The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends – Book sale

by Jill Forman

Note: This Bookmark was supposed to be in last issue but inadvertently, of course, was left out so you have the pleasure of reading 2 Bookmark articles in this issue.

By the time this comes out, the Ventura Friends of the Library will have had their first outdoor, hands-on sale of the year, on April 17. We are so excited to be able to offer high-quality used books to the booklovers of Ventura, and to generate funds for library programming and supplies. Thanks to all the volunteers and to the folks who came out to get bargains and support us!

Reopening status

Now that Ventura County is in Orange tier, the libraries will be open for limited in-person browsing. Check with your local branch to find out those hours, and to make arrangements.

Bad Art presentation

Director Louise Reilly Sacco will join the Ventura County Library at 6pm on Friday, April 30, 2021, to talk about the collections at the Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) via ZOOM.

The Museum Of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Since 1993, they have collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it.

In this presentation, the world’s leading cultural institution dedicated to art in which something has gone wrong describes how and why it was established. MOBA presents pieces from their collection, with an insightful, pithy, and often humorous commentary.

This event is free and open to the public. To register for this event, visit For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected]. Instructions for registering for this event on Zoom can also be found on our online calendar at

Member event

Kate McDermott, author of The Art of the Pie, will lead a hands-on session of baking with follow-along instructions on Saturday May 8 at 2:00 p.m. via ZOOM. Current VFOL members will receive email invitations and will be given priority for pre-registration.

Learn how to make and shape a flaky all-butter pastry dough which can be used to make many tasty treats in your kitchen.

If you do not receive an invitation by April 25, call Mary Olson at 805-223-1187.

Online Store Update

Many new offerings in education and travel. Remember travel?

We are losing some of our storage space at Hill Road, so if your order from us we thank you and request that you pick up your items within a week. If for some reason you cannot, email the bookstore folks and we’ll see what we can arrange.

More educational and entertaining programs offered by your libraries

Poetry Virtual Open Mic Night hosted by Phil Taggert. Thursdays 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group if you wish. Black Poets of Ventura County featured through May 6.

Friends of the Library Book Discussion. Saturday May 1, 10:00 a.m.- noon. The Long Haul by Finn Murphy. [email protected].

Ukulele Jam Mondays 7:00 – 10 p.m.

Always more events than I can cover: Storytimes, Discover Science, Minecraft Mondays, Art Lessons……




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