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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.

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!

Summer Cosplay

Summer is finally here, and for many it’s more than just vacation time—it’s cosplay time. Fans of comics, manga, movies, and anime will soon be converging on Comic Con and Anime Expo, all decked out as their favorite characters. For the uninitiated, cosplay—or costume play—is what I like to call “Halloween for Grownups,” but really, it’s more than that. Rather than just putting on a store-bought costume, cosplayers often make their creations by hand, down to the smallest detail. They embody the character they are portraying, showing true devotion unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

With cosplay growing in popularity, there are finally some books available that offer ideas and advice on how to get started, many of which are now available in the library. One such book is called 1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas, by YaYa Han, Allison DeBlasio, and Joey Marsocci. The book is made up of a collection of photographs of cosplayers from around the world, dressed as a range of characters from anime, manga, comics, television, movies, and books. There are even sections devoted to original characters and props.

While it lacks any real instruction on making costumes, this book more than makes up for it with the beautifully-done photographs that fill its pages. The pictures were submitted by everyday people, like you and me, from all walks of life and with all sorts of interests. While you might see some familiar characters, you’ll also see some you may never have even heard of before. The book, I think, is more about encouraging and inspiring people to try something new, to venture out of their comfort zones. If these people can do it, then so can you. It’s more about the ideas than the instruction.

For a book that focuses on real instruction, I would recommend Cosplay Basics: A beginner’s guide to the art of costume play by Yuki Takasou. Inside this book you will see chapters on making costumes including props and wigs; purchasing costumes with instructions on alterations; hair and makeup; participating in an event, such as the San Diego Comic Con; and taking pictures. Each chapter includes helpful illustrations, and a manga story about a first time cosplayer. The author goes into real details, and her knowledge and experience shows—for she herself is an avid cosplayer.

Each of these books has something the other lacks. This is not to say that they are not both useful. They actually complement each other very well, and would best be read together. Whichever book you choose to read, you’ll be in for a treat.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

Library LAB Makeshop: Wind Power @ Foster

The Library LAB's summer Makeshop series is coming to E.P. Foster Library! Join us on Tuesday afternoons for STEM-themed classes and activities for elementary and middle school-aged students.

Our first class will feature a demonstration on wind power, and the first twenty participants will be able to build a simple flying helicopter. We will also discuss energy storage and potential energy.

This Makeshop event will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, on the second floor of the library. For more information, contact the library. We hope to see you there!

Summer Vacation

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and the winding down of the school year. As this season begins many people have plans for vacation. Your Resident Photographer recently returned from her own vacation and encourages others to seek out locations that are far enough away to feel like you’ve actually gone somewhere, but not so far that you spend most of your time driving to your destination.

This year we decided to make a loop with the farthest point being Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. We had a lovely stopover in Sacramento and stayed in a motel which backed up on the American River Trail. This part of the trail runs along the Sacramento River before taking a turn at the fork of the American River. After dinner, we took a stroll down to the river and noticed quite a few fishermen in little boats. It was very serene for being smack in the middle of the capital of California.

We proceeded to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where we stayed a couple of nights and went to visit Crater Lake National Park. Personally, I believe this park should be on everyone’s bucket list. Access to beautiful views of the lake are easily reached from the parking lot and there are two roads that circumnavigate the lake itself. Unfortunately, the East Rim Road was still closed because of snow. Often the rim roads are closed until June, so we were lucky that the West Rim was open.

After visiting Crater Lake we headed back into California and spent one night in South Lake Tahoe. This town has a split personality because the border between California and Nevada runs through it. The Nevada side has large casinos and the California side has numerous resorts and quaint lodges to stay in. Lake Tahoe itself, though, has some beautiful views and is definitely worth a visit.

Our next stop was Mammoth Lakes, one of my favorite spots. We decided to take it easy and just do a tour of the actual lakes themselves. Anybody interested in visiting the lakes will find them quite accessible. They were a bit on the low side because of the drought but were still quite beautiful.

On our way back home, we stopped in Red Rock Canyon State Park. This is one of those unusual spots which has formations right off the highway. I would highly recommend this park for an extended day trip. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you like, depending on the kind of experience you are looking for.

Whether you decide to travel across the country or just across county lines, E.P. Foster Library has travel books to help you plan your trip. There are also eBooks and eAudiobooks available as part of our online research tools. Bon Voyage!

 

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

California Native Plants @ Foster

On Wednesday, June 3, E.P. Foster Library will host a presentation by David L. Magney of the California Native Plant Society.

This educational talk will focus on the plants of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Come learn more about some of California's unique flora! There will also be time for some plant identification, so bring your unidentified plants.

This free event starts at 7 p.m. in the Topping Room. We hope to see you there!

Film Discussion Group @ Foster

On Monday, June 1, E.P. Foster Library will screen the next film in our first-Monday discussion series.

This month's film is a contemporary cult classic set in a 1960s East Coast city. In it, high school teens come to terms with changing pop culture, race relations, bigotry, and music and decide to take a stand… all with a tongue-in-cheek spirit.

This fun and free event will take place in the Topping Room; the doors open at 6 p.m. There will be time afterward for discussion and critique, so come by to share your thoughts!

David's Dish: Signature Sangria

But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry by Julia Reed is an interesting collection of stories and recipes, with many beverage recipes and some great  meal recipes to boot!

My relationship with sangria goes back many moons. My first meeting with this divine elixir was in Bishop, California, at a friend's house. A couple of us had just finished up an arduous journey in the Sierras and were ravenous and parched as well. From my first sip of this eye-pleasing and taste bud-pleasing beverage I knew I would have many more festive times indulging in this beverage.

Fast forward to the present: I saw the pitcher of the delicious ruby-red liquid on the book's cover and knew I had to check-out But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!

I'll confess, I read mainly for inspiration and the minute I saw this book I wanted to make some serious sangria.

The book inspired me enough to blaze my own path and create my own signature recipe for making sangria. I prefer wine to vodka, so I chose a white Zinfandel. As for the fruit I used, I took the kitchen sink approach and sliced up what I had in the kitchen, plus fruit that had been given to me by neighbors. I let the whole concoction chill in the refrigerator and served it the next evening.

We enjoyed the sangria out on the patio, which in my opinion is the best place to indulge in this drink. While sipping the sangria the afternoon turn to evening and we observed some lively bats zipping around the darkening sky.

Skip the vodka and use wine!

David's Dish*****

 

Check out the book at Foster 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!

Volunteer Opportunity: Fourth of July Book Sale!

Interested in helping out your library over the summer? Want to be a part of something fun and exciting? E.P. Foster Library's TAG group is looking for volunteers to lend a hand with this year's Fourth of July Book Sale!

This event will take place in front of the library during the Fourth of July Street Fair. The sale is co-sponsored by TAG and the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Jane Middleton at (805) 901-2875, or by email at Jane.Middleton@ventura.org.

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