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Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 Service News Bulletin, Progressive, By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer Christmas is a time for toys and children, but children are always welcome and toys are always available at the Toy and Resource Library in Quincy. To help those not familiar with what's available for loan or the changes to the pro- gram, a special open house is being offered during the Main Street Sparkle activities Fri- day evening from 5:30-8 p.m., Dec. 7. "While you're downtown enjoying the Main Street Sparkle, stroll on up the street to 536 Jackson Street (next door to the Feather Bed) to the open house at the Toy and Resource Library," said coor- dinator Susie Wilson. "This festivity is to cele- brate both the library and Quincy's new Family Re- source Center, which is housed in the same building," Wilson said. From a single cupboard of toys, the Toy and Resource thousands of toys, books and resource materials. This one of the popular items often checked out. direct them and their chil- cozy, the perfect place to Toys and more It's just like a toy store, but dren toward age appropriate browse or test a few things or special skill level offerings, out. these toys are free---at least Inside the toy library, one for a Utile while--to boys and of the neat things is thatBackground girls from throughout Plumas everything is out in the open. The Toy and Resource Li- County. Hand puppets are stuck on brary was established in 1985 Puppets, stuffed animals, tree-style pegs, toys hang as part of the Plumas Rural push toys, a bright yellow from the ceiling. Books line Services (PRS) Child Care Re- folding car, which opens for "shelves, and stacks of books source and Referral Program. hours of fun as little ones crawl in and out, are just with accompanying cassetteLike other resource and re- some of the many toys avail- tapes hang in clear plastic ferral toy libraries in Califor- ablein the front rooms, packages. Floor-to-ceilingnia, it is funded by the State shelves are also packed with Department of Education, to Wilson is available to assist all sorts of toys. provide toys and resources to parents with the toys, show- The colors inside are invit- licensed child care providers, ing them how they work and ing. The carpet is warm and assisting them in providing Network Administration I Computer Services [ Maintenance} Consulting nform____ ation PCIT is located in East Quincy in the professional building at 2056 E. Main St. Office Hours 10am to 5pro Monday tbru Friday 2056 E. Main St. #.4 Quincy Photos by Victoria Metcalf Ubrary has grown to Include bright yellow, fold-up car is Susie Wilson, coordinator of the Toy and brary and Plumas Children's Network, shows off the many toys available for Plums County Parents can save a lot of many toys and money by first looking it o er, available to ch then if it meets their particu- flies without it," lar set of standards, they can "I depend on the take it home. If it's played Resource Library with and then abandoned my program support right away, they know they've als, as well as for saved themselves money. If edgeable information it's a success, they may want sistance from the to add it to their shoppinglist, ordinator," said The Toy Library allows par- Brauner, Plumas ents to pick up skill-building dren's librarian. toys or a particular book or "I rouldn't do books on developing skills or out it," Brauner added. identifying problems. Both toys and books are Changes available to help parents meet Plumas Rural the particular the needs of cently received the their children. Wilson is also for the Plumas Chil there to lend assistance with Network, which both. She says having some- Quincy Family one to discuss particular ter, Wilson explained. problems or situations with - This program now helps in selecting what is 10 other human right for the child, grams administered The Toy Library is also a These include: the wonderful resource for par- fant and Children ents, Scout leaders, child care gram, Family providers, grandparents and Child Care teachers who need a little ferral, Subsidized help in the idea department. ALIVE, RISE Ideas for special projects or the Domestic programs, Sunday School gram, Family Child lessons, birthday party ideas work, Child Abuse and much more are waiting ment, and the Toy right there, source Library. "Is your classroom needing The Family ongoing quality child care. "Fortunately for Plumas County, ours is also available to the public, educators and other agencies," Wilson said. "The only requirement for becoming a library member is that you are a Plumas County resident over the age of 18," she said, describing the re- sponsible parent or child care provider who must check out the toys. The Toy and Resource Li- brary started out small, Wil- son said. So small in fact that everything fit into an old chi- na cabinet. But things have changed. The program has grown. It now houses over 2,000 toys, books, videos, games, musical instruments, cassettes and CDs. some new ideas?" Wilson ter will be o include. a library asked "We have them " Toy and Resource It .................. " . . , outreac~t~ro~r~l~r~t~'e~s ~C-~l!~,de'geloimleun~, Darent-, the,Child Care a van stocked with toys, edu- ing and early" childhood edu- Referral building at cational and fun items to Pot- cation information and tech- son Street. tola. Greenville and Chester nical assistance on a variety Since Quincy is the on monthly library days, and of issues are all available seat and has most as needed at other times, Wil- from the library coordinator, cies that serve familie son explained, ed in town, the A new van, which arrived Who uses the service? Quincy Family "In last year, was purchased to of-the last year alone,te-r is to provide a fer more services to the rest of n.early 600 Plumas County res- tact point for the county, idents borrowed more than agencies to call for 1.600 toy, s and resources from tion regarding any Aside from providing a seemingly endless source of the library, saving manyservices, Wilson said. thousands of dollars in per- These services family fun, the library serves many purposes, including: sonal and public funds," Wil- where to find a Try it before you buy it. This son explained about her pro- seat, a dentist who is for the parent who has gram. treatment to questions about particularIn fact, two regular borrow- with a disabled ers have this to say: bet, finding child toys their children are re- questing. It allows the parent "The library collaborates where to find job an opportunity to see if the very well with the Plumas Questions can now be toy is something the child will Unified School District's ed to the center. play with for a long time, how (PUSD) Infant and Preschool For more it's made, whether it's really programs," said Carol Bur-for hours at the Toy an acceptable toy, or whether ney, PUSD special education source Library, call teacher and infant specialist, ly Resource Center it's something that is just a passing whim. "The savings to our budget4453. is great. I couldn't have this I Are you a PG&E customer? Does your income, qualify? If you answer YES to these questions, call tod_ to enroll in the CARE program at the following locations. Chester ABC Center Po~ola QUALIFYING INCOME* 258-4280 Healthy Start Qualifying income for the CARE program. Wildwood 258-3350 832-1827 Family size Gross Annual Income !?axtn. :il Social Services 1 - $22,000 993-6720 HealthY?284_1560Start 2 $22,000 Plumas, County Community Dev. Laden Economic Dev. 3 $25,900 Commission Corp. 283-2466 256-3531 4 $31,100 Plumas Crisis 5 $36,300 Intervention 283-5515 Certified used oil collection centers will pay you 4 cents per quart for your used motor oil. Certified Centers Chester Transfer Station - (800) 300-1046 Greenville Transfer Station & Recycling Center -(800) 300-1046 Quincy Transfer Slation - (530) 283-2065 Quincy Recycling Center - (530) - 283-2065 Graeagle Transfer & Recycling Center - (530) 832-4879 Delleker Transfer Station - 1530) 832-4879 Non-Certified Centers La Porte Transfer Station -(800) 300-1046 City of Portola Landfill - (530) 16 Call for hours of operation and quantities accepted Sponsored by Plumas Count)'. the Environmental Senices JPA, and fimdcd by a grant from the Calilbrnia Integrated Waste Management Board.