The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Updates from Dolly Knight, Senior Ventura Librarian

Hill Road is now back to pre-pandemic hours, including Sundays which are now staffed.

In person Story Times are back at Hill Road and Foster. In addition, the Museum of Ventura County is having monthly Story Times. Here is their press release describing past and future dates and subjects:

The Museum of Ventura County has partnered with the county library to bring in-person Story Time on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11:30am, through the end of the year! On October 9th, we’ll gather for a spooky story about Monsters. On the 13th of November, just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ll feature a story about Gratitude. And finally, on December 11th, our focus will be on Family. Join us for stories, then play & learn in the Children’s Garden, a fabulous and FREE outing for ALL!

Discover Science will also be back in person at Foster and Hills Road with STEAM subjects. See the library website for dates, or ask the staff at your library.

Linked-In Learning offers job-searching skills:

Message from Online Bookstore Manager, Leslie Bellmore

VFOL Online Bookstore has recently added Vintage books and comics for online selection. The fiction selection has been expanded and we still have an outstanding selection of children’s books. Shop online and pick up at Foster Library Bookstore. Orders placed Friday through Sunday are available beginning Tuesdays. Orders placed Monday through Thursday available beginning on Saturdays. Just ask the cashier for your order.

Other Library Offerings

READ Adult Literacy trains tutors to work with adult learners. Training is currently being done via ZOOM. Call 805-677-1760 for application.

Brainfuse HELP Now – Homework Help: interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, and social studies. 1-10 pm PST every day. A 24-hour Writing Lab allows students to submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.

Adult learning center (also Brainfuse) – A library of GED learning content, professional assistance in resume and cover letter writing, U.S, citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series. And more…

While you’re at it, learn to play chess! Learn strategies and improve cognitive abilities with an expert chess coach.

To access Brainfuse, go to, select the eLibrary, then go to HELP NOW-BRAINFUSE.

Teen Volunteers

The library offers volunteer opportunities for students needing school community service credit and teens 13-17 who want to help the library in a virtual and/or in-person environment. Teen volunteers research and recommend books for the library to purchase, find missing volumes, research and recommend websites for Teens Boredom Busters and STEAM resources. They also help develop Summer Reading Challenge, STEAM and Makerspace activity ideas.

In other words, they are valuable members of the library team!

Applications are at the branches, or email For more information, call 805-648-2716.

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