This session of the Summer Reading Program was held at the Chester Library from 11 a.m. to noon July 24. Branch Library Assistant Lori Metcalf led the program by reading the children’s book, “My Visit to the Zoo,” by Aliki, while encouraging the youngsters to ask questions along with providing information on whatever content is being read that day. The program also included music appreciation and a puppet show. From left sitting on floor: Leo Benny, age 4; Jackson Benny, age 7; Alex Gallardo, age 9; Jamielynn Marro, age 7; and Evan Benny, age 3 on mom’s lap in the background. Photos by Stacy Fisher

Let’s read at the library!

Want to promote reading to your child while they have fun at the local library? Check out the great reading programs sponsored by the Chester Library with Branch Library Assistant Lori Metcalf.

Chester Library Preschool Storytime

Stories, music, movement and good wholesome enjoyment are in store for the kids at Chester Library’s Children’s Storytime every Tuesday, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Metcalf moderates the program by reading one or more children’s books while encouraging the children to ask questions, as well as prompt them to offer their own answers to questions raised within the contents of the story.


Summer Reading Program

The Chester Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program presentations took place during July, starting with kids coming in with a parent to sign up to receive a starter pack, including a free book, a couple of bookmarks, a pencil and reading log to keep track of what they’re reading.

Another component of the program is the Summer Reading Challenge. Each child sets his or her own weekly reading goal, and receives a free book each time that goal is met. Those who read a lot can expect to collect quite a number of books over the summer months. This reading challenge will continue through Friday, Aug. 16, so it’s not too late to sign your child up.

Metcalf said the overall theme of the Plumas County Library Summer Reading Program is: “Be Smart! Be Cool! Read!” Programs include music, singing, crafts, guests, refreshments and, of course … LOTS OF BOOKS!


During the past month scheduled topics included “Fairy Tales, Myths and Lore” “Going Deeper: The Ocean” “Goin’ to the Zoo” and “Back in the Saddle Again.”

The Chester Library is located at 210 1st Ave. For information, call 258-2742. 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.