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January Update

HOLIDAY CLOSURE

All branches of the Butte County Library will be closed on Saturday, January 13 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Regular library hours and schedule will resume on Sunday, January 14.

BOOK SALES

The January “First Friday” book sale for CFOL members only will take place Friday, January 5 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, January 6 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.  All book sale items will receive a 50% discount on Saturday, January 20.

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.

SUNDAY MOVIES

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.

CONSTRUCTION FOR “MAKER SPACE” HAS BEGUN

The Chico branch library’s Maker Space has begun to take shape in the center of the library’s main room.  Your CFOL will make 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.

And there is no need to wait for the completion of the Maker Space 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.

DEPARTURES

Brenda Crotts, Chico library branch manager, will retire from her forty years of Butte County service at the end of January.  Brenda has overseen extensive rearrangement of the library’s materials and displays as well as implementation of innovative new programs and services.

Barbara Seawall, longtime library advocate and book sale manager/supporter, passed away in December.  Her devotion to the Chico branch library continues on with a portion of her estate bequeathed to the Chico Friends of t he Library.

AMAZON PURCHASES AID CHICO FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Making a purchase from amazon.com?  Consider designating Chico Friends of the Library as your charitable organization to receive a percentage of the sales amount from Amazon.  For a description of the program and FAQs see  https://smile.amazon.com/about.

Helpful information includes: “On your first visit to AmazonSmile, smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.”

 

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December Update

BOOK SALES

The December “First Friday” book sale for CFOL members only will take place Friday, December 1 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, December 2 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.  All book sale items will receive a 50% discount on the weekend of December 1 and 2.  Due to the holiday schedule, the last book sale of 2017 will be Saturday, December 16.

SUNDAY MOVIES

On each Sunday afternoon the Chico branch library shows 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.  Enjoy an entertaining afternoon movie alongside friends, neighbors, and other library patrons courtesy of CFOL.

CONSTRUCTION FOR “MAKER SPACE” HAS BEGUN

Preliminary construction of the much anticipated Maker Space has begun in Oroville.  At the completion of this phase, the structure will be moved to Chico for installation and finishing touches.   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, 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 throughout December 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.

And there is no need to wait for the completion of the Maker Space 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.

ANNUAL “BUY THE BOOK” EVENT

Add the Chico branch library to your holiday gift list this year by purchasing one of the library’s choices for the “Buy theBook” event.  Books on the library’s “wish list” are displayed on the table near the library entrance.  Take your selection to the Circulation/Reference desk to complete the purchase.  The book will then be added to the library’s collection for you and other patrons to check out.

AMAZON PURCHASES AID CHICO FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Making a purchase from amazon.com?  Consider designating Chico Friends of the Library as your charitable organization to receive a percentage of the sales amount from Amazon.  For a description of the program and FAQs see  https://smile.amazon.com/about.

Helpful information includes: “On your first visit to AmazonSmile, smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.”

LIBRARY HOLIDAY CLOSURES

 Closed for Christmas on Saturday, December 23, Sunday, December 24, and Monday, December 25.

 Closed for New Years on Saturday, December 30, Sunday, December 31, and Monday January 1.

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October Update

BOOK SALES

The October “First Friday” book sale for CFOL members only will take place Friday, October 6 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, October 7 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.

SUNDAY MOVIES

On each Sunday afternoon 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.  Even though the intense heat of summer has transitioned to perfect autumn days, enjoy an entertaining afternoon movie alongside friends, neighbors, and other library patrons on October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 courtesy of CFOL.

AMAZON PURCHASES AID CHICO FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Making a purchase from amazon.com?  Consider designating Chico Friends of the Library as your charitable organization to receive a percentage of the sales amount from Amazon.  For a description of the program and FAQs see  https://smile.amazon.com/about.

Helpful information includes: “On your first visit to AmazonSmile, smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.”

CONSTRUCTION FOR “MAKER SPACE” BEGINS SOON

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, come to the library for a demonstration of the Chico branch’s new Virtual Reality experience!  Demonstrations will be held on Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

And there is no need to wait for the completion of the Maker Space 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.

LOOKING AHEAD

The 11th annual Trivia Bee for Literacy will take place on Friday, November 17 at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room.  This friendly competition is entertaining as well as educational.  Form your own team of trivia experts, support another team, or join the audience for the benefit of literacy programs.  For more information call 530-538-7198 or contact the reference  desk at the Chico branch library..

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September Update

BOOK SALES

There will be no CFOL book sales on Labor Day weekend, September 1 and 2.  The September “First Friday” book sale for CFOL members only will take place Friday, September 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Regular book sales open to the general public will resume on Saturday, September 9 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.

CHANGE TO CHICO BRANCH LIBRARY HOURS

Beginning Monday, September 4 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 with online Social Security services, takes place every third Wednesday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the library.

SUNDAY MOVIES

On each Sunday afternoon 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 September  3, 10, 17, and 24 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.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR CHICO LIBRARY

Many thanks to Bacio Catering for their generous support of your CFOL and the Chico branch library.  CFOL was the beneficiary of their”pop-up” dinner on July 27 where $6000 was raised and donated to CFOL.  An additional $900 was gleaned from book sales held at the event.

CULTURAL EXPOSITION COMING TO CHICO BRANCH

Celebracion de las Americas, billed as a cultural exposition of Latin American countries, comes to the Chico branch library on Saturday, September 16 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Drama, poetry, children’s activities, games, ethnic food, and live music from 16 countries are free and open to the public in this CFOL-sponsored event.

CONSTRUCTION FOR “MAKER SPACE” BEGINS SOON

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, come to the library for a demonstration of the Chico branch’s new Virtual Reality experience!  Demonstrations will be held September 5, 21, 22, and 26 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your CFOL pledges to advocate for restoration of the Monday hours in the future.

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