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January Programs at the Thousand Oaks Library

 

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

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

January Programs at the Thousand Oaks Library 

Children

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.

Future Einsteins

Explore water filtration with a fun, hands-on experiment led by Riya A., an MHS honor student. This program will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. For grades 1-5. Registration Required. 

STEAM: 3D Printed Name Tags

Learn how to make a 3D-printed nametag with Tinkercad. This program will be held at the Newbury Park Library Technology Training Room on Monday, January 9, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For Grades 3rd-5th. Space is limited. Registration Required.

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, January 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2023 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Children’s Program Room. Dog Days at Newbury Park Library will resume in February.

 Reading Buddies

Children in Grades 1–4 are given the opportunity to read a book with an attentive volunteer with the goal to improve their reading confidence. Mondays-Thursdays, January 17 – May 25, 2023. Monday sessions are virtual on Zoom from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday sessions are in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays are from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. located in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Space is limited. Registration Required.

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, January 21, 2023 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.

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. Starting January 24, 2023, Tuesdays 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. Starting January 25, 2023, Wednesdays 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. 

Toddler Storytime

Join us at the Library for 20 minutes of storytelling fun! This is a toddler storytime for ages 12-36 months. Starting January 26, 2023, Thursdays at the Newbury Park Library from 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

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. Starting January 26, 2023, Thursdays from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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. Starting January 23, 2023, Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. January 30 will be a bilingual (English/Spanish) storytime.

Hansen REC: Kitchen Scrap Garden

Join the University of California’s Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center as we read Carrots Grow Underground by Mari Schu. Learn the plant cycle, the ease, and benefits of growing kitchen scraps, and take home a potted veggie scrap to take care of. This program will be held at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room on January 24, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration Required. Grades K-2.

LEGO Play at Your Library

Play with LEGO on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and at the Newbury Park Library from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. DUPLO bricks are available for younger builders. Recommended for school age. Walk-ins welcome.

Tweens/Teens 

Teen Art Showcase Calling Teen Artists – Applications Wanted

We will have a High School Art Showcase at the Grant R. Brimhall Library on Sunday, January 29, 2023. If you are a High School Teen interested in showcasing your art at the Library, we would love to see your art. Please review guidelines and apply ASAP. Applications accepted until show is full. Details at: www.tolibrary.org/teens

Books for Buttons & Boba

For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12. Come to the Library and pick-up a “Books for Buttons and Boba” form. Read for Fun! 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.

Games in the Teen Space

A variety of board games available to play in the Teen Space. Different games available monthly so see what’s available this month.

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, January 10, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Children’s Program Room. Registration Required.

Graphic Novel Book Club – Comics, Manga, & Anime

Join this club to talk about Comics, Manga, Anime, and new stories told in graphic format. Choose your own graphic novel to read and share with the group or read a recommended book. This book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12. Registration Required. 

Lunar New Year – Scavenger Hunt

Visit Thousand Oaks or Newbury Park Library from January 22-28, 2023 to participate in a Lunar New Year Scavenger Hunt. If you find all the items in the Library, you get a Rabbit Button, and a chance to win a stuffed animal rabbit. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12. 

Writing Club – For Tweens and Teens

Join a small group that likes to write, talk about their writing or share their writing. This club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12. Registration Required.

Cursive for Tweens

Practice writing the letters of the alphabet, simple words, and short sentences. This program will be held starting January 26, Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-8.

Origami Bouquet

Create your own origami bouquet and learn to create origami stars, flowers, and butterflies out of origami paper and recycled paper. Create for yourself or to give to others. We recommend you bring your own clear vase. This program will be held in the Grant R. Brimhall Library from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, January 30, February 6, and February 13 2023. For Tweens and Teens, Grades 6-12.

Adults  

Enjoying Art: California Impressionism

Fourth in a series designed to open the world of art to all. The “Enjoying Art” series will cover a variety of art topics designed to appeal to a wide range of art lovers and the art curious ranging from novice to knowledgeable. Led by local art enthusiast, collector, and author Richard Reitzell. This program will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

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.

Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

The Gilded One Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

xkcd Webcomic and What If? Series Creator: Author Talk with Randall Munroe

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 January 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2023 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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, January 11, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room and on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

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, January 12, 2023 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 program will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Materials provided. Walk-ins welcome.

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 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This book club will meet on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room. Registration Required.

Dungeons and Dragons

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, January 21, 2023 and in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room on Sunday, January 29, 2023. Ages 14+. Registration Required.

Crafting for Adults: Needle Felting

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, January 27, 2023 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Materials provided. Registration Required.

Computer Basics 1

If you're new to computers or just want to update your skills, you've come to the right place. Feel more comfortable identifying basic computer components, navigate a computer desktop, manage folders and files, and more. This program will be held Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room.

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, January 22, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration Required.

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