The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

It’s time for another Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, January 27 , 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Vons at Telegraph & Victoria Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s, Manga, Comic Books, Graphic Novels Puzzles, Audiobooks, DVDs & CDs

Local Authors visit Ojai Library (111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai)

Therese Marie Duncan will visit the Ojai Library at 2 pm on Saturday, January 20, to talk about her new book, Lion Tamer Memoir: How It All Turned Out.
Lion Tamer Memoir is the author’s story of healing her relationship with her father after abuse. This debut work is a fast-paced, first-person, deep dive that reads like a novel. Readers have called it a manual for living that changed how they handle their relationships. Following a brief reading, Therese will answer any questions about her life and writing experiences. She will also give away a handout, “First Person, Themes, and Plot,” which outlines simple techniques for creating a memoir that reads like fiction. Therese Marie Duncan worked for seventeen years as an addictions counselor and now writes full time in Oak View.

Joseph M. Puglia will visit the Ojai Library at 2 pm on Saturday, January 27, to talk about his books Girl with the Purple Ribbon, Always Return, Redemption, and Campfires with Dr. Joe. His talk will focus on the evolution of the novel as it relates to characterization, themes, scenes, and plots. Puglia will reference the classics as his characters explore the proverbial question: “What makes life significant?” Joseph Puglia has worked the docks of NYC, counseled street gangs, boxed, hustled beer at Yankee Stadium, been a newspaper columnist, spent 10 years in the Marines as an officer and taught college. His undergraduate studies were in classics, his masters in counseling psychology, and his doctorate in sports psychology.

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

Career Coaching to be Offered at Ojai and Piru Libraries

Ventura County Library, in partnership with the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC), announces an upcoming series for job seekers. Ventura County WORKS will offer free one-on-one career coaching at the Ojai and Piru Libraries. Coaching is free, registration is not required, and drop-ins are welcome. Workshops will be offered at Ojai Library every other Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m, beginning Jan. 11 and at Piru Library (3811 Center Street, Piru), every other Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m, beginning Jan. 9.

For more information about this program, see the website or contact Ventura County Library Education, Literacy, and Outreach Manager Antonio Apodaca at [email protected] or (805) 677-7159

The Hill Road Library Book Club returns Tuesday, January 30 at a new time: 4 to 5 pm to discuss Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Pick up the latest Book Club selection at Hill Road Library. To join the mailing list, please email [email protected]

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. Our store offerings 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. Orders are picked up at our bookstore in E.P. Foster Library.

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