VENTURA : Telethon to Raise Funds for Library

A telethon will be held tonight to help keep a library in one of Ventura’s poorest neighborhoods from closing.

Mayor Gregory L. Carson will host the fund-raiser for the Ventura Avenue Library, which will be broadcast on Ventura Channel 6 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The event will be televised from City Hall by two cable companies that serve about 29,500 households in Ventura.

The goal of the telethon is to raise $75,000, which will keep the Avenue Library open for three more years, said Councilman Gary Tuttle, who is heading the campaign to save the library from shutting its doors.


About $5,000 has been raised by a committee headed by Tuttle, and the City Council has agreed to contribute up to $15,000 in matching funds.

The library was targeted for closure about two months ago by county officials because they say it is too expensive to operate. After pleas from Ventura residents, the Board of Supervisors gave the library a 60-day reprieve so community leaders could raise money.

The library’s lease will run out Thursday, Tuttle said. “This is our main fund-raiser,” he said. “If this doesn’t make tremendous headway, then it’s over.”