The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

The Ventura County Library has announced its sixth annual One County, One Book community reading program. One County, One Book aims to unite the Ventura County community around a common narrative, spreading interest in and facilitating discussions about the selected book.

This year’s One County, One Book selection is Solito, by Javier Zamora. Solito is Zamora’s memoir of his migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine. To participate in One County, One Book, pick up a copy of Solito from one of the 12 library branches or Mobile Library. In addition to regular holdings, each library branch will have an Honor Book Shelf set up with additional copies.

Throughout September, 2023, people across the county will have a chance to attend discussions and other special events related to the themes of the selection.

Cal Lutheran will present a panel of professors— Dr. Julia Fogg, Dr. Jamshid Damooei, and Dr. Jose Alfredo Torres—who will talk about border crossings, the criminalization of immigration, and the economic impact of immigrants in Ventura County. This event will take place in Cal Lutheran’s Lundring Events Center at 7 pm on Thursday, September 21. For more information about the panel, contact Michaela Reaves at [email protected] or (805) 493-3381.

Hill Road Library’s Book Club will discuss Solito at the September meeting, 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26. For more information on this Book Club, please email [email protected].

The One County, One Book capstone event will be an author presentation by Javier Zamora that will be held as part of the Ventura County Celebration of Books and will take place on September 30 at 2 pm on the campus of CSU Channel Islands. The presentation will be in English, with Spanish translation available.

The 2023 One County, One Book program is sponsored by the Ventura County Library Foundation

The Ventura County Library Foundation is hosting an author reception prior to the author talk featuring A Taste of Central America.  Attendees enjoy lunch, complimentary paperback copy of Solito, and book signing with the author. Tickets are required for the author reception and can be purchased for $75 each at Proceeds support the Library Foundation.

E.P. Foster’s Young Readers Book Club meets on Saturday, August 26, 1:00 to 2:00 pm to discuss The Human Kaboom by Adam Rubin & create a character sheet (DND style)
For children ages 9-12 (4th or 5th grade reading level).

Ventura Friends of the Library invite you to visit our Bookstore in E.P. Foster Library Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm

We also invite you to browse anytime at our Online Bookstore for local sales. In August, Notable Books for Youth are 10% off! Just order and pick up at the bookstore in E.P. Foster in as few as two days.

The Topping Room in E.P. Foster will be a stop in Art Walk Ventura, September 23 & 24. Ventura Friends of the Library will be participating. In 2019, the Friends received a generous donation of original watercolors and photographs from the family of Hank and Susan Stoutz. A selection of these works will be offered for sale at the Art Walk, along with a selection of Art, Architecture and Photography books.

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