By Victoria Metcalf
When Plumas County Librarian Lindsay Fuchs addressed members of the board of supervisors about office hours and other considerations Tuesday, Aug. 3, she had four in-county libraries to oversee.
With supervisors’ approval to go ahead with set library times by Thursday, Aug. 5, Fuchs had one less library to manage. The Greenville Branch Library is one of the casualties of the Dixie Fire as it swept through the community.
“Our deepest sympathies to the Greenville communities,” Fuchs said Thursday morning, Aug. 5. “We’ve seen the video of the Greenville Library Branch destroyed. We will be working in the upcoming days to create support to the community and the victims of this tragedy.”
She continued, “If you are or are connected to an evacuee, we have activity bags that can be picked up at the Quincy Branch and we will also be bringing some to the Local Assistance Center on 1446 East Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971 (old Probation Building) by this afternoon (Aug. 5). The majority of the activity bags are aimed at children and teens of all ages, including babies and toddlers, but we will also have some adult activity bags,” Fuchs explained.
“The library has free wi-fi 24/7,” she reminded people. “We have extra computers and laptops for people to use at the Quincy Branch (on Jackson and Harbison streets).
Fuchs said that the Chester Branch is closed now due to the mandatory evacuation, but the Quincy and Portola branches are open.
Members of the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution updating library office hours for the three remaining branch libraries. Chester staff will begin the new hours when evacuations are lifted.
Permanent changes are as follows:
The Chester Branch is switching its closed day from Friday to Monday. They will be open Tuesday through Saturday. “This matches the community’s shopping and outdoor habits,” Fuchs explained. “The majority of Chester stores are closed on Mondays, rather than Fridays.”
This also helps library staff better serve members of the community who are out on weekends only, as well as makes marketing and programming easier to remember, set, and participate in, Fuchs explained.
Starting the winter schedule for Chester Branch Library a month earlier in November to better follow sunlight hours. The Chester library will be closed for lunch from noon until 12:30 p.m. instead of from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This matches requested patron services hours, Fuchs said.
Permanent changes at the Quincy and Portola branch are as follows:
Changes here include having the facility open two hours earlier on Mondays to match requested patron services hours.
Portola Branch Library is being given a summer and winter schedule rather than keeping the facility open unnecessarily during winter on Thursdays, Fuchs explained.