The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

Writer Jill Forman Friends of library volunteer helping move and set up new Foster Library bookstore. Photo by Clyde Hofflund

by Jill Forman

So much library news!

All branches are open. Hours are mainly the same as before COVID, with minor alterations. Check the website or your branch.

Staff and volunteers will continue to mask. Masking is optional for vaccinated patrons.

New library website –  has an updated, bright look. All the features you counted on are still there and easy to access.

Foster Bookstore new location
Friends of the Library volunteers have been moving the partitions, furniture and books to the new location, a larger space on the first floor. Opening date is July 1. Come in and check it out!
Thanks to Sandy Greenberg and her (almost) tireless team of volunteers for getting the new store ready.

We need bookstore volunteers! It’s a fun way to meet other booklovers, serve your community, and help the Friends. Contact Sandy at

Hill Road Used Book Shelves
These shelves will be stocked and ready for business as of July 1. Gently-used books at bargain prices. Fiction, non-fiction, CD’s and DVD’s, Childrens’ books at several reading levels, puzzles.

Book Sale and MORE
A real community event to celebrate summer and the loosening of pandemic precautions. July 31-August 1 at the Dudley House. Plant sale July 31, Dudley House tours August 1. Rotary will be doing a hot dog lunch.

Online Book Store
This popular service will continue, with a more select offering of books and puzzles, and with different pickup dates and times. Anyone ordering will be notified of these. Kudos to Leslie Bellmore, who got this up and running during the pandemic, and her team.

You may have noticed the words “Friends” and “volunteers” often mentioned in this column. The Ventura Friends of the Library runs on community members who love books and libraries and have fun helping with many activities.

And…we love members! All our membership funds, and donations, go to support Ventura’s libraries with books, supplies, and programs. To join, donate, or volunteer:, website:

Or, you can pick up our flyers in the bookstore, at the libraries, and at book sales. There is a membership form and address if you prefer to send a check.

Parent and Child Together Class: Infants/Toddlers (from Library press release)
Ventura County Library and First 5 Ventura County are proud to partner on Parent and Child Together classes for local families starting this summer. In this free 12-week class, families with infants or toddlers are invited to learn new skills together, play fun activities, and share the love of reading.

“Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Every child comes into this world ready to learn. It’s never too early to talk, read, and sing to your child,” says Petra Puls, Executive Director of First 5 Ventura County.

Online registration began Tuesday, May 25 for the first summer session of classes, which will be held during the months of June, July, and August. Parents must register using this link: .

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