Mon 6/15/2020: Please note there is an issue with our library catalog Koha; their new update has made it seem like all of your fines have come back. Koha is working on this, but until it gets resolved you may not be able to put things on hold, access Overdrive, etc without calling your branch so we can fix it for the individual account.

Library is closed for Fourth of July on Fri 7/3 and Sat 7/4  

(Please note Chester Branch will not have curbside services on Thurs July 2)

Plumas County Branches - Latest Notice & the Service Hours Notice [June 19 2020]

Sierra County Stations - Latest Notice [June 9 2020]

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*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 in various stages of re-opening; please see the above notice for the latest information about your location. 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 seven days after the complete re-open date. Book drops are open. 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 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 to talk directly to someone about COVID-19.


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.

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 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 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.

Worldwide COVID-19 Trackers: Stat News and Our World in Data

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 or visit the website for more information.

Hand Sanitizer Recall: FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. Please click here to look at specific product names.  [June 2020]


We are now offering curbside service on a modified schedule. Contact us in advance by phone or email (please assume at least one day buffer and make sure you get a confirmation email for your date/time) so your holds are ready for pick-up. Not all items will be immediately available due to quarantine restrictions and other health and safety measures. Please follow all posted signage at your branch to safely and easily complete your curbside experience. There is no service outside of the posted times/dates. Please make sure to call or email your Branch before arrival. Bring your Driver’s License or Library Card for pick-ups. Please wear a face covering.  

Branch Hours for Curbside Service:

Quincy Branch: Mon – Thurs: 11:30am – 1:30pm & 4:30pm-5:30pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm-2pm

Portola Branch: 

(Current): Mon – Wed: 11am-1pm & 5pm-6pm; Thurs: 12pm-2pm & 5pm-7pm; Sat: 12pm-2pm

(Starts Tues June 23rd 2020): Mon – Wed: 4pm-5pm; Thurs:  6pm-7pm; Sat: 2:30pm-3pm

Greenville Branch: Mon - Thurs: 3:30pm-5:30pm 

Chester Branch: Mon – Thurs: 4:30pm -5:30pm; Sat: 11am-12pm 


By appointment-only, we will now be offering a limited number of patrons at a time the opportunity to browse the library, use a computer, and access the printing/copying services. (Patrons will not be allowed to sit down to use personal devices and/or read items inside the library.) This will be available by appointment-only, on a modified schedule, with time restrictions; each branch will have a different start date. Not all items will be immediately available due to quarantine restrictions and other health and safety measures. Please follow all posted signage at your branch to safely and easily complete your curbside experience.

All patrons entering into the library must wear a face covering; if you are unable to for medical reasons, please discuss this with your local librarian when making your appointment and they will explain possible options.  We will also continue to offer curbside checkout service for those who are not comfortable coming into the library.  

Branch Hours for Computer/Browsing Service:

Quincy Branch: TBA

Portola Branch: (Start Date: Tues June 23 2020): Mon – Wed: 10am – 1pm; 2pm-4pm; Thurs:  12pm-3:30pm; Sat: 12pm-2pm

Greenville Branch: TBA

Chester Branch:  Mon - Thurs: 1:30pm-4:30pm;  Sat:  12pm – 3pm


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 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. 


[Please Notice the New Time]: We are now providing a live Children’s Storytime program each week on Thursday at 10:15am, via Zoom and originating at the Chester branch! Each session (aimed for ages 3 and up) will be themed and will include reading, a simple drawing project, and music/movement. If you and your children would like to join in, please email Lori at or call 258-2742 and she will add you to her group list to send out the Zoom meeting link and password each week. If that time and day is not convenient for you, we have links to several recorded versions available below:

Recorded Story Times from the Chester Branch:

For 4/23/2020: It’s Spring! click here.

For 4/30/2020: Trees! click here

For 5/9/2020: Spotlight on children’s author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg! click here

For 5/21: Sleep! click here.

For 5/28: Sunshine! click here.

For Special Edition: Bicycle Safety with Lisa from Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sport click here

For 6/11: Animals and their Doctors click here.

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.

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.  

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 22, 2020 at 4:30pm)

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

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 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. 

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

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.

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.

Cambridge Core: Cambridge University is offering their textbooks to be downloaded for free until the end of May.

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.

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. 

Actively Learn: Keeping student learning going while out of school with texts and videos for English Language Acquisition, Science, and Social Studies.   ·      

Common Lit: Reading activities and digital tools for at-home learning, aimed for Grades 3-12.  

ReadWorks: A library of K-12 content, curriculum and tools to support reading comprehension growth at home.  

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.

The Shows Must Go On: Full length performances every Friday at 11am, available for 48 hours.

Learning Resources/Fun Activities

GCF Learning or 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.

Each Mind Matters: Helpful mental health resources.

Goleta Valley Library: Has a growing list of their own great sources for all ages. 

Help for Undocumented: A list of resources to help undocumented folks specifically. Be sure to check out both the nationwide and CA-specific lists. The CA govt also has a guide for immigrants.  

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.

World Trade Press Databases: This website provides direct access to World Trade Press online databases, including AtoZ Food America, AtoZ World Food, AtoZ World Travel, and more. Username: apl; password: granada. Access is good through July 31, 2020.