The work of an author who used the Santa Barbara area as a basis for her best-selling detective novels is going to celebrated this weekend, in a unique fundraising event.

Sue Grafton’s series of books began with “A is For Alibi,” which was published in the early 1980’s and she made it all the way to “Y” before she died in 2017.

Big changes are in store for a major library on the South Coast.

The Santa Barbara Library is increasing security, adding programs, and cutting fines.

There’s a major change in the works for library service in Santa Barbara County, one which will require some people to update their library cards. The Santa Barbara Public Library will no longer manage the Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez Libraries. Oversight is shifting to the Goleta Valley Public Library.

A 3-D printer is whirring away, make a toy sized version of a van is sitting next to in a Ventura parking lot. The van is a 2019 version of something many of us knew as kids: A bookmobile. But you can’t call this gleaming new vehicle a bookmobile. It’s much more than that. It’s the Ventura County Library system's new Mobile Library.

A program intended to get people to turn in their overdue library material and pay their fines with food for the hungry is being called a success in Ventura County. The Ventura County Library System did a “Food for Fines” program at its 12 branches. Library officials say they recovered a number of missing items, forgave nearly $4,000 in fines and collected about 3500 pounds of food.

In a back room at the Goleta Valley Library, four volunteers are busy putting new bar codes on books.

This is a big time for the Fairview Avenue institution. As of June 30th, the Library is leaving the Santa Barbara County Library System, and becoming independent.

There’s something new that promotes literacy at parks in Ventura County.

Some people come to Camino Real Park in Ventura to play basketball. Others come for baseball. And now there’s another reason to stop by the park.

“It’s a little library. It’s a little free place for people to drop things off and pick up some cool treasures,” says Julie Morris of Ventura.

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A new branch of the Ventura County Library is opening this weekend.

The new east side library is located in Ventura on Hill Road across from the Ventura County Government Center.

Nancy Schram, with the County Library System, says the Wright Library that was near Ventura College closed in 2009.

Ventura County is getting a new head of its library system, but it’s someone who is already a familiar face in the county.

The county is promoting Deputy Library Director Nancy Schram to the Director’s post. She’s been Deputy Director since 2016. Before that, she had nearly two decades of experience at libraries in Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles.

Schram was selected after a nationwide search, with more than 80 applicants.

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There’s a new way to get instant access to a library on the South Coast. 

The Ventura County Library has launched the MyVCLib mobile app. This free app delivers the library catalog along with account services such as the catalog search, holds and renewals. Plus, downloadable book and online resource apps are integrated for access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, language learning, movies and music.

A South Coast library is celebrating its 100th anniversary in a unique way.

Some Santa Barbara Library boosters thought what better way to celebrate than with the library’s own book.

A former librarian in Ventura County entered a guilty plea to charges that she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in library funds.

Tammy Jean Ferguson was the financial officer for Blanchard Community Library, which serves Santa Paula. Prosecutors say during an eight year long period, the 55 year old Thousand Oaks woman used a library credit card and a library ATM for personal use. They say she embezzled approximately $500,000.

Ferguson entered guilty pleas to charges of misappropriation of public funds and falsifying public accounts.