The Bookmark

About Libraries and Friends
by Mary Olson

With the opening of Fall classes, Ventura County librarians will be paying visits to elementary schools to encourage students to get library cards and take advantage of all the services the library has to offer.

In addition to books and activities students can find at the library, a library card gives them access to many online resources, including live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. At the website, the resource HelpNow! by Brainfuse offers live online tutoring every day 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM PDT. Log in to the resource with your library card bar code number. In addition to the live tutoring, a 24-hour writing lab is also available where essays and other forms of writing can be submitted for constructive feedback.

A variety of research tools, including digital books, audiobooks, Encyclopedia Britannica, magazines and newspapers can also be found through the eLibrary at

Ventura County Library offers volunteer opportunities for students needing school community service credit and teens 13-17 who want to help the library in a virtual and/or in-person environment. These volunteers assist with children’s programs, research and recommend books for the library to purchase and research and recommend websites for the library’s Steam Resources web page.

Please visit the teen volunteers page for more information: https://vencholibrary.orgr/teen-volunteers and contact [email protected] with your interest.

The Friends of the Preuter Library will be holding their 19th High Tea on Oct. 16th from 2-4 PM at the library located at 510 Park Ave in Port Hueneme. The cost is $40 per person and guests are seated at tables of four or six people. Guests willing to hostess a table (supply china and linens) are especially welcome. There are competitions for best table and best hat. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 30th. Don’t forget your checkbook or cash for the opportunity drawing.

If you have questions or to make a reservation, please contact Jo Ann Van Reenan (805) 282-9794 or [email protected]. All proceeds benefit the library.

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

If you would like to help, please email [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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