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August Update

BOOK SALES

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.

NEW CHICO BAGS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

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.

FALL BRINGS CHANGES IN CHICO BRANCH LIBRARY HOURS

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.

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

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS END

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.

SUNDAY MOVIES

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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July Update

HOLIDAY CLOSURE

All Butte County library branches will be closed on July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

BOOK SALES

All items at the book sales on July 7 and 8 will be half price!!

The members-only First Friday book sale will take place on Friday, July 7 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.

NEW CHICO BAGS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

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.

FALL BRINGS CHANGES IN CHICO BRANCH LIBRARY HOURS

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.

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.

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS

Summer reading programs for children, youth, and adults take place throughout June and July.  Your CFOL contributes materials and prizes to participants in “Reading by Design,” this year’s program theme.   CFOL also helps 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 include Uncle Joe’s Bees presentation, Native Basket Design workshop, a folk music performance by Adam Miller, and a discussion and movie focusing on Tarzan.  Summer reading programs end with the announcement of contest winners on Saturday, July 29.  Visit your Chico branch library for details.

SUNDAY MOVIES

On each Sunday afternoon throughout July 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 July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 courtesy of CFOL.

 

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June Update

BOOK SALES

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!

The members-only First Friday book sale will take place on Friday, June 2 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.

Note:  The first weekend in June will be a BIG SALE.  Here’s our Facebook announcement:

 

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.

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS

Summer reading programs for children, youth, and adults will take place throughout June and July.  Your CFOL contributes materials and prizes to participants in “Reading by Design,” this year’s program theme.   CFOL also helps 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 also are sponsored by CFOL.  For a full calendar of June children’s activities contact staff at the Chico branch.  And check this space next month for July events.

SUNDAY MOVIES

On each Sunday afternoon throughout June 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 to acquire a license for these showings.  Escape the summer heat with an entertaining afternoon movie alongside friends, neighbors, and other library patrons on June 4, 11, 18, and 25, courtesy of CFOL.

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May Update

BOOK SALES

Regular book sales open to the general public take place every Saturday from 9:00 to 11:30 am in the community 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!

The members-only First Friday book sale will take place on Friday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the library’s community 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.

CFOL  ANNUAL  MEETING

On Tuesday, May 16  at 7:00 pm the CFOL will hold its annual meeting in the library’s community room.  After a brief business meeting featured speaker Dan Barnett will share anecdotes from his thirty years of book reviewing.  Everyone is invited to attend .

ROB ATKINSON ANNUAL CUPCAKE FUNDRAISER A BIG SUCCESS

Each year, the Century 21 Jeffries Lydon Real Estate office in Chico sponsors a cupcake sale in honor of long-time CFOL member and book sale volunteer Rob Atkinson.  The sale supports the many contributions of Chico Friends of the Library to the Chico branch.  This year’s fundraiser surpassed previous years’ with a total of more than $3700.  Such generous community support is greatly appreciated.

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.

CFOL CONTRIBUTES TO “LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES”  (LFLs)

With over 50,000 registered LFLs in the United States, this international phenomenon makes books freely available to all on a “take a book, return a book” basis.  Located in a variety of settings, from storefronts to residential areas and public parks, each LFL holds about a dozen books.  Butte County Library sponsors several LFLs in Chico, with community groups and residents sponsoring others.  Your CFOL maintains a large selection of books that have been donated to the book sales for LFL stewards to choose from to refill their LFL as needed.  Eventually the “take a book, return a book” process should lead each LFL to be self-sustaining.  Outlying neighborhoods that do not have a nearby library branch especially benefit from this collaboration between communities, CFOL, and Butte County Library.

LOOKING AHEAD

Summer reading programs for children, youth, and adults will take place throughout June and July.  Your CFOL will contribute in a variety of ways to “Reading by Design,” this year’s theme.  For more information contact staff at the Chico branch.

 

 

 

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