The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Foster Library re-opens. Friends Bookstore re-opens

Due to a water leak, Foster Library has been closed. Both the library and bookstore re-opened last week.

Friends of the Library Book Sale a big success

On Saturday March 19 the Friends had a book sale at the Vons parking lot on Telegraph and Victoria. We appreciate Vons for allowing us to have periodic sales at that location. We made over $1500, impressive considering the books are priced from 10 cents to $3. Thanks to all the folks in Ventura who came by.

Special gratitude to Boy Scout Troop 155; the many volunteers who helped load and transport, unload and arrange; and to the “truck dudes” without whom the sale would not happen: Clyde Hofflund, David Bayer, David Young, and Woody Bretz. And all the folks at the warehouse, who receive donated books, organize, price, shelve and pack them. That work goes on all year.

All earnings go to support Ventura’s libraries.

Friends have a car in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

First-hand report from FOL board member Joanne Fields

Shamrocks, shamrock streamers & posters decorated the car. Three library student volunteers (Jack & Luke Armitage; twins, and Gisela Salazar) walked the route and handed out 300 lollipops & flyers to people along the route. They helped decorate and were a great help. Philip, Librarian at Foster came through with flying colors despite the water leak that closed the library. Mary Olson and I rode in the car.

Rescheduled Music Event

In the last column we learned about a music presentation “Lyrical Literature,” originally scheduled for Saturday March 26 at Foster Library. Unfortunately it had to be cancelled due to the water leak. It has been rescheduled for Saturday May 21 at 2 p.m.

Movie at Museum of Ventura County April 23 and Rising from the Ashes Home Tour

The Ventura County Library Foundation and the Museum of Ventura County are partnering with the Ventura County Library to present an upcoming special event.

At 2pm on Saturday, April 23, 2022, the Ventura County Library will host a screening of Radu Sava’s film Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions. This event will take place at the Museum (100 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001). The film, which was awarded Best Environmental Visions Film at the Sacramento International Film Festival, discusses how wildfires are becoming a global issue, and California is one of the places that is hit the hardest. The film is based on interviews with leading experts from state, federal, and grassroots organizations, water agencies, community partnerships, and more. You can register to attend this event by visiting

This film event will complement the Rising from the Ashes tour of homes rebuilt after the Thomas Fire, which will be presented by the Ventura County Library Foundation on Saturday, April 30, 2022. For more information about this home tour please visit

Book groups

Foster Library – continues on hiatus for another month

Hill Road: April 26 at 5 p.m. –

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey

New group – Wise Owls (childrens’ books for grownups)

April 12 at 5 p.m. – When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

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