The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Just scheduled – Friends of the Library Book Sale!

Saturday March 19 at Vons, corner of Telegraph and Victoria.

Times and details to be determined. Information: venturafriendsofthelibrary.org.

Libraries are open!

Not everyone is aware of this. They are open, same hours as pre-closure. Library activities are transitioning to in-person or possible a combination of Zoom and in-person. Check your branch’s website for schedules and formats, or talk to the staff.

Foster Library Bookstore is open!

Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Every genre, hundreds of good-quality books, very reasonable prices. Staffed by Friends volunteers who love to talk about books and libraries.

Hill Road book sale shelves are open!

Have been completely restocked. Adults, kids, CD’s and DVD’s also. Available whenever the branch is open, honor payment system.

Online Bookstore is always open! With a sale!

Children’s books, Youth Fiction and Youth Non-Fiction on sale in March for $1. Venturafriendsoftheibrary.org, tab for “Online Store.” Pick-up will be at the Foster bookstore; purchasers will get an email when their order is ready.

Support your libraries with Amazon Smile

Every purchase you make with Amazon Smile goes to the charity of your choice. To set up, go to smile.amazon.com; there is an option to set up your recipient. Of course, we encourage you to pick “San Buenaventura Friends of the Library.”

Goodbye to Dolly Knight, Ventura Senior City Librarian

Dolly has brought enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to the libraries. She will be missed.

Book Groups

Foster Library Saturday morning book group is on hold until April.

Hill Road book group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. March’s book is The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

New book group at Hill Road: Linda Cherry, Librarian at Hill, is starting a group focusing on children’s books for adults. The group will be called The Wise Owls Book Club (Little Books for Big People); the first meeting will be Tuesday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m., to discuss When the Sea Turned To Silver by Grace LinTo be added to the mailing list, find out about forthcoming title selections and meeting dates, email Linda.Cherry@ventura.org.

New members wanted for a Friends of the Library book group. Not your everyday book group, this one does not discuss one book a month. Every member describes and discusses books they have read in the past month. We frequently exchange books also. Members enjoy learning about books they might never have been exposed to. We have been meeting via Zoom for the past couple of years, but anticipate in-person monthly meetings soon. For information, contact kmpgen@sbcglobal.net.

What Else is Going on?

So many things! Here’s a sample:

Zip Books – Request books you’d like the library to buy.

Brainfuse HelpNow – eLearning for all ages and levels.

Minecraft Mondays – Every Monday 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Storytimes – In person and on Facebook.

Bilingual Bedtime StoriesTuesdays, 7:00 to 7:30 pm on Facebook.

Discover Science – Talk to library staff for schedule.

Your libraries offer activities and help for everyone.

 

 

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