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Summer Reading

Reading Takes You Everywhere

You’re invited to join us at any Butte County Library branch to learn and explore all summer long with Reading Takes You Everywhere, our 2018 summer reading program! 
All six library branches are participating in June and July, and will have FREE events and activities for all ages. Children and teens are especially encouraged to participate by reading for fun, exploring their communities, and engaging in library events. Adults are also welcome to participate in summer programs.
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Featured Summer Events

Oroville Branch Library

1820 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville, CA 95966


  • Lunch @ the Library - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting June 12th, 12 pm - 12:30 pm.
    Kids 18 and under are invited to have lunch for free at the library every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday! No registration required.
  • Explorer’s Club - June 12th, 26th, July 10th and 24th - 2 pm - 3 pm.
    Take a trip around the world - without leaving the library! Explore Ancient Egypt, Japan, Africa, and Australia through traditional artwork, snacks, and cultural traditions.
  • Candy Olympics - June 16th, 3 pm - 4 pm.
    Have a sweet time and eat some treats while competing in games like Cookie Face and Skittle Blitz - and many more! All ages welcome.
  • Life-Sized Oregon Trail - June 29th, 3 pm - 5 pm.
    Play the retro computer game — in real life! All ages welcome, no registration required.
  • Slime Lab - July 31st, 2 pm -3 pm.
    Make multiple kinds of slime! All ages welcome.

Paradise Branch Library

5922 Clark Road
Paradise, CA 95969


  • Summer Reading Kick-Off Party - June 8th, 2:30 pm.
    Travel around the world, experience food and fun from all kinds of places! Sign up for the Summer Reading program and enjoy crafts, games, music and refreshments. All ages welcome!
  • Fridays @ The Library - Legos, Origami, Crafts & more! - Every Friday, 2:30 pm.
    Fridays @ the Library continues on through the Summer. Every Friday brings a new adventure! Bring your imagination, we'll bring the fun!
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover - June 28th.
    Drop off your stuffed animals at the library for their very own sleepover! Every wonder what your furry friends get up to when you're not around? We'll snap some pics and share them with you the next day. There's a lot of silliness and mischief! Stuffed animals can be dropped off at the Paradise Library any time on Thursday, June 28th.

Chico Branch Library

Chico, CA 95926

  • Walk the Dog Book Launch - June 9th, 10 am - 12 pm.
    Meet local author Elizabeth Omlor when she visits the Chico library to read her new book, Walk the Dog! All ages welcome.
  • Wednesday Wander - June 13th, 27th, July 11th and 25th 3 pm - 5 pm.
    Explore fantastic places at your library! Destinations include the deep blue sea (6/13), outer space (6/27), Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (7/11), and Camp Half-Blood (7/25).
  • Bike Rodeo - June 16th 10 am - 12 pm.
    Take a wild ride and learn about bike safety! Presented by Chico Velo.
  • Magic Show: The Great Sparacino - June 21st, 3 pm.
    Prepare to be amazed when the Great Sparacino stops by the Chico library!
  • Bubble Bonanza - June 23rd, 10 am - 12 pm.
    Create giant bubbles with Mr. Eric and our teen volunteers!
  • Scents of Place – Begins July.
    We’ve captured the scents of 6 literary locations as candles that you can win at the end of the summer! Take a whiff, enter in your guess, and we’ll do a drawing from the right answers!
  • Join us for our Free presentations
    A Conversation of Real Life Experience with Phil Elkins aka DJ Senor Felipe on Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
  • Free Movie
    Enjoy an Afternoon Film on Tuesday July 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Chico Library.

Gridley Branch Library

299 Spruce Street
Gridley, CA 95948

  • Storytime - Every Friday, 10 am.
    Every Friday at 10:00, join Miss Christy for stories, songs, dancing, and crafts! Be sure to join us June 15th for our monthly visit from the Valley Oak Children’s Services Toy Van, and June 22nd, when we’ll be hosting Camp Kindergo, a special play day with activities designed to help kids feel ready to make the jump to kindergarten.
  • Wednesday Kid's Movie: Peter Rabbit - June 13th, 3 pm.
    Take in a free show at the Gridley library!
  • Chalk the Walk - June 20th, 3 pm.
    Join the fun and decorate the front sidewalk of the library with chalk!
  • Gridley Fire Department Visit - June 27th, 3 pm.
    Meet your local heroes from the Gridley Fire Department! On June 27th, we’ll have a visit from Station 74.
  • Kids’ Playday - June 29th, 10 am.
  • Free play for kids!

Durham Branch Library

2545 Durham-Dayton Hwy
Durham, CA 95938


  • Kids Crafternoon: every Tuesday!
    New Summer hours for Durham’s Crafternoon! Every Tuesday, drop in anytime between 12 pm and 5:30 pm to get creative with an easy art or craft project. For all ages, but children under 5 might need adult help.
  • Preschool Storytime: Reading Takes You Everywhere!
    Every Thursday morning at 10 am, come see where the stories take us. The jungle? Camping? Space? Stories and activities for children 5 and under.

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