The Bookmark  About Libraries and Friends 

by Mary Olson

Avenue and Saticoy library branches are participating in Lunch at the Library June 20 through July 28. Ventura County Library, in partnership with Ventura Unified School District through the USDA Summer Food Service Program, is making free lunches available at these locations for children and teens 18 years and under. You do not need to sign-up, show identification, or make an application. Lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

This program feeds minds and bodies by serving lunches, promoting literacy and preventing the learning loss that can occur when children are out of school during the summer months. Librarians will be taking the opportunity to introduce visitors to library resources and activities relating to nutrition, food waste and farm-to-table and will provide take-home STEAM kits for kids to explore science, math and technology concepts.

Lunch is served
Avenue Library, 606 N. Ventura Ave., M TU W TH, 11am-12pm
Saticoy Library, 1292 Los Angeles Ave., M TU W TH, 12pm-1pm

Hill Road Library has initiated a quarterly book club for adults who appreciate children’s literature. The second meeting of the Wise Owls Book Club will be Tuesday, July 12, at 5 pm. The book to be discussed is Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson. In this book, the Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan’s father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones. Visit the Hill Road Library to pick up the latest Wise Owls Book Club selection.

E.P. Foster will host Bilingual Musician/Singer Nathalia on Monday, July 25, 11 am to noon. Bilingual singer Nathalia is a wonderful performer who will sing in both Spanish and English for children of all ages! This event will be held outside on Main Street.

Ventura Friends of the Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, July 16, 10 am to 3 pm at the Vons at Telegraph and Victoria (6040 Telegraph Rd.) As always, your purchase of quality used books at bargain prices benefits the libraries of the city of Ventura by providing funds for book collections and programs!

The Friends have received an unusual book donation – a collection of more than 700 volumes concerning the Civil War. These include documents from the Union and the Confederacy, memoirs of generals and published academic and popular histories. None of these will be on offer at the July book sale. We are in the process of researching the items in an effort to assure that they are appropriately offered for sale or donated to libraries or academic institutions. If anyone with expertise in vintage or antiquarian books would like to assist in this project, please email friends@venturafriendsofthelibrary.org.

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