The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Cool things going on at your virtual library!

Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning for all ages and levels

Homework Help – Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.

Personalized eLearning Tools – My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
24-Hour Writing Lab – Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
Adult Learning Center – Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support

Begin now at https://landing.brainfuse.com/

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Brainfuse also has a program for veterans called JobNow /Vet Now.  Both are available on our website https://www.vencolibrary.org/elibrary under JobNow/VetNow

Virtual Discover Science – This monthly exploration of science and physics topics is now virtual on Zoom. For Grades K-5. Materials will be available for pick up at Avenue, Foster, Hill Road, and Saticoy Libraries. Registration available online. Library website, “Events” tab. The link event will be provided through registration

New at the Online StoreThe Online Bookstore has updated the Cookbooks section with dozens of new cookbooks for everyone’s palate. There is a new Great Gift Idea category with things moved over from Holiday Items, a new music category and a new Travel and Trivia category to be expanded soon. Under fiction, a subcategory of historical fiction has been added, so look for more there soon. We continue to offer $5 bags of books as well as an ever-changing inventory of fiction and non-fiction for adults and youth.

Book DonationsWe appreciate all the books donated to us.  However, at Hill Road on Tuesdays and Saturdays, please bring no more than  2 small boxes at a time. Our volunteers have to lift boxes into and out of cars and this may be very difficult for some.  Please bring donations of more than 2 boxes to the warehouse at 11251 Riverbank Drive on Monday or Friday from 9 to 11 am or by appointment — email bookstore@venturafriendsoftheibrary.org

Friends of the Library Funding

Per Nancy Schram, Library Services Director, “The $17,000 provided to the Ventura County Library for the Ventura Libraries in October was allocated to library collections as follows: 40% Foster Library, 30% Hill Road, 15% Avenue, 15% Saticoy.
The 40% allocated to the E.P. Foster Library was additionally evenly divided between adult and children’s materials, as we have done in the past years.
These funds enabled the library to purchase an estimated 700 books for the library collections.
…The first and foremost priority for Friends funding remains the library collections at the Ventura libraries. We are working hard to bring the per capita expenditure on materials in the Ventura libraries up to the state average. …Additional needs include technology (such as Computer and Internet Kits for loan or Laptop Lending Kiosks), supplies, and Summer Reading Programs.
…We very much appreciate the Friends’ ongoing support which has tremendous positive impact on library services in Ventura.”

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