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):

  • 1/22: The Astronaut Farmer (PG-13, 104 min, 2006)

  • 1/29: Apollo 13 (PG, 140 min, 1995)

  • 2/5: Space Cowboys (Rated PG-13, 130 min., 2000)

  • 2/12: Contact (Rated PG, 150 min., 1997)

  • 2/19: Solaris (Rated PG-13, 120 min., 2002)

  • 2/26: The Martian (Rated PG-13, 99 min., 2002)

  • 3/5: Hidden Figures (Rated PG, 127 min., 2016)

  • 3/12: Interstellar (Rated PG-13, 169 min., 2014)

  • 3/19: Gravity (Rated PG-13, 91 min., 2013)

  • 3/26: First Man (Rated PG-13, 142 min., 2018)

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

  • 1/28: Puzzle (2018, R, 103 min)

  • 2/11: The House with a Clock in Its Walls,  PG, 2018,  104 min

  • 2/25: Searching - PG-13, 2018, 101 min

Adult and Family Programs

Weekly on Tuesdays, 1/8/19 to 2/12/19 1-2pm - Beginning Tai Chi at T.O. Library Community Room - Join instructor Ron Hickman to discover how Tai Chi can help to improve your balance, increase your range of motion and lower blood pressure. Must be able to stand unassisted for an hour. (6 week series)

Ventura County Master Gardeners Series 6:30-8PM at T.O. Library:

  • 2/11/19: Create a Water Wise Garden

  • 3/11/19: Garden Design 101 for a Water Wise Garden

  • 4/8/19: Lawn Alternatives, Removal and Composting

  • 5/13/19: Water Wise Plant Selection and Maintenance

Beginning Genealogy: 20 tips - Jim Cyr will talk about the top genealogy software, genealogy book websites, and the Thousand Oaks Library beginner books on January 22 at 5:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. www.conejovalleygenealogicalsociety.org.

1/23/19 6-8PM - Open Mic Poetry Night at TO 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.

Sat 1/26 11am to noon - Home Organization Program - TO Library - Start the new year by turning your home into the retreat you know you want, by designing with a purpose. Cynthia Montoya of Urban Gypsy Styled gives insights into design functionality along with beauty to allow you creatively organizing and paint the canvas where your memories will be made for years to come.

1/28/19 1-2PM at TO Library - Healthy Habits for a Healthy You - One hour workshop for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible. At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also keep our brains healthy as we age and possible delay the onset of cognitive decline. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association California Central Coast Chapter

2/8/19 7-9PM Thousand Oaks Library Community Room - The Dish is an Australian film, starring Sam Neill and Patrick Warburton about the role of the Parkes Observatory in relaying live television of man’s first steps on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It was the top grossing Australian film in Australiia in 2000.

Special Guest Patrick Warburton, who stars in the film, will introduce the film and do some Q&A afterwards Patrick Warburton, American actor and voice artist, has starred in Seinfeld, Dave’s World, The Tick, Rules of Engagement, and is currently playing the lead role in the Netflix Original, A Series of Unfortunate Events as Lemony Snicket. His many voice-over roles include Joe from Family Guy and Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove. Seating is limited.

2/10/19 2-3:30pm - Blues & Jazz Program at T.O. Library - Performer Saul Jacobs and pianist Bob Lipton play and talk about the pioneers, innovators, and visionaries who are part of the history of blues and jazz. Part of the Golden Age of American Popular Music series.

2/16/19 Noon to 4pm - Space Comedy Double Feature: Noon - Mars Attacks! This quirky science fiction comedy comically parodies the science-fiction film of the 50s and 60s. Directed by Tim Burton and staring Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, and Glenn Close. Rated PG-13. 2pm - Men in Black

3/7/19 6:30-7:30pm at T.O. Library - “Talking to the Stars” - Jim Lux of JPL will describe how we use the Deep Space Network (DSN) to communicate with spacecraft at the Moon, Mars, and past the end of the Solar System. He’ll discuss the challenges of communicating with a lander that’s not visible from Earth, and how cubesats like the MarCO relays (Wall-E and Eve) enabled controllers on the ground to know that Insight had landed successfully a few minutes after it happened.

Jim Lux is part of the Communications, Radar, and Tracking Division at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently managing the DARPA High Frequency Research (DHFR) Space Testbed, a cubesat measures tiny signals from galaxy’s center from above the ionosphere. Mr. Lux has been at JPL for 19 years, following award winning work in physical special effects for film and TV, design and development of electronic warfare.

Teen Programs

Trivia & Word Puzzles

Visit our libraries for new word puzzles and trivia every month. Youth grades 6-12 can guess and enter for the chance to win a prize. Use your knowledge to win at the Library.

Virtual Reality @ The Library

Sign up for a 10-minute session to try the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality system and games to be held the fourth Friday of the month. Next session is January 25, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Tech Training Room.

Practice SAT Test with Revolutionary Prep

Revolutionary Prep will be proctoring a practice SAT test and can provide feedback and insight on a student’s multiple-choice answers and essay. Participation will require setting up a free account with Revolutionary Prep to submit test and essay for feedback. Sign-up ahead of time at the Library reference desk to take the free practice SAT test. Practice test will take place on February 2, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Sign in at 7:30 a.m.

Kids' Programs