•April 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Don’t know much about history—especially the history of our Port? The Port Hueneme Friends of the Library are sponsoring a very special speaker at their 31st Annual Meeting from 2-4 PM on Sunday May 3, 2014.

If you have visited the Channel Islands Maritime Museum during the last two months, you saw the new permanent exhibit on the Port or Hueneme.

That particular exhibit grew out of a curriculum project by Connie Korenstein, who has agreed to present ”The Port of Hueneme: A Father and Son Legacy” at the Prueter Library (510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme)

She describes her presentation as “the story of the development of the port, beginning in 1871 with Thomas Bard’s vision of a wharf to ship out local farmer’s crops.”

Korenstein promises to weave stunning archival photographs with the fascinating narrative of the struggles and conflicts experienced by Richard Bard as he worked for nearly two decades to realize his father’s (Thomas Bard) dream.

Not only is the Port of Hueneme the sole deep water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, but it is also an operating facility of Naval Base Ventura County.

Korenstein comes to us after retiring from a 30-year career teaching Ventura County history. Not one to remain idle, she has embraced a second career that combines both historical research and community service.

Korenstein is a popular docent at a number of local must-see spots around Ventura County: the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, and the Dudley House in Ventura. Korenstein especially relishes performing in living history presentations and historical fashion shows. And if all that weren’t enough, Korenstein also curates the vintage clothing collection at the Murphy Auto Museum.

You won’t want to miss her captivating presentation.
Call 805 488 0363 for further information.31st huenemewharf


•April 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Pulitzer-prize winning author (“Winds of War”) Herman Wouk once wrote: “The door available to everyone that can lead to happiness and success is the modest door of the public library.”

On April 18th from 10 to 4, we will be celebrating the 25th Birthday of our public library with a blowout book sale. Most items will be priced at 25 cents or less.

Twenty-five years ago, the Ray D. Prueter Library was dedicated and named in honor of the beloved Port Hueneme mayor who served from 1962 to 1974.

The bespectacled, open-faced and perpetually smiling Prueter was a regular visitor to his namesake library.

He often introduced himself to the children browsing the shelves and then chuckled when they would recognize him as “The Library Man.”

He was also known to make an impromptu donation of pricey educational materials whenever he discovered that such supplies were out of the financial reach of a small town library.

While the self-deprecating Prueter, who passed away at 87 on April 7, 2008, was tickled at the prospect of having a library named after him, he also took special pride in the building’s unique archiBooksale[1]tectural features.

The ocean, so cherished by Prueter as well as the folks who populate Port Hueneme, is front and center in the wave-like forms of a roof designed to maximize use of natural light as well as the sea-colored Italian glass mosaics that decorate the outside and inside of the entryway.

All bargain hunters are cordially invited to browse the hundreds of gently-used paperbacks, hardbacks, videos, and audio books (categorized by subject) on our sunny entrance patio. If you are especially interested in cook books or books for young children, you will find a wide selection available this year.

All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund programs for children, teens and adults at the Prueter Library.

The Newsletter Is Out!

•March 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Check out the Winter Newsletter href=”https://porthuenemefriends.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/friends-news-january-2015.pdf”>Friends News January 2015
Remember that you can access all past newsletters. They are archived under the Newsletters page. You can find special pages on the right hand side of the website.

Friends News October 2014

Happy Holidays from the Friends

•March 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Highlights from the Friends of the Library Holiday Gift and Book Boutique on Dec 6, 2014. Hundreds of customers found great bargains in gently used gifts and Christmas books, CDs and music. Photo Credit: Jonnie Lisman

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Highlights of the 2014 Victorian High Tea

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Your invitation to the 2014 Victorian High Tea

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