Greenville Library is under used, but it and all Plumas libraries offer more than the public might know

By Meg Upton

   After the Dixie Fire burned the Greenville Branch Library, part of recovery has been to offer library services at a temporary location: Greenville Junior Senior High School, Room 402.

   Recently it has come to the attention of Plumas County Library staff that services at the temporary branch are under utilized.

   Here is a reminder of some of the services available at the temporary Greenville Branch Library in Room 402.

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   Patrons can check out books, DVDs, and audiobooks to take home and enjoy.  Items can also always be placed on hold, so items from other branches can be brought to Greenville for easy pick-up. Patrons can return items at Greenville regardless of which branch they were checked out.

   There’s a Tool Lending Library, which includes hotspots. Hotspots let people connect to the Internet without requiring you to have your own service provider. Patrons will need their own devices, such as phones or laptops.

   If patrons cannot find a book on the shelf or in the county library catalog, the book can be ordered as a “Zip Book.” The item gets sent directly to your mailing address, and you have two months to read it and return it to the Library. The county library often adds zip books to its collection for others to enjoy too.

   The library offers programming, which includes Book Giveaways (complete an activity sheet and get a free book to keep) at various times throughout the year.

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   There are public computers similar to the old branch library for patrons to use as well as printing, copying, and scanning services. There is a small charge for printing and copying.

   There’s a children’s area, which includes a place to sit down and relax and some small games.

   There is also free Wifi available during open hours, (it remains available 24-hours a day in Portola and Chester and from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Quincy).

   It’s also a quiet place to hang out and study.

   “We are adding new material to our collection every week to go live at Greenville, often through grants and generous donations,” said county librarian Lindsay Fuchs.

   Interested residents who don’t already have one, can get a library card so that they can access access many of the library’s digital resources, such as Libby (ebooks, eaudiobooks, and emagazines), Kanopy (films), learning resources, and more.  They also have digital resources that don’t require a library card, such as Brainfuse HelpNow and GetSetUp.

   Some might wonder why reading is so important.

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   “Whether you’re reading a classic novel, fairy tales or a board book to your baby before bed, reading aloud to children can significantly benefit your child’s life,” said Fuchs.

   Benefits of reading to children or around children include: supported cognitive development, improved language skills, preparation for academic success, developing a special bond with one’s child, increased concentration and discipline, improved imagination and creativity, and most importantly, cultivating a lifelong love of reading.

   “Reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition, communication skills, social skills, and literacy skills. This is because reading to your children in the earliest months stimulates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language and helps build key language, literacy, and social skills. It makes learning to read in school much easier. When you read to your children in elementary school and junior high, they hear harder words which improves their vocabulary and understanding plus it gives you the opportunity of discussing the content of the book together, added Fuchs.

   “We are fortunate to have libraries in four of our communities including Greenville,” said Fuchs. All of the services mentioned in the article are available at all Plumas County branches. For more information, check out the website at

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https://www.plumascounty.us/546/Library or their facebook page Plumas County Public Library. There’s a map on the website that helps people navigate the library system.

   Greenville Library Hours:

Tuesday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.