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San Buenaventura Mission

Mission San Buenaventura is a Spanish mission founded in 1782 by the Franciscan order in present-day Ventura, California. It was the ninth and final Spanish mission established in California by Father Junípero Serra. Named for Saint Bonaventure, the mission is the namesake of the city of Ventura (officially "San Buenaventura") and Ventura County.

In 1793, the first church burned down. In 1893, Father Cyprian Rubio "modernized" the interior of the church, painting over the original artwork; when he finished, almost nothing remained of the old church. New priests restored the church to its original style in 1957. Today all that remains of the original Mission is the church and its garden. Services are still held in the parish church. A small museum sits at the Mission with displays of Chumash Indian artifacts and mission-era items.

To find out more, Foster Library has books on the Missions of California as well as information about Father Junipero Serra.

Resident Photographer - Aleta Rodriguez

Fillmore Reads!

 

Join your neighbors and friends for a lively book discussion
at Fillmore Library on Thursday, August 29 at 6pm.

This month's title is: The Sespe Wild: Southern California's Last Free River
by Bradley John Monsma. Refreshments will be served.

“Fillmore Reads” is sponsored by: Soroptimist International of Fillmore and the Fillmore Library

Paws for Reading at E.P. Foster Library

 

For the past seven years we have had help from furry, four legged friends with reading.  Yes, you read right, furry, four legged friends. 

On just about every Saturday, you can find certified therapy dogs sitting in the library listening to the most interesting stories.  School age children come in and can read in a calm, non-pressure environment.  Dogs don’t criticize or correct their pronunciation. Doggie “Moms” sit with the dogs and children to give a hand with complex words and encourage timid kids.  Paws for Reading is not a tutoring program but a program that encourages children to improve their reading skills and helps to build their self esteem.

As part of their mission statement, Paws for Reading aims to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered Service teams as literacy advocates. Literacy specialists acknowledge that children reading below their peers in reading skills are often intimidated by reading aloud in a group, frequently have lower self esteem and typically view reading as a chore.

A study at UC Davis (Feb 2010) showed that kids in reading dog programs increase their reading skills by 12% to 20% over kids not in a reading dog program. Because our volunteers are certified as therapy dog teams, they can also visit hospitals, nursing homes and other locations.

Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:
• Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure
• Listen attentively
• Do not judge, laugh, or criticize
• Allow children to proceed at their own pace
• Are less intimidating than peers

When a dog is listening, the environment is transformed, a child’s dread is replaced by eager anticipation, and learning occurs.  The handler is a skilled facilitator, too – shifting performance pressure off the child and providing support, while the child gets the reading practice necessary to build vocabulary, increase understanding of the material, and gain fluency as a reader.  Can dogs help kids learn to read better?  It seems they can and help turn reading from a chore to fun.

The E.P. Foster Paws for Reading program has also been the beneficiary of a generous grant from Sage Publications that has provided not only dog treats for the hard work the dogs do but also enables us to give a free book to each child participating in our program.

If you are interested in signing up to read to one of our Paws for Reading dogs, call Star Soto at 648-2716.

CSUCI Lecture Series at Foster Library


It's back! Foster library is proud to present the new lineup for our CSUCI lecture series. All lectures are free and open to the public. Call 648-2716 for more information.

 

 

The Human Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective

Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Drawing from 20 years of research experience, Anthropology Professors Jennifer Perry and Colleen Delaney will present an overview of the prehistory of coastal Ventura County and the Channel Islands from an archaeological perspective.  Learn why this region is so unique and the importance of the islands to people today. 

The Era of the Celebrity CEO is Over

Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Recent data indicates that consistently “great” companies were not led by charismatic or transformational leaders but rather by leaders who possessed a blend of humility and strong personal will.  Join Dr. Andrew Morris, Professor in CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics, as he examines our fascination with leaders, possible predictors of humility, and ways in which we can develop greater humility and enhance our leadership abilities.   

Stories Behind the Stories: CSUCI English Faculty Reading and Discussion

Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m.

Published authors and CI English Professors Brad Monsma, Bob Mayberry, Mary Adler, Sean Carswell and Sofia Samatar will read excerpts of their fiction, nonfiction or poetry and discuss the stories behind them, including experiences with multiple drafts, writing groups, writing stamina, and revisions.  Community members are invited to add their perspectives during a brief Q&A session that follows. 

