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Saturday Matinee @ Foster

Next week on Saturday, August 23, E.P. Foster Library will host the last Saturday Matinee of the summer!

Join us for the conclusion of the film serial about a supervillain and a counter-atomic device, followed directly by a classic film starring Boris Karloff.

This free screening will be held in the Topping Room. The first film begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday; we hope to see you there!

Bunny Drop

Bunny Drop is a slice-of-life anime based on the manga by Yumi Unita. It’s the story of Daikichi, a single, 30-year-old man who works long hours, drinks, smokes, and lives only for himself. However, his life takes a sudden turn when he attends the funeral of his grandfather.

Unbeknownst to the family, his grandfather has a six-year-old daughter, Rin. Shocked by this discovery, Daikichi’s family ostracizes the girl. When he learns that they plan on putting her in an orphanage, Daikichi, on a whim, decides to raise the child himself.

Bunny Drop follows their first year in this new life as they become a family. He gives up old habits as he learns to live for someone besides himself. He befriends other parents, getting advice and learning how to be a dad. Most of all, he discovers how much he truly loves this little girl, and that he needs her as much as she needs him.

The slice-of-life genre in anime and manga is pretty self-explanatory. There are no car chases, dueling robots, or magical animals. What it does have is a story that many of us can relate to: a father (or, in this case, a father figure) raising a child on his own, stumbling a bit as he goes but nevertheless working hard to care for this little girl that has come into his life. From her first day of school to her first cold, Rin becomes the center of Daikichi’s world, and he doesn’t mind it a bit. He may not have started out as father material, but by the end of the series you won’t see him as anything else.

At only 11 episodes, Bunny Drop can easily be watched in a weekend. There are also four mini-episodes included as bonus features. It’s a family-friendly series than anyone can enjoy, especially parents.

 

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

make.show.tell. @ Foster

Local artists will be showing off their work at our monthly installment of make.show.tell. at E.P. Foster Library.

Join in as community members give a demonstration of machine sewing and show off some stuffed toys and modified clothing.

There will also be a demonstration of acrylic painting, including images of completed works and small pieces for display.

This free event will be on Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Increase Your Financial IQ

 Ventura County Library 
invites you to attend, online:
Financing a College Education  
September 25th 4:30pm

College is expensive.  So how can you pay for it? During this lecture you will learn about:

     • The rising costs of college and the financial aid landscape
     • The Pros and cons of college savings vehicles
     • The role 529 savings plans can play and how to make the right selection

Get more information about registering for this lecture here if you know you need to begin saving but don’t know where to start.

New - Movies, Music and More!

 

What is hoopla?

It's Ventura County Library's
new digital streaming service.

Borrow up to 8 items each month,
movies, music, television shows and audiobooks.

All you need to get started is your library card.  Login, sign up, and start enjoying hoopla!

Enjoy on your PC, tablet or phone.
Yes, there's an app for that.

Upgrades to OverDrive Digital Books

  •  * Suspend Your Hold
    Don't miss out on that book you have been waiting for!
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    * Hold Auto Checkout
    You will be notified when your book is on your account bookshelf.

 * "Recommended for You" Collection
Titles recommended for you based on titles currently checked out or on hold.

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Font to Film: “The Help”

When authors write what they know the result can have a certain weight, a sense of authenticity that allows a reader to feel the truth of what’s on the page. Interestingly, though, writers in these situations don’t always produce stories that are in line with what we might expect, such as those writers who find a dark humor in the horrors of war. The thing to remember is that every author is also an individual, and there are often as many points of view on a situation as there are individuals experiencing it. If we are open to it, we may find that each point of view—even those that seem strange to us—has something valuable to offer.

Kathryn Stockett’s The Help (2009) is set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1960s and alternates between three first-person narrators: a young white woman named Eugenia (Skeeter) Phelan and two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson. Stockett explores the ways in which black women doing domestic work—hence the novel’s title—were dehumanized and oppressed by their white employers and naturally expands into a commentary on race relations throughout the South. Skeeter provides a window into the experiences of Aibileen and the other maids through her desire to write a book about them. Aibileen and Minny both attempt to impress upon Skeeter the very real danger that telling their stories places them all in, a point reinforced by descriptions of racial violence throughout the novel. For her part, Skeeter contends that the only way the South will change is if people begin talking openly about racism and inequality. In the afterword to The Help Stockett admits that she wrote the novel in part as a way of exorcising some of her own guilt at having been emotionally close to her family’s maid while never truly considering the arrangement from the other woman’s perspective.
There has been some criticism of The Help suggesting that it focuses too much on its white characters, an accusation directed even more strongly toward Tate Taylor’s 2011 film adaptation. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer, the film in many ways effectively captures the emotional lives of these women as they struggle to make a living in the Jim Crow South, but it does feel like something of a sanitized version of the novel. Many scenes from the book, particularly those featuring Minny, are played for laughs, which feels uncomfortable at times given the context and makes the viewer wonder whose story is ultimately being told. Both black actresses received high praise for their roles, but many commented that this was in spite of their otherwise tangential treatment; the film places heavy focus on Stone’s Skeeter and her interactions with her friends and family. Nonetheless, Taylor’s version proves to be heartwarming—if a bit too much of a “feel good” movie given the subject matter—and can serve as a means for starting a conversation about race even if it neglects to do the heavy lifting itself.

Kathryn Stockett’s novel is available to borrow from E.P. Foster Library’s adult fiction collection, and can also be found in eBook and eAudiobook format through the Ventura County Library’s OverDrive collection. Tate Taylor’s film version can be requested from a number of other branches in the Ventura County Library system; if the film or novel is not on the shelf at your branch, you can request a copy in person, over the phone, or online through our catalog.

 

Authored by Ronald Martin.

Enterprise Catalog Upgrade

 

Catalog upgrade = down time!

We will be upgrading our new Enterprise catalog on Wednesday morning, August 13, 7 am until 11 am. 

During this upgrade our Classic Catalog will be available for searching, placing holds or accessing
your account.

We thank you for your patience.

Summer Reading for Adults: Our Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Kate Curtin, winner of the grand prize drawing of our Summer Reading for Adults contest! Her prize was an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite... perfect for borrowing eBooks from the library!

Our staff had a lot of fun running the contest this summer, and we're already looking forward to next year and thinking about how we can go even bigger!

We'd like to thank everyone who entered, and we hope that whether you won a prize or not that you were able to read something great this summer.

The Soldiers Project @ Foster

Next Monday, August 11, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting The Soldiers Project.

This organization offers support for post-9/11 veterans and their loved ones.

Stop by the Topping Room at 6 p.m. to learn more about this organization and what it does for those who have served our country.

We hope to see you there!

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