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Ukulele check-out!

Catch the Aloha spirit with one of or gorgeous Takamine concert size ukuleles. Yes, we are a library and yes, we do check-out ukuleles, we do things a bit differently around here! One word of warning, we have five ukuleles for check-out and they are going fast!!

There will also be a free beginner’s ukulele class, so check one of our ukuleles out or bring your own. Brad from Anacapa Ukulele will guide us through the tranquil ways of the ukulele. The first class is in the Topping room Saturday, November 9th at 1 P.M.

While we are on the subject of ukuleles, our databases have some classic ukulele songbooks, delightful old books that are still relevant today. Our brick and mortar library has some great ukulele books too! Take some time to explore these options, you will be thoroughly entertained.

Check out the link to Open Library where I discovered many ukulele songbook gems.

Two Trees

In 1898, Joseph Sexton and Owen Marron planted thirteen Blue Gum eucalyptus trees on a hill overlooking the city of Ventura.  By 1940, only five remained, the rest were victims of a fire.  These five were featured on a bookplate designed by Cornelius Botke. Oddly enough, while Mr. Botke’s bookplate shows the hill with five trees directly behind the library, it is one of the few places in Ventura from which the trees cannot be seen.  Vandals chopped down three of the trees, which were later replaced.  
At some point, three of the replacement trees became victims of vandalism once again.  There is now one tree from the original thirteen and one replacement tree left.  These two trees have become the City of Ventura’s unofficial symbol and a beloved landmark for its citizens.  More stories of Ventura’s history  are available at Foster Library.

Resident Photographer, Aleta Rodriguez

 

 

A busy weekend at Foster Library!

Friday, Oct 11th

7-8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 12th

5-6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 13th

4:30-6 p.m.

  • Author talks with John Mulhall
  • Reading and book signing of Geddy's Moon
  • Bird watching
  • Basics of bird identification in an interactive workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about any of these events, call the library at 648-2716!

The ABC's of Building an Opera at Foster Library

 

 

Foster Library Presents:

The ABC's of Building an Opera

A special talk with the director of the Santa Barbara Opera

Get a backstage look at what it takes to build and direct these magnificent productions!

6:30 p.m. on October 4th

Drawing Manga

 

For some people, it’s not enough to just read manga (or graphic novels for that matter). They want to draw manga as well. Now, if you’re like me that might be a bit of a challenge. I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler and my circles have always been more like ovals, but I was willing to give it a try. So, I decided to find myself a book on drawing manga, to see if someone as artistically challenged as myself could actually do it.

The book I chose was Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart. I know there are quite a few books like these out there in the world, so you’ll have lots to choose from. Now, to make this review fair, I actually attempted to draw at least one of the pictures in the book. I figure if I’m going to write a review about drawing manga, I should put my money where my mouth is. For someone not inclined to draw, I thought I did pretty good. I followed the basic guidelines for drawing a face and, using the picture as a reference, it began to take shape. 

Now, to be honest, it sometimes felt like the book jumped ahead a few steps, going from drawing a basic body shape to having a completed character in costume, but then I’ve noticed that most books on drawing manga do that.  Still, some of the basic steps were included, and it was enough to make me comfortable with the drawing I was making. Now, I won’t be bringing out any new manga anytime soon, but I can at least say that I tried it, and that might just be enough for me.

Now, for those who have stayed ‘til the end… 

The reason I’m focusing on drawing manga is that Foster Library will be having a minicon of sorts on October 26 and it will include an art contest. So, if you like to draw and are brave enough to try, you can pick up an application (with contest rules) at the library. Deadline is October 22.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

Butterflies!

Ventura is host to a myriad number of butterflies.  Most of us are familiar with the Monarch butterfly, but did you know that there are dozens of different butterflies that call Ventura County home?  Foster library has many Butterfly Books to help you identify our winged neighbors.

Resident Photographer Aleta Rodriguez

MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES

MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES - Two-Disc DVD Set, Foster Children's Section
 
A title in Leonard Maltin's series of Walt Disney TREASURES DVD sets is "Disney Rarities" but Foster has another Maltin rarity in the 2-disc (now out-of-print) MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES. This is a collection of now-rare short cartoons, mostly from the 1930s which, along with the more celebrated Mickey Mouse shorts, laid the groundwork for the first features and the Disney mega-empire of today.
 
Collectively the shorts may also be seen as a history of early 20th century cinema, embracing innovations such as sound, color, and precise muscial synchronization (The 1930s were an era of remarkable technical progress in Hollywood).
 
The early Symphonies (like the first Mickeys) are in black-and-white, and were launched by SKELETON DANCE in 1929 when Disney wanted to showcase music more than was possible in the Mickey shorts. Though SKELETON DANCE is not in this collection, HELL'S BELLS, a somewhat bizarre short from 1929, provides a key example of the crude but energetic style of this period. Also from 1929 is THE MERRY DWARFS, a key example of early musical camp.
 
