All Plumas County Branches are open to both curbside and in-person service.
Plumas County Branches - Latest Notice & Service Hours [March 25 2021] - All Plumas County Branches are open to both curbside and in-person service.
Sierra County Stations - Latest Notice [April 28 2021] - All Sierra County Stations are open to in-person service.
Per state guidelines, masks/facial coverings are still required at all locations, whether you have been fully vaccinated or not. [May 18 2021 - This is continuing June 15 2021 until further notice]
*Please scroll down to the section "Free Offerings Around the Web of Things to Read/Do/See - No Library Card Needed" for the list of free resources of things to read/do/see while staying at home*
All Library branches and stations are on modified schedules:
For the latest information about your location you can either click on the notice above or look at the current hours below. All item due dates have returned to regular check out lengths. All meeting room usage is still on hold. Book drops are open 24/7. Programming is still to-go only.
Quarantine: Starting May 25 2021, we will end our library materials’ quarantine time. This means that items returned (whether by book drop, curbside service, or in-person at the front desk) will now be immediately checked in. All other cleaning protocols are still in place; this change is only referring to our library materials’ quarantine period.
Please visit the Plumas County Public Health Agency’s page for the latest information about COVID-19 and restrictions. You can also call 530-283-6400 Mon-Fri from 9am - 3pm or email COVID19@countyofplumas.com to talk directly to someone about COVID-19. Please remember to sign-up for the vaccination using the state's MyTurn portal.
CURRENT SERVICES OFFERED BY THE LIBRARY
Printing/Copying - We are happy to print or make copies for you while you use our curbside service! You can bring in your documents, email them to us, or bring in a USB. We will permanently delete any documents emailed to us. (Regular print/copying fees still apply and copying is not available at Greenvillle.)
Social Media - Please visit our new Facebook page by clicking the link here or searching "Plumas County Public Library." If you would like to sign up for our newsletter, please email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, and you will get the latest information right in your inbox. (See our first newsletter at this link here & Vol 2 of our newsletter is at this link here.)
The "New" Shelf - While you may not be able to browse the New Shelf in person, if you would like to see the latest additions to the library you can click on this link here (or specifically you can look at adult-only content, YA-only content, and Juvenile-only content) and put a hold on items you want. It includes all materials with copyright dates 2019-2021 with the newest items that have been added to the collection at the top. (Donated items added to the collection with older copyright dates will not show up in this search.) We also have a link that just shows you recent DVDs added to the collection and recent Audiobooks added to the collection, no copyright date restrictions. More information on how to search the catalog or put an item on hold can be found here. If you need help, please call your local branch and we will be happy to walk you through it.
Events will be put on the Events & News page too.
June Book Giveaway: From June 1st to June 30 2021, complete one of the following activity sheets (available for printing here or at each library branch during open hours), turn it into the library, and receive a free book! Activity sheets include: color page 1, coloring page 2, coloring page 3, color by numbers, can you find/coloring sheet, dinosaur dot to dot, and a matching game. (One book per person per day. All ages are welcome to receive a free book but the books are aimed at ages 0 -18.) We are also celebrating Pride Month with this giveaway!
The Summer Reading Program - June 14 to August 14 2021 - has its own tab (or click this link here.) We have weekly reading prizes, raffles, fun programs at each branch, scavenger hunts, and more!
Virtual Story Time: Join us for virtual Children's Storytime live on Thursdays at 1pm! Hosted by Lori at Chester Branch, the programs include reading, a simple craft project, and music/movement. If you're interested, please contact Lori at Chester Branch at email@example.com or 258-2742 to be added to the mailing list that provides the meeting link and password. (While usually every week, during summer we will instead be doing two storytimes for both June and August, and in July instead of virtual storytime we will be doing the Chester programs for the Summer Reading Program on the same day and time!)
5-min Science/Craft Experiment series: How to make rain clouds: video & written instructions and How to make a catapult: video & written instructions (more experiments can be found under the Programming Archives tab)
Want to find a past activity? Looking for the recorded story times, or the 6 week drawing course? We have a new tab called Programming Archives where you will now be able to access all past digital programming!
All Branches are offering in-person service and curbside service. Please follow all posted signage at your branch to safely and easily complete your experience. There is no service outside of the posted times/dates. Bring your Library Card for pick-ups. Please note there is a maximum capacity allowed for each branch and patrons will be asked to wait outside to match it as needed.
Book drops are open 24/7.
