The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

November brings the culmination of Ventura County Library’s annual community reading program, One County, One Book, featuring the book Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America. Author Mayukh Sen will speak at 2 pm on Saturday, November 12 at California State University, Channel Islands’ Grand Salon. Following his talk, Sen will sign copies of his book. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event.

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. Included will be tastes from India, Oxnard’s Mixteco community, France, China and Italy and wines donated by local vintners. Passports will begin at noon in the Grand Salon.

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

Also, in November, two lectures in the California State University Channel Islands Lecture Series will be presented in Ventura County Library branches. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Chumash Presence Past and Present

at Hill Road Library on 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.

For more information, contact Linda Cherry, Librarian, (805) 677-7180.

Primitive Art in Civilized Places

at Ojai Library on Saturday, November 19, 1 pm

For more information, contact the Ojai Library at 805-646-1639.

Ventura Friends of the Library will have a table at the One County One Book event at Channel Islands State University where we will have cookbooks for sale. We’ll take every opportunity to place our donated books into the hands of new readers! Please drop in to our book store in E.P. Foster Library, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and check out our sale shelves at Hill Road Library. We are always looking for new members and volunteers to sort and price donated books and to staff the bookstore. If you are interested, stop by the bookstore or email friends@venturafriendsofthelibrary.org

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