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 OCOB Logo 2022 Final

“Wonder of Animals” Photography Opportunity Drawing

March 1 – April 1OCOB 2022 horse

We’re looking for photos taken here in our community that capture the wonder of animals. The photo subject must be relevant to the contest theme: animals that inspire wonder or are significant in your life. All submissions will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win a Visa Gift Card of $50. To Enter: Upload one photo to between March 1 and April 1. All submissions will need to be approved by Library staff before your submission is posted publicly. Please include your: First & Last Name, artist statement, and email address or phone number: To enter the drawing, you MUST include your preferred method of contact in your submission. Winner will be contacted in April.

Horse & Polo Still Life Workshop

Tuesday, March 8 • 6:30pm • Newbury Park Library
Artists are invited to take part in a Still Life Drawing Workshop presented by the Thousand Oaks Library. The subject matter for the still life will be based around horses and the sport of polo, inspired by “Crossing the Line” by Kareem Rosser.

OCOB 2022 horseshoe craft

Lucky Horseshoe Craft

Saturday, March 12 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library

Create unique art with a wooden horseshoe, craft supplies, and your imagination. All supplies will be provided. Recommended for adults and children ages 5 and up.

“Seabiscuit” Outdoor Movie Night

Saturday, March 12 • 6:30 pm • Newbury Park Library
True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (Universal Pictures, 2 hours, 20 min., PG-13, 2003.)

OCOB 2022 polo“The Polo Kid” Movie Screening

Tuesday, March 15 • 6:30 pm • Newbury Park Library
Monday, March 21 • 1:00 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library

“The Polo Kid” goes behind the scenes to tell the true story of how a 13-year-old boy from an ordinary background left home, school, and family far behind to become a polo star. Santiago Torres’ journey takes him from the polo fields of California to Argentina, Florida, New York and Mexico. (Little Star Films, 63 minutes, Not Rated, 2009.)

OCOB 2022 bookcoverBook Discussion

Wednesday, March 16 • 6:30 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library
Tuesday, March 22 • 6:30 pm • Newbury Park Library

Meet with other members of the community for a structured book club discussion about “Crossing the Line” by Kareem Rosser.

3D Print Horse Keychain Workshop for Teens

Tuesday, March 22 • 5:00 pm • Zoom
Learn how to use TinkerCAD to create a 3D print model of your own horse keychain. Watch the tutorial or follow along online to design your very own keychain. Registration required.

Open Mic Poetry

Wednesday, March 23 • 6:00 pm • Zoom
The Ventura County Poetry Project will theme their March 23rd session around the theme of Overcoming Adversity. Inspired by “Crossing the Line” by Kareem Rosser. Registration required. 

Discover the World of Polo

Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. •  Grant R Brimhall Library Community Meeting Room
Come and learn about this fascinating sport from Interscholastic coach, polo announcer, and player Claudia Uretz.  Find out about the ins and outs of the game and get up close with polo gear, tack, and equipment.


OCOB 2022 learn to rideEverything I Needed to Know, I Learned from a Horse: How Equestrian Activities Can Develop Character and Impart Life-Long Lessons

Sunday, March 27 • 2:00 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library
Learning to ride and care for horses can instill compassion, courage, character, and other lifelong values for young people. Come listen to sisters Jennifer McGee and Joanna McDonald share their pictures and stories of many decades of riding and working with horses. The presentation will include ways to get children riding in the Conejo Valley.   

Safe Passage Youth FoundationSafe+Passage+Logo

Tuesday, March 29 • 6:30 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library
Join Director Tim Hagel as he discusses how Safe Passage Youth Foundation supports children in our community through equal access to safety, education, outdoor activities and resources. This Thousand Oaks Non-Profit of the Year volunteer organization supports children in our community and shows them the way to “at promise” instead of “at risk.”  

OCOB 2022 horsemanshipRide On Therapeutic Horsemanship

Thursday, March 31 • 6:30 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library
Join Chief Operating Officer, Sara Jones, for an informative presentation about Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship and how horses are making lives better in our community.

An Afternoon with Kareem Rosser

Kareem Rosser

Author of Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever

Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 pm
Bank of America Performing Arts Center Thousand Oaks – Fred Kavli Theatre

The 2022 One City One Book selection is Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser.
An inspiring memoir of defying the odds from the captain of the first ever all-Black polo team to win the National Interscholastic Polo championship. Crossing the Line is the story of bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, and forging a better
future that comes from overcoming impossible odds.

To participate in One City, One Book, pick up a copy of the book from the
library and join the discussion! Books are available in hardback, paperback,
eBook, and spoken word.

Thousand Oaks Library’s annual One City, One Book community reads program is a citywide literary event which encourages community members to read and discuss the same book. The goals of the program are to engage a wide spectrum of the community in thoughtful exchange of ideas and perspectives; provide a multi-faceted array of programs related to literature and the arts; and foster a sense of community. A driving notion of the program is: When we open a book together, we close it in greater harmony. One City, One Book is made possible by the generous support of The Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

Tickets are required for this event and are now available at the Newbury Park Library and the Grant R. Brimhall Library. Members of the Friends of the Library will be given priority admission 30 minutes before the event. Membership details can be obtained at the Information Desks.

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