The Bookmark

About Libraries and Friends
by Mary Olson

The Ventura County Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, concluded in August with well-attended wrap parties. After visiting over the summer, patrons, young and older, are all eager for more library programs to come in the Fall.

Storytime will continue at E.P. Foster Library, indoors on the 2nd Floor, on Mondays at 10:30 am and at Hill Road Library, indoors in the Children’s area, on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. For storytimes at the other branches, and to check for updates, visit Ventura County Library website’s Storytime page:

Paws for Reading continues at E.P. Foster (Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00), Hill Road (Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:00), and Ojai Library (Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30).

Paws for Reading is a reading program designed to help improve a child’s reading skills through reading aloud to a registered therapy dog. 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!   

An in-person Minecraft program will be offered at the E.P. Foster, Hill Road, and Ray D. Prueter Libraries simultaneously on the same server.  Computer availability is first come, first served.  Arrive at the library early to get signed up. This program is limited to participants ages 5-17 years old. 

Have Minecraft JAVA edition (for PC/MAC) and want to play from home?  If so, please contact [email protected].

Email or visit the library’s Minecraft page for scheduling and more information:

Ventura County Library is seeking volunteers!  Please visit the teen volunteers page for more information: and contact [email protected] with your interest.

Ventura Friends of the Library is also seeking volunteers!

Currently, we could really use volunteers who would be interested in researching both the value and potential market for the large collection of Civil War books we recently received, as well as Cd’s and vinyl records.

We can always use more volunteers to sort and price donated books, work in the bookstore in E.P. Foster and work at our quarterly book sales.

You can see what we’re up to at our website: and find there, in the right sidebar, links to shop at our online store and to subscribe to our monthly email newsletter.

You can always contact us at [email protected] or stop by our bookstore in E.P. Foster Library, open 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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