The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

It’s time for another Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
at the Vons at Telegraph & Victoria
Children’s books – buy one get one Free (except graphic novels)
Puzzles; DVDs and CDs $1.00 each; Books on CD $1.50-$2.00 each

California State University, Channel Islands Library Lecture Series
Events are free and open to the public
Defining Regenerative Agriculture in California
Ojai Library Saturday, April 13, 2:00 pm
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is currently in the process of defining what the term regenerative agriculture means. Rachel Soper, Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Channel Islands, will explain all sides of the debate, drawing on public comments given during listening sessions and working group meetings to illustrate the point of view of those who think organic should be the baseline to regenerative, and those who think regenerative should be more inclusive than organic.

Dr. Rachel Soper’s publications are on the experiences of indigenous farmers in Ecuador, Black urban gardeners in San Diego, and farmworkers in Oxnard. She examines how each group fits into alternative food movements for food sovereignty and food justice. Dr. Soper is currently writing a book about sustainable, organic, and regenerative farmers in Ventura County. For more information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected].

Peering Into Darkness: Exploring the Deep Sea
Hill Road Library Sunday, April 21, 11:30 am
What makes the deep ocean a wondrous, mysterious environment? Dr. Geoffrey Dilly will discuss the strange adaptations deep ocean animals have developed, the human impact on this far-away ocean environment, and his own experiences in deep sea biology, including several dives on Alvin, the most widely recognized deep-sea submersible. For more information, contact Linda Cherry, Hill Road Librarian, [email protected]

The Ventura County Library Foundation is bringing its Rising from the Ashes Home Tour back for a third year, on Saturday, April 20, 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

The “Rising from the Ashes” Home Tour celebrates the strength and solidarity of the Ventura County community. Attendees can look forward to exploring homes rebuilt following the devastating Thomas Fire featuring a variety of architectural styles. The 2024 tour features five homes, a native plant garden, refreshments, live music, and more.

All proceeds from the home tour will directly support the Ventura County Library Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing Ventura County Library Services. The funds raised will contribute to a vast array of programs at Ventura County libraries, encompassing literacy, the arts, technology, and cultural lessons designed to engage and inspire library members of all ages throughout the county.

Tickets are $50 each. To purchase tickets, visit

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