The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

In celebration of Black History Month, author David Calloway will deliver a presentation of his book, If
Someday Comes: A Slave’s Story of Freedom. This historical novel fictionalizes the story of the author’s
enslaved Black great-grandfather. Calloway shares a unique perspective of the lives of his ancestors while providing an honest depiction of slavery. Born in Chicago, Calloway grew up in Palo Alto and Berkeley and now works and resides in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Film Production from UCLA and has worked as an Editor, Cinematographer, and Producer of features and television. Meet the author on Thursday, February 23, 1:30 to 3:30 pm at E.P. Foster Library. A Q&A and booksigning will follow the talk, with copies of the book available 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.

These events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected].

Micaela Ellis, teen author, will visit the Hill Road Library on Saturday, March 4th, at 11:00 am to deliver a presentation on her book, Autism Over The Years.

In her presentation, Micaela will share her experiences as a young adult navigating autism in today’s world. She hopes to expand community perceptions and educate others on some of the challenges that autistic people may face, as well as share the many opportunities for growth that are available to children and young adults like her when their needs are respected, understood, and celebrated. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Linda Cherry, Hill Road Librarian, 805-677-7180.

Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Vons at Telegraph & Victoria Saturday, March 18, 10 am to 3 pm

Pick up some quality used books at bargain prices. We also have a large selection of Cds and DVDs.
Your purchases benefit the libraries of the city of Ventura.

Please stop by to shop and learn about the Friends of the Library. We are always looking for new
volunteers – right now we especially need volunteers to help sort and categorize our incoming book
donations. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to help.

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