Beginning Saturday, December 19th, Mono County Library locations will be closed for onsite use until further notice.  Your libraries are open for 'Call Ahead for Pick Up': Click here for specific details for how the "Call Ahead" service works.

Basically you can use your Mono County Library Card to go to our online catalog - in the Quick Links section to the right - to place a hold on an item, or you can contact your local library staff by phone or email during regular hours. Contact information for your location can be found in the BRANCHES menu above. Your local staff member will confirm with you by phone or email the expected date/time for you to pick up your item(s), check them out ahead of time, and arrange them for you to pick up at the library's entrance through a safe contactless handoff. When you're done with the item(s), simply return it in the library's exterior book drop to maintain the contactless handoff and we will clean and quarantine the time for 4 days before reshelving it. We will continue to waive overdue fines during this period.

Click here for a brief video tutorial for using the online catalog to search and place a hold on a title.

Remember we offer free-to-keep Maker Kits which can be picked up and we offer numerous online resources and virtual programs through the menu items above!

Join Our Winter Reading Challenge for January!  Click Below For Details

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Click below to read the January Issue of our Makerspace Newsletter!

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Click below to read the January Issue of our new Mono County Library System Early Literacy Newsletter!

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WATCH MOVIES AND TV SHOWS ONLINE!  Your Mono County Library Card now gets you up to 4 free checkouts per month from HOOPLA Digital!  Click below for easy sign-up, all you need is an active library card and an email address

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 CLICK BELOW FOR OUR NEW JOB SEARCH RESOURCES!

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Hey teens - we bet you've got stories to tell!  Register for our Evolution of Storytelling Project!  Click the image for details:

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The libraries are not accepting book donations at this time, please do not place book donations in our book drops. Thank you for your patience and understanding. As our friends and neighbors, our library staff care about you and your well-being. We look forward to welcoming you back to our libraries when the COVID-19 situation has passed. In the meantime if you need a library card so you can access our ebook collection, see the 'Apply for a Library Card' link in the ABOUT menu above, and use the 'Contact' link to the right to reach out to us with the information. 

NEW CURRENT ISSUES BOOK LISTS - Check out our Staff Recommendations page to see our expanding multiple-viewpoint lists of books on current topics to help you understand the issues and better equip yourself for your kitchen table conversations on what you're hearing and reading about in the news.

DID YOU KNOW WE OFFER EBOOKS AND EAUDIOBOOKS YOU CAN CHECK OUT FROM HOME?  Expore the "ONLINE LIBRARY" menu at the top of this page to see all the online resources you can access for free from home, and check back frequently as we look to add more!

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Free New York Times Digital Access

Britannica School Edition Links in English and Spanish (Use library Card Number to access information):

In addition to Storytimes, the library offers a personal StorytimeLive through Zoom for our local early chidcare providers.  If you are intersted in setting up a virtual storytime, contact Mono County Library's Early Literacy Coordinator, Chalese Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

StoryTime Live Schedule

Storytime Schedule

The Mono County Libraries strives to deliver Storytime in a way that aligns with the most current understandings in early childhood development as well as with the best practices encouraged by the California State Library. In this hour, we hope to demonstrate various ways in which we can interact with children’s books that allow for child-led discovery, development and positive experiences with learning.

Interested in getting involved? The Mono County Libraries would love to have you volunteer to read for Storytime Presents.  Join our community-focused Storytime Presents series by introducing yourself and reading a children's book of your choice; you can help encourage positive reading habits and keep these young children connected to their community! And if you need help finding a good book, we're happy to help. Contact Chalese Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

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In conjunction with the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the CA State Library recently published Promising Practices: A Guide for Library Staff. This guide is meant to provide everyday ways for applying the key findings of the CCC’s extensive review of early childhood research, which culminated in Reimagining School Readiness. This research and the guidelines underscore the complexity of how the minds of young children grow and underline the importance of holistic, positive approaches to preparing our children for school. For a brief overview of how these guidelines can play a role in a parent or caregiver’s daily life, check out the flyer in English or in Spanish.

As these recent studies reveal just how critical early childhood experiences are for lifelong learning and building strong emotional and social skills, the Mono County Libraries has adapted the above-mentioned best practices to our own Storytime Curriculum so that we can provide positive examples to our young parents, caregivers and children.

 

 

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Use this section to find additional resources for Children and links to external websites and recommended reading lists. Click Here for Young Adults.

New at the Library

We are excited to share we now offer access to TeachingBooks.net for our parents, teachers, and young people. Use your Mono County library card to log in and find information on children's and young adult titles, authors, program ideas, as well as information for reading assignments and book reports.

Library Programs

Storytimes

ABCMouse - Early Learning Resource you can use at the library for free, or sign up for at home account (monthly subscription cost).

Raising A Reader- Our early literacy outreach program for pre-school age children. 

Reading & Book Sites for Children

Award Winners 

Reading list & Recommended Reading Sites 

Children Book Podcasts: 

 

Recommended New Children's Books at Mammoth Lakes Library -- Summer 2019:

Online Resources & Homework Help 

Did you know that you have access to reliable, trustworthy databases through your public library -- all for free?  Below you'll find a range of resources that will help you with all sorts of school tasks -- from simple homework assignments, to research papers or even just for your own curiosity.  

