Don't lament the end of literary traditions. Instead celebrate them with the determined Jody Fickes, proprietor of the nationally recognized Adventures for Kids, who introduces the children of our community to writers and artists who create lovely books. The events in the bookstore are more than just story hours to entertain tots; they are the beginning of literary traditions for the next generation. Carmen Deedy will read from "The Library Dragon" at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Margy Burns Knight and Anne Sibley O'Brien will introduce their new book "Welcoming Babies" at 3 p.m. Saturday. Rosemary Wells, author of the Max books, will be back to sign her latest title "Night Sounds, Morning Colors" at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The bookstore is at 3457 Telegraph Road, Ventura.
To calm your Internet, E-mail, CD-ROM information-overloaded synapses, get thee to a used book sale where you can purchase for tiny amounts of money, old picture books from your past, titles you've been meaning to read and books for holiday giving. The Thousand Oaks Library's three-day sale begins at 6 p.m. Friday, continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1401 E. Janss Road.
Verve Magazine poet/editors Marilyn Hochheiser and Ron Reichick will direct an in-depth poetry workshop, which includes creative writing exercises, self critiques and tips on getting published, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Simi Valley Arts Center, 3190 Cochran St. The fee is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 522-7575 for details.
Award-winning authors Paul Bishop of Camarillo, Sharan Newman of Newbury Park and Michael Collins of Santa Barbara are among the 19 authors who will be panelists at the Mystery Writers of America seminar from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Sportsmen's Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. The $75 fee includes lunch. Call (310) 434-5384.
Sponsored by Bakunin Magazine, two members of the Undead Poets Society will read poems at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Vampyre Lounge Cafe, 655 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call 526-3264.
Mad Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones will read from kids' books in English and Spanish at 3:30 p.m Tuesday in the children's room at Ojai Table of Contents, 208 E. Ojai Ave.