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GOT YOUR TICKET? Don't miss the 11th Annual JUNE JAMBOREE!

06/27/2015 15:47
06/27/2015 15:47

June Jamboree

TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST -- BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!  The Friends of the Modoc County Library's 11th annual June Jamboree is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015.  Tickets remain at the low price of $15.00 per person that includes a train ride, and $13.00 per person without a train ride.  Train times to choose from are 9:15; 10:00; 10:45 (SOLD OUT); 11:30 (SOLD OUT); 12:15; 1:15; 2:00; and 2:30.  The fun event also includes a barbecue lunch featuring mouth-watering hamburgers, hot dogs or veggie burgers, a BIG book sale, live auction with a wide array of quality offerings, self guided tours of the inviting gardens and historical themed buildings.  Live entertainment will be provided by talented musicians: the Alturatones, Darci Moe, and the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, and Ducky the Clown will be entertaining children and adults alike.  Cultural demonstrations include gold panning with Davis Wellman, pottery making with Dick Mackey, spinning with Sophie Sheppard, and wheelwright work with Jay Parrish.  Special guest this year is Greg Lucas, California State Librarian, to help celebrate the Modoc County Library's centennial.  You won't want to miss this fun day!  The June Jamboree is a tobacco free event.  Sorry, no pets allowed.  For more information, please call Cheryl Baker, County Librarian, at 530-233-6340.


The Library's Mission Statement is “Open to all, the Modoc County Library is dedicated to building a thriving, educated and enlightened community through literacy and lifelong learning.”  Now is your opportunity to help make a difference in the future of our Library, a valuable community asset. 

The Library Advisory Board, which serves as a liaison between the public, the Library, and the Board of Supervisors, consists of seven members:  five appointed by the Board of Supervisors, one appointed by the Alturas City Council, and one appointed by the Friends of the Library.  Current Library Advisory Board members are Jan Farschon (District 1); Larry Dier (District 2); Carol Sharp (District 3); Anna Lee Partridge (District 4); Ellen Jones (City of Alturas); and Mark Steffek (Friends of the Modoc County Library).  Meetings are held every other month.  Terms on the board are for four years. 

The term of the position representing District 5 has expired and is vacant.  Interested parties residing in District 5 (Geri Byrne is the Supervisor) may send letters of interest to Cheryl Baker, County Librarian, Modoc County Library, 212 W. 3rd St., Alturas, CA, 96101, or call her at 233-6340 for more information.


What is DigitalLearn.org ?  

The Public Library Association's new site, DigitalLearn.org, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, including "Getting Started On The Computer", "Navigating a Website", "Intro to E-Mail", "Intro to Facebook", "Intro to Skype", and much more!


The Modoc County Library has a new Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) as part of its migration to Koha, an open-source Integrated Library System (ILS).  Check out our new catalog and its many exciting features, including book cover art and your reading history at http://modoc.bywatersolutions.com.  For more information or questions, please call Cheryl Baker, County Librarian, at 530-233-6340.

ZIP BOOKS -- Your Library, Delivered!

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The Modoc County Library has been selected by the California State Library to participate for the second year in a project called “Zip Books for Rural Libraries”, which explores an alternative to traditional InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. The 2014/2015 project will last through June 30, 2015. Using a “buy vs. borrow” procurement model, the Zip Books project is funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the California State Library.

How does Zip Books work?



Thanks to a grant from the Libri Foundation, made possible by donations from Bruce Campbell and local sponsors Antonio's Cucina Italiana and Friends of the Modoc County Library, the Library has received 94 beautiful new children's books valued at $1,500.  For more information, please call Cheryl Baker, County Librarian, at 233-6340 or stop by the Library and check it out!

In Memoriam

Terry WilliamsTerry Williams


Terry Williams passed away on January 29, 2014 after a brief illness.  Terry was a dedicated member of the Modoc County Library Advisory Board, representing District 1, since January 1, 2003.  

In Memoriam

Fay Stahl

Fay Stahl 


Volunteer Extraordinaire


Adieu, Dear Friend.

By Cheryl Baker, Modoc County Librarian

Fay Stahl was the quintessential volunteer at the Modoc County Library for 30 years. Sadly, she passed away on September 15, 2013. Born on September 3, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents from Poland, who spoke very little English.

Surprise Valley Donors Made a Difference!

The following generous donors contributed to keep the Cedarville branch library open two days per week through June 30, 2014:

Surprise Valley Rotary, Leah Larsen, Roger and Jan Farschon, Ed and Wendi Lutz, Don and Sue Haun, Warren Webb, and Jean Gorzell, plus other generous donors who wish to remain anonymous.  

Thank you, one and all!

Friends of the Library Book Bags

Friends' book bags

Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? 

LIBRARY NEWS: GoodSearch For Your Library!

By Cheryl Baker, Modoc County Librarian

Google, schmoogle! Did you know you can “GoodSearch For Your Library”?


New titles added to the Library's collection -- Check It Out!      

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"LIBRARY TO GO"--download eBooks & audiobooks

The Modoc County Library has joined other libraries in NorthNet Library System to bring you "Library To Go", an online resource for downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for your reading and listening pleasure.      

Now compatible with Kindle too!

Download Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks!  

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