COVID-19

Our latest notice can be found here. [April 3 2020, 3pm]

*Please scroll down for the list of free, no library card needed resources of things to do while quarantined* 

All Library branches and stations will be closed to the public March 17 2020 to April 6 2020. We currently plan to re-open April 7 2020, but this is subject to change. All programming and meeting room usage is also cancelled until we re-open. We are not accepting any donations or zip book requests during this time. All item due dates have automatically been extended to April 13 2020. Book drops are open but we no longer have staff consistently emptying them during the closure; please wait until after the quarantine restriction has been lifted before returning items. Please note you do not need to renew or return your items even if your due date still shows as a date during the closure; you will not be charged fines for overdue items during this time frame.

Please note we are on limited staff hours at the Quincy, Chester, and Portola Branches. Please contact the Quincy Branch if you need to reach the Greenville Branch or Sierra County Stations. We will respond as soon as possible.

Please visit the Plumas County Public Health Agency’s page for the latest information about COVID-19 and restrictions. Mon-Fri from 8am - 5pm & Sat March 21 9am-3pm, you can also call 530-283-6113 or email COVID19@countyofplumas.com to talk directly to someone about COVID-19.

(LOCAL & NATIONAL) SERVICES AND NEWS TO BE AWARE OF


Plumas Unified School District has a meal program for children (you do not need to be a student of theirs to receive the free meals.) More information can be found at this link.

Plumas News has an updated list of local business hours/services.

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.

Tax Deadline: The tax payment and tax filing deadlines have been extended to July 15. It is suggested if possible to still aim for the original April 15 deadline.  

Census 2020: The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail when you receive your invitation. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. Please visit their website for more information about what to expect. (See here for the updated schedule based on COVID-19 responses; the current completion date for the census is July 31, 2020.)

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. Please note ACA Insurance Enrollment is open for CA until June.


CURRENT SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY THE LIBRARY


Due to new guidelines, as of March 20 2020 we are no longer offering curbside service.   

However, starting Mon March 23 2020 at Quincy and Chester Branches (while supplies last),we are offering small to-go bags aimed at kids and at adults. The kid bags include games, activity sheets, and/or Project Read books; the adult bags contain books donated from our Friends of the Library. These can be picked up on our front porch. These bags are for you to keep; please do not return them. 

Want access to our online services that require a library card but don’t have one? You can now apply for one online by emailing your name, mailing address, and phone number to Quincy Branch at pclibq@psln.com and we will assign you a library card number. This will only work for our online sources during the crisis. After the crisis is over, bring in your ID and you can pick up your library card as we change it into a regular account.

Online Services - Library Card Needed


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.


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 March 31, 2020 at 3:30pm)

Free E-Books/Audiobooks


Sebco: Free e-books until June 30th, aimed at children. Go to the website, click "Customer Login", the username is keepreading and the password is Sebco; the new screen will ask for an ID, which is 1; click "view e-book samples" at the top, click login with the autofilled login/password, and then pick a book you would like to read.

Tumble Book Library: E-books aimed at K-6th grade children. The database includes books for read-along, the AR rating, and games and puzzles. If needed use username: tumble735; password: books

Tumble Math: E-books and associated quizes for math-specific K-6th grade children. If needed use username: tumble2020; password: A3b5c6 

Teen Book Cloud: E-books aimed at 7-12th grade children. Also includes audiobooks and National Geographic videos. If needed use username: tumble2020; password: A3b5c6

Audio Book Cloud: E-Audiobooks for all ages. If needed use username: tumble2020; password: A3b5c6

Romance Book Cloud: A huge collection of steamy Romance e-books. If needed use username: tumble2020; password: A3b5c6

Scribd: Expires April 17, the site offers e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines.

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 synthesisers.

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. 

Internet Archive: a library of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts, and academic books based on a wide range of interests. Includes archives of old radio shows too.

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. 

Haymarket Books: 10 specific e-books are free until April 1st

Verso: 6 specific e-books are free until April 2nd

Invisible Publishing & 11:11press: all e-books are Pay What You Can

Archipelago Books: 30 specific e-books are free until April 2nd

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: Open access during COVID-19 to a large range of e-books; includes graphic novels and kids’ comics.

Epic Stream: A list of where to find the over 450 volumes of manga being made available to read for free online.

Activities for Kids


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.  

PBS Kids & PBS for Parents: Offers a ton of free games, shows, and activities for kids, as well as some tips for parents.

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.

LibGuide for Student Learning: A resource list of free databases/services to help children learn during this time.

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.

Digital Escape Rooms: Here’s thirty digital escape rooms you can begin immediately (just scroll down.)  Also check out the Hogwarts escape room and the Dog Man escape room.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Free until mid-April.

Story Monsters: Offers some free books, activities, and more.

Virtual Tours/Streaming Services


Virtual Museum Tours: (and specifically Science and Tech Museums): 2,500 museums that have virtual tours, lessons and projects.

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.

NASA: Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. NASA also partnered with Google to offer a tour of a 3D replica of the Martian surface recorded by the Curiosity rover.

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.

Digital Concert Hall: Free until March 31, you can create an account for 30days to watch new and archived concerts.

ClassicFM: A new list of available concerts across a variety of platforms.

Learning Resources/Fun Activities


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.

duolingo or other suggestions: Want to learn a language? You can always try with the well-known Duolingo, or check the second link’s list of suggested language courses.

Fridge to Table: Input ingredients you have and get recipes you can make.

Learn how to... make origami, make paper planes, or tie knots. Learn how to play chess or fun magic tricks. There are a ton of guides out there for you to find and enjoy!

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.

Gale: Offering open access to some of their most comprehensive resources for learning.

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.