The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

Ventura County Library launched its Read, Renew, Repeat summer reading program on May 15.

Participants — kids, teens and adults – may register at and record their reading with opportunities to win prizes for reaching reading goals. Each branch has a set of 4 Disneyland tickets to give away as a grand prize. Youth may visit their local branch to choose a free new book to add to their personal collection when signing up, a special sustainable prize for completing 500 minutes of reading and another free book for completing 1000 minutes. During the next few months, the library will host a range of free activities for children and teens to support a love of reading.

Saving Wildlife International is the featured performer this summer, showcasing a commitment to wildlife conservation, which ties in with the Summer Reading theme: Read, Renew, Repeat.
Saving Wildlife International brings its unique live animal presentation to
– Avenue Library, Saturday, June 15, 11am to noon
– Saticoy Library, Saturday, June 15, 2 to 3 pm
– E.P. Foster Library, Tuesday, June 18, 11am to noon
– Hill Road Library, Tuesday, June 18, 3 to 4 pm

Storytimes for children birth to 5 years are held at E.P. Foster Library MONDAYS at 10:30 am on the 2nd Floor; At Avenue Library, TUESDAYS at 4 pm in English and Spanish, n the children’s area and at Hill Road Library, Wednesdays at 10:30 am.

Maker Lab is open at Hill Road Library on Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Participate in a Lego Challenge on May 30 and June 20; create California native wildflower seed bombs and garden fairy wands to beautify your outdoor space on June 6; arrive no later than 3:35 pm for Slime Time on June 13 (space limited to 30 participants).

Movie Mondays! Family Film Fest and Coloring begins at Hill Road Library on Monday, June 10, 3:30 pm with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Mayhem. Hill Road Library offers Game On! Board Games for all ages on Sundays, 11 am to 1 pm. Drop by and choose from over 35 games to play! For all ages. Fun for families or a great reason to meet with friends.

Avenue Library invites all to Stay and Play. Families are welcome to free coloring pages for all ages. Crayons and colored pencils are provided for in-house use. Board games, card games, puzzles and more are available during open hours.

For additional information about the summer reading program, contact Molly Krill, Ventura County Library Youth Services Manager at (805) 677-7170. For questions about what’s happening at individual branches, call (805) 626-READ.

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.

Find your beach books, jigsaw puzzles and more summer reading for kids! New donations arrive every week and the stock in our store is regularly refreshed.

With extended hours, the library 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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