The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

October is the month of One County, One Book throughout the Ventura County Library system. This year’s selection is Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen.

Copies of the book will be available to borrow from all Ventura County Library branches. Discussions of the book will be hosted at:

Oak Park Library on Sunday, October 16, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Ojai Library on Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Hill Road Library on Tuesday, October 25, 5:00 to 6:00 pm (Hill Road Library Book Club)

Oak View Library on Tuesday, November 1, 4:30 to 5:30 pm (Reading Society Book Discussion

One County, One Book culminates with a special author event with Mayukh Sen at 2 pm on Saturday, November 12 at California State University, Channel Islands’ Grand Salon.

Registration for the Author Talk with Mayukh Sen is free but required.

To offset the travel and venue expenses of the free author event, the Ventura County Library Foundation is hosting Passports, a lively discussion with local food influencers on topics ranging from County food trends to local and worldwide food issues followed by small bites representative of the food cultures in Ventura County. Passports will begin at noon in the Grand Salon.

For more information and to register for both events, go to Tickets are free for the author event and $75 for Passports.

This Fall also brings a California University Channel Islands Lecture Series


Ojai Library Saturday, October 15, 1 pm

Assistant Professor of Art Simon Quiroz introduces concepts and tools on how to go from recording images that on the surface look flat and deprived of color to finish them looking vibrant and colorful for TV, cinema, and beyond, enhancing quality and strong emotional responses from viewers.

Chumash Presence Past and Present

Hill Road Library Saturday, November 5, 11:30 am

This archaeology focused presentation covers the unique history and culture of the mitsqanaqan̓ (Ventureño)

Chumash and their adaptations to the natural environment of the Santa Monica Mountains, the ocean, Mugu

Lagoon, and the Oxnard Plain, including Chumash activities in Ventura County today.

Primitive Art in Civilized Places

Ojai Library Saturday, November 19, 1 pm

For more information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected].

Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, October 22, 10 am to 3 pmat the Vons at Telegraph and Victoria.

Quality used books at bargain prices. Music on CD and Vinyl and Audiobooks.

We can always use volunteers to help at sales – if you’d like to help, email [email protected]

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