Library Events

Join us for the Fall Reading Challenge
at the Inyo County Free Library!

September 22, 2021 to November 16, 2021


We are starting a pilot project for our reading program using an online service called Beanstack, which we hope you will enjoy using.  Beanstack will have the usual book and reading logging that we’ve done with our summer reading programs in the past, but will do this online through a browser or with mobile apps (available from Google Play or the Apple App Store). 

Assistance with using Beanstack will be available from the staff at the Inyo County Library Branches.  Please come to your local Inyo County Library Branch to get started. 

Self-registration is available with the mobile app (search at “Find a site” for “Inyo County”) or at this address: https://inyocounty.beanstack.orgEach reader in a family can be registered under one account.


Reading log, activities, and drawings

Activities for kids of all ages on science, nature, and art are included along with the reading log (supplies will be available from the library).  For the activities there are some prizes available after completion.  

At the end of the program there will be drawings for prizes for readers at each branch and age group.  All participants are entered in the drawings but the chances of winning are increased by the amount of book and reading logging done.   

In addition to reading logging and activities readers can also post reviews of the books they have read, which can be library books, personal books, ebooks or audiobooks.


Two age groups

There are 2 reading challenges available that are divided by age, one for 6 years old and younger (parent lead readers), and one for 6 years and older (independent readers).   The younger group will be tracking reading by counting books, and the older group will be tracking reading by counting minutes of reading.



It's time to "Get Out and Grow!" 

Visit Inyo County Free Library to learn about the newly launched Seed Library.  In partnership with Owens Valley School & Owens Valley Growers, get free seeds for your home garden!

Link to Seed Library list of varieties

Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming free garden programs and community dialogues.  This project is supported by a Shared Vision/Bringing the Library to You grant. 

Where to start
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For more information on seed-saving and seed-starting tips, we recommend visiting

Another great resource is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange


Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

For a seed saving guide from Seed Savers Exchange click below:

Seed saving chart

First Partner's Summer Book Club

First Partner's Summer Book Club

The State Library is working with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on the First Partner's Summer Book Club for kids ages 3-12.

Each week, from June 7 through August 2, the First Partner or a special guest will read a story, hosted on the Governor's YouTube page (links below). The first reading, Grandad's Camper, will go live at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 7. Storytimes are fun, family activities for preschoolers (ages 3-5), but all are welcome to join. 
The First Partner’s Summer Book Club is a 10-week initiative to promote children’s literacy and participation in summer reading programs hosted by local libraries throughout the state. Launched in partnership with the California State Library, First 5 Association of California, and First 5 California, the First Partner’s Summer Book Club offers California families opportunities to keep children engaged all summer long.
First Partner’s Book Club page  
Youtube playlist

National Archives Genealogy Series

National Archives Genealogy Series

National Archives Hosts Genealogy Series in May & June 
Participate in our genealogy series - free and online!

 WHAT:  WASHINGTON, April 19, 2021–In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy Series! Instead of a single-day event, the program sessions will be broadcast individually during May and June. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube

Over the two months, the sessions will offer family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond. The June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher. All are welcome! Session descriptions, videos, handouts, and participation instructions are available at the Genealogy Series web page.  

WHEN:May & June—all sessions begin at 1 p.m. ET

May 4Preserving and Digitizing Personal Photo Albums and Scrapbooks

May 12Finding Genealogy Resources and Tools on

May 19Tips and Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds

June 1 From Here to There: Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees

June 8 Civil War Union Noncombatant Personnel: Teamsters, Laundresses, Nurses, Sutlers, and More

June 15 Merchant Marine Records at the National Archives at St. Louis 

WHO: Staff experts in government records from National Archives facilities nationwide.

WHERE: Anywhere! The series will be broadcast on the U.S. National Archives YouTube channel

HOW: Visit the Genealogy Series web page to watch the broadcasts on YouTube. Participants can watch individual sessions, download materials, ask questions, and interact with presenters and other family historians. No need to register—just click the links on the schedule to view the sessions!  Videos and handouts will remain available after the event.

Captioning:  Live captioning will be available online with StreamText. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please email

Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists” online.

Follow the National Archives on Twitter @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Series conversation using #GenieSeries2021.

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 Celebrating Día!

April 27th — 30th

Join the Inyo County Free Library as hundreds of libraries throughout the country host special multicultural events in celebration of Día (El día de los niños / El día de los libros, Children's Day / Book Day).

Our library will be celebrating Día with a virtual storytime and take-home activity kits for the family!  Featuring a read-along book, recipe, and crafts!  Activity kits are available at all county library branch locations.  Check with your local branch for pick-up details and check out our Events page for the Día virtual storytime!

Activity kits are available on a first come, first served basis – so contact your library for pick-up details!

For a selection of BOOK TITLES from the 
for celebrating Día click here.




Photos from the library's Dia Celebration

Book Talk: Anatomy of Desire

 Anatomy of Desire

For a recording of this event from LibraryLoveFest click here.

L. R. Dorn, pen name for husband-and-wife team Matt Dorff and Suzanne Dunn, authors of the upcoming THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE, will be in conversation with David Highfill, VP and Executive Editor of William Morrow!

Get the inside scoop on this buzzy thriller, perfect for fans of true time docuseries a la SERIAL and MAKING A MURDERER, that reimagines Theodore Dreiser's classic novel of crime and punishment, AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.

David Highfill has worked with authors such as Greg Iles, Tom Franklin, Patricia Cornwell Peter Swanson, Wiley Cash, Brad Taylor, and Sarah Pinborough...just to name a few!


Storytime at the Bishop Branch Library

Temporarily suspended

During this time of curtailed library services many publishing and education services have provided special access to their services.  We have also found some links to sites that may be of interest as an alternative to the library, especially for kids.  See our page for LIBRARY ALTERNATIVES.