Even freaky Frankenstein, a children’s reading buddy, wears his health and safety face-covering mask while welcoming youngsters to their local libraries. Kids up to age 18, including infants, are welcome to participate in the Fall Book Giveaway happening now. Photo by Roni Java

Local libraries host free book giveaways for children and youth starting this week

Calling all goblins and superheroes who are ready to have some fun being safe and healthy.

‘Fall Book Giveaway’ builds reading skills


Project Read, sponsored by the Plumas County Literacy program, is holding its Fall Book Giveaway For Kids event at all four community library locations. Dates vary by branch, from now through Nov. 14, and the promotion is open to youth from infancy to age 18.

Children and teens will receive a free book for visiting the library and wearing a decorated face covering that must cover the nose and mouth. However, little ones aged 2 and under do not need to be wearing a face covering in order to receive a free book.

Show off your fancy face mask and pick out a cool book

Youngsters and teens are welcome to visit their libraries during public browsing hours to show off their decorated face-covering masks and receive one free book per child or youth on these dates.

Chester Library – Nov. 9-14


Greenville Library – Oct. 26-29


Portola Library – Nov. 2-7



Quincy Library – Oct. 26-31


Be sure to check in advance for open hours that will accommodate the contest.

For example, to show off your fancy face coverings, the Quincy Main Library Branch is open for public browsing Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Additional hours are available for regular library patron needs.

When you arrive, be sure to knock on the door and library personnel will greet you and let you in.

Face coverings can be creative with a little imagination

Reading builds a lifetime love of books, so feel free to be creative when you decorate your face-covering masks!

Intended to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus during the current pandemic, protective face coverings don’t have to be boring.

Youngsters and teens can embellish their health masks in any fashion or make them part of an outfit. Have fun with the project, County Librarian Lindsay Fuchs says. Start a trend, use your imagination and stay safe.


‘Adopt a Book’ and support your local library

The Plumas County Library has also launched a special program to provide additional help and support for your local branches.

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, many government agencies are experiencing funding cutbacks. This year, the Plumas County Library has a reduced book budget. You can help by adopting a book in honor or memory of a friend or family member.

Forms are available at each branch. All donations go to Friends of the Library and are tax-deductible.