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Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan

With the next Star Wars film set to open in December of this year, it would seem only natural for me to review a comic set in the Star Wars universe. Therefore, I present to you the next chapter in the life of young Roan Novachez and his journey to become a Jedi. No, dear readers, that is not a typo (you were probably expecting Luke Skywalker, weren’t you?). Author and Star Wars fan Jeffrey Brown continues his Jedi Academy series with Return of the Padawan.

Roan Novachez returns to the Jedi Academy for his second year of training, facing tougher classes, a new cafeteria cook, and reconnecting with his friends. However, things don’t quite go as planned. He’s finally getting his chance to train as a pilot in the school’s flight simulator, but he ends up breaking it on his first try; his good friends, Pasha and Gaiana, seem to be ignoring him; and the school bullies are trying to lead him to the dark side. It’s a year of hurt feelings, embarrassing situations, and misunderstandings—so it’s pretty much what school is like for the rest of us.

Once again, Jeffrey Brown shows us the ups and downs of middle-school life, with all the angst that comes with it combined with Brown’s love of all things Star Wars. Anyone who’s ever suffered jealously, bullying, and horrible cafeteria food will certainly relate to Roan and his friends. Aside from the Jedi stuff, this could easily have been anyone’s story, and that’s what makes it so appealing (okay, that and the Star Wars stuff, I’ll admit it). Brown shows us that life isn’t any easier for a Jedi-in-training than it is for the rest of us.

If you liked his previous books set in the Star Wars universe, then you’re sure to like this one, too.


Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

Ghosts of Ventura County @ Foster

On Sunday, May 17, E.P. Foster Library will host a talk by noted historian and ghost hunter Richard Senate.

In The Ghosts of Ventura County, Mr. Senate will share the knowledge and experience he has gained dealing with spirits and similar phenomena during his career. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this talk is sure to be a lot of fun!

This free event begins at 2 p.m. in the Topping Room. Stop by for a bit of local history and folklore!

Please use our Enterprise Catalog

Please use our new, Enterprise Catalog at:  This is the catalog linked under "Library Catalog" and "My Account" here on our website.

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The old, classic catalog - has some issues currently and is not working correctly.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

To find your account information, go to

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 --   Start at My Account along the (very) top menu

     --  Enter your library card number and PIN and Log In

When your account information appears, click on either the Checkouts, Holds or Fines tab

"My List" users: unfortunately, the “My List” does not migrate from the Classic Catalog to the new, Enterprise catalog.
Our suggestion, because the Classic Catalog has been unstable, would be for you to recreate your My List into Enterprise, just in case! The My List function in the Classic Catalog is currently working.

Thank you again for your patience!

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Return Engagement of the Polar Bears of Churchill

Author Reading at Ojai Library


Fairytale Fun

Would you like to see a thrilling rendition of Where The Wild Things Are?
Bring the kids next Tuesday evening. 


California Native Plants for Your Garden

As California enters its fourth year of extreme drought, many are contemplating replacing their lawns with drought-resistant native plants. Your Resident Photographer believes strongly that your gardens will look just as beautiful as any botanical garden if you decide to choose native plants.

Over the years I’ve taken photographs of an abundance of colorful native flora. Native plants have developed to thrive in drought conditions and will certainly cut your use of water during these very dry years. In addition, plants like California Buckwheat, Golden Yarrow, Desert Bluebells, California Fuchsia, Ceanothus, and many more will attract a multitude of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds to your garden.

If you are thinking about using native plants in your garden and aren’t sure where to start, E.P. Foster Library has books on California native plants, and our eLibrary has a variety of eBooks on native plants as well.

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

Kids! Use Your Words!

Come to the Ojai Library Friday May 8th to make a word flag.
What words are important to you? Which words make you feel powerful?
Share the magic of words on your very own word flag. 

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