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3D Printing in Action!

As we train more staff to use our 3D printer, we're putting it to work making some interesting items, including cell phone stands, earbud clips, and bookmarks.

Making use of open-source software, the library is able to go all the way from an STL file to a printed object.

We're looking forward to getting some more test prints out and seeing what this thing is capable of!

Stop by the library to learn more about our printer and other makerspace equipment, and visit our make! page for more resources!

"Mortal Engines," Part One of the "Predator Cities Quartet," by Philip Reeve

The world is in ruins, ravaged more than a thousand years ago by an event remembered as the “Sixty Minute War” and the great geological upheavals that the war unleashed. Through centuries of cataclysmic earthquakes, volcanoes, and other disasters, humanity’s dwindling nomadic populations discovered new means of survival, constructing massive “Traction Cities,” immense vehicles that carried the peoples, memories, and traditions of shattered nations. So begins the age of “Municipal Darwinism,” a continuous war over scarce resources where larger cities hunt down and consume the smaller towns which, in turn, follow closely the tracks of large cities so that they may make use of their leavings.

After a thousand years, the system of Municipal Darwinism—the backbone of modern society—seems on the verge of collapse. Prey has grown thinner for a now desperate city of London, and her Lord Mayor must take the city out of the relative safety of the old British Isles and into the Hunting Grounds, where she will compete with other, still larger cities for survival.

Deeper mysteries, conspiracies, and betrayals unfold and Tom, a young third-apprentice in London’s Guild of Historians, is thrust from his relative safety and obscurity into a war for the survival of London and for the world.

Young-adult readers of science fiction and especially fans of steampunk literature will enjoy the unique world of Mortal Engines. All four titles are available at Foster library or at any Ventura County library by request.


Housing Rights Workshop @ Foster

On October 1, 2014, there will be a Housing Rights Workshop for landlords and tenants held at E.P. Foster Library

Presented by the Housing Rights Center, this workshop will focus on issues relating to rent, repairs, evictions, and disability rights.

This event is free and open to the public, and starts at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room. Stop by to learn more about your rights!

CSUCI Weekend @ Foster

On Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting a weekend of events in cooperation with CSU Channel Islands.

On Saturday at 10 a.m. students will offer help with applying for college, and at 2 p.m. professors will be reading from their work.

On Sunday at 1 p.m. there will be a talk on the native flora of the Santa Monica Mountains by Professor Steven Norris.

Call or stop by the library for more information on these and our other upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

Ojai - Fiction Writing Essentials

Be a Better Writer!

Join Doug Taylor, author of Bogota by Bus,
for an interactive workshop 
on the essentials
of fiction development for writing novels.

Saturday, October 11 at 12:00

Doug will discuss plot development, dialogue, descriptive and action narrative, character development, and much more.

 

Prueter Library- Beginning Ukulele Classes

 

Learn to play ukulele in a day! 

Saturday December 13, 1pm

Adults and kids (7 and older) are welcome.  
Bring your ukulele and music stand if you have one. A limited number of ukuleles will be available.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by a
participating adult. 

Ojai Library - Drought Defense for Plants and Trees

Garret Clifford from Ojai Trees 
and
Renee Roth from Green Gardens Group 
present
Keep Your Trees and Plants Alive
During the Drought

Saturday October 4, 2-3pm

   

David's Dish: Spotted Dick

The Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities, and Country Villages across the British Isles by Brian Yarvin is a proper traditional foods cookbook of Great Britain.

The thought of a full English breakfast makes me long for Dorset in South West England again. But alas, I am here in Southern California, but this lovely cookbook is available, so I headed for the kitchen and whipped up some British grub. The choice was difficult. Would the dish be savory or sweet? My savory choice was Welsh Rarebit, the sweet choice was Spotted Dick. Time would permit the creation of only one of these treats. I fancied sweet so I went with the Spotted Dick! The Spotted Dick recipe was appealing for the following reasons: simplicity, a colorful name, and I had most of the ingredients on hand. One ingredient—beef suet—would be a challenge to procure, but the recipe had an alternative ingredient—shortening—so I chose the alternative.
In addition to the Spotted Dick I planned to go whole hog and make my own custard from scratch—no Bird’s custard powder for this bold Englishman! Just to backtrack and clarify the recipe's name and what it is, the English tend to have strange names for foods, “Spotted Dick” being one of them. Spotted Dick is a raisin pudding that's steamed and usually drenched in custard. I know that wasn't much of a clarification of the recipe's name; you'll have to do your own research on that. Getting down to business, the pudding mixture was a snap and the custard sauce was a breeze, but steaming the pudding for two hours and being ever vigilant so that the pan didn't run dry was a bit of a pain! The end result was fine, and the custard sauce improved it to excellent. I dare say the Queen would approve. Knighthood, perhaps?

*****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!

Coming in October: Los Padres National Forest Events!

In October, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting a series of events relating to Los Padres National Forest. Come by to learn about this great local treasure!

The events will be on the Saturdays of October 4, October 11, and October 25. Each event will be held in the Topping Room and will have a special presenter and focus.

You can call or drop by the library for additional information on these or any of our other events. We're lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the state, so come learn how you can get out there and enjoy it!

Testing Our Laser Engraver

We've been doing some additional testing with our new laser cutter and engraver, trying it out with various designs on a number of different materials. It's been a lot of fun!

So far we've tried everything we could get our hands on, including leather, stone, glass, and several types of wood—and we're still looking for more test materials.

We're very excited to be bringing this technology to the library as part of our makerspace. Remember to join us on September 30, 2014, at E.P. Foster Library for a demonstration of what the laser can do!

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