The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

In celebration of Black History Month, author David Calloway will visit E.P. Foster Library to discuss his debut novel If Someday Comes. This historical novel fictionalizes the story of the author’s enslaved Black great-grandfather. Meet the author on Thursday, February 23, 1:30 to 3:30 in the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library. A Q&A and booksigning will follow the talk, with copies of the book for sale.

Local Ventura County author Olaf Engvig will visit the Ojai Library at 6 pm on Thursday, February 23, and the E.P. Foster Library at 2 pm on Saturday, February 25, to deliver a talk on his book The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN.

The Scandinavian Navy refers to ships and/or seamen from Scandinavia in the 1880-1945 time period. The US West Coast was built with the help of these ships and men. The book also shares the stories of related ships, such as the steam schooner WAPAMA and the restoration of the hybrid ship VÆRDALEN. Mr. Engvig will sign and sell his book at a discount after his presentation. Born in Norway, Mr. Engvig now resides in California. He holds a graduate degree in maritime history and received the Karl Kortum Maritime History Award in 2018.

Program staff from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will join the Ventura County Library to lead a Financial Education Webinar titled “How to Navigate your Budget with Confidence and Purpose.” This program will take place virtually via Zoom, and will be offered in English on Tuesday, February 28, and in Spanish on Wednesday, March 1.

This 75-minute workshop will help you to identify your financial priorities so you can manage your numbers and budget with confidence and purpose. This interactive session will be facilitated by Irene Kelly, WEV’s Financial Education and Community Engagement Manager.

The program in English begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 28. To register, visit . The program in Spanish begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, March 1. To register, visit
These events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected].

Ventura Friends of the Library Bookstore in E.P. Foster Library is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. And we are still able to keep the store open on Sundays, 1:30 to 4:00 pm in February.

Donations of books, CDs and DVDs can be left in the blue bins inside E.P. Foster Library (near the Friends’ bookstore) and Hill Road Library. Large donations of materials can be taken to the Friends’ warehouse at
11251 Riverbank Drive, off Wells Rd and County Dr, within the County’s Saticoy General Services/Public Works Yard on Fridays from 9 am to 11 am or by appointment. For more information on donating to Ventura Friends of the Library or to volunteer, please email [email protected].

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