On the Shelf

By Paul Guffin

The Palace Project

The Plumas County Library has just added another offering to its list of programs available to library patrons (including folk who use the Plumas County Library stations in Alleghany, Downieville, Loyalton, and Sierra City). It’s called “The Palace Project”, and it allows patrons to access e-books through their own digital devices. To get started, you download the Palace Project app from Apple Store or Google Play Store, and then follow the instructions. In case you want to see how it’s all done, before entering into the program, you can find the program on the homepage of the Plumas County Library website (https://plumascounty.us/546/Library — just keep scrolling down, and eventually you’ll get to it), or take the shortcut (https://www.plumascounty.us/2842 — of course, you’ll miss out on information about all the other programs available to you). This is one of those instances where having a library card will be beneficial to you, because then the entire e-book collection is open to you. However, if you do not have a library card, you can still access some of the collection. In addition to e-books, audiobooks will also be available; however, at the current time, there is only one audiobook in the collection—with more to come. The project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Other Plumas Library Offerings

A few weeks ago, I listed some of the other programs that are offered to library patrons. I also indicated that there were “more” programs available. So, I now delve into some of those “more”:

GetSetUp: A catalog of over 500 classes exclusively for older adults, with more than 40 live classes every weekday and 25 classes on weekends. Classes cover everything from physical and mental health to social activities like gardening and pets.

Coursera: Offers more than 5,000 courses, professional certificates, and degrees from world-class universities and companies. This is a program of the California State Library, and is made available as part of the American Rescue Plan Act to aid in recovery from the pandemic.

LibraryCall—Dial-A-Story: The program offers recorded children stories in English and Spanish. New stories are recorded on a regular basis. Story time is available from any phone, available 24/7, for any age. Just dial 530-394-3007, press 1 to listen to stories in English, or press 2 to listen to them in Spanish.

ProQuest: Provides reference help and research articles, videos, and books using different databases of content. A companion program, CultureGrams offers concise information on countries around the world. Both programs are recommended for grades 3-12. These programs require a library card.

Now, About That Library Card

You will have noticed that having a library card comes in very handy for many of these (and other) programs — as well as just checking out print books, audio books, and videos from the local library. But, perhaps you’ve never gotten around to getting one of those valued possessions. (As Linus van Pelt said upon taking out his first library card, “I have been given my citizenship in the land of knowledge!”) Well, here’s how you do it at the Downieville Library (or one of the other stations in Sierra County): come in; tell us you’d like a library card; fill out the application card (including your driver’s license number); and then await your card coming to you in the mail from Plumas County. If you’re a child under the age of 18, you need to be able to write your first and last names, and have a responsible adult sign the card, as well. All pretty easy, huh?

Of course, you are free to come use the local library without a card. But remember, without a card, when you leave the library, you don’t get to leave with any of the library’s treasures. So, why not get a card, and enjoy everything the library has to offer?!

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