Family Literacy Services
The Colusa County Free Library Literacy Program gives away