May Update

by in Current Events May 3, 2018


The May “First Friday” book sale for CFOL members only will take place Friday, May 4 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, May 5 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 at fifty cents per item whenever the library is open.  There are no better bargains for book lovers.


In addition to election of officers, the Annual Meeting of the CFOL Board of Directors will feature a presentation by Doug Keister, who has authored over 40 books, magazine articles, and other publications on a wide variety of subjects.  He is particularly noted for his photography of historic architecture.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm in the Chico branch library’s meeting room.  For more information, click here.


During the Month of May, with financial support from CFOL, nine teen members of the weekly teen “fandom” club enjoyed a shopping spree at the local Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  This “Teen Book Buy” purchased 40 books, shown above, to add to the library’s collection.


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 4:30 to 6:30 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 Lab.  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 weekly group meetings 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.


May is the month of graduations and Mother’s Day, followed closely by Father’s Day in June.  If you are contemplating purchasing gifts from, 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

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