All Plumas County Branches will be open to both curbside service and browsing/computer usage starting Mon Feb 22 2021.
Plumas County Branches - Latest Notice & Service Hours [Feb 17 2021] - All Plumas County Branches will be open to both curbside service and browsing/computer usage starting Mon Feb 22 2021.
Sierra County Stations - Latest Notice [Jan 14 2021] - All Sierra County Stations are open to in-person service. (Loyalton Station will be closed Thurs Feb 5 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience.)
*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 services being offered by the library below. All programming and meeting room usage is still on hold. Book drops will continue to be open 24/7. The Zip Book Program restarted Mon Aug 17 2020; forms are available online but must be turned in during open hours (either browsing or curbside.)
DUE DATES: All item due dates have returned to regular check out lengths. Please return any library books checked out from March - Oct 2020 you currently still have out to avoid late fines. Book drops will continue to be open 24/7.
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.
CURRENT SERVICES OFFERED BY THE LIBRARY
Click on the tab below and check out Curbside Service (to pick up holds at your local library branch), Computer or Shelf Browsing (to come into the library to use the computer, print, copy, or browse shelves), Online Library Cards (get access to our digital resources without coming into the library to get a card), Virtual Story Time (live and recorded story times by Lori from Chester Branch), Virtual Drawing Lessons (archived lessons on drawing with Linda from Portola Branch), and Archives: Summer Programming (archives of our recorded programming from the 2020 Summer Reading Program and other craft and science based programming.)
Printing/Copying - While you can't come into the Library, we are happy to print or make copies for you! 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.)
Tax Forms - We have received the 1040 and 540 tax forms and instructional booklets from the IRS. You may also request your local branch print out the tax forms for you. (If we do not have the printed forms already, we will print out the 1040 and 540 forms for free. For any other forms or instructional booklets you will be charged the usual print fee.)
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 email@example.com to sign up, and you will get the latest information right in your inbox. (See our first newsletter 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.
February Book Giveaway: During the month of February (Feb 1st to Feb 28th), you can choose and complete one of the following activity pages, then bring it to your local Library branch during open hours and receive a free book. There are five activity pages available at each branch for pick-up - or print them from here: a maze, a word find, a heart figure named Sir Love-A-Book (to color, cut out, and put together) and two different coloring pages (second one) - and you may choose to do the same activity each time or mix it up and do a different one every time. (Limit one per day per person.) If you complete the heart figure or one of the coloring pages, we will post it in the window. Click here for the flier. You can find written instructions or video instructions on how to assemble the heart figure at these links.
Dr. Seuss Read Across America Week: During the first week of March (March 1st - March 6th 2021) we will celebrate reading! Come by any Plumas Library Branch and get your free Dr. Seuss book, check out our various activities, and join us for story time this week with a special guest star! Activities include: We have a Dr.Seuss crossword, maze, coloring page, and the ABCs. (You can also pick up activity sheets at your local branch. You do not have to complete an activity sheet to get a free book. Limit one per day per person.) Check out our videos showing you how to make homemade play dough (or written instructions), a Cat in the Hat pencil holder (or written instructions), a Cat in the Hat hat (or written instructions), and a Cat in the Hat snack (or written instructions). Story time: Thurs March 4th at 1:00pm on zoom. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 258-2742 for information on how to attend story time.
March Book Giveaway: (Quincy Branch only): From March 1st—31st 2021, adults and children are able to pick up a free reusable go-bag* containing a cookbook. If you share your favorite recipe or meal idea, we will display it in our window. (*Thank you to Quincy Safeway for donating beautiful reusable bags!) (Limit one per day per person.)
- CURBSIDE SERVICE
- COMPUTER OR SHELF BROWSING
- ONLINE LIBRARY CARDS
- VIRTUAL STORY TIME
- DRAWING LESSONS (VIRTUAL)
- ARCHIVES (SUMMER PROGRAMMING & MORE)
All Branches are offering curbside service. We suggest you contact us in advance by phone or email so your holds are ready for pick-up, but appointments are not required. 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. Bring your Library Card for pick-ups. You must wear facial covering. Book drops will continue to be open 24/7. The Zip Book Program is still running during this time. Current programming like the monthly book giveaways will continue and be modified for curbside service only. While you can't come into the Library, we are happy to print or make copies for you! 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.)