Serenity

 

As human beings living in an urban world we often look for bits of nature to calm ourselves and restore our souls.  As citizens of Ventura, we are blessed to have the natural world basically in our back yard.  You don’t have to travel very far to feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of modern life behind.  A short drive up Highway 33 to Santa Ana Road will make you feel like you’ve left the modern world well behind.  In the spring, there are fields of yellow mustard and in late summer, there are golden grasses that can hide deer and wild turkeys.  You don’t even have to leave your car to enjoy these peaceful scenes.  If you do venture off the roadside, you may find giant spider webs or native grasses adorned with water droplets that glisten like jewels.  If you are not sure where to go, Foster Library has guides to help you find your way.

Resident Photographer – Aleta Rodriguez

Superman!

One of my favorite movies growing up was Superman. This was before the Avengers, Iron Man, and even the X-men made their way to the big screen. When you saw Christopher Reeve flying around in that red cape, you really believed he was Superman. This happy memory is what brought me to one of my most recent reads, Superman: Last Son of Krypton.

It’s made up of two stories, one of which is co-written by Richard Donner. Now, if you don’t know who he is, you need to watch that original Superman movie because he was the director. The first story of this graphic novel is the Last Son in the title. Written in part by said director, it involves a young boy crash landing to Earth (and no, it’s not who you think it is). This boy has powers similar to Superman’s, who suddenly finds himself in a new role as a would-be father. However, this boy (who is named Christopher, in a nod to Christopher Reeve) is not the only one with superpowers to crash land on Earth. What follows is a story that could very well have played as a sequel to the original film, if that gives you any hint as to who appears. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Richard Donner is involved. If you know any of the back story on Superman and its first sequel, you’ll know it was a contentious shoot. Disagreements were aplenty between the director and the producers. This graphic novel, I think, is the Richard Donner version, and it plays nicely and convincingly.

The second story is called “Brainiac.” This one, too, pays a nod to that original Superman film, for if you look closely, you’ll see this Superman looks very familiar. In it, Superman must fight Brainiac to save Earth. He will discover he’s not the only survivor of Krypton, but it’s not in the way he expected. His attempt to save those from his old home will come at a terrible cost to someone in his new one.

 What I liked about both stories is the idea that we are not alone in the world. Superman has always felt like an odd man out in many ways because he believed he was the last survivor of his home world and because his powers make him stand out from others. But in this graphic novel, he learns he isn’t alone, not just because he discovers other survivors of Krypton, but because of the family and friends he has gained on Earth. While he may be a man of two worlds, he has chosen to make Earth his home.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

If you can't stand the heat...

Beth's Basic Bread Book, by Beth Hensperger is exactly what the title states, a basic bread baking book, which is fine with me. Bread baking can be an intimidating kitchen activity, but this book clearly breaks down the process into a relatively easy and rewarding task. I plead guilty to being absent from the kitchen for awhile, the lure of summer and wine tasting had led me astray. But, I made it back to the kitchen to work some wonders once again. Even though it is still summer, hot in other words, I was itching to bake some bread, we all know the old adage if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Well, the "Dish" can deal with the heat if delicious bread is the outcome!

The Cinnamon Swirl bread recipe is bread I chose to bake in this episode of “David’s Dish”. It’s a straightforward bread recipe with the bubbling yeast and the kneading of dough, lots of fun! After carefully following the recipe the result was one of the best bread baking experiences I have ever had, delicious bread and that Zen-like feeling  that comes with bread baking.  Bread baking is a beautiful thing, everyone, I mean everyone needs to do it.

 *****  “David’s Dish”

Check out the book at Foster Library, or put a hold on it - we will send it to you!

 

Being Muslim in America - - Program at Ojai Library

 

A Mother's Journey to Promote Interfaith Dialogue

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear author Soraya Deen discuss:

  • Being Muslim in America
  • Her life in an American Christian home
  • Enemy images promoted by the media
  • Her journey from Sri Lanka
  • Her commitment to compassionate communication and empathy
  • Islam, Muslims and the hijab, women's rights and terrorism

 Saturday, August 24th at 1-2pm  ***  Ojai Library

VCL will be at the Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo!

 

Come visit Ventura County Library at the Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo on Saturday, August 24 from 10am to 3pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

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Admission is free - to Southern California's premier lifestyle, health & active aging expo for baby boomers and seniors!

Save the dates! ReferenceUSA online training coming this Fall

Mark your calendars! ReferenceUSA is offering hour-long online classes October through December.

ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. These hour-long sessions will cover the basics of getting started and the essentials of using ReferenceUSA for a variety of subjects:

   * Search Essentials - Fridays at 9am (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies -
                   Wednesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Start, Manage & Grow Your Business - Mondays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * Consumer & Lifestyle Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
                   Registration required - follow pdf link

   * ReferenceUSA Big Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm
                   Registration Required - follow pdf link

This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques as well as find out about ReferenceUSA's new Data Visualization feature.

To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".

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