Upcoming Free Events and Programs at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura

Here is a compilation of upcoming planned events at the E.P. Foster Library. All events are free and open to the public. The Library is located in Historic Downtown Ventura, 651 East Main Street, Ventura. (805) 648-2716

www.vencolibrary.org/locations/epfoster

Altered Book Workshop

1/28 Wednesdays @ 6pm

Repurpose an old book into a new piece of art. Bring an old book and your imagination. Local artist Ron Smith will be leading this workshop. Some materials will be supplied but feel free to bring special items for your altered book.

Spocabulary

1/25 Wednesdays @ 6:30pm

This poetry performance and writing workshop with an open mic is geared towards high school and college students but all are welcome. Specific emphasis is on SLAM Poetry. Presented by Phil Taggart and Aaron Gardner.

Opera Santa Barbara Noontime Concert

2/10 Friday @ 12pm

Spend Your Lunch Hour listening to members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, who will perform a selection of popular opera arias and duets as well as some musical theatre pieces. The concert will also offer a “preview” of Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming productions.

Your First Ukulele Lesson

2/27 Monday @ 5:30pm

Just received a ukulele as a gift? Found an old ukulele in the closet? Well, we have the perfect opportunity for you to develop your ukulele skills with "Your first ukulele lesson". Our own Alan Ferentz will provide the musical instruction. 

Altered Book/Collage/Assemblage Workshop

2/25 Saturday @ 2-4pm

Join us for another crafty year of assemblage, collage and altered book crafting with Ron Smith.

Native Plant Society

2/21 Tuesday @ 6:30-9:00 in the Topping Room

"The Drought Defying California Garden” presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

Ongoing Events

Spanish Conversation Group

1/14, 21, & 28, 2/4, 11, 18, & 25   Saturdays @ 10:30am in the Rentfrow Room

Are you learning Spanish but need some practice speaking? Join this informal group to chat and practice your Español! Bring your own coffee     

Makerspace Open Workshop

2/1, 8, 15, & 22 Wednesdays @ 5-6 pm Come by the library on Wednesday evenings to learn more about our 3D printer and laser cutter—or to use them yourself! Ask the library staff about what you need to bring to print or engrave an item of your own, or just drop in to see what we’re up to in our library Makerspace, now upstairs!

Adult Coloring Book Break

12/14, 21, 28  Wednesdays @ 12-2pm

Join us in the library for some stress relieving coloring. Coloring sheets and pencils provided. Available from 12pm to 2pm so stop by for a minute or ten!    

Poetry Open Mic Night

1/5, 12, 19, & 26 and 2/2, 9, 16, & 23 Thursdays @ 7:30-9pm

On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to share their work. Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Ukulele Jam Session

2/13 & 27 Mondays @ 7-10pm

Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Spontaneous Chess

2/4, 11, 18, & 25 Saturdays @ 1pm

Calling all chess players! Keep your skills sharp with this one-hour, drop-in session of free play. Boards will be set up and ready to go. Bring your best moves!

Children’s Events

Family Coloring 12/17, 24, 31, 1/7, 14, 21, & 2 Saturdays @ 10:30am to noon - Saturday Family Coloring Fun!

Early Literacy Class

1/11, 17, 18, 24, 25, & 31 and 2/1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, & 2

Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am                                                                                                

A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library. Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

 Friday Films with Craft

2/3, 10, 17, & 24 Fridays @ 2:00pm

Films: Hook (3rd), Shaun the Sheep (10th), Frozen (17th), Mary Poppins(24th)

Join us each Friday for a film screening and a specially themed craft!

Valentine's Day Crafternoon

2/14 Tuesday @ 3:30pm 

Join us for a Valentine's Day themed crafternoon!

Dance Party!

2/10 Friday & 2/18 Saturday @ 10:00am in the Topping Room Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups.

STEAM Monthly

2/2 Thursday @ 10:30am-12pm

STEAM monthly will explore concepts related to science, technology, engineering, art, & math in fun and sometimes silly ways.

Lego Play                                                                                     

1/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 and 2/7, 14, 21, & 2  Tuesdays @ 3pm                       

Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Code Club: 1/4, 11, 18, & 25  Wednesdays @ 3:30 – 4:30pm on the children’s floor

New time in Feb: 2/1, 8, 15, & 22 Wednesdays @ 4-5pm in the Makerspac

Learn and have fun in the Code Club at the E.P. Foster Library!

Kids will be introduced to computer programming using Code.org and Scratch. They will build confidence in computer science through self-directed skill building, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. 

  • No computer experience needed
  • Aimed at kids 8 – 13
  • Bring your own laptop to connect and follow along
  • 10 library laptops will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis

Teen Happenings

Makerspace Open Workshop

1/4, 11, & 25 and 2/1, 8, 15, & 2 Wednesdays @ 5-6pm                                          

Come by the library on Wednesday evenings to learn more about our 3D printer and laser cutter—or to use them yourself! Ask the library staff about what you need to bring to print or engrave an item of your own, or just drop in to see what we’re up to in our library Makerspace, now upstairs!