspaces

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What is STEAM?

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.  Many of our Ventura County Library classes and events explore STEAM subjects. 

Find STEAM events near you: STEAM Calendar

Please see our STEAM Resources for Kids and Teens page

Makerspaces

Makerspaces are learning environments where communities of new and experienced tinkerers can explore skills, discover innovations and connect with others using emerging technologies and traditional tools.

Makerspaces are a trend for public libraries and have been around as long as people have been sharing ideas and making things together. The goal is to broaden the library’s scope of service so that our impact is both meaningful and relevant for our customers. 

Service Locations

Albert H. Soliz Library

Albert H. Soliz Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Albert H. Soliz Library for specific dates and times.

Avenue Library

Avenue Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Avenue Library for specific dates and times.

E.P. Foster Library

E.P. Foster Library's Makerspace is available for children & teens through Open Workshop Makerspace during the school year on Wednesdays, 3-5 pm starting from 10/02/19 and going through the end of April.  During Summer 2020, the space will be open more frequently.  Date of the weekend times are TBD.  In addition to the Makerspace in the Summer, the library will also be hosting weekly STEAM boxes, on a TBD day of week and time. Stay tuned for that.

Fillmore Library

Fillmore Library is pleased to now offer 'STEAM Saturdays'! The first Saturday of every month, come participate in a planned STEAM activity on a drop-in basis, from 12-4PM. In addition to this regular programming, Fillmore Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Fillmore Library for specific dates and times.

Hill Road Library

The Maker Lab at Hill Road Library is open on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM for various STEAM activities. These activities may include modeling 3D images to print with our Lulzbot Mini Printer, learning about circuitry with Squishy Circuits, building with Legos and Little Bits, coding and programming with various robotics and Arduino, designing video games with Bloxels, as well as other special maker events throughout the year.  What we are able to accomplish often depends on how many volunteers and staff we have available on any given Thursday afternoon. Parents are encouraged to participate with their kids!

Meiners Oaks Library

Meiners Oaks Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Meiners Oaks Library for specific dates and times.

Oak Park Library

Oak Park Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Oak Park Library for specific dates and times.

Oak View Library

Oak View Library’s Make It! Science through Arts, Crafts, and Games workshops are recommended for students in grades 4-6 and meet the 3rd Thursday each month of the school year in the Oak View Library Community Room. 

Project examples include Draw Bots and Brush Bots, Squishy Circuits, Salt Crystal Painting, LED Scratch Art, Tangram Play, and Air Pressure Rockets.

During the summer, these Make It! events are offered weekly for students in grades 1-6.

Ojai Library

Ojai Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Ojai Library for specific dates and times.

Piru Library

Piru Library has the maker boxes that we do once a week on our "Makers Monday" during Summer Reading and have an occasional STEAM activity at other times during the year.  Please call the Piru Library for specific dates and times.

Ray D. Prueter Library

Ray D. Prueter Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Ray D. Prueter Library for specific dates and times.

Saticoy Library

Saticoy Library will be hosting multiple STEAM activities throughout the summer months, in conjunction with our Summer Reading. Please call the Saticoy Library for specific dates and times.