The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Update from Dolly Knight, Ventura Senior City Librarian

As of the end of September, the majority of events are still virtual. Some are transitioning to outdoor venues at the libraries. The Foster Ukulele Jam is meeting out in front of the library, to the great joy of passers-by. Storytimes at Hill Road will be moving out to the patio. Hill Road’s book club will also meet on the patio.

Always, check with your branch as things change!

One County, One Book (from library press release)

The Ventura County Library is proud to announce its fourth annual One County, One Book community reading program in October. One County, One Book aims to unite the Ventura County community around a common narrative, spreading interest in and facilitating discussions about the selected book. This year’s One County, One Book selection is Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha; per its official web site, the book is “A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in L. A., following two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime.” It is also based on a real event.
I have read this book and found it mesmerizing.

Book Author talk and Q&A will take place virtually via Zoom at 2pm on October 30, 2021. A Faculty Panel Discussion presented by California Lutheran University, will be at 6pm on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Be sure to register for these events (information below.)

To participate in One County, One Book, pick up a copy of Your House Will Pay from one of our 12 library branches or our Mobile Library. In addition to our regular holdings, beginning in September each library will have an Honor Book Shelf set up with additional copies. You can take one of these special copies to read and return it when you are done—or pass it on to a friend. You can even donate a new copy for others!

Once you have read the book you will be ready for our October events. Visit our website at for more information as programs are scheduled.
All events associated with One County, One Book are free and open to the public.

Note from Online Bookstore Manager Leslie Bellmore

If you can’t find what you are looking for at Ventura Friends of the Library’s Foster Bookstore, try our Online Bookstore at! The Online Bookstore began during the closures as a way to get good books out to those of you who needed them, but now that things are open again volunteers are finding it is a great way to offer materials that don’t fit at Foster Bookstore.  You will now find Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Vintage book selections online!  Of course, you will still also find great quality reading selections in both fiction and non-fiction for youth and adults, puzzles and audiobooks as well. Just order and pick up at Foster in as little as two days.

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