August Update


All items at the book sales on August 4 and 5 will be half price!!

The members-only First Friday book sale will take place on Friday, August 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  Join the Chico Friends of the Library and enjoy the calmer, less crowded atmosphere to browse the many books, media, and other materials  for sale.

Regular book sales open to the general public take place every Saturday, except holiday weekends, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.  Books are also available for sale in the library’s lobby whenever the library is open.  There are no better bargains for book lovers.


Declare your support for your CFOL with purchase of an ever-popular Chico Bag displaying the words “Chico Friends of the Library.”  Available in red or blue for $6, these useful and practical carriers easily hold your reading selections from the library or the book sales, as well as groceries and other shopping purchases.  They make thoughtful and commemorative gifts for friends and visitors to Chico.  See the Circulation or Reference desks at the library to obtain yours.


Beginning in September, after Labor Day, the Chico branch will be closed on Mondays.   Increasing costs for other Butte County services have caused reductions in the budgets of many County departments, including the library.  Despite the cut in hours, your Chico branch library will continue to provide the services patrons appreciate and depend on.  A new service, help and information for Social Security applicants and recipients, will soon be added.  Your CFOL pledges to advocate for restoration of the Monday hours in the future.


Your CFOL will make significant contributions to the new “Maker Space” to be built in the center of the library.  Devices such as 3-D printers, a button maker, sewing machines, typewriters, and an Ellison die-cut machine will be available for public use.  There will also be space for tutoring, book discussions, Fandom Club, computer lab and other programs.  Your CFOL will purchase materials as well as storage cabinets and work surfaces, while Butte County will construct the surrounding walls.  Talk to library staff to share your ideas for additional devices and programs.

In the meantime, ask library staff for a demonstration of the Chico branch’s new Virtual Reality experience!


Summer reading programs for children, youth, and adults concluded with the announcement of contest winners on Saturday, July 29.  Your CFOL contributed materials and prizes to participants in “Reading by Design,” this year’s program theme.   CFOL also helped buy snacks and art supplies for the teen Fandom craft and chat club that meets weekly.  A special magic show at toddler storytime on June 22 and a musical performance on June 29 were sponsored by CFOL.  July events included Uncle Joe’s Bees presentation, Native Basket Design workshop, a folk music performance by Adam Miller, and a discussion and movie focusing on Tarzan.


On each Sunday afternoon throughout August the Chico branch library will show family-friendly movies at 2:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  These are free and open to the public.   Your CFOL has provided the funding for a license for these showings.  Escape the summer heat with an entertaining afternoon movie alongside friends, neighbors, and other library patrons on August 6, 13, 20, and 27 courtesy of CFOL.

These “dog days” of summer are a reminder that your Chico branch library is the perfect place to cool off with a good book, magazine, computer time or other activity.  See the Circulation or Reference desk for calendars of adults’ and young people’s activities.



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