In addition to all of these great resources, the Mono County Library now offers a weekly Virtual Homework Zone (VHZ) on Zoom, Wednesdays from 4-6pm.  In a nutshell, volunteer high school students work with K-8 students as Homework Coaches, using their own academic experience to help along their younger peers.  Each VHZ is faciliated by the Youth Librarian, Miss Carissa, though Homework Coaches will work with individual students or small groups in zoom break-out rooms.  In these distant times, one-on-one connections like this can make a big difference.  We'd love to see you there!  Sign-up by completing the appropriate form below, and you'll receive the Zoom details from your Youth Librarian. Note: a new form must be completed for each month.  

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VHZ Registration Form - February 

 

Interested in volunteering as a Homework Coach?  Or do you just want to learn more about the program?  Don't hesistate to reach out to your local Youth Librarian.  You can find her contact details at the bottom of this page!

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Mono County Library Sponsored Resources

You can access these resources using your 14 digit library card number:

KOHA Library Catalog

  • Our online catalog. Sign in to renew materials and place holds - requires you to set up a password with Library Staff in advance.

 

OVERDRIVE (Library to Go)  

  • Digital audio books & eBooks

 

Driver Education Program

  • Includes 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

 

California State Library Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest research databases, and Book Connections are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.  When accessing from home, you may need to enter either your school provided username and password or your Mono County Library card number. Need help?  Reach out to your Youth Librarian, Carissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Post links directly to each school level, elementary, middle or high.

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Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                     

Book Connections

Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens.

   

         

Need help from Book Connections? See our support page. 510-239-7391 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)

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  • CultureGrams - Concise social, cultural, and political information on countries, U.S. states, and provinces around the world. (Grades 3-12)
  • SIRS Discoverer - A general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
  • SIRS Issues Researcher - Pros and cons on 360+ (and growing) complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. (Grades 6+)
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  • eLibrary - Guided Research edition delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content including more than 11,000 Research Topics (Grades 6+)
  • ProQuest Research Companion - a self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction.(Grades 8+)
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  • Schools & Educators Complete - eBook subscription database of over 13,000 titles that supports English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology. (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)

Need help from ProQuest? See our support page. 800-521-0600 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brainfuse

Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow is a free online service you can access with your Mono County Library Card that features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help students, job seekers and veterans reach their job & career goals.

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Click here to access Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow (Library card required, contact your local library or use the contact form on this website for more information on getting a library card.)

Click here to get a Quick-Start and User Guide for JobNow/VetNow.

Click here to watch a brief youtube tutorial for JobNow/VetNow.

FREE Resources

No library card number necessary!

Online Archive of California     

  • The OAC provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, and so on) maintained by more than 200 libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California — including collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. The OAC is a core component of the University of California California Digital Library (CDL) and is administered by the Digital Special Collections program.

 

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California Digital Newspaper Collection

  • The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a pilot project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.

 

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Calisphere

  • Calisphere is the University of California free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

 

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 Happy researching!

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Carissa Devine

Youth Program Manager

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

760.965.6679

@monolibraries395, for teens and YA

 

ESP BannerUse this section to find library programs and volunteer opportunities for teens and Young Adults, as well as additional resources and links to external websites and recommended reading lists. Click here for Chidren.

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  • Still stuck at home?  Connect with others through #BooksLikeUs, or books with characters you can relate to.  Books can be mirrors that help us reflect on who we are as well as windows into the realities of others -- even when we have to #StayHomeToStaySafe.  Join Mono County Libraries for the #WinterRead2021 and log your reading on Beanstack.  Sign up for free at monocolibraries.beanstack.org, log the time you spend reading, and be entered into local drawings for prizes! Need some help finding a book you can relate to?  Check out this short tutorial on how to search for books in our online catalogue by the issues the deal with.  Wanna share your reading adventures?  Don't forget to add #MonoReads to any posts you share! 

 

 

  • Also, the Mammoth Lakes Library has separated our Young Adult titles from our Youth collection!  Let's face it -- as older teens, you're simply on a different level than tweens, and it's about time you get your own section at the library.  Pass by and check out the many new title that have been added to the YA collection (a huge THANK YOU to the Mammoth Lakes Friends of the Library for their generous contribution!)

 

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Programs

Evolution of Storytelling Project

Mono County Libraries is proud to launch the Evolution of Storytelling Project.  This project is funded through the Shared Vision Grant, sponsored by the CA State Library, and it will run from September 2020 - August 2022.  In a nutshell -- join peers and Teaching Artists througout Mono County to learn about the history and art of storytelling.  Not only will you walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation for storytelling, but you'll also learn specific techniques for how to craft and shape your own stories.  #TellYourStory #OwnVoices 

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Program Opportunities

Did you know that you have your very own Youth Librarian at the Mono County Libraries?  You might know her as "that lady from the library," but she also goes by Carissa, and she's here to help you make the most out of your public library!  Yes, we have books and DVDs for you to check out and computers to use, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.  The public library is public space, which means it's also your space!  So if you have an interest or a hobby that you'd like to expand and share with others, reach out and start a conversation.  Carissa is always happy to chat with you about how we might bring your idea to life. 

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Carissa Devine - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 760.965.6679; stay in touch via IG - @monolibraries395

Volunteer Opportunities

The public library is a great place to volunteer -- the possibilities are endless!  Contact your Youth Librarian (contact info above) for more detailed information.

  • Help create a Teen Advisory Board.  Meet once a month to help recommend books for our collection, create displays for your peers, create online content for website or social media, not to mention consider how to improve and promote other programs. 
  • Tutor younger students in a subject of your choice through the Virtual Homework Zone.
  • Share your passion by creating a club that younger kids can join.  

Book Sites for Young Adults

Reading Lists for Young Adults 

 

Award Winners

 

Young Adult Podcasts:

 

Mono County Library Booklists by Subjects

 

  

 

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