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July Programs and Events at the Thousand Oaks Library

CONTACT: Charlotte Burrows, Public Services Division Manager,; 805-381-7338

       Alexandra South, Director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs,; 805-449-2120


 July Programs and Events at the Thousand Oaks Library

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 1, 2024- The following is a list of programs happening at the Thousand Oaks Library during the month of July with GRB denoting Grant R. Brimhall Library and NPL denoting Newbury Park Library.


Join Summer Reading Club and Earn Rewards for Reading!   

June 17 to August 11, 2024 

Complete Summer Reading Club (SRC) by reading 8 books or reading 8 hours to earn a reward from our Treasure Chest and a ticket to enter one of the Grand Prize Opportunity Drawings. All ages welcome. Track your reading either on paper OR online. Learn more at 

Gosh Yarn It 

Friday, July 12 • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm • GRB Community Room 

Relax, crochet, and socialize at our crochet club! Beginners and experts alike are welcome to bring your own supplies and hang out with fellow crocheters as we sip tea and work on our projects. For ages 11+.  

The Great Puzzle Race   

Saturday, July 21 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm • GRB Community Room 

Gather your team of up to 4 people to race each other and the clock to see who can complete a 500-piece puzzle first. Each team will receive the same 500-piece puzzle provided by the library and will have 90 minutes to complete it. The team that finishes first or completes the most before time is called wins! Registration required.  

Adventure At Your Library Story Slam 

Friday, July 26 • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm • GRB Community Room 

Writers of all ages are invited to submit a short story, 1200 words or less, based on this year’s Summer Reading Club theme of “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” All stories must be submitted by Friday, July 12th at the Information desk or submitted via email at The top 8 stories will be selected to be read. A winner will receive a gift card!  

LevelUp Lounge  

Fridays • 10:00 am – 5:30 pm • GRB Teen Space   

Access all ages gaming with the Library’s Xbox Game Pass! Hang out and relax with games like No Man’s Sky, Powerwash Simulator, Forza, Sea of Stars, and over 250 more options! 


Reading Buddies  

Tuesdays • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Wednesdays • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm • GRB Children’s Program Room 

This series helps children practice reading and gain read aloud confidence! For students finishing grades 1-4. Registration required. *No session on July 30th. 

Dog Days  

Tuesdays • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm • GRB Children’s Program Room   

Thursday, July 11 • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Readers of all levels and abilities are invited to come and read to a certified therapy dog! Participants will sign up for a brief 10-minute session with a dog and their owner. Recommended for school-age.  

Wildlife Tracking 

Wednesday, July 3 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Wednesday, July 3 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Learn about tracking animals with naturalist and wilderness skills instructor Rob Remedi. “Tracking” offers a unique, wonderful window into the world of wildlife. For ages 5+. 

Music & Movement  

Fridays • 10:15 am – 10:45 am & 11:15 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Dance, clap, and sing along with Ms. Cheryl and her guitar during this fun, interactive program for ages 0-5 years. Registration required.  

Lego Play 

Saturday, July 6 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Saturday, July 6 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

DUPLO® bricks are available for younger builders. For ages 5+. 

Virtual Author Talk: A Visit to Deckawoo Drive with Mercy Watson and Kate DiCamillo 

Tuesday, July 9 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Virtual 

Join us for a visit to Deckawoo Drive with everyone’s favorite adventure loving pig, Mercy Watson! Newbery Medal winning author Kate DiCamillo will be sharing the stories behind the creation of her early chapter book series, the original Mercy Watson, and the follow up series, Tales from Deckawoo Drive. We will also be celebrating the publication of the final book in the Mercy Watson series!  

Beauties and Beasts: From Tangos to Tarantulas with Violinist Paul Stein 

Wednesday, July 10 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Wednesday, July 10 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

If music were always beautiful and sweet, wouldn’t life get a little boring? Tarantulas, bumblebees, and rattlesnakes are scary, and delightful, musical subjects. Find out how they compare to swans, dancing dolls, and popcorn (yes, popcorn!) in this musical celebration. For ages 5+. 

Historical Journey Through America’s Music with Craig Newton  

Saturday, July 13 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Saturday, July 13 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Craig Newton uses 10 different instruments to take the audience quickly through America’s Music. Lots of sing-alongs and clap alongs, and especially fun! For ages 5+.  

