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Eastern and Western Perspectives on Health and Well-being

Visit the Topping Room on April 16, 2014, for the next installment of the E.P. Foster Library and CSU Channel Islands Lecture Series!

This event will feature a talk by Dr. Christy Teranishi Martinez, who will examine happiness and well-being from Eastern and Western perspectives.

The talk begins at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Ojai Library Presents Author John Mulhall

Author John Mulhall will read

from his debut novel

Geddy's Moon

Ojai Library

Saturday April 26, 2pm. 

Geddy's Moon was named one of the best horror

novels of 2013 in Suspense Magazine!

 

Mariachis and More at Avenue Library

    Celebrate

El Dia de los Ninos y el Dia de los Libros at Avenue Library

Tuesday April 29

3 - 5pm

Patty Peinado will read stories.

There will be crafts and snacks.

Los Mariachis de Anza will perform at 4pm.

 

The Month of the Military Child

In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child” to celebrate the contributions and inspiration of military children. There are approximately two million military children ranging in age from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million military children are school-aged. April is a time to acknowledge the strength and resilience of children who grow up in a unique and often changing environment and to reinforce that the health and well-being of military children contributes to the strength of our Armed Forces as a whole.

As the daughter of a lifetime Army veteran, I know how challenging, as well as rewarding, it can be to grow up as an “Army Brat.” We only saw our extended family in between deployments, if we had enough time. The longest time I ever lived in any one place was three-and-a-half years. I attended three different high schools in three years. This was “normal” for us. I look at the photos from my childhood and I see loving parents who did their best to create a home, no matter where we lived. As long as we were together, we were home.

Military children have a unique heritage and may not always understand civilian life. When asked about our “hometown” we may choose a location where we particularly enjoyed living, the place we lived the longest, or one of our parents’ hometowns. Today’s military children have different dilemmas to deal with than when I was growing up. My mom was a WAC, but she left the service when she married my dad. Today, many military children may have both parents in the service.

Ventura County is home to two military bases, Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station and Port Hueneme Navy Base. There are many families who make use of our libraries, including E.P. Foster. We have a number of materials available that focus on military children and their families.

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

April Staff Picks!

    Each month, our staff sends in a list of their favorite books, DVDs, and children's materials they recommend.

See something you like? When viewing the list, click on the "Check Library Catalog" link to be taken directly to our catalog. Then, sign in and place a hold request to have the item brought to your local library for pick up!

Can't remember to check the list? You can sign up to receive this and many other book recommendation lists directly into your email box at our "Newsletter & Booklists" page found under Special Interests (on the left side of this page) > Books & Reading > Staff Picks.

Enjoy!

2014 WordFest at the Ojai Library

 

2014 Ojai WordFest

Ojai's Literary Festival

April 10 - 14 [Event Flyer]

 Eight FREE Events at Ojai Library

All WordFest events described at ojaiwordfest.com

Haiku Poetry Contest @ Foster Library

Come celebrate National Haiku Day with E.P. Foster Library by entering our Haiku Poetry Contest! You can enter at the library or by visiting this link between April 2 and April 16.

Entries should follow the traditional haiku structure: three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. There will be prizes for the winners! Call or visit the library for more details.

For inspiration, check out last year’s winners!

Book Appetit: Sunflowers on the Square

Join us at E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, April 5, in the Topping Room for our next Book Appetit event!

The owner of Sunflowers on the Square, a local Ventura bakery, will be at the event to provide tips on creating delicious treats as well as give a live baking demonstration!

It all starts at 5 p.m. Call or visit the library for details!

Ojai Library Temporary Closure

 

 

Ojai Library will be closed Thursday April 3

through Sunday April 6.

Book drops will be open and emptied daily.

New carpeting is being installed in the library.

Questions? call 646-1639

The Big Read @ Foster: Captain Luis Carlos Montalván

On April 15, 2014, come by E.P. Foster Library to listen to a talk by Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him.

Captain Montalván will be discussing the “war after the war,” the human-animal bond, and an inspirational story of healing and hope.

The event is at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room. We look forward to seeing you there!

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