The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Thanks to Sheldon…

Somehow, the Bookmark for April 21 was left out of the Breeze; Sheldon was kind enough to print it and the current one in the May 5 issue. Unfortunately, some of the information was out of date by then. I encourage you to sign up for the emailed newsletter from the Ventura Friends of the Library, and to check the library website often to keep up with events.

Browsing now available!

Here is the most welcome news of the month.
Ventura County Libraries are open for in-person browsing of the physical collections. Browsing areas are based on the capacity of each building, available staff, and social distancing guidelines. Appointments can be made by contacting individual libraries. Walk-ins may be accommodated based on capacity, but appointments are strongly suggested.
All browsing visits are limited to 50 minutes and anyone entering the library MUST wear a mask and follow the Library’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct — see library website

Online Bookstore News

Did you know the VFOL Online Bookstore is managed and staffed completely by volunteers who donate their time, book expertise, and sometimes car trunks? Gently used books find new homes while making money for new books and services at Ventura libraries. It really is wonderful that community helping community works here in Ventura! Thank you to Sandy Greenberg, Jill Forman, Lynn Weitzel, Annie Winch, Teddy Woods, Debbie Hill, Davita Cooper, Leslie Bellmore, and all the warehouse volunteers who sort through donations daily, for helping VFOL Online Bookstore succeed.
We anticipate that the online store will remain even after the Pandemic has moved on. For now, y
ou can purchase books at the online store and pick them up at Hill Road Library. We have limited storage so please try to pick your orders up within a week. We also accept donations of books in bags or boxes (2 per visit, please) during these times.

For updates and to keep up with the activities of the Friends of the Library, visit our website:

For Families – “Every story matters. Every child counts”

I was hanging out at my local library (something I do a lot) and saw boxes of colorful bags near the checkout station. I asked my favorite librarian what they were, and found out about “El Dia de los Ninos, El Dia de los Libros/ Children’s Day, Book Day! A celebration of children and wonderful books. Di honors the culture and language of all children.”

The bags are packets to give away system-wide, all month, as long as supplies last. There are two family activities: “Planting Spearmint” and “Make a Meal with Mint.” They are available at your local library.

Capping off the month is a virtual Zoom performance by a Grammy-nominated performer of Latin American Family Music Sonia De Los Santos, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. Meeting ID 821 7570 3315, Passcode 890783.

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