Virtual Author Talk: Surviving the Summer with The Last Kids on Earth and Max Brallier 

Tuesday, July 16 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Virtual 

Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Join us to talk with New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier about The Last Kids on Earth, both the book series and the animated series on Netflix. In this virtual event, Max will share how he came up with the different monsters and villains as well as the unique ways that Jack and his friends figure out to defeat them. 

Kyle Tiernan’s Draw-Along 

Wednesday, July 17 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Wednesday, July 17 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Complete three refrigerator-ready illustrations by following along with Kyle’s fun and interactive drawing lessons. For ages 5+.   

Dig Dug and the Dino Mites Puppet Show with Hey Hey Entertainment!  

Saturday, July 20 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Saturday, July 20 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Famed paleontologist Dig Dug accidentally awakens colorful dinosaurs! Now, the dinos need to adapt and learn life lessons with help from Dig Dug and the Dino-Mite kids in the audience. For ages 2-8 years.   

Science Heroes: “Adventure of the Lost Treasure”  

Wednesday, July 24 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Wednesday, July 24 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Science and stories collide in this all new, interactive STEM storytelling show. Join us on a treasure-hunting adventure deep within the jungle! The audience helps the performer act out the tale, while exploring exciting science concepts. For ages 5+. 

Writing Buddies  

Thursday, July 25 • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm • GRB Community Room 

Tuesday, July 30 • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Let's Roll-a-Story! This activity engages students by providing elements of storytelling while simultaneously supporting skills such as brainstorming and creative writing. For students finishing grades 2-5. Registration required.  

Olympic Crafts with CReATE STUDIO  

Saturday, July 27 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

Saturday, July 27 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Join Jemma Wildermuth of CReATE STUDIO for hands-on eco-art experience making Olympic inspired creations for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games! For ages 5+. 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover  

Sunday, July 28 • 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm • GRB Community Room 

Join us for a fun storytime and craft activity with your furry friend. Then tuck them in at the Library. Photos of their overnight adventure will be posted on Facebook the following morning. Pick up your stuffed animal the next morning at the Children’s Library Help Desk. For ages 3+. Registration required and starts at 3:30 pm.   

Rhythm and Roots with Louie Cruz Beltran  

Wednesday, July 31 • 11:00 am – 11:45 am • GRB Community Room 

An interactive and educational exploration of the roots of Afro Cuban rhythm and how they evolved into today's musical style. For ages 5+. 

Make & Take: Sculptures   

Wednesday, July 31 • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Create your own masterpiece “sculpture” using air dry clay! For ages 5+. 

Storytimes @ Your Library 

Parent & Child Class for Toddlers  

Mondays • 10:15 am – 10:35 am & 11:00 am – 11:20 am • GRB Community Room 

Enjoy 20 minutes of simple stories and songs for ages 12-36 months. Registration required.  

Baby Storytime  

Tuesdays • 10:15 am – 10:35 am • GRB Community Room  

This is a lapsit storytime for babies 0-12 months. Walk-ins welcome! 

Preschool Storytime  

Thursdays, July 11, 18, & 25 • 10:15 am – 11:00 am • GRB Community Room  

This is a storytime & craft for ages 3-5 years. Walk-ins welcome!    

Newbury Park Toddler Storytime  

Thursdays, July 11, 18, & 25 • 10:15 am – 10:35 am • NPL Community Room  

This is a toddler storytime for ages 12-36 months. Walk-ins welcome!    

Bilingual Pajama Storytime  

Monday, July 29 • 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm • GRB Community Room 

This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) storytime & craft for ages 3-5 years. Walk-ins welcome! 


Genre Badge Brag Tags   

June 17 – Aug 11, 2024   

Read a book in a specific genre, finish a scavenger hunt in the Library, and claim your Genre Badge Brag Tag at the Library by August 11. While supplies last.  

Cursive for Tweens  

Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm • GRB Technology Training Room 

30-minute workshops to practice writing the 26 letters of the alphabet, simple words, and short sentences. For students entering grades 6-8. Registration required.  

Reading Rocks Book Club 

Tuesday, July 9 • GRB Children’s Program Room   

Rocks (Grades 4-5) • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

Boulders (Grades 6-8) • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm    

Join us monthly to discuss books with strong female characters. This month’s books are Believe by Julie Mathison for the Rocks and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for the Boulders. Registration required.     

