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Kickoff featuring Aquarium on WheelsAquarium of the Pacific

Saturday, February 25
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room and Parking Lot

Kick off this year's One City, One Book with sea-themed crafts by CReaTE Studios, "underwater" virtual reality, button making, and a special visit from the Aquarium of the Pacific's Aquarium on Wheels. The Aquarium on Wheels can typically serve 20 - 25 guests every 15 minutes with a limit of 200 total visitors. First come, first served.


Virtual Underwater Photography

Saturday, March 4
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

A virtual lecture with underwater photographer Josh Musselwhite. Join online or attend the live stream at the library.


Cal Lutheran Faculty Discussion Panel

Wednesday, March 8
7:00 – 8:30 pm
California Lutheran University Lundring Events Center

Professors explore unique perspectives and offer thoughtful responses to many of the themes and issues presented in Remarkably Bright Creatures.


Crafternoon for Adults: Sticker-By-Numbers

Thursday, March 9
1:002:30 pm
Newbury Park Library Meeting Room

Keep your brain engaged while creating fun, beautiful art with Sticker by Number. Like paint-by-number, each design is divided into dozens of spaces. Each space has number that corresponds to a sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Watch as a full colored image emerges from the original unfinished illustration. Walk-ins welcome.


Coloring for Adults: Ocean & Marine Theme

Friday, March 10
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Relax with friends and other coloring enthusiasts. Materials provided. Walk-ins welcome.


Sea CreatureCReAte Studio - Sea Crafts

Saturday, March 11
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Sea-themed family crafts will be led by Jemma Wildermuth of CReATE Studio. Drop in to create a fun craft project using recycled material. All materials will be provided while supplies last. For school ages and up. Adults are welcome to join.


Morrison Drive Concert: Sea Shanties

Sunday, March 12
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Morrison Drive is a primarily acoustic group that plays regularly in Ventura County. Join them for a fun afternoon of “sea shanties” as they recount the adventure, tragedy and romance of life at sea.


Community Book Discussion

Free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Tuesday, March 14
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Tuesday, March 28
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Goebel Adult Center

Hosted by the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging and Friends of the Library

Wednesday, March 29
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Newbury Park Branch Library


Genealogy Workshop

Thursday, March 16
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Get started using Thousand Oaks Library’s Genealogy Resources, including the basics of Ancestry Library Edition, Family Search, and finding obituaries and more in newspaper indexes: Los Angeles Times (1881- current)


Open Mic Poetry

Wednesday, March 22
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

A joint program between the Thousand Oaks Library and The Ventura County Poetry Project. Listen to local poets present their work inspired by the themes of Remarkably Bright Creatures.


The Process of Life Review as We Age. How Reminiscence Can Be Used to Re-tell Our Own Story

Thursday, March 23
1:00-2:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Martha Shapiro is the Director of Programs for Senior Concerns. Join her for a discussion on reminiscence – or the recall of past experiences and facts – and how it can be used as an effective tool in understanding the process of living as we age. In partnership with the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging.


Crafternoon for Adults: Oyster Shell Trinket Dishes

Friday, March 24
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Materials provided. Registration required. Space is limited.


Get That Job! Job Search Strategies for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Thursday, March 30
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Newbury Park Library Meeting Room

This workshop is designed to provide helpful information for older adults and people with disabilities seeking employment in today’s job market. Come learn up-to-date job search strategies. The workshop will be led by Monique Nowlin, Deputy Director of Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) and Dr. Karen Gorback, Chair of the Advisory Council of the VCAAA.  In partnership with the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging.  


3D Printed Octopus for Tweens & Teens

Sunday, March 26
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Teen Space

Learn about the basics of 3D printing! Bring your own laptop and connect to the Library's wifi to learn how to design a 3D printable octopus using TinkerCAD. Recommended ages 11+


Creative Writing workshop

Saturday, April 1
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Remarkably Bright Creatures was inspired by a prompt in a creative writing workshop! Dr. Linda Rader Overman is a professor of English at California State University, Northridge and will be leading a creative workshop for beginning and aspiring writers. Pen & paper will be provided or bring your laptop. Teens 16+ are welcome to join.


Wonders of the AquariumWonders of the Aquarium

Monday, April 10
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Children’s Library

Join Brian Hoover and staff from Aquatic Contractors for a special presentation about the Library’s 3,600-gallon saltwater aquarium.


Story Slam!

Friday, April 14
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

As part of One City, One Book the Thousand Oaks Library will be hosting a spring Story Slam. Inspired by Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, writers of all ages are invited to submit a story based on the themes of the ocean, animal companions, aging, loss, family, self-discovery, and found family. Join us for an after-hours reading of selected stories read on stage by the authors. Audience favorite will win a prize. Interested in submitting a story?

Theme: Submit a story based on the themes of the ocean, animal companions, aging, loss, family, self-discovery, and found family.

Word Count: Maximum 1,200 words or 8-9 minutes.

Submission: Any service counter at the library or emailed to info@tolibrary.org with the subject heading “Story Slam.” Entries must be autobiographical, true stories, and rated PG. Please include your name and contact information in your submission.

Deadline: March 27, 2023

Selected storytellers will be notified by April 1, 2023 and will read their stories on April 14, 2023.

 


Cinema & Cephalopods

My Octopus TeacherMy Octopus Teacher

Friday, March 17
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world. Join us for an after-hours screening of this Oscar winning documentary. Light refreshments will be served. Netflix, 85 minutes, 2020.

 


 

Finding DoryFinding Dory

Wednesday, April 12
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Bring the whole family for a spring break movie at the library! Rated PG, 97min. 2016, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.