The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson

Ventura County Library invites kids, teens and adults to register  for the Summer Reading Program:  Read, Renew, Repeat  at

 All may record their reading  with opportunities to win prizes for reaching reading goals.  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. 

Saving Wildlife International is  the featured performer this summer, showcasing a  commitment to wildlife conservation, which ties in with the Summer Reading theme.  Saving Wildlife International brings its unique live animal presentation to

  • Avenue Library       on  Saturday, June 15,  11 am to noon
  • Saticoy Library        on   Saturday, June 15,  2 to 3 pm
  • E.P. Foster Library  on Tuesday, June 18,  11am to noon
  • Hill Road Library    on  Tuesday, June 18,  3 to 4 pm

Next up – Science Heroes  reveal secrets of chemical reactions, the transfer of energy, physical explosions, and more,  in  the course  of  an “Adventure of the Lost Treasure”.  

Experiment with adventure! Help act out a story about a lost treasure deep within the jungle.

  • E.P. Foster Library: Tuesday, June 25, 11 am to noon 
  • Saticoy Library: Tuesday, June 25, 3 to 4 pm
  • Avenue Library: Wednesday, June 26, 3 to 4 pm 
  • Hill Road Library: Thursday, June 27, 3 to 4 pm

Then learn all about bees with Ventura Bee Rescue 

  • Avenue Library: Monday, July 1, 1:00 pm
  • Saticoy Library: Monday, July 1, 4:00 pm
  • E.P. Foster Library: Thursday, July 11, 11:00 am 
  •  Hill Road Library: Thursday, July 11, 3:00 pm

E.P. Foster Library invites teens 13 to17 years old to  Become  Summer Teen Volunteers!

Whether you’re passionate about  helping others, looking to build your resume, or just want to stay busy during the break, the library has opportunities for you!  

What You’ll Do:  Assist with children’s library events  and programs. Gain leadership skills.

Requirements: Teens aged 13-17 who are enthusiastic, reliable, and eager to make a difference. Be able to commit and complete 14 hours of service between June 26-August 16. Stop by the library and pick up a volunteer application. Contact: [email protected]


Students in 3rd  to 6th grade can dive into the world of coding in E.P. Foster’s 6 session summer Coding Dojo. Learn the basics of coding, create your own games and explore the world of  technology.

Registration required, space is limited.  Coder Dojo runs 6 sessions  June 26 – July 31, Wednesdays @ 3:30 – 5 pm

Register Online:

E.P. Foster Library also offers a new book club  recommended for 3rd – 6th graders.  

The Graphic Novel Guild explores exciting stories with amazing artwork and a creative activity related to the story. Space is limited.  Sign up at the 2nd floor desk and  pick up a copy of the first read!  Meeting Dates:  June 25,  July 23 & August 27 @ 4 – 5 pm

For questions about what’s happening at any of the library branches, call (805) 626-READ.

And, when you visit E.P. Foster Library, please stop by 2nd  Look Books, Ventura Friends of the Library bookstore on the first floor for beach books, jigsaw puzzles and more summer reading for kids! 

Our next large book sale will be on July 13, 10 am to 3 pm in front of the Vons at Telegraph and Victoria!

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