On the Shelf

By Paul Guffin

A “Magic” Card

There aren’t a lot of things that are free in our world today — especially really, really valuable things. But, one thing that is free — and is one of the most valuable things you could have — is a library card. With that “magic” card, all sorts of possibilities open up to you. In addition to the usual stuff of checking out print books, audio books, and videos, there is an abundance of other programs that are at your fingertips. I’ll share some new ones below.

But first, how do you go about getting this “magic” card? It is really, really simple and easy. As you probably know, all four of the libraries in Sierra County (Alleghany, Downieville, Loyalton, Sierra City) are stations of Plumas County Library. So, the card is issued by our neighbor to the north. But, all you have to do is come into one of the libraries here in our home county, fill out an application (be sure to bring your driver’s license), and — voilà — your card will soon be on its way to you via the mail.

New Digital Programs

The Plumas County Library “Writing Resources” page (https://www.plumascounty.us/2982/Writing-Resources) lists three new resources to which library patrons have access (at least through December 30, 2022). Each of these resources has to do with persons who want to publish their own written works:

Pressbooks Public: is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book (novel, memoir, poetry, children’s, etc.) in ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and other formats.

Indie Author Project: Plumas County Library is partnering with BiblioBoard’s Indie Author Project to offer the opportunity for you to reach a wider audience with your e-book, whereby your e-book can be shared with patrons of participating libraries.

Biblioboard: allows you to discover great new authors before they make it big. Read self-published e-books submitted through the Indie Author Project.

New on the Shelf at the Downieville Library

Some audio-books that are “new to us” are now available at the library:

  • Never Go Back, by Lee Child (thriller)
  • The Edge, by Catherine Coulter (thriller)
  • The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant
  • The Apprentice, by Tess Gerritsen (mystery)
  • Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill (thriller)
  • Second Watch, by J.A. Jance (mystery)
  • The Beast, by Faye Kellerman (mystery)
  • Rules of Betrayal, by Christopher Reich (thriller)
  • Silken Prey, by John Sandford (thriller)
  • A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban

Also, a few “new to us” videos have also taken up residence (all DVD, unless otherwise noted):

  • “Atonement”
  • “Broken Trail”
  • “Closer”
  • “Fly Away Home”
  • “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
  • “Machine Gun Preacher”
  • “People Like Us” (Blu-Ray)
  • “Spanglish”
  • “Zathura”

Where to Get Your Library Card in Downieville

The Downieville Library is located in the basement of the Native Daughters Hall at 318 Commercial Street. We are open on Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and on Thursdays, noon to 4:00 PM. You can call us at (530) 289-3544. We look forward to seeing you!

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