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November Programs at the Thousand Oaks Library

CONTACT: Charlotte Burrows, Public Services Division Manager, cburrows@tolibrary.org; (805) 381-7338

        Alexandra South, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Director, asouth@toaks.org; (805) 449-2120

 

November Programs at the Thousand Oaks Library

All Ages 

New Video Game Collection 

Starting November 1, 2022, Thousand Oaks Library cardholders can borrow video games for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, XBox One, and XBox Series X. The new video game collection at the Thousand Oaks Library intends to meet the needs of the gamers in our community by providing access to high-quality educational and entertainment games. 

The Thousand Oaks Library is dedicated to providing equal access to a wide variety of materials for our community. These include books, audiobooks, music, DVDs, and video games. Every medium can educate and entertain. Games are an increasingly important way people learn, interact, and have fun. They can also encourage literacy, promote socialization, and increase empathy. By including video games in our collection, we ensure that all our patrons will have access to this newer and constantly evolving technology. 

Video games in our Juvenile collection are rated E (Everyone) and E10+ (Everyone 10+) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). Video games in the Teen and Adult collection are rated T (Teen) and M (Mature 17+) by the ESRB. Games rated T or M require an adult to check out.  

Thousand Oaks Library cardholders may check out up to 2 video games at a time for a loan period of 14 days, and it can be renewed if there are no holds on it. The video game collection is currently located at the Grant R. Brimhall Library. Patrons can request to hold and pick up items at either Grant R. Brimhall Library or Newbury Park Library. 

Día de los Muertos 

Visit the Newbury Park Library between Tuesday, November 1, 2022, and Saturday, November 5, 2022, for Día de los Muertos crafts, coloring, and activities. All ages. 

Chumash & Tataviam Storytelling 

Join Alan Salazar, a traditional storyteller, native educator, and a tribal elder in both the Fernandeño Tataviam and Ventureño Chumash tribes for this Chumash and Tataviam storytelling event followed by a craft. This program will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. All ages. Walk-ins welcome. 

Children 

Children’s Book Club in a Box 

Start your own book club! The Thousand Oaks Library’s Book Club in a Box program quickly gets great children’s books into the hands of your book group members. Book Club in a Box kits contain ten copies of a single title, discussion questions (when available), an author biography, and a group member sign-up sheet to help keep track of books. To see a list of available titles, please visit the library’s website. 

In-N-Out Cover to Cover Club 

The Thousand Oaks Library is participating in the "Cover to Cover" In-N-Out Reading Program between October 1 through November 12, 2022. Drop by either library to sign up. After reading 5 books, young readers can exchange the reading log for a certificate for a free In-n-Out burger. Earn up to 3 coupons per child. While supplies last. For ages 4 – 12 only. 

Storytimes 

Baby Storytime 

Join us at the Grant R Brimhall Library for 20 minutes of storytelling fun! This is a lapsit storytime for babies 0-12 months. Tuesdays, November 1, 8, and 15, 2022 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. Walk-ins welcome. 

Toddler Storytime 

Join us at the Library for 20 minutes of storytelling fun! This is a toddler storytime for ages 12-36 months. Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16, 2022 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library from 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Registration required. Registration opens four weeks in advance.  

Preschool Storytime 

Join us at the Grant R. Brimhall Library for 30 minutes of storytelling fun and then a small craft! This is a storytime for ages 3-5 years. Thursdays, November 3, 10 and 17, 2022 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Walk-ins welcome. 

Pajama Storytime 

Join us at the Grant R Brimhall Library for 30 minutes of storytelling fun and then a small craft! This is a storytime for ages 3-5 years. Mondays, November 7 and 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. November 14 will be a bilingual (English/Spanish) storytime. 

Homework Help Center  

Students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade can get free homework help from volunteers at the Grant R. Brimhall Library and Newbury Park Library. The Homework Help Center is open at the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed on all CVUSD holidays and breaks. 

Dog Days  

Readers of all levels and abilities are invited to read to a certified therapy dog! Participants will sign up for a brief 10-minute session with a dog and their owner. This program will be held on Tuesdays, November 1, 8, and 15, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Children’s Program Room and on Thursdays, November 3, 2022 and December 1, 2022 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room. 

Music and Movement 

Dance, clap and sing along with Ms. Cheryl and her guitar during this fun, interactive program. This program will be held in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Ages 0-5 years. Registration required. 

LEGO Play at Your Library 

Play with LEGO between 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library and on Wednesday November 23, 2022 at the Newbury Park Library. DUPLO bricks are available for younger builders. Recommended for school age. Walk-ins welcome. 

California Grapes 

In partnership with the University of California’s Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Learn about California table grapes with the timeless book “California Grapes” by Karen Adler. The book is written in a rhyming fashion covering everything from the history to the basics of how grapes are grown. Children will enjoy a short science lesson. This program will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration required. For grades K- 2. 

Tweens/Teens 

Books for Buttons & Boba 

All through November 2022 Tweens and Teens are invited to come to the Library and pick-up a “Books for Buttons and Boba” form. Finish a book, get a button and enter for a chance for a Boba gift card. The more books you finish, the more chances to win. Grades 6-12.  

Book & Movie Club in a Box 

Check out our new Book & Movie Club in a Box featuring the story The Hunger Games. Start your own book club with friends. Read the book, watch the movie, and get inspired by suggested discussions and activities. Check it out at the Library Teen Space along with other Book and Movie Club boxes. 

Big Library Read 

Big Library Read – A Snake Falls to Earth. Join a global e-book club. This award-winning title draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave an unforgettable tale of monsters, magic and family. Borrow the eBook or eAudiobook with no waitlist from Libby between November 2 - 16. 

