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):
9/24: Avengers: Endgame (2019, PG-13, 180 min) - After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.
10/1: Us (R, 116 min, 2019)
10/8: Pet Sematary (R, 101 min, 2019)
10/15: Hellboy (R, 121 min, 2019)
10/22: The Dead Don’t Die (R, 104 min, 2019)
20/29: Ready or Not (R, 95 min, 2019)
Monday Movie Matinees at T.O. Library at 1pm:
9/23: All is True (2019, PG-13, 101 min) - A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.
10/14: A Dog’s Journey (2019, PG, 108 min)
10/28: Avengers Endgame (2019, PG-13, 180 min)
Adult and Family Programs
Open Mic Poetry Night
Join a diverse local poetry community to read, listen, encourage, and inspire. In partnership with the Ventura County Art Council and hosted by Ken Jones on September 25, 2019 (fourth Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.
ESL Conversation Group
Practice speaking English with other adults and meet new people in an informal & friendly group setting. Laubach Literacy trained staff and ESL trained volunteers provide tutoring to adults seeking to learn English on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Conference Room.
Dungeons & Dragons
Adventurers old and new take part in the classic role-playing game. Sign up is required to play. Register at Information Desk or call (805) 449-2660, option #5. Grouped by age 10 to 14 and 15+. The game will take place on September 28, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.
Open Mic Poetry Night
Join a diverse local poetry community to read, listen, encourage, and inspire. In partnership with the Ventura County Art Council and hosted by Ken Jones on October 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library. Featured reader Holaday Mason will be reading on September 25, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library.
Adult Crafternoon: Collage
Use various types of paper to create a collage on September 20, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library. Let your imagination run wild! All supplies are provided. Program is intended for Teens and Adults only.
9/21 9am-Noon - WriteFest ‘19 - Two of Ventura County’s wordsmithing powerhouses have joined together for WriteFest ’19. The Ventura County Writers Club and the Thousand Oaks Library invite anyone interested in writing to attend this inspiring event. Advance registration is required. The conference will feature speakers Rebecca Langston-George and Bruce Hale. Langston-George will demonstrate how to amp your draft through purposeful revision. She is the author of 12 books including The Right to Learn: Malala Yousafizai’s Story. Hale will speak on sinking the depth charge of suspense in all genres. He has written and /or illustrated more than 50 books for kids.
10/10 6:30-7:30pm T.O. Library: On and Available-Everyone and Everywhere: The New World of Work Created with Technology (CSUCI Lecture)
Speaker: Dr. Parul Malik, Professor of Communication
The nature of work has been changing due to the spread of information and communication technologies. Work is now an activity rather than a place. Work now includes non-standard employment like temporary, agency, outsourced work and independent contracting. The rise of on-demand platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk ™, Etsy™, TaskRabbit™, and Uber™ give control to workers and deliver the promise of entrepreneurship to the masses.
Adult Coloring: Halloween theme
Relax with friends and other coloring enthusiasts the second Friday of each month. Materials provided. Program will take place on October 11, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Program is intended for Teens and Adults only.
When we share a story, we share the world. Join us for a reading of selected stories, read on stage by the authors on October 11, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Grant R. Brimhall Library. Selected storytellers open their hearts for a glimpse into their world. Stories are funny, poignant or compelling, and all true. Audience favorite wins a prize!
Ventura County Master Gardeners: Landscaping for Fire
The Master Gardeners share their expertise about a variety of gardening topics. Learn about Landscaping for Fire with Dani Brusius on October 15, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Financial Literacy - How Money Works: The Rule of 72
Learn how to make your hard-earned money work for you, creating financial independence, and developing a financial strategy for you and your family. Workshop will be on October 16, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Adult Crafternoon: Leaf Candle Holder
Grab a friend or two and come decoupage a candle holder. Great for decorating for the season, or to give as a gift. All supplies will be provided. Program will be on October 18, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Sundays On Stage: Billy Kemp
From the Land of Plenty, Billy Kemp is a Baltimore native who is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, but best known for his inventive guitar playing. Reviewed as “having a collection of down-to-earth tales punctuated by vivid lyrics and crisp guitar work.” Concert will be held on October 20, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Pianist Cliff Retallick: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Experience the restored silent film classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with Lon Chaney as it was originally viewed with live piano accompaniment. Cliff Retallick. Mr. Retallick is a well-known accompanist who has provided music for the UCLA Festival of Preservation, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, and L.A.’s Silent Movie Theater. Program will be held on October 27, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Pencil & Pen Pouches
Make a one of a kind pencil case out of old book & comic pages on September 19, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library and September 26, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library.
SAT & ACT Exam Resources
Come to the Library and ask about our SAT & ACT resources to help students study for the exams.
Frankentoys – Create Your Own Monster
Create your very own Frankentoy Monster on October 9, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library and October 23, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Space at Grant R. Brimhall Library.
Video Games & Oculus Virtual Reality
Explore new worlds through games and virtual reality on October 10, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library.
Wizard Rock Concert
Stephanie Anderson perform as Tonks and the Aurors in a Wizard Rock Concert. Music will be original book and library themed songs. Concert will be on October 26, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45pm in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with crafts and activities at Newbury Park Library on November 2, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Listen to a Bilingual Storytime from 11:00-11:45 a.m. and enjoy California Lutheran University’s Mariachi Band from 2:00p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
9/28 2-2:45PM at T.O. Library - The Billy Bonkers Magic Show is 45 minutes of fun, interaction and learning for the whole family with a unique British twist! Ages 5 and up.
Readers of all levels and abilities are invited to come and read to a certified therapy dog. Dog Days are the first Thursday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library and every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Grant R. Brimhall Library.
Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade can get homework help from volunteers on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Grant R. Brimhall Library and Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library.
Lego Play & Rube Machine
Play with Legos and construct a Rube Machine on October 2, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library and October 21 from 4:00 to 5:00pm at Grant R. Brimhall Library. DUPLO® bricks are available for younger builders. Program is recommended for school age children.
Annual Fright Fest
Enjoy a Tim Burton double feature on October 31, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library! Come in costume to this after school family Halloween event.
Halloween Festival @ Your Library
Bring the little ones to enjoy Halloween at the Library with craft and games on October 31, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Grant R. Brimhall Library. The program is intended for ages 3-6 and will be held in the children’s library.