Average library expenditure per capita in California was $17.62. Butte county spent $7.84. Chico city council voted additional funds, increasing the Chico branch hours from 39 to 60. A Fall Festival was held to celebrate expanded hours and say “thank you” to the city council. The Bookmobile began visiting 6 senior residences, bringing books to those unable to visit the library.
The county Board of Supervisors created a Library Advisory Board to oversee library policy and budget. CFOL created a building fund to address future space considerations.
A grant from Soroptimists was used to support the after-school homework help project. Saturday book sale profits averaged $1000 each sale day.
CFOL budgeted $5000 for the Books-by-Mail program serving those physically unable to visit the library. For National Library Week CFOL distributed magnets showing library phone number, hours of opening and a link to the library’s website.
CFOL budgeted $3000 per month for new additions to the Library collections. Proceeds from the Fall Festival were sent to the Biloxi Library in Mississippi, damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
At the Annual Meeting Debbie Cobb and Steve Ferchaud spoke about their joint venture writing, illustrating and publishing Gracie’s Big Adventure with Augustine the Beaver. Also during the meeting, seven graduating teen volunteers were recognized for the 700 hours they logged volunteering at the library. CFOL began sponsoring a free monthly Classic Movie Night.
1st annual holiday Craft Fair held with proceeds dedicated to improvements in the Children’s Room. CFOL team, Marian Milling, Rob Atkinson and James Dwyer, placed second at the Literacy Trivia Bee. CFOL cookbook published in time for holiday sales. The project to reupholster library furniture was completed by Square Deal Mattress Company.
CFOL approved $1000/month for extra help to fund Friday story times and library tours for all Chico 3rd grade students. Annie’s Star Quilt Guild donated a quilt for a raffle benefiting CFOL.
CFOL joined other vendors at the weekly Butte College Road Runners Market with a goal of promoting the library, selling CFOL merchandise and issuing library cards to market attendees. Local historian, Michele Shover, was the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting in May.
First Friday Book Sale gave members a chance to preview and purchase books in advance of the regular Saturday sale. Ben & Jerry’s held a free ice cream day with proceeds going to CFOL. 11,973 hours contributed to the library by volunteers.
CFOL funded a new and improved circulation desk. Prizes for the first Young Adult photo contest provided by CFOL. Our team placed first in the Literacy Trivia Bee. Long time branch head Susan Raun retired, succeeded by Sara Vantrease.
The Love Your Library poster, created by local artist Steve Ferchaud, made into a jigsaw puzzle for sale by CFOL. Butte County Library celebrated its 100th anniversary with events in all branches. The Chico branch introduced Sunday hours, open from 1:00 to 5:00.
Century 21 contributed $3650 from its Cupcake Fundraiser to remodel children’s and young adult areas. Brenda Crotts came from the Paradise library to take over as branch head. Gerald Davis, long time CFOL treasurer and financial advisor, passed away.
Veterans Resource Center was established in the Chico library with funds from CFOL. CFOL sponsored an evening with Wayne Houchin, magician, to benefit the Weed library, damaged in the Boles fire. CFOL team, Bibliomaniacs, won the Trivia Bee.
Chico city council eliminated library funding resulting in Monday closure and reduced hours on other weekdays. Library Book Club established. 3-D printer lab established with funding from CFOL. Book Bike purchased to appear at local events promoting library services. Library outreach expanded by the Little Free Library program.
RFID technology introduced to the library to streamline check-in/check-out procedures and free staff time for more professional services. Plans were completed for a Maker Space to house the 3-D printer, video and virtual reality equipment, typewriters, sewing machines and more. A benefit dinner sponsored by Bacio Catering earned over $6000 for CFOL. Funded by CFOL, the first Celebracion de las Americas attracted a large turnout reaching out to the local Hispanic community.
Douglas Keister, local photographer and historian, spoke at the annual meeting. CFOL sponsored an evening with bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance. The Celebracion de las Americas drew over 800 people, proving its continued, and growing, popularity. The Yule Logs drew a large crowd to their holiday concert, funded by CFOL. Hundreds of donated books were taken to the Disaster Recovery Center for distribution to evacuees from the Camp Fire.