The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Ventura Friends of the Library book sale and community event

There will be a giant book sale on Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1 at the lovely Dudley House Historical Museum, 197 North Ashwood Avenue (corner of Loma Vista.)

Quality used books will be arranged by genre/category and will be displayed in car trunks, on outside tables, and downstairs in the Community Room.

Saturday book sale hours will be 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. In addition, there will be a plant sale, benefiting the Dudley House, Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the front garden. The Downtown Lions Club will cook up a hot dog lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, to benefit the Lions’ Sight and Hearing projects.

Sunday the book sale continues 12 noon – 3 p.m. As a bonus, Dudley House docents will be offering free tours of this historical treasure on Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Come one or both days, find that perfect summer read, have lunch, celebrate the season and our community, and support local organizations!

Library events back in person

In the last column I covered the book groups at Foster and Hill Road branches. In case you missed it, here is the information again:

Foster meets the first Saturday of the month 10-12. August’s book is The Roundhouse by Erdrich. Information: emma.mayer9866@gmail.com.

Hill Road meets the last Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. August’s book is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by McNamara. Information: linda.cherry@ventura.org.

Ukelele Jam is also back! Mondays 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Foster.

The Mobile Library is spreading joy and reading all over the place this summer. Too many appearances to cover here. On the VCLSA website, their schedule is available under the Events tab. Or ask your local librarian.

Summer Reading Challenge

Register: https://vencolibrary.beanstack.org/
Create a profile for each family member.
Log reading minutes or books, complete activities, earn badges, and become eligible for prizes.

Lego Challenge – bilingual program

Pick up a set of bricks and the flyer at your local library. Build something, name it, take a picture and submit it. 50 bricks! Keep them! FUN! Through August 22.

Book donations at Hill Road

We are grateful but overwhelmed. Please limit yourself to one bag of donated books at a time.

Friends of the Library bookstores open for business

Foster store has moved to a larger space on the first floor. Tuesday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lots more books!

Hill Road book sale shelves are available during library hours. Adults’ and kids’ books, fiction and nonfiction, DVD’s, CD’s and puzzles.

Volunteers needed

The Ventura Friends of the Library is looking for a few good volunteers. They are the heart and soul, not to mention the hands and backs, of our organization. The used book warehouse, the book store, the periodic sales and many other facets of the Friends depend on the good will, and effort, of our volunteers. Plus it’s a lot of fun. If you’d like to join us, contact bookstore@venturafriendsofthelibrary.org.

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