Curbside Service Branch Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 5:30pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 3pm
Mon – Wed: 10am – 12:30pm & 2pm-5pm;
Thurs: 12pm-4pm & 5pm-6:30pm;
Mon - Thurs: 10:30am - 1pm & 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Mon – Wed: 10am – 12pm & 12:30pm- 5:30pm
Thurs: 10am-12pm & 2pm-5:30pm
All Plumas County Branches will offer browsing/computer usage service starting Mon Feb 22 2021. Appointments are not required. However please note there is a maximum capacity allowed for each branch and patrons will be asked to wait outside to match it as needed.
Browsing and Computer Usage Service Branch Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 5:30pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 3pm
Mon – Wed: 10am – 12:30pm & 2pm-5pm;
Thurs: 12pm-4pm & 5pm-6:30pm;
Mon - Thurs: 10:30am - 1pm & 1:30pm - 5:30pm
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 email@example.com; 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.
We are now providing a live Children’s Storytime program each week on Thursday at 10:30am, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Join our recorded 6-week drawing course with Linda from Portola Library. Below you will find 6 lessons on drawing and helpful documents to guide you through the videos. If you have questions about the lessons, please contact Linda at (530) 832-4241 or email her at email@example.com.
You will learn about the five basic drawing skills concerning line, shape, relationships and proportion, light, shadow and value, and gestalt or the whole. They are based on learning to see to draw as artists do and on Betty Edward's book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". (You can put either edition the Library owns on hold by clicking on the link.)
Before Lesson 1: Please complete two exercises before the first lesson:
1. The first is to draw two preliminary pre-instruction drawings: one of a tennis shoe with loose laces and one of the corner of a room with furnishings. These are to keep so you can compare your progress at the end of the lessons.
2. The next assignment is to do three sets of different types of lines, each example in a 2" x 4" box, that do not need to represent anything but are simply like the lines in the three master drawings: Draw thick and thin, light and dark lines like in Juan Gris' drawing by pressing harder and lighter with your pencil, then draw smooth flowing lines like in Picasso's line drawing, and lastly draw curled lines like in van Gogh's drawing. (Click on links to see the examples.)
Lesson 1: Drawing I Edges or Contour Line
Helpful Documents: How to Make a Tortillon in 5 Easy Steps; value scale; scumbling; shapes vs shaded forms; shading types cube cone sphere; books in perspective; Two Point Perspective; textured value scales; thumbnail sketch
Lesson 5: Drawing I Perspective
Helpful Documents: Road uphill perspective; foreshortened object; How to draw winding road or river; one point perspective scene; van Gogh Bedroom in Arles perspective; Winding Road; two point perspective interior; one point perspective hallway
Lesson 6: Drawing I Putting it Together with Trees
Helpful Documents: Elements and Principles of art; foliage types; Hatch mark pine boughs; Juniper type tree; Landscape Thumbnail Sketches; Landscape Tips Page; Palm leaves; River Reflections; Rule of Thirds; Thumbnail Sketches
Science and Arts/Crafts
While our 2020 Summer Reading Program is over, here are the recorded craft and information videos hosted by the Library:
Butterflies and Bugs: Life Cycles
The interactive live programming has already passed, but you can still check out the recorded version of Butterflies & Bugs: My How We Have Changed! by clicking this link. You can also read the information she shares in the video here.
The recorded video for Let's Build a Butterfly (craft project) is available here. For the craft you will need a Popsicle stick, crayons or color pencils or markers, glue, scissors, and decorations like pom-poms. You can print out the template here.
Paws for Reading
The interactive live programming has already passed, but you can still check out the recorded version of Paws Adventure by clicking this link. You can also read the information she shares in the video here.
The recorded video for Pawsome Bookmark is available here. For the craft, you will need a ruler, pencil or pen, crayons or markers or color pencils, scissors, and cardboard (you can use a cereal box) or heavy paper.
A River of Fun
The interactive live programming has already passed.
The recorded video for Reading on the River With Lori and Friends: A Reader's Theatre is available here.
The interactive live programming has already passed, but you can still check out the recorded version of Perfect Square by clicking this link. For the craft, you will need: (colorful) magazine pages or construction paper, scissors, glue, a hole punch is optional, and a blank piece of paper.
The recorded video for Learning Origami (craft project) is available here. For the craft you will need paper and scissors. (If you don't have colored paper, you may want to color it with markers/color pencils/crayons before folding.) You can always find a lot more videos of various levels of difficulty online. Check out some other examples of things that have been made.
(LOCAL & NATIONAL) SERVICES AND NEWS TO BE AWARE OF
Free mass COVID-19 Testing in Plumas County: Free mass COVID-19 testing in Chester on Sat Feb 27 2021.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 Jan 21, 2021)
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.
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.
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.
Virtual Tours/Streaming Services
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.
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.
Fridge to Table: Input ingredients you have and get recipes you can make.
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.
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.