The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

Do you enjoy learning new things, exploring interesting places, and meeting people who share a love of adventure? Hill Road Library will host a discussion of the many programs offered by Road Scholar on Thursday, May 4th, at 5:00 pm. Road Scholar is the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults, offering nearly 5,500 affordable programs each year in about 150 countries worldwide. These programs offer a chance to expand your mind while being in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the
best parts of life.

Hill Road Library hosts a timely program on Wildfire Preparedness: Protect Your Home Against the Threat of Wildfires. On Tuesday, May 16th, 5 to 6 pm, The Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council will present a workshop for the local community. The Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council is a local, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting residents in fire-vulnerable areas of Ventura County. This workshop will deliver a brief overview of
wildfire history and behavior, provide steps you can take to protect your home and families, and give resources for emergency preparedness. Events at Hill Road Library are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Linda Cherry, Librarian, at (805) 677-7180.

Local Oxnard author Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo will visit the Ojai Library at 2 pm on Saturday, May 13, to talk about her new book, Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art. Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is a textile artist, teacher, and author. A California girl who bought a one-way ticket to India and landed in a Tibetan sewing workshop next door to the Dalai Lama, she became one of few nonTibetans to master the Buddhist art of silk appliqué thangka. Trained by two of the finest living Tibetan appliqué artists, Leslie learned to stitch bits of silk into elaborate figurative mosaics that bring the transformative images of Buddhist meditation to life. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in the documentary Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. You can learn more about her work and book online at This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected].

There are still some events to come in Ventura County Library’s series of family-friendly sustainability-themed programs. English/Spanish interpretation services and children’s activities will be available for all the programs at the Piru and Saticoy Library branches. The upcoming topics are:

Home Weatherization 101
Thursday, May 4, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Saticoy Library (1292 Los Angeles Avenue, Ventura) 805 671-5148

How to Get Green Business Certified
Thursday, May 11, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Piru Library (3811 Center Street, Piru) 805 521-1753
Wednesday, May 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Saticoy Library – rescheduled from May 18 .

Ventura Friends of the Library Bookstore in E.P. Foster Library is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:30 to 4:00 pm.
You can also shop at our online store at and pick up your purchase at the store in E.P. Foster. In addition to books, both venues offer audiobooks and jigsaw puzzles.

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