The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

The Ventura County Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, officially closes on August 14.

Enjoy an End of Summer Reading Party with free Kona Ice at E.P. Foster Library on Monday, August 15, 4 to 5 pm. The Maker Lab at E.P. Foster will still be open Tuesdays, August 16 & 23 from 4 to 6 pm. And there will be another Crafternoon on Wednesday, August 17, 3:30 to 5:00 pm featuring a structured craft with supplies provided. There will also be a Game Day for kids and teens on the second floor, Friday, August 19 from 2 to 4 with Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and other gaming systems, and some board games.

At Hill Road Library, there will be a Maker Camp on the patio on Thursday, August 18, 3:30 to 5, where kids can design and launch a paper rocket. The Little Lab, where kids ages 3 to 7 explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through play, continues through September on most Tuesdays, 10:30 am to noon.

The Hill Road Book Club will discuss “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren on Tuesday, August 30, 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The quarterly Wise Owls Book Club for adults who enjoy reading children’s literature meets again on Tuesday, October 11, 5:00 to 6:00 pm to discuss “Scary Stories for Young Foxes” (a collection of six connected stories that follows a group of fox kits as they struggle to survive) by Christian McKay Heidicker.

Ventura Friends of the Library continue to receive a bumper crop of book donations at E.P. Foster and Hill Road libraries. Some of the most intriguing donated books are those that can be designated “vintage”.

We do our best to make these unique items visible to prospective buyers. We have volunteers who select items to offer on Amazon and eBay. There is a vintage section in our bookstore in E.P. Foster Library and a section in our online bookstore for local sales. We would also like to thank Lynn’s Consignments, 1975 E. Main Street, for providing another venue for vintage book sales.

Although the Vintage Section in the bookstore in E.P. Foster specializes in books prior to 1950, we stock more than old classics of literature. We have children’s books from Nancy Drew to Mother Goose. We have non-fiction, ranging from Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us to Secrets of Poker. We have the mystery and romance novels your grandparents read! You might occasionally find a collector’s item, but mostly we have a bargain priced collection of well loved books from the past.

We have new “old” books every week at the bookstore in E.P. Foster. Come visit us (11 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday) and take a peak into the past!

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