The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

Ventura County Library Offers Free Access to University-Quality Classes That Help People Get a Job, Or a Better One

Ventura County Library cardholders can now access CAreer Pathways, a collection of digital platforms for online learning tools to meet the needs of those entering the workforce or who want to get a better job, for free.

These tools include:
Coursera– offering university-quality classes without the need to enroll in a university and no prior experience is necessary to get started.
GetSetUp– offering educational courses to students 50 years of age and older on various topics, including technology for beginners, vocational and physical health, book clubs, cooking, and gardening.
Linkedln Learning– an online learning site that specializes in career-relevant courses in business and technology. The resource offers over 16,000 online courses taught by professionals in practical and career-relevant subjects like time management and creative topics such as mindfulness.
Skillshare– offering coursework in creative professional topics such as freelancing skills, graphic design, lifestyle and marketing.

Access to CAreer Pathways is available through Ventura County Library’s website, with a Ventura County Library card. Library cards are free and can be obtained at any Ventura County Library location. Providing access to CAreer Pathways is another way that the library furthers its mission to serve as a community hub to connect individuals to tools and resources that assist in closing the opportunity gap. CAreer Pathways is funded by the State and administered by the California State Library.

To learn more about CAreer Pathways, visit

Ventura Friends of the Library joined in the Fifth Birthday Party at Hill Road Library on December 3, meeting visitors in the Friends’ corner in the library. If you missed the party, you can still visit Hill Road Library every Tuesday in December at 3:00 pm, for a Winter Wonderland simple craft and seasonal movie! And you could join the celebration of “Noon Year’s Eve” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. Enjoy storytime, crafts, and countdown fun to ringing in the New Year at noon. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Linda Cherry, Librarian, at 805-677-7180.

Whenever you visit Hill Road Library, be sure to take a look at the Ventura Friends of the Library sales shelves.

The Friends Bookstore in E.P. Foster Library will be open for some extra shifts in December. The store will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. AND, the store will be open Sundays, 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

We also invite you to visit our online bookstore for local sales When you make a purchase there, you will receive an email letting you know when your order will be ready for pickup at the bookstore in E.P. Foster. You can also join or renew your membership to Ventura Friends of the Library for 2023 or make a donation through the online store. Donations, gifts and proceeds from our book sales support the City of Ventura’s libraries.

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