The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

Ventura author P. Scott Corbett will visit the Ojai Library at 2 pm on Saturday, March 23, to talk about his new trilogy of books: Harvest of Hunger, Fortune’s Retrieval, and Pursuing Shadows.

Meet the author who turned a lifelong passion for writing, China, and Asia into compelling historical fiction. Hear him discuss his works, the creative process, and publishing.

P. Scott Corbett received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas Columbia University. He has taught American history at the college level for over 30 years, including at Ventura College and CSUCI. He has also taught American history in China and Singapore.

The trilogy recounts the saga of four generations of an American family serving as missionaries and cultural ambassadors in China. Though a certain amount of literary license has been used in developing the narratives, they do track closely actual historical events and experiences of actual people encompassing the North China famine of 1920-21, war-torn China from 1937 to 1945 and China in the 1980s.

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

The Wise Owls Book Club, a book club for adults who enjoy reading children’s literature, meets at Hill Library on Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 pm to discuss Road The Complete Fairy Tales by George Macdonald. George MacDonald occupied a major position in the intellectual life of his Victorian contemporaries. This volume brings together all eleven of his shorter fairy stories as well as his essay “The Fantastic Imagination”. His children’s stories were profoundly experimental, questioning the association of childhood with purity and innocence, and the need to separate fairy tale wonder from adult skepticism and disbelief. To join the mailing list for this Book Club please email [email protected] Visit the Hill Road Library to pick up the latest selection.

Families and children are invited to visit the Hill Road Library at 3:14 pm on Thursday, March 14, to celebrate Pi Day — for the love of math … and pie. Pi Day is an annual celebration of math and learning, and it also happens to be Einstein’s birthday, so come and celebrate – make circle art, print π symbol cookie cutters on our 3D printer, and other fun Pi Day activities.

Discover Science on Saturday, March 23, 11:00 am to noon at Hill Road Library. This Rainbow in a Jar water density experiment with sugar uses only a few kitchen ingredients but produces an amazing science experiment for kids!

The Ventura County Library Foundation is bringing its Rising from the Ashes Home Tour back for its third year, on Saturday, April 20, 12:00 to 4:00 pm. This event, celebrating the strength and solidarity of the Ventura County community, features a select number of homes beautifully rebuilt after the Thomas Fire. To purchase tickets, visit Proceeds benefit the Ventura County Libraries.

2nd Look Books, the Ventura Friends of the Library Bookstore in E.P. Foster Library is now open 7 days a week.
Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
and Sundays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
New donations arrive every week and the stock in our store is regularly refreshed. With our extended hours, we could use more volunteers to staff the store. If you would like to help, please stop by the store and speak to a volunteer or email [email protected].

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