International Games Month: Board Games in the Teen Space 

For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12. “Ticket to Ride,” “Unstable Unicorns,” and “Carcassonne,” are just a few games you can play with friends at the library in November. Games are located in the Grant R. Brimhall Teen Space. Different games are available monthly! 

Reading Rocks! Book Club 

Ages 10-12 are invited to join us on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss books with strong female characters. This program will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Children’s Program Room. Registration Required. 

International Games Month: Virtual Escape Room 

Sign up to play “The Euphorigen Investigation,” an online escape room that immerses players in a world of manipulated media, social media bots, deepfakes, and other forms of deception. This program will be held online through Zoom on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Required video and mic on for full active participation. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 7-12 only. Registration required.  

International Games Month: Mario Kart Video Game Tournament 

Compete with others in a Nintendo Switch Mario Kart tournament or just watch and enjoy the tournament on the big screen in the community room. Game Stop gift cards will be awarded to the top three competitors. This program will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12. 

International Games Month: Oculus Virtual Reality 

Books take us into new worlds, and so can virtual reality. Check out the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest. Try a 10-minute session to explore new worlds at the Library. This program will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at the Grant R. Brimhall Tech Training Room and on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at the Newbury Park Library Tech Space. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12 only. 

Adults  

Virtual Author Talks 

Brought to you in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium, enjoy a range of virtual talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders! For more information and to register for home viewing, go to: https://libraryc.org/tolibrary

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. 

Lisa Napoli — The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR 

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.  

Bonnie Garmus — Lessons in Chemistry 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.   

Kwame Christian — How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond 

Modern Art Made Easy 

Second in a series designed to open the world of art to all. Modern Art describes a number of innovative and radically different art movements that emerged in the early twentieth century. The presentation will help demystify the many styles of art or “Isms” that emerged in Europe before making their way to the United States. The development of increasingly experimental art forms such as postimpressionism, cubism, expressionism, fauvism, surrealism, as well as early experiments in abstract expressionism and others will be explored in an approachable and down-to-earth way.  

Led by local art enthusiast, collector, and author Richard Reitzell. This program will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.  

Technology Training 

This month learn more about social related technologies with our Get Connected Series. Classes will be held on Thursdays at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in the Technology Training Room from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Classes are free. Ages 14 and up. Please pre-register at www.tolibrary.org/classes.  

November classes include: 

  • Zoom Basics (November 3) 

  • Whatsapp Basics (November 10) 

  • Intro to Instagram (November 17) 

ESL Conversation Group 

Practice speaking English with other adults in an informal and friendly group setting. Participants of varying levels of English proficiency and from all native languages are welcome. This program will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room.

Coloring for Adults 

Relax with friends and other coloring enthusiasts once a month. This month’s theme is “All Things Autumn”. This program will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Materials provided. Walk-ins welcome. 

Street Fighter 3 Third Strike Tournament 

In celebration of International Games Month, the Thousand Oaks Library will host a Street Fighter 3 Tournament. Game Stop gift cards will be awarded to the top three competitors. This program will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Adults only. 

Conversations with Mom 

This free support group is for moms and their newborns to get together in a relaxed environment to express their joys and concerns. A safe place to ask questions and meet other new moms in the community. This program will be held Tuesdays November 8, 15, and 29, 2022 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. No sessions on November 1 and 22, 2022. 

Movie Matinees 

Join us for a movie in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room twice a month at 1:00 p.m. On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 we will be showing “The Outfit” (Crime/Mystery, Rated R, 90 min, 2022, Focus Features) and on Monday, November 21, 2022 we will be showing “Free Guy” (Adventure/Comedy, Rated PG-13, 115 min, 2021, 20th Century Fox).   

Open Mic Poetry Nights 

Join us for a joint program between the Thousand Oaks Library and The Ventura County Poetry Project as we present Open Mic Poetry Nights. Come listen in person or online to local poets and share your own work. This program will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room. 

CSUCI Student Presentations 

Medical Students from CSUCI interning at Cedars-Sinai will present on the benefits of Stem Cell research and how that research is being used to cure Disease. This program will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.  

Many Voices Book Club 

There are many voices that make up this world. The Many Voices Book Club is a chance to explore some of them. Join us on the third Thursday of each month for discussing books in a wide variety of genres by authors from a wide variety of cultures. Our book this month is Maus by Art Spiegelman. This book club will meet on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room. Registration Required. 

CSUCI Lecture Series  

How an unhappy worm can help us to understand brain disease and treatments in a variety of disorders, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and addiction. Presented by Gareth Harris, Ph.D. This program will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.  

Crafting for Adults: Fall Quilling Art 

Adults are invited to join us at the Library to socialize and make a different craft each month! This program will be held in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Materials provided. Registration required. 

NaNoWriMo Write-in 

November is National Writing Month! Join us at the Grant R. Brimhall Library for a quiet space and dedicated time to work on your writing goals. This program will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Ages 14+. 

Dungeons and Dragons 

Dungeons and Dragons is back in a whole new way! Join us at the Library once more to quest for glory and riches, and to maybe make some friends along the way. This program will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room on Saturday, November 26, 2022 and in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room on Sunday, November 27, 2022. Ages 14+. Registration Required. 

Board Game Club 

Love strategy board games but have a difficult time finding a consistent group to play with? Us too! Adults are invited to join us monthly to play games like Forbidden Island, Dungeon Mayhem, and Wingspan, or bring your own games to share with others! This program will be held in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room on Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration Required. 

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