FOL Book Sale at the Fourth of July Street Fair

While E.P. Foster Library will be closed on July 4 along with all other Ventura County Library branches in observance of Independence Day, the City of Ventura will be putting on its annual 4th of July Street Fair—and the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will be there!

Along with E.P. Foster TAG, the Friends will be holding a special book sale during the street fair. Stop by downtown for some great deals on great books and other materials, and then see what the rest of the fair has to offer!

Red, white, and blue 3D-printed figurines stand in front of books for sale by the Friends of the Library.

Ventura Region Summer Reading for Adults 2015

The San Buenaventura Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring the Ventura Region’s Summer Reading for Adults!

Through August 13, you can enter once weekly by filling out our online form. All we need is your name and the title of the book you read and you’ll be a part of our weekly drawing. Prizes include gift cards for local businesses and an Amazon Kindle.

Every person who enters can select one of the Ventura Region libraries (AvenueE.P. Foster, or Saticoy) to pick up their prizes. For more information, call or drop by one of these locations!

Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play!

Children build bridges from multicolored Lego bricks to connect two stacks of books.

Last month the staff at E.P. Foster Library introduced a new activity for the summer: the Lego LAB Workshop! This exciting new series is a great way for kids of all ages to exercise their creativity in an educational environment.

This program takes place on alternating Tuesdays (between Makeshop classes) at 3 p.m. For each Tuesday session library staff will issue a challenge to the builders—like this bridge-making challenge from last week. Participants can join the challenge to learn basic engineering and design concepts or just engage in creative building.

In addition, every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. we'll have Lego Play, which focuses exclusively on open building. Visit the Library LAB page or call the library for more information on these workshops!

Wabi-sabi and Zen

Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble.

A weathered metal handle on a wooden door.

Writer Patricia Ward explains that “Wabi denotes simplicity and quietude and incorporates rustic beauty, such as patterns found in straw, bamboo, clay, or stone. It refers to both that which is made by nature and that which is made by man. Sabi refers to the patina of age, the concept that changes due to use may make an object more beautiful and valuable. This incorporates an appreciation of the cycles of life and careful, artful mending of damage.”

An autumn tree branch with several red berries.

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. 

Rabbit tracks in the snow.

Photographers can capture this aesthetic when we take images of worn items, used pottery, weathered wood, or utensils that have been broken and lovingly repaired. A photograph itself can also be considered wabi-sabi when the subject is impermanent or transient, such as cloud formations, sunsets, rainbows, etc.

An old, cracked stone bowl filled with plant material.

The Ventura County Library has books on wabi-sabi and zen, as well as electronic resources on zen and an eBook on wabi-sabi for artists.


Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

Stuart Tower reads from his new book “BRANKO”

Author Stuart Tower to read from his new book

The story of Branko Horvitch is a celebration of unyielding determination in the face of
near overwhelming challenges. 

Come Create at the Ojai Library

Crafternoon Mon & Wed 2 P.M.

Early Learning Center Grand Opening @ Foster

The library's new Early Learning Center incorporates education and play to promote early literacy skills.

E.P. Foster Library has been developing a new Early Learning Center on the second floor, and on Wednesday, July 1, we will be holding a special ceremony to mark its grand opening!

The new center was established thanks to donations from the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. It will serve as a place for children and parents to work on early literacy skills.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., just before the Nifty Balloon Show. Come and see what the Early Learning Center is all about!

David's Dish: Bee Sting Honey

The cover of the book "Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love."

I was in the mood for a spicy, sweet treat. I didn’t want something too complicated to make and wanted to keep the cooking to a minimum—it’s summer, after all. Perusing the stacks at E.P. Foster Library proved futile; nothing struck my fancy. As I checked in returning library books I came across an interesting cookbook: Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love, by Cheryl and Griffith Day.

I flipped open the book to page 284 and found my long-lost love: Bee Sting Honey! Ah, the cheeky-looking honey bear stuffed with honey—a sight to behold! The book is worth checking out for that picture alone! Bee Sting Honey would meet all the requirements of my mood: sweet, spicy, and easy to make. Bee Sting Honey is the most smashing condiment known to man, and so I made some.

Most of the ingredients I had on hand, however one ingredient caused me a world of trouble to find. It was red pepper flakes, and eventually in the cupboard I found some red pepper flake packets from a long since devoured pizza purchase.

In my medium nonreactive saucepan I brought all five ingredients to a boil: the honey, cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, red pepper, and fine sea salt. The ingredients then cooled and I poured them into my honey bear. I served the Bee Sting Honey with sourdough bread and baked brie—fantastic!

Photo features the iconic bear-shaped honey container and other ingredients.

*****David’s Dish


Check out the book at Saticoy Library, or put it on hold—we will send it to you. If there are any cookbooks in Foster Library’s collection that you would like me to try out, please leave the title on our Facebook page and I’ll get cooking!

Crafternoon Comes to E.P. Foster Library!

Starting on Thursday, June 25, E.P. Foster Library will begin hosting a new series of special Crafternoons every week at 2 p.m.

During this time children of all ages can take part in various craft activities on the second floor of the library. For additional information, call the library and ask for our youth librarian.

Come join us for these special Crafternoons. Get your craft on in the afternoon at Foster!

Library LAB Makeshop: Ethanol Fuel @ Foster

Our second Makeshop class is happening at E.P. Foster Library on Tuesday, June 23! Makeshop events are put on through our Library LAB and are tailored for elementary and middle-school students.

This class will continue our discussion of alternative energy with a demonstration of an ethanol-fueled motor. Participants will then do an activity where they will design and create working circuits using conductive ink and LEDs!

This free event begins at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the library. Call the library or visit the Library LAB website for more information.

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