There are two great Thousand Oaks libraries; the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks (805.449.2660) and the local Newbury Park Branch is at 2331 Borchard Road (805.498.2139). These libraries provide year-round free events, activities and programs for all ages that from time to time will be summarized right here. Visit the library website at www.toaks.org/library to learn more.
(The programs below are updated periodically to remove past events)
Programs and Special Events
Note: 2016 Thousand Oaks Reads One City, One Book events are FREE and open to the public. 10th anniversary Book Selection is Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery.
Thursday, October 6, 6:30 – 8:00 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library - Interface Family Services of Ventura County Panel Discussion. Interface is the region’s most comprehensive nonprofit social services agency. This talk acknowledges October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
10/7, 10:30AM-12:15PM: Windows 10 Basics class at T.O. Library (Tech Training Room)
10/8, 9AM-Noon: Paramount Ranch Hike & Tour - show up at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills - no registration needed
10/8 10am to 5pm: Astronomy Day with Moonlight & Campsites at Newbury Park Library. Come learn about the moon and the stars! Bring the family to celebrate International Astronomy Day with the Ventura County Astronomical Society. Fun for all ages. More information at www.tolibrary.org or call 805-449-2660 option 7.
Sunday, October 9, 3:00 – 4:00pm •Grant R. Brimhall Library - Coast-to-Coast: Chris Coleman shares stories and the wisdom gained during his 1985 solo bicycle tour from Ventura to New York City in 26 days.
10/11, 2-4PM: Windows 10 Basics class at NP Library (Meeting Room)
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 – 8:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library- AAUW Panel Discussion. This American Association of University Women panel will explore the outdoor experiences of local women. Sponsored by AAUW Thousand Oaks.
Saturday, October 15, 11:00am – 12:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library - Teddy Bear Campout. Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed toy to the Library for an outdoor storywalk. Then, leave your fluffy pal for an overnight campout in the Library (and check our Facebook page to see what shenanigans go on after dark). Pick up your stuffed friend the next day.
Saturday, October 15, 3:00 – 4:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -Charles Fleming, the Los Angeles Times "Urban Hiking" columnist and author of Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles.
Sunday, October 16, 9:00 – 11:00am - Conejo Recreation and Park District Hike. A morning hike along Oak Creek Canyon Loop Trail, located near Los Robles Golf Course. Learn about the local flora and fauna as we go. Please SIGN UP at the Library Help Desk by October 10.
Thursday, October 20 7:30 – 9:00pm • California Lutheran University Lundring Events Center -- CLU Faculty Panel Discussion. Professors explore unique perspectives and offer thoughtful responses to many of the themes and issues presented in Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.
Friday, Oct 21 6pm - Dana Gioia Poetry Reading & Conversation at Thousand Oaks Library. Dana Gioia is California’s new Poet Laureate. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2015, Gioia serves as the state advocate for poetry and literature in libraries, classrooms and boardrooms across the state. An award-winning poet, Gioia is the author of Can Poetry Matter?, which is credited for helping revive poetry’s role in American public life. He is also the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts where he championed arts education. As state laureate, Gioia will work to inspire a new generation of writers and celebrate California’s great literary legacy. Mr. Gioia will be joined by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, and Zayan Reza, Ventura County Poetry Out Loud Student Champion. This program is free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 22, Two sessions: 10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library-- Book Arts Workshop. Join renowned book artist and teacher, Marcia Moore, in creating a handmade artist’s book based on themes from Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. All materials and tools for this free workshop will be supplied. No experience needed. Pre-registration is required at the Reference Desk, or call 805 449-2660, option 5.
Sunday, October 23, 3:00 – 4:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -- Dan White, author of Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping (2016), presents a "passionate, witty, and deeply engaging" look at the history of camping. Book sale and signing to follow Mr. White’s presentation.
Thursday October 27, 6:30 – 8:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. Learn more about the nation’s largest urban park with Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board Chairperson and avid hiker Don Robinson.
Saturday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library --Musician and music historian Saul Jacobs presents a lively afternoon of stories and music featuring iconic stars of the 1950s, including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin and more.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Dia de los Muertos at Newbury Park Library - Bring the family to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Newbury Park Library from 2-8pm. Come honor the lost loved ones and learn about this Mexican holiday with crafts, special music and outdoor movie night beginning at 6pm with the film "Book of Life" in the parking lot. Bring chair and your own snacks.
10/31: Halloween Festival at Thousand Oaks Library 4-6PM - Bring the little ones ages 3-6 to enjoy an non-scary Halloween with crafts, special stories, and a costume parade from 4-6pm. Crafts will be ongoing while storytimes are at 4:30 and 5:30 and the costume parade will be at 5pm. Library staff will be in costume for the event.
Saturday, November 5, 2:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -- Liz Thomas is an Appalachian Trail speed-hiking champion, outdoors blogger, and among the most experienced female hikers in the United States.
Sunday, November 6, 3:00 – 4:30pm • Civic Arts Plaza Kavli Theatre -- An Afternoon with Ben Montgomery, author of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Mr. Montgomery will discuss his book and answer audience questions. Mr. Montgomery will be introduced by the President of California Lutheran University, Dr. Chris Kimball. Book sale and signing following his talk.
Movie Matinees at Thousand Oaks Library
Monday, October 10, 1:00 PM - Wild -(Fox Searchlight, Rated R, 120 min., 2014) Starring: Reese Witherspoon & Laura Dern
Monday, October 17, 1:00 PM - A Walk in the Woods - (Route One Ent., Rated R, 144 min., 2015) Starring: Robert Redford & Nick Nolte
Monday, October 24, 1:00 PM - Into the Wild -(Paramount Vantage, Rated R, 148 min., 2007) Starring: Emile Hirsch & Marcia Gay Harden
Monday, October 31, 1:00 PM - Wild America (Warner Bros., Rated PG, 106 min., 1997) Starring: Jonathan Taylor Thomas
All movies are free and open to the public. Bring your own snacks to enjoy.
Movies at the Newbury Park Branch (all at 7PM)
Tuesday, October 4, The River Wild (Universal Pictures, Rated PG-13, 108 min., 1994)
Tuesday, October 11, Continental Divide (Universal Pictures, Rated PG, 103 min., 1981)
Wednesday, October 12, Southbounders (Independent Film by Ben Wagner, Unrated, 86 min., 2005)
Tuesday, October 18, Everest (Universal Pictures, Rated PG-13, 121 min., 2015)
Tuesday, October 25, The Blair Witch Project (Artisan Entertainment, Rated R, 81 min., 1999)
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Newbury Park Library: 5 consecutive Wednesday afternoons, October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2 at 1:00pm. 2009 documentary film series on the history of the national parks, directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales.
10/8, 2-3:30PM: Recycled Words - Teens 10-17 can make works of art out of old books or book pages with Art Trek and library staff at the T. O. Library
Community Book Discussions
Free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Monday, October 3, 7-8pm
• Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks
Thursday, October 6, 7-8pm
• Friendly Book Discussion, Grant R. Brimhall Library
Saturday, October 15, 11am-12pm
• Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road,
Wednesday, October 19, 7-8pm
• Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road,
Saturday, October 22, 11am-12pm • Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park,
For more information on Thousand Oaks Reads or any of these programs visit www.thousandoaksreads.org or call Margaret Douglas at the Library at 805-381-7357.