Library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Programs, Speakers and Events

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Sunday, October 1, 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library

Kickoff Event - Ponderosa Aces

Enjoy the fantastic sounds of the Ponderosa Aces. Then join dance instructor Kathy Bailey who will show you how to Country Line Dance like a pro. You can also take a ride in a Wells Fargo Stagecoach and experience what it felt like to travel in America more than 160 years ago. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of sight, sound and experiences of the old west, Thousand Oaks style.

Sunday, October 1 - Saturday, October 14

2017 Acorn Journalism Contest

As part of our 2017 One City One Book Program, and in partnership with the Thousand Oaks Acorn, write and submit a factual article about a post-civil war era event.  The top three winners will be published in the Thousand Oaks Acorn!  Visit the Library for more information.  Deadline for submissions is October 14th.

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 - 8:00 pm • California Lutheran University

Drawing the News: Winslow Homer, Race and the Civil War

In this illustrated presentation, renowned art historian Frances Pohl of Pomona College, investigates several paintings by Winslow Homer in which he attempts to represent the complex roles played by African Americans during the Civil War.  Dr. Pohl has written two books and several essays on American artist Ben Shahn.

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library

Dr. Roger McGrath Lecture

Join reknowned historian and frequent contributor to The History Channel as he discusses life in the western United States, post Civil War.

Saturday, October 7, 11:00 - 11:45 am • Grant R. Brimhall Library
Saturday, October 7,
2:00 - 2:45 pm • Newbury Park Library

Cowboy Ken Frawley  Fun for the whole family!

Cowboy Ken brings to life the Old West art of trick roping, cowboy songs, pioneer stories, and lots of opportunities for his “partners” to join in the fun!

October 7, 8, 14 and 15 • Stagecoach Inn Museum

Voices of Old Conejo

This year Voices of Old Conejo will not only have a reenactment of a "newspaper reader" delivering the news of the day, to the people living in the Conejo Valley in 1880, but there will also be other references to local newspapers throughout the history of our area. When did the L.A. Times start delivering their paper in Thousand Oaks? Who was the first newspaper editor? What newspaper did Egbert Newbury write for? Listen to an authentic newspaper article written by a stagecoach traveler about her journey from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles back in 1870. In addition to this you'll also learn about life in the Conejo Valley in 1876. Other portrayals will include, Alex Fiore, Frances Dee, Frank Crowley, Ethel Hays and many others. Don't miss this exciting evening of time travel at the Stagecoach Inn Museum. Purchase tickets at the Stagecoach Inn Museum website:

Sunday, October 8, 2:00 – 3:30 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library

Buckles and Bows Square Dance Club

Experience the enjoyment of square dancing with Buckles and Bows Square Dance Club! Local members will provide live square dance demonstration featuring caller Dale Hoppers, followed by instruction for audience participants.

Thursday, October 12, 6:30 - 7:30 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library

News Panel

Join a distinguished panel of current and former journalists as they discuss the challenges and complexities of delivering the news in a 24-hour, social media driven environment.  Former journalist and current Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Pena will moderate this timely discussion. 

Saturday, October 14, 9:15 am – approximately 5:00 pm
Bus leaves from the Grant R. Brimhall Library

Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library Cultural Bus Tour to the Gene Autry National Center of the American West

Enjoy a docent led tour of one of the foremost museums of Western heritage. The cost of $33.00 for Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library members or $38.00 for non-members includes roundtrip transportation, admission to the Autry, the docent led tour and driver gratuity. Lunch is on your own at The Golden Spur Cafe. For information and reservations, call Carol 805-480-1450.

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 -8:00 pm • California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center

California Lutheran University Faculty Panel Discussion

Professors explore unique perspectives and offer thoughtful responses to many of the themes and issues presented in News of the World.

Saturday, October 21, 6:30 - 7:30 pm • Newbury Park Library Parking Lot

Outdoor Movie Night: Tombstone

(Buena Vista Pictures, Rated R, 130 minutes, 1993)  Starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.  Bring your own beach chairs and snacks.

Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 7:30 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library

Speak Up!: Teen Public Speaking Workshop

Interested in becoming a better speaker? Join Distinguished Toastmaster Liz Brenner to discuss the skills needed to ace the art of public speaking. Learn why public speaking is important and become a better communicator in your everyday life with these confidence building techniques.  (Recommended 6th-12th Grade)



Sunday October 29, 3:00 – 4:30 pmThousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre

An Afternoon with Paulette Jiles

Thousand Oaks Reads: One City, One Book 2017 culminates with the appearance of Paulette Jiles, author of News of the World. She will discuss her book, answer readers’ questions and sign books. Free tickets are required for this event. Tickets are available at the Grant R. Brimhall Library and the Newbury Park Branch Library beginning Monday, September 25.