There are two great Thousand Oaks libraries; the Grant R. Brimhall (GRB) Library at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks (805.449.2660) and the local Newbury Park Branch (NPB) is at 2331 Borchard Road (805.498.2139). These libraries provide year-round free events, activities and programs for all ages. Selected events from time to time will be covered 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
Free Tuesday Night Movie Screenings at NP Library (6:30pm):
12/4 - Elf
12/11 - Krampus
12/18 - A Christmas Story
Monday Movie Matinees at T.O. Library at 1pm:
12/3 The Rider (2018 R, 104 min)
12/17: Four Christmases (2008 PG-13, 88 min)
Wed 12/12 6-8PM: Open Mic Poetry Night at T.O. Library - Join a diverse local poetry community to read, listen, encourage, and inspire. In partnership with Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, and host Ken Jones.
Crafternoon Special Holiday Date: “Gift Bows” — Learn how to make your own gift bows from recycled magazine pages. This fun and easy craft will help you get ready for the holidays, or for any occasion, which will be held in the Grant R. Brimhall Technology Training Room on November 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun 12/2 2-3:30PM at T.O. Library - Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: The Digital Concert Network
The Digital Concert Network is an exclusive network designed to provide free digital content of the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. As an affiliate, the Thousand Oaks Library can present this screening. Peter Gordon, Director of New Initiatives – Music Industry, of CLU will present a short pre-concert talk engaging about the instrumentation, the music and the composer.
Big Band Holidays Sunday
Every December, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings this Grammy Award–nominated holiday extravaganza to Rose Theater for a series of sold-out shows. With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, Big Band Holidays is an uplifting tradition. In addition to some swinging JLCO instrumentals, special guest vocalists join the band each season for imaginative new versions of classics like “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas, Baby.” Join us on December 2nd for a free screening in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Homemade Cards and Gifts by Teens — Teens grades 6-12 can make homemade cards and gifts to give away for the holidays. Decorate and give away a tote bag. Create various crafts using duct tape, discarded books and other materials. Program will take place on Tuesday, November 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room, Wednesday, November 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room, and Tuesday, December 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Teen Book Discussion — A friendly book discussion will be held on Tuesday, December 18, at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Teens can come discuss their favorite fantasy books and learn about other books they may be interested in. Grades 6-8 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and Grades 9-12 from 7 to 7:45 p.m.
Virtual Reality Oculus Rift — Sign up for a 10-minute session to try out the Virtual Reality Oculus Rift system’s various programs. Ages 13 and older only. Held in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Tech Training Room on Friday, November 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Literary Potatoes — Celebrate Picture Book Month by decorating a potato as your favorite book character! Recommended for school age. This program will take place on Wednesday, November 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room and Monday, November 26, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Mon 12/3 5:30-6:30PM at NP Library - Hour of Code for older elementary school students. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" to show children that they can learn the basics of coding. Bring your kids to learn during one of the Library's Hour of Code sessions where they will receive assistance from library staff.
The rescheduled Party Puppet Show will be on Saturday, December 8th. Same day performances at the Grant R. Brimhall Library @ 11:00 a.m. & Newbury Park Library @ 2:00 p.m. Join us for this fun, 45-minute puppet show!
Wed 12/12 6-7PM at NP Library - Make & Take: Gingerbread House - Create a "Gingerbread" House using graham crackers and icing and embellish your house with decorative candy. Space is limited. Registration Required. Register at the Reference Desk or call (805) 449-2660 option 7. Participants’ spots will be given away if they are more than 10 minutes late. For school age kids.