Choose Your Own Adventure Story Writing Workshop    

Tuesday, July 9 • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm • GRB Teen Space 

Write your very own choose your own adventure story in this writing workshop. Bring your own writing notebook or laptop for writing workshop. Registration recommended. 

Digital Mapmaking – Inkarnate    

Tuesday, July 16 • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Bring your laptop, connect to the Library’s WiFi, and create a fantasy map online using Inkarnate. Laptop optional if you wish to watch and learn. Registration recommended.   

Virtual Author Talk: Learning the Power of Poetry with Bestselling Author Elizabeth Acevedo  

Tuesday, July 23 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Virtual 

In this exciting author conversation and Q&A, Acevedo will provide a short reading from her National Book Award winning and New York Times bestselling novel-in-verse, The Poet X serving as the backdrop to this amazing chat! 

Paracord Compass Bracelet    

Tuesday, July 23 • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm • GRB Teen Space   

Weave and knot your own paracord compass bracelet. Registration recommended.    

Olympics Trivia   

July 26 – August 11, 2024 

Complete an Olympics trivia sheet and scavenger hunt at the Library and turn in by August 11 to be entered into a chance to win a $100 gift card for Big 5 Sporting Goods. For grades 6-12.  

Virtual Author Talk: Graphic Novels are Life! Telling Your Own Story in a Graphic Novel with Dan Santat 

Tuesday, July 30 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Virtual 

Join this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Dan Santat, as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels. His winning book, A First Time for Everything, is a graphic memoir based on his own awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life. 

Comic Bookmarks    

Tuesday, July 30 • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm • GRB Teen Space 

Create custom bookmarks out of recycled comic, manga and graphic novel pages. Registration recommended. 


Free Movie Matinées   

Friday, July 5 • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm • NPL Meeting Room  

Mondays, July 8 & 22 • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm • GRB Community Room  

Saturday, July 13 • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm • GRB Community Room 

Watch free movie matinées at the library! View the movie schedule online. 

Happily Ever After Book Club 

Monday, July 8 • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm • GRB Technology Training Room   

Join us as we chat about our favorite romance novels, where a Happily Ever After (HEA)—or a Happily For Now (HFN)—is always guaranteed. This month’s book is Mortal Follies by Alexis Hall. Walk-ins welcome. 

Conversations with Mom  

Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, & 30 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • GRB Community Room  

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. *No session on July 2.  

Board Game Club 

Tuesdays, July 9 & 23 • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm • GRB Community Room 

Adults are invited to join us monthly to play strategy board games like Forbidden Island, Dungeon Mayhem, and Wingspan. Walk-ins welcome. 

Spanish at Your Library  

Wednesdays, July 10 & 24 • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm • GRB Technology Training Room 

Intermediate and advanced learners will gain a better understanding of how to express themselves in Spanish under the gentle guidance and support of a language-learning professional. For ages 14+. Registration preferred. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows. 

Open Mic Poetry Nights  

Wednesday, July 10 • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm • NPL Meeting Room 

Wednesday, July 24 • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm • GRB Community Room 

Join us for an Open Mic Poetry Reading presented by the Thousand Oaks Library and the Ventura County Poetry Society. Readings feature both a featured reader and open mic session. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Group  

Thursday, July 11 • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm • GRB Technology Training Room 

Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting. All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced. For ages 14+. Registration preferred. Walk-ins welcome. 

Adult Coloring Club 

Sunday, July 14 • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm • GRB Community Room 

Take a break and join us for a relaxing coloring session with complimentary coffee and tea. Unwind, socialize, and explore your creativity! 

Many Voices Book Club (Hybrid) 

Wednesday, July 17 • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm • GRB Tech Training Room or Zoom 

Join us in reading and discussing books in a wide variety of genres by authors from a wide variety of cultures. This month’s book is Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah. Walk-ins welcome. 

CLU Lecture: The Adventures of Marketing with Lindsey Carnett  

Thursday July 25 • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm • GRB Community Room  

Lindsey Carnett, CEO and President of Marketing Maven, will discuss the surprising global adventures in starting her own business and her career in Marketing.