The early 1930s ushered in the first Technicolor shorts. The Sillys drew on a variety of source material from classic fairy and folk tales to myths and legends. THE GODDESS OF SPRING (1934), based on the Greek myth of Persephone, is a virtual mini-opera in which all the dialogue is sung. MOTHER GOOSE GOES HOLLYWOOD, from 1938, features movie star caricatures which adult movie buffs (of a certain age) will find amusing.
 
But there's a variety of silliness, amazingly detailed, ground-breaking animation, and excellent music to be discovered by kids and adults alike in this marvelous set. And be sure to listen to the commentaries, some of which are voiced-over by yours truly.
 
Staff member - Ross

Battle of the Books

Photo Credit: Andrew Bollerman
Ventura Unified School District - Middle Schools

Battle of the Books is a fun, voluntary reading incentive program for students.  Students read from a list of 20 preselected books and attend Friday book talks in the library at lunch.  Raffle prizes are given, sometimes popcorn, and book related movies are shown.  Students may bring their lunch and share in the fun with fellow students and teachers.  Students must read and take the AR tests on at least 7 books from the list and attend book talks.

In March, qualifying students from the 4 middle schools and Sunset will come together to participate in the Final Battle.  Students will be placed on teams where they will have an opportunity to test their knowledge of the books they have read.  The competition is similar in style of the TV series Family Feud.  There will be a raffle for prizes, and everyone receives a t-shirt, lunch, goodie bag, and participation ribbon. Winning team members also receive a medal, gift certificates, and their names will be engraved on a perpetual trophy.

Join the fun at your school. Contact your teacher or librarian for more information: Mrs. Carr at Anacapa; Mrs. Deal at Balboa; Mrs. Hofflund at Cabrill; Mrs. Johnson at DATA; Petra Somar at Sunset.

Look for our display of the books on the list.

Battle of the Books 2013-14

Abbott, Tony        Firegirl     
Dahl, Roald         Boy: Tales of Childhood      
Draper, Sharon      Out of My Mind
DuPrau, Jeanne      City of Ember
Farmer, Nancy       House of the Scorpion
Hesse, Karen        Out of the Dust      
Jimenez, Francisco  Breaking Through       
Kadohata, Cynthia   Kira-Kira      
Kessler, Liz        Tail of Emily Windsnap
Mihaley, James      You Can't Have My Planet, But Take My Brother, Please
Mikaelsen, Ben      Touching Spirit Bear
Nixon, Joan Lowry   Other Side of Dark     
O’Dell, Scott       Black Star, Bright Dawn
Park, Linda Sue     Project Mulberry     
Paver, Michelle     Wolf Brother
Peck, Richard       The Teacher’s Funeral  
Riordan, Rick       The Lightning Thief    
Rylant, Cynthia     Missing May    
Schmidt, Gary       Wednesday Wars
Yolen, Jane         Devil’s Arithmetic  

In memory of 9/11

In May of 1987, I visited family back east.  We decided to take a quick trip to New York City.  We took the Staten Island ferry back to New Jersey and I was able to take some pictures of the World Trade Center from the ferry.  At that time I had no way of knowing that it would be the last time I would ever see the twin towers.


On this anniversary of 9/11 I offer these images in memoriam to those who lost their lives that day and to the memory of a skyline that has changed forever.  Foster Library has many books about 9/11 if you are interested in finding out more about the heroes and events of that day.

Resident Photographer – Aleta A. Rodriguez

FosterCon!

For those looking for something fun and different to do for the Halloween season, you need look no further than our beloved E. P. Foster Library.  On October 26, Foster Library will have its first ever FosterCon Mini Comic Festival. While not quite on the grand scale of the San Diego Comic Con or the Central Coast Comic Con (which was recently held right here in Ventura), our event will still be fun and have something for all ages.

Starting when the doors open at 10:00 and lasting through the evening, our FosterCon will have airbrush tattoos, candy sushi, and coloring for the kids, both art and costume contests, local comic stores selling many wonderful things, local comic artists, a photo booth, and a graphic novel book display. On Sunday, there will be Wii gaming for the teens and a showing of The Avengers, open to all ages. But the part I’m most excited about is our very special guest speaker for Saturday evening. It is none other than Sergio Aragones. Now, if you don’t know who he is, then you must never have read Mad magazine or Groo the Wanderer. He is truly a kind man who has graciously agreed to be our big speaker for this event. He even supplied artwork for event flyer. I’m so excited! I hope you will be too.

For those wanting to participate in the art and/or costume contest, applications will be available at the library, online, and at local comic book shops within the next week. Deadlines and rules will be included for both.

So, if you want to have fun and can’t wait for Halloween, stop by the E. P. Foster Library on October 26. I’ll see you there. Bring your cape.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

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