The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Friends Online Bookstore Update

We invite you to continue to visit our online store for local sales.
Special for May:  Audiobooks $2.00!

During the most recent library closure, inventory on the online store has expanded — many more great non-fiction, classics, fiction and vintage are available.

Books purchased at the online store will be available for pick up at the bookstore in E. P. Foster. You will receive an email letting you know when your purchase will be available for pick up.  Any questions?  Please email bookstore@venturafriendsofthelibrary.org

LIBRARY EVENTS

Paws for Reading is back!

The Paws for Reading Program brings together young readers and affectionate, canine listeners to help boost the confidence of beginning readers.

Hill Road Library — Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 pm
E.P. Foster Library — Thursdays, 4 to 6 pm

Join PAWS dogs for one-on-one reading sessions. Arrive at the library early to choose a book and get in line to read to a special pooch.  Children of all ages are welcome.

INCA, the Peruvian Music & Dance Ensemble

Hill Road Library, Saturday, May 21, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

INCA presents music and dances from the native Incas of Peru, the Criollo coastal communities, the Amazon jungle natives, and the Afro-Peruvian communities from towns south of Lima. The musicians play Andean ethnic instruments, which include woodwinds, percussion and strings. This program is made possible in part with a grant from the California Arts Council.

Lyrical Literature
E.P. Foster Library

Saturday, May 21, 2 to 4 pm

Enjoy a free concert of the music of Ventura composer Ross Care in the Topping Room. Care has worked extensively in theater music and is also a published author.  The program will emphasize his music’s literary association, including song settings of poetry by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Lewis Carroll, and instrumental excerpts from his theater music for plays such as The Glass Menagerie and his original musical, (Alice)Through the Looking Glass.

The music will be performed by an ensemble of well-known singers from the Ventura area with guest instrumentalists on harp and flute from Los Angeles. Tyler Carlisle will serve as pianist and musical director. The composer will moderate.

Ukulele Jam
is back in the Topping Room
E.P. Foster Library
every 1st and 3rd Monday at 7 pm, hosted by Alan Ferentz.

Open Mic Night hosted by Phil Taggart  

returns to the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library and via Zoom.  Thursdays, 6:30 to 10:00 pm

Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9607501600

Meeting ID: 960 750 1600

Family Storytime
E.P. Foster Library
Mondays, 10:30 to 11 am

Stories, poems, music, movement, & fun!  This event takes place on Main Street in front of the Topping Room. If there is inclement weather, the storytime will be held in the Topping Room. This event has a limit of 30 people.  If the limit is reached, another storytime will be held at 11:00 AM.  Ages birth to 5.

Hill Road Library
Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 am,

This event takes place on the patio, so remember to bring a sweater or a cozy blanket!

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