Book lovers gather in the parking lot in front of the Chester Library for the Friends of the Chester Library annual book sale Aug. 3 and 4. Photos by Stacy Fisher

Friends host annual book sale

Book lovers gathered in droves in the parking lot in front of the Chester Library for the Friends of the Chester Library annual book sale Aug. 3 and 4.

Those attending sorted through several boxes containing thousands of books to purchase for their home libraries — or just to choose some affordable reading material.

Chester Branch Library Assistant Lori Metcalf said proceeds from the sale of hardbacks, paperbacks, audio books, DVDs, and VHS tapes support library services, children’s reading programs, and the Chester Literacy Program.

Dedicated volunteers, making browsing by those purchasing books more convenient, arranged books that had been donated during the past year into categories prior to the sale.


Residents who may have missed the book sale can come to the library and find many titles still available for purchase sheltered under the roof in the outdoor section next to the Lake Almanor-Chester museum near the creek.

Donations for the after-sale books can be given to the librarian during normal business hours or placed through the mail slot of the front door to the library when closed.

The Chester Library has a rotating inventory of books for sale for a low price throughout the year located next to the public-use computers inside the library; collections that include fiction and audio books.

The Chester Library is located at 210 1st Ave. Call 258-2742 for information. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.); Thursday, from noon to 7 p.m. (closed from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.); and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chester Library’s 90th anniversary events

Join the Friends of the Chester Library on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the library to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Chester Library. It’s a remarkable milestone; a special library that has, and will continue to, provide a variety of services to the community. There will be something enjoyable for all ages.

1 – 2 p.m.:

John Goolsby, a popular retired teacher from Chester Elementary School will tell his famous story of the “Chester Claw.”

This event will be for children 9-years-old and above. There will be other stories and games for younger children during this same scheduled time period.

2 – 4 p.m.”

A “Cake Walk” suitable for all ages.

4 – 6 p.m.:

Line dancing: Krista Norris and her line dancers will be performing for your pleasure.

She will also provide lessons for anyone who wants to learn.

There will be other miscellaneous games throughout the day, so bring your family and the kids, or come alone, for a day of merriment and  celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Chester Library together.