Upcoming Events and Free Programs at the Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park Branch Libraries

 Thousand Oaks (Grant R. Brimhall) Library.

Thousand Oaks (Grant R. Brimhall) Library.

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):

  • 9/25: Celebration Day (Led Zeppelin) (2012 NR)

  • 10/2: Carrie (2013 R)

  • 10/9: Se7en (1995 R)

  • 10/16: The Others (2001 PG-13)

  • 10/23: A Quiet Place (2018 PG-13)

  • 10/30: Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 R)

Monday Movie Matinees at T.O. Library at 1pm:

  • 9/24: A Quiet Place (2018 PG-13)

  • 10/8: Tomb Raider (2018 PG-13)

  • 10/22: Oceans 8 (2018 PG-13)

Halloween Movie Series at Thousand Oaks Library (6pm)

  • 10/28: Hocus Pocus (1993 PG) - Three 17th-century witches, hanged for their murderous crimes, are resurrected on Halloween in modern-day Salem by an unsuspecting boy, who must now figure out how to get them back in the ground.

  • 10/29: Goosebumps (2015 PG) - Teens and a horror writer battle the author's monstrous creations after they come to life and wreak havoc on their small town.

  • 10/30: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 PG) - Tale about Jack Skellington's plan to kidnap Santa Claus and celebrate a very different Christmas.

9/26 6-8pm - Open Mic Poetry Night at NP 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. 

The Basics of Memory Loss — Alzheimer's is not normal aging. It's a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the stages, risk factors, current research, treatments, and more. The speaker is from the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter. Staying Well Series continues October 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library in the Community Room.

Trivia Challenge — Calling all trivia buffs! Teams of two compete for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. All ages and spectators welcome. Find a partner and join the fun on October 7 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library in the Community Room. 1st Sunday of each month.

10/10 6-8pm - Open Mic Poetry Night at NP 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. 

10/21 2-3pm Joey Leone Blues History at T.O. Library - The history of American blues comes to life in this performance by music historian and acclaimed guitarist Joey Leone and his band. Featuring songs, historical facts, and personal stories from Joey from his days playing and touring with blues legends like Etta James, Otis Rush, Wilson Pickett, Chubby Checker, The Coasters, and even Bruce Willis!  Leone combines his years of experience as a touring musician with his love of the blues in this one-of-a-kind show.

10/24 6-8pm - Open Mic Poetry Night at NP 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. 

Teen Programs

Star Wars Reads  Come to the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall and Newbury Park Libraries for a Star Wars® Reads in the month of October. There will be Star Wars® themed displays and activities such as crossword puzzles, scavenger hunts and origami. See what your favorite Star Wars® characters might do if they visited the Library. Additionally, join us on Monday, October 15, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. to come play Beat Saber, a virtual reality rhythm game with the Oculus Rift system at the Grant R. Brimhall Technology Training Room.

Teen Read Week — “It’s Written in the Stars” will be during the week of October 7 - 13. Come to the Library to get special bookmarks, join a Science Fiction Book Discussion for Teens, and enter a Redesign the Book Cover Art Show. The Teen Science Fiction Book Discussion will be on Tuesday, October 9 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room where teens can come discuss their favorite science fiction books and learn about other books they may be interested in. Grades 6 - 8 from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. and Grades 9 -12 from 7 - 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9. Teens can also pick up a form to Redesign a Book Cover Art Show and submit it to the Library. Approved entries will be displayed throughout the Libraries and teens may be awarded prizes for their submissions.

Let’s Make A Monster — Come to the Library to make Frankentoys utilizing the MAKER program to create and keep your very own Frankentoy, using toy parts and LEDs. This event will be at the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room Wednesday, October 24, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Saturday, October 27, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Dia De Los Muertos —Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at the Newbury Park Library Saturday, November 3. Join us from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. for crafts, games, face painting, and a day to learn about and celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. At 11 a.m. join us for the movie Coco (2017), and at 2 p.m. join us for a performance by the Mariachi Band from California Lutheran University.

Kids' Programs

9/19 2-3pm - Rube Machine STEAM Program at NP Library (ages 8-18) - Use your imagination to create a Rube Machine and watch marbles roll through the tunnels you've helped engineer!

9/25 4-5pm - Rube Machine STEAM Program at T.O. Library (ages 8-18) - Use your imagination to create a Rube Machine and watch marbles roll through the tunnels you've helped engineer!

10/13 11-11:45am at NP Library and 2-2:45pm at T.O. Library - Veteran performer Mark Beckwith performs an interactive theatrical-style program that teaches kindness through stories, humor, puppetry, and songs. For ages 4+

10/15 2pm - Movie Matinee "Paddington 2" (2017 PG) at T.O. Library

10/18 2pm Movie Matinee "Peter Rabbit (2018 PG) at NP Library

10/31: Halloween Festival at TO Library 4-6PM - Bring the little ones to enjoy Halloween at the Library with games, craft tables, stories, and a costume parade. Ages 3-6 • Crafts 4:00–6:00pm • Stories 4:30 & 5:30pm • Parade 5:00pm