The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

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 following the devastating Thomas Fire. Attendees can look forward to exploring homes rebuilt after the 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

California State University, Channel Islands Broome Library Lecture Series

Faculty from disciplines across the CSUCI campus participate in these unique and informal lectures at local libraries throughout the county as a way to engage with the broader public and participate in community outreach. Events are free and open to the public.

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]

Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Hill Road Library Tuesday, May 7, 5:00 pm

Shakespeare’s plays are known world-wide and have shaped our languages and literary imaginations for centuries.

But is Willam Shakespeare truly the author of the works we know as “Shakespeare’s”?

English Professor Bob Mayberry will host a presentation and discussion of the myths, legends, and theories

surrounding the authorship of what we know as “Shakespeare” as part of the Broome Library Lecture Series.

Professor Mayberry has taught classes on English, poetry, composition, swearing, and even baseball literature during his 16 years at CSU-CI,

For additional information, contact Linda Cherry, Hill Road Librarian, at [email protected]

The Ventura Friends of the Library Bookstore in E.P. Foster Library

2nd Look Books
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.

We also invite you to visit our online bookstore for local sales for unique items, including Manga, Vintage, Art and Architecture. In April, the Music category is 10% off. Find the link at our website: Orders are picked up at our bookstore in E.P. Foster Library.

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