Current Branch Hours for both in-person and curbside service:
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 5:30pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 3pm
Mon – Wed: 10am – 12:30pm & 2pm-5pm;
Thurs: 12pm-4pm & 5pm-6:30pm;
*Extended Hours start Tues June 1 2021*
Mon – Wed:10am – 1pm & 2pm-6pm
Thurs: 12pm-4pm & 5pm-7pm
Mon - Thurs: 10:30am - 1pm & 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Sat: 11am - 3pm
Mon – Wed: 10am – 12pm & 12:30pm- 5:30pm
Thurs: 10am-12pm & 2pm-5:30pm
Want access to our online services that require a library card but don’t have one? You can now apply for one without coming into the library. You can either contact your local branch through email/phone or contact HQ at 530-283-6310 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org; you will just need your name, local mailing address, and phone number and/or email. At any point, you can bring in your picture ID and proof of mailing address and change your online-only card into an account that lets you also check out physical materials, use our Zip Book Program, and more.
We recommend that you check out our services offered to you at the convenience of home, including 24/7 access to e-books (Overdrive), e-audiobooks (Overdrive), e-magazines (Zinio), and streaming movies (Kanopy). (Need help using Overdrive? Check out our step by step guide for using the app or look at their guides.) Feel free to get news from free access to the New York Times (instructions here), or go into a research dive into our digital collection of historical documents through Archives Unbound. Students can get help from Brainfuse, which provides one-to-one LIVE tutoring for all grades (including college) and subjects (available 1pm-10pm), as well as expert help writing papers, various placement tests prep, and more.
Please note, starting May 1 your Kanopy credits have been increased. Kanopy is also offering some movies and esp parts of the Kids section for no credits during this time.
(LOCAL & NATIONAL) SERVICES AND NEWS TO BE AWARE OF
Sign up for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provided by Plumas County First 5! Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. (This goes from the child's age of 0 to until they are 5.) More information can be found at the link or check out the flier/application here (Spanish version here); they are also available at each library branch for pick-up. You can scan the application to Jaye Bruce (email@example.com) or the Commission office.
Plumas Unified School District has a FREE breakfast and lunch meal program for all children ages 1-18. Please contact Amber Russell at (530) 283-6545 ext 5505 or click here for the flier.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: For any victims and survivors who need support, they are here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522. Para cualquier víctima y sobreviviente que necesite apoyo, estamos aquí para ayudarlxs, las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana. Llame al 1-800-799-7233 o 1-800-799-7233 por teléfono de texto, o si no puede hablar de manera segura, puede iniciar sesión en thehotline.org or enviar un mensaje de texto con “AMORES” al 22522.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255. Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano. Tenemos actualmente 170 centros en la red y usted hablará probablemente con uno situado en su zona. Cada centro funciona en forma independiente y tiene su propio personal calificado. If you are hard of hearing, you can chat with a Lifeline counselor 24/7 by online chat, Video Relay Service: 800-273-8255; TTY: 800-799-4889; Voice/Caption Phone: 800-273-8255.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is offering tips and warnings on how to deal with the financial impact of COVID-19. This article offers a FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill, and this article offers some tips if you lost work due to COVID-19.
Check out the NIH News in Health - A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wi-Fi Access: Feather River College has provided an updated list to find wi-fi spots around the county. Remember, all County Libraries provide wi-fi access outside of the Library too. Please maintain social distancing.
Plumas Arts invites your participation in a 2020 Update to our People of Plumas project capturing this challenging extraordinary moment in time. They will be collecting and posting written works (500 words max), photographs (2-3 at a time), and videos (5 minutes or less). Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website for more information.
The CDC provides a number of resources for Coping with Stress, Helping Children Cope, and more. The CalHope site also has numerous resources for mental health. Moneygeek has information on How to Access and Afford Mental Health Treatment During COVID19.
Please watch out for new possible scams as the vaccine distribution starts. Feel free to read more about this at this link but scams can include:
- You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
- You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
- You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
- Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms. More information can be found here.
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Listos CA offers several disaster preparedness toolkits in a variety of languages - please check them out and get prepared before disaster strikes.
Every ten years, after the U.S. Census, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect the new population data. The Voters FIRST Act gave this power to California citizens, ensuring that new and fair districts are drawn free of special interests, politics, or political influence. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is committed to creating a transparent, accessible, and engaging process for ALL Californians. To achieve this, the Commission needs to hear from your community through the community input process. The COI tool can be found here and educational materials and resources can be found here.
FREE OFFERINGS AROUND THE WEB OF THINGS TO READ/DO/SEE - No Library Card Needed
(As more sites become known, they will be added to the bottom of each section; List was last updated June 18, 2021)
(You can also see this list in alphabetical rather than chronological order on the E-Books and Recommended Reading tab.)
Standard E-Books: A collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks.
Project Gutenberg: a library of over 60,000 free eBooks, featuring the world’s great literature here, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
The Online Books Page: Provides a searchable database to a long list of authors and books that have fallen into Public Domain. Maintained by the University of Pennsylvania, which also highlights a celebration of women writers.
