March Update


Best selling mystery author J. A. Jance will appear in Chico for a book reading and discussion on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm in the library’s meeting room.  This highly anticipated free appearance is sponsored by your CFOL.  For more information and to register (space is limited), click here.  A limited selection of J. A. Jance’s books will be available at the event, or you may bring your own to be signed.  Open to CFOL members and to the general public, the is a free event not to be missed!


Chico branch library staff, patrons, and members of CFOL have welcomed Susie Serrano to her new position as manager of the branch.  Susie brings considerable experience in several areas of library service and management as she assumes the duties of branch manager.  Read more about Susie in the February 2018 edition of the Chico Carrel.


The February “First Friday” book sale for CFOL members only will take place Friday, March 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  Join your fellow CFOL members in a leisurely browse of the many books and other materials offered at very economical prices.

Regular book sales open to the general public will resume on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.  There will be no book sale on Saturday, March 31 when the library is closed to honor Cesar Chavez,

Books are also available for sale  in the library’s lobby at fifty cents per item whenever the library is open.  There are no better bargains for book lovers.


On each Sunday afternoon the Chico branch library shows family-friendly movies at 2:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  These movies are free and open to the public.   Your CFOL has provided the funding for a license for these showings.  Enjoy an entertaining afternoon movie alongside friends, neighbors, and other library patrons courtesy of CFOL.


The Chico branch library’s Maker Space has been officially designated the Maker Lab.  Your CFOL is making significant contributions to this new resource.  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 is constructing the surrounding walls.  Talk to library staff to share your ideas for additional devices and programs.

In the meantime, come to the library for a demonstration and hands-on experience with the Chico branch’s new Virtual Reality equipment!  Demonstrations will be held on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.  While the initial VR equipment was purchased with a grant, your CFOL provides additional funding for software and accessories.  Additional grants have also been received for new equipment.  Virtual reality experiences are now taking place in the maker space.  The 3-D printers are also located in this area.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Maker Lab will take place upon completion.

And there is no need to wait for the completion of the Maker Lab to receive help with graphic design projects.  Drop in to a new weekly group meeting on Tuesdays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for help with computer design of logos, posters, flyers, business cards, and more.  Click here for more information.  This group is free and open to the public.


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