News & Events (Programs)
Please continue to use the COVID19 tab to see the latest information and look at our numerous resources during this crisis. Resources specifically for financial help during COVID-19 can also be found under our Databases & Resources tab. We have created a Library page specifically devoted to information about Library resources, recovery and evacuee resources, and the Greenville Branch related to the Dixie Fire. Please click this link.
Hour Change: There will be permanent changes to the open hours of the Plumas Library Branches starting Sept 6 2021. Please see the Branch hour tab for more information. This is separate and unrelated to the fires/any temporary fire closures.
Overdrive/Libby: Starting the end of Sept 2021, the web certificate provider Let’s Encrypt will be ending support for older operating systems. Certificates from Let’s Encrypt are relied on for secure connections for websites and apps including Libby and OverDrive. As a result of this change, Overdrive/Libby borrowers may run into issues with signing in, borrowing, loading the app’s content, etc. when using old operating systems. The expectation was that affected users would receive a security warning after the Let’s Encrypt change, but we’ve since learned that a warning is not always displayed. If you run into these issues, you may need to upgrade your operating system.
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.
Fire Season & Other Disasters: Listos CA offers several disaster preparedness toolkits in a variety of languages - please check them out and get prepared before disaster strikes. You can check out your air quality here or here. Please also look at the County's Office of Emergency Services webpage for more information about how the county - and you - can prepare for emergencies.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
FOR PLUMAS COUNTY BRANCHES
All events listed here are happening at all three Plumas County Branches.
Banned Book Week: Come to the library and check out our displays and a banned book for Banned Book Week, Sept 26 - Oct 2. There are a number of virtual events across the country to celebrate the week too.
October Book Giveaway: Complete an activity sheet and receive a free book at any branch from October 1—October 30 during open hours. (One book per person per day.) We are focused on classic books for this giveaway, from Roald Dahl to Berenstain Bears to Jane Austen. You can pick up the activity sheet at any branch or print them out at home from here: coloring page (beetle); dot to dot (teddy bear); coloring page (fall leaves); number maze; word search (pizza toppings); and odd/even coloring page (sailboat).
2021 Fall Reading Program: (Click the link for more information.) Between Nov 1 - Dec 4 2021, set your weekly reading goal, reach your goal, receive a prize and register to win a gift card. (One prize & gift card entry per patron per week.) This is for ages 0-18 and you do not need a library card to participate in the program.
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 events at the library are free to the public. Age guidelines may be added to certain events.
Quincy Large Quarterly Sale
Thanks for a great October Sale!
Do you live in the Lake Almanor Basin area or elsewhere in our county? Would you like an opportunity to exchange personal experiences related to the Dixie Fire with others in a supportive, caring environment? You can sign up to join Chester Branch Library’s live, in-person Dixie Fire Story Sessions on one of the following dates:
- Saturday, October 16, 1:00-2:30 PM
- Thursday, October 21, 5:30-6:30 PM
- Saturday, October 30, 1:00-2:30 PM
Each session will be moderated by local resident Marj Penley, certified creativity coach and experienced writing teacher. If you are also interested in putting your story in writing, she will be happy to assist you with that at a time of your choosing.
In order to comply with COVID-19 protocols and be safe, each session will be limited to five participants, and masks are required inside the library. We also respectfully request that our story exchanges be kept politics-free.
You may sign up in person at Chester Library, or call 258-2742/email email@example.com to be put on the signup sheet.
The Chester Annual Book Sale was postponed due to the Dixie Fire. Check back for more information!
The Tea Fundraiser was cancelled due to the Dixie Fire and COVID-19. Check back in Spring!
Virtual Story Time: Join us for virtual Children's Story Time 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 258-2742 to be added to the mailing list that provides the meeting link and password.
Virtual Story Time will be on hold during October 2021. We will resume November 2021.
(We don't have a date for when we will resume in-person story time at the branches.)
Quincy Library -- Baby Bounce & Preschool & Children
Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Portola Library -- Preschool
First & Third Wednesdays of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept - May
Chester Library -- Children
uesdays at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Note: Baby Bounce refers to programs aimed at babies & toddlers 0-36 months, Preschool is aimed at kids 3-6 years old, and Children is aimed at 3-7.5 years old. However, all children - including older siblings - are welcome to story time.