Bibliomania: Thousands of e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays, in easy formatting to make it accessible to the visually impaired using screen readers and speech synthesizers.
HathiTrust: A partnership of academic and research institutions, it offers a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Many Books: More than 50,000 free ebooks in a number of genres, you can also search for books in multiple languages.
Free Computer Books: Provides books on computers/coding, mathematics, technical books, and more, as well as lecture notes. This site only provides links, the books are hosted on multiple other sites.
Librivox: provides free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers from around the world.
International Children’s Digital Library: a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world and in hundreds of languages.
Questia: a library of more than 5,000 free books filled with classics, rarities, and textbooks; they also offer tutorials for writing research papers.
Free eBooks.net: Offers five free books per month of fiction, nonfiction, academic, textbooks, and (children and adult) audiobooks.
ProPlay: Offers the text of professionally-produced stage plays.
Audible (Amazon): They are offering some e-audiobooks for free, esp aimed at children
The Chronicles of Now: Short fiction torn from today’s headlines; major authors are commissioned to write short stories inspired by news of the day.
Ghost City Press: Offers pdfs of their annual Micro-Chapbook Series; poetry.
Junior Library Guild: Offering free access to online reading platforms. Includes access to Aiden Tyler, Quaran-Teen, a new and original story being updated in real time, illustrated, and read aloud by Rex Ogle each week.
enki: Offers open access to a large range of e-books; includes graphic novels and kids’ comics. (may be CA-based only)
Epic Stream: A list of where to find the over 450 volumes of manga being made available to read for free online.
Roadmap to Resilience: Recommended by PC Behavioral Health, this book by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. has been made free and offers help in dealing with the crisis.
Open Bookshelf: Digital Public Library of America is aggregating openly-licensed books and making them available for free to download; includes languages other than English.
Open Culture eBooks: List of 800 Free eBooks. Also includes links to free movies, audiobooks, textbooks, and online courses too.
Planet eBook: A list of all the free eBooks published by Planet eBook.
Smart Pop Books: Offers one new free essay/chapter from one of their nonfiction titles (based on pop culture TV, books, and film, with a particular focus on science fiction and fantasy television and literature) every Mon - Fri.
Textbook Revolution: Offers free education material, listed by subject and license.
DigitalBooks: Offers audiobooks, e-books, and podcasts in a number of genres, including YA and Children's.
Free Classic AudioBooks: Provides audiobooks for classic books.
Learn Out Loud: Has a selection of over 10,000 free educational audio and video titles.
Storynory offers audio streaming of fairytales, myths, classics, and original works.
Loyal Books has free public domain audiobooks and e-books.
Activities for Kids
All items under this section (and the virtual tours section) can now also be found on the Library Kids Page, separated by themes.
Story Time Saved Online: Various authors have recorded themselves reading their children’s books and posted the video online. The link will take you to Kate Messner’s page, which includes a number of those videos.
AWE Learning: Provides printable activity sheets for children.
Spanish Fort Public Library: This library is offering some of their resources aimed at kids for free/without a library card; check out what they have.
Coloring Book: A free coloring book you can download by author/artist Liz Climo
Itch: A simple way to find, share, and play indie games online.
Free Game Planet: Covers downloads and browser based games.
Just Color: Discover 1,500+ coloring pages to download in PDF or to print: various themes, artists, difficulty levels and styles.
Color our Collections: Art from over 100 Museums turned into coloring pages.
Suggestions for Games: Several suggestions of card and other games to play while at home.
Storyline Online: Has videos of celebrities reading picture books.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Daily, live art lessons from author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, New York Times bestselling-author of Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy, and Hey, Kiddo.
KidLit Events: An online calendar with links to various creators reading from their own work/sharing things online.
Reading Connects Us: A daily newsletter that offers links throughout the day to various creator lessons on multiple platforms.
Picture Book Read-Alouds: A list of various sites of authors and others reading books; includes titles in non-English languages.
Read, Draw, Create: A Youtube channel of authors reading their books, sharing drawing lessons, and offering other fun projects to do.
Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page: Offers activities to encourage story creation, including the first half of comics for you to finish making.
Board Game Arena: No download necessary - play directly from your web browser with your friends and thousands of players from the whole world for free.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Story Monsters: Offers some free books, activities, and more.
Mindfulness Tips and Resources: A list of tips, activities, and resources from Plumas Rural Services on mindfulness. While this is aimed as information for children and teens, it can be helpful for adults too.
Plumas Arts: Our local group has a list of drawing, painting, crafts, and other art lessons, the majority of them aimed at children. They are also inviting you to participate in the People of Plumas project, collecting and posting written works (500 words max), photographs (2-3 at a time), and videos (5 minutes or less) from people around the county.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Various crafts and printables like coloring pages, ocean-tastic games, cards, puppets, lanternfish crafts, and more.
GoNoodle: Movement games, mind games, mindfulness and more.
Highlights Kids: Activities, jokes, games, explore science, and listen to music and podcasts.
Sesame Street: the hub provides videos, playful learning activities, and ways to help families stay physically and mentally healthy.
Brightly Storytime: Brings you full-length picture books read out loud by our storyteller, Ms. Linda, in partnership with Penguin Random House.
NASA Kids' Club: Fun activities, games, and a place to learn more about NASA.
Virtual Tours/Streaming Services
All items under this section (and the activities for kids section) can now also be found on the Library Kids Page.
Virtual Concerts: As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans.
Zoos & Aquariums List: A list of various zoos and aquariums offering animal updates and virtual programming.
Great Wall of China: Gain access to various viewpoints of the Great Wall of China.
All Arts: Programming – from digital shorts to feature films – is available online nationwide, and includes theater, dance, music, and more.
The Metropolitan Opera: Offers nightly streaming of well-known operas; each night a new opera of an encore performance is made available for 23 hours.
Arts and Culture/National Parks and Gardens: Offers virtual tours through a wide range of environments, from Hawai’i volcanoes to Carlsbad Caverns.
ClassicFM: A new list of available concerts across a variety of platforms.
The Shows Must Go On: Full length performances every Friday at 11am, available for 48 hours.
Title Max: Provides a number of different kind of virtual field trips from the oceans to space to forests to farms, as well as famous buildings, historic sites, and more.
Museums from Home: a long list of virtual museums, cultural centers, historical societies, and more.
Good Housekeeping: 41 virtual field trips, from farms to a tour of a M&Ms factory
Kids Activities: 40+ virtual field trips from all over the world
Good to: Virtual tours for kids - explore museums, castles and more from your living room
The Exploratorium: Offers hundreds of exhibits.
Learning Resources/Fun Activities
Items under this section can now also be found on the Databases & Resources page.
GCF Learning or DigitalLearn.org: Offers individual training in essential skills, from using Microsoft Office to emails to basic math. There are over 180 topics with more than 2000 lessons at GCF Learning.
Free Code Camp; Part 2: 1,400 completely free online courses on Coursera, from subjects ranging from Engineering to the Humanities, made available through schools around the world. The second link also brings you to a list specifically reflecting courses from Ivy Leagues. The site itself also offers thousands of videos, articles, and interactive coding lessons to help people learn to code for free.
arXiv: Under Cornell University, arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for over 1.6 million scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
Instructables Workshop: Welcome to the world’s most awesome playground for all things making. Learn from the largest collection of how to step-by-step workshop projects anywhere. (Please note workshops at this site may require materials you do not have at home. Please do not go to the stores to buy needed material, but save those workshops that interest you for after the quarantine has been lifted.)
MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources: Find free videos, textbooks, and lecture notes on subjects like mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry and more.
Carnegie Melon Open Learning: Offers free, independent learning courses in a wide range of subjects. (Please note some courses listed here do cost money.)
Future Learn: Choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations; each course clarifies which university/specialist group it comes from. Courses offer a free option.
Harvard University: offers several online courses for free.
OpenLearn: a free learning platform, delivered by The Open University as part of its Royal Charter commitment to support the wellbeing of the community.
Crowd Source: A huge list of resources: including free news subscriptions, guides to financial support, food support, mental health resources, volunteer opportunities, entertainment, and everything else.
Each Mind Matters: Helpful mental health resources.
Goleta Valley Library: Has a growing list of their own great sources for all ages.
teoría: Offers music theory tutorials and ear training exercises.
Dave Conservatoire: A free online music school, aiming to provide a world-class music education for everyone. It offers over 100 video music lessons and interactive practice exercises.
IMSLP: Sharing the world’s public domain music, it includes over 500,000 scores and almost 19,000 composers.
Guitar Lessons: Offers guitar lessons through videos covering techniques, music theory, and exercises. This covers beginner guitar, the "campfire" guitarist, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and blues guitar.
Marshall Adult Education: This project was designed to create leveled reading selections that are appropriate for and valued by adult learners. These materials, combined with the research-proven strategies of repeated reading and guided oral reading, aid in building learners’ fluency and comprehension skills.
Open Culture Movie List: 1,150 free movies from great classics to noir to westerns and more. Also includes links to free e-books, audiobooks, textbooks, and online courses too.
Wide Open School: Find resources to make learning at home better for everyone. (Available in Spanish too.)
Yale open courses: Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets.
StudyJams!: Offers tons of interactive math and science videos.
Starfall Education: Offers reading help to children in K-3rd grade.
Hippo Campus: Offers educational resources for middle school to college.