The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

The Ventura County Library has announced that they have been awarded a Building Forward Library Facilities Improvement Grant in the amount of $1,5400,001 from the California State Library for the Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme. These grants are intended to address critical maintenance needs, improve energy efficiency and sustainability, and expand digital and physical access. Thirty-four local libraries across California received funds during this year’s round of Building Forward grants earmarked by the governor and the Legislature to improve libraries in the state’s highest poverty areas. Ventura County Library Director Nancy Schram said that the state grant funds required a local match of $770,000. The funding will be provided via a 50/50 split by the Ventura County Library’s reserves and the City of Port Hueneme whose City Council voted in May this year to commit $385,000 to this project. The scope of work for the project will include major system upgrades, energy efficient lighting, new flooring, and enhanced access to the children’s program room that is too small to meet current demand.

Booklovers meet at the Library in January —
E.P. Foster Library introduces A Book Group for Book Groups
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, Tuesday, January 9, 2024 , 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Librarian Karen Cruze will inform you on how our libraries can help with your book club, what books we suggest for clubs, info on online book club sources and more (Including a special door prize for one lucky attendee!)

Wise Owls Book Club meets at Hill Road Library on Tuesday, January 16, 5 to 6 pm. Wise Owls is a quarterly Book Club for adults who enjoy reading children’s literature.
Winter selection: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Hill Road Library Book Club

returns Tuesday, January 30 at a new time: 4 to 5 pm. The Hill Road Book Club meets monthly on the last Tuesday. The January Book Club Selection is Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Visit the Hill Road Library to pick up the latest Book Club selections. To join the mailing list for book clubs held at Hill Road, please email [email protected]

Weekly Storytimes at the library introduce the joy of reading to infants and young children:

E.P. Foster Library: MONDAYS at 10:30 am
Ray D. Prueter Library, Port Hueneme: TUESDAYS at 10:30am
Avenue Library: TUESDAYS at 4 pm In English and Spanish
Hill Road Library: WEDNESDAYS at 10:30 am
For more information, call 805 626-READ

Ventura Friends of the Library Bookstore, 2nd Look Books, in E.P. Foster Library is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You can find great bargains in gently used children’s books, cooking and craft books and audio books. The items in our store are definitely worth a second look, from current novels to jigsaw puzzles to vintage books.

We also invite you to visit our online bookstore for local sales for more unique items in categories such as Art, Architecture & Photography and Performing Arts, Collectible & Vintage and Manga & Graphic Novels. When you make a purchase at the online store, you will receive an email letting you know when your order will be ready for pickup (in as few as 2 days) at the bookstore in E.P. Foster Library.

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