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Foster Con Is Coming!

Get ready, comic book fans! From February 28 to March 1, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting another Foster Con Mini Comic Festival. Whether you’re a fan of comics or not, there will be fun activities for everyone. Although this year’s Foster Con will have many familiar elements from our first eventsuch as candy sushi, Wii games, and a photo boothwe will also be throwing in something new!

This year, there will be two workshops: one for making comics and one for cosplay. Our comic workshop for kids will be taught by Carlos Nieto, III. Carlos is a self-taught artist, who has worked both in television and movies, including with Disney and Universal. He has taught comic book-making and animation drawing. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the kids!

Our cosplay workshop will be given by Mac Beauvais. I had the good fortune to meet Mac at the Pop Stuff Expo last spring. She’s a very nice lady and has some real insight to offer anyone interested in trying their hand at cosplay. For those who still don’t know what cosplay is, it is costume play. I like to think of it as Halloween for grownups, but it’s really so much more than that. Cosplayers often make their own costumes and props, and they can be from films, television, comics, games, or manga.

There will also be a special storytelling program for kids. True Thomas the Storyteller will give two performances, regaling kids with stories from folktales and mythology. I’ve seen him in action, and he really dresses the part and makes the stories come alive.

A special movie presentation will happen on Sunday, for all ages. I won’t say what it is, but I can tell you it’s a certain Marvel film from last summer. We will also have lots of vendors, including Arsenal Comics and Games and Seth’s Games and Anime.

If you go to the Foster Con event website, you’ll get information on all the programs and vendors who will be participating.

It’s only a few short weeks away. I’ll see you there!

 

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

Free Tax Preparation Assistance @ Foster

E.P. Foster Library is proud to host friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable AARP volunteers on site to help you with your tax return.

AARP TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) has preparers who are trained for retirement and investment income situations as well as wage earners.

Tax help is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon in the Topping Room through April 15th.

For more information, please call 805-648-3035.

Valentine's Day Matinee @ Foster

Join us at E.P. Foster Library for a special Saturday film screening on February 14.

We will be showing a classic film featuring love, loss, and the oncoming nuclear winter. This dark comedy satirizes cold war fears of nuclear conflict between the US and the USSR.

This event is totally free, and will take place in the Topping Room starting at 12:30 p.m. Stop by and enjoy this classic with us!

Clouds over Ventura

In Southern California, our “normal” weather doesn’t often produce dramatic cloud formations. That’s why when we do get rain—or just the clouds associated with a low-pressure front—photographers in Ventura get really excited. Your resident photographer is no exception.
Over the years I’ve taken a few cloud shots myself and still find the various types of clouds extremely fascinating. When Ventura does get clouds, do you ever wonder about the different formations you’re seeing? Most of us are familiar with cumulus clouds, but do you know what a lenticular cloud looks like? What is virga? And what about crepuscular rays—just what are they?

The answers to these and other weather-related questions can be found at the E.P. Foster Library, which has a variety of materials on clouds as well as some interesting items on weather.  

 

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

CI Lecture Series @ Foster

The 2015 CI Lecture Series kicks off at E.P. Foster Library on Wednesday, February 4! Faculty from CSU Channel Islands will visit Foster to give talks on topics relating to children, education, and the sciences.

In our first talk, Dr. Blake Gillespie will discuss barriers that keep students from developing interest in science fields as well as his approach to drawing them in and increasing science literacy.

This talk begins at 5 p.m. in the Topping Room. It's totally free, so stop by and learn more about this important subject!

Library LAB: Makeshop @ Foster

The Ventura County Library LAB will hold its third Makeshop event on Tuesday, February 3, at E.P. Foster Library!

All ages are welcome to join us for this activity, where we will build dancing art robots out of motors, battery packs, washable markers, and other simple materials.

This free event will take place at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the library. Come by to learn about how science and art can complement each other!

SBFOL Book Sale @ Foster

On Saturday, January 31, the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will host a special book sale at E.P. Foster Library.

The sale will feature books, audiobooks, and DVDs on the subjects of art, history, psychology, cooking, and more. Stop by the Topping Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check out their selection.

Additional volunteers are always welcome—especially those who can help move boxes of books! If you’d like to volunteer, please email info@sbfol.org.

David's Dish: Foraging and Edible Plants

The "Dish" delves into a new area of study in the food world: foraging (new to me, at least). No, I don't mean dumpster diving. I mean foraging for wild food edibles. I'll admit as a child I was known to chomp on a bit of sour grass, but didn't venture much further into the wild edible kingdom.

To instruct me in this new interest of mine I looked at a terrific new book from our collection, Foraging California: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods in California, by Christopher Nyerges. The book is an informative guide to accessing our wonderful wild food bounty here in California. The photographs are very clear and the descriptions for the identification of the edible plants are concise. Also, there are some very interesting recipes for your foraged morsels. The Stinging Nettles Hot Sauce recipe caught my attention; it seemed edgy. Careful, though: latex gloves are recommended for this recipe.

Page 178 became of special interest to me, for upon this page was one of my favorite plants, Nasturtium, and it happens to be edible. The book suggested it could be used in a "survival garden" and that the plant can be left to reseed year after year, providing an endless supply of edible plants. This sounded like a wonderful idea. I did feel slightly guilty taking the wild out of the Nasturtium, but I suppose the wildness is taken out of most everything—the "Dish" being an exception to that rule of course! I found some Nasturtium seeds at the local market, planted them, and will prepare a delicious meal with them this spring.

In addition to Foraging California I'd also recommend Hen of the Woods & Other Wild Foods and Medicines, by "Wildman" Steve Brill. It is an outstanding audiobook available through Hoopla Digital, which you can access from our eLibrary.

 

*****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!

Tarantulas, Fudge, and Altered Reality @ Foster

On Wednesday, January 28, author Karen Banfield will be at E.P. Foster Library for a special reading!

This event will feature selections from Banfield's book Tarantulas, Fudge, and Altered Reality, a collection of stories inspired by the author's unique perspective on the events of her life.

The reading begins at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room, and is completely free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

War Comes Home: The Legacy @ Foster

Between January 20 and March 1, 2015, E.P. Foster Library will host War Comes Home: The Legacy, a traveling exhibition highlighting the experiences of veterans returning from war and their families.

Using both historical and contemporary correspondence, the exhibition explores the joys and hardships surrounding separation and reunion, and looks at the ways in which war shapes individuals and society.

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the library. MP3 players pre-loaded with a self-guided audio tour are available to borrow at the reference desk; for more information, call or drop by the library.

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