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Ojai Library. The small used book- store is maintained by the Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation (OVLFF).
“The books are donated by the people of Ojai. We have a donation shed right adjacent to the (Ojai) Li- brary,” said Susan Bee of OVLFF.
Store-worthy books from the donation shed are sorted and priced by OVLFF volunteers. Hardback books are typically sold for $2 and paperback books range from 50 cents $1.50, said Bee.
All proceeds go to the Ventura County Library's three Ojai Valley branches — the Ojai Library, the Oak View Library and the Meiners Oaks Library.
“This year, bookstore funds will contribute approximately $25,000 to the Ojai Libraries,” Bee said.
Books often make their way back to Twice Sold Tales multiple times. “We have some books we think
we have shelved four or five times,” she said.
Bee was inspired to volunteer with the bookstore by her sister, Ann Crozier, a former librarian.
The aging bookstore was recently refurbished thanks to a large donation from local Richard Geres upon his death. The donation took OVLFF by complete surprise.
“It's like a wonderful children's story,” Bee said.
The Ventura County Library's Ojai branches: The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai; The Mein- ers Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., Meiners Oaks; The Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View
The largest of the Ventura County library's three Ojai branches is the Ojai Library in downtown Ojai.
Though reading materials are available through myriad technolo- gies, Ojai librarian Ron Solorzano said patrons still come to the library for the books.
“Our circulation is very strong, the Ojai Library, we're the second
The roadside little free libraries like this one are becoming fixtures in many Ojai neighborhoods.
highest circulation for the libraries in the Ventura County system,” he said. “A lot of people will tell you, and I'm one of them, they prefer the feel of a book, they prefer the feel of a physi- cal, actual tome.”
In addition to connecting read- ers to books, he connects patrons to technology. Audio books are popular, he said, particularly for community members with vision issues.
But the library is not solely for reading — like many other reading spaces, it's a place for connection and conversation.
“Traditionally people think of the library as a kind of quiet place. A place that you just go and you read and you work and you don't speak very much,” he said as young chil- dren and parents raucously emerged from an early literacy class. “And I don't know that it's ever really been true for public libraries, at least not
fully.”
In addition to early literacy class-
es, the library plays host to home- work workshops, opera concerts, lec- tures, book clubs and knitting clubs — it even serves as the occasional meeting place of a local ukulele club.
“There are people that come in every day, there are people that spend a lot of their days here, there are peo- ple who spend all of their days here,” said Solorzano. “Even with folks who are not necessarily thought of when you think of community, people who are maybe struggling with home- lessness, or other at-risk situations, they're here a lot. We see them and we know them and they know us and they know each other.
“Sometimes people just want somewhere to be for an hour ... or eight hours,” he added. “And we provide that. We want to provide that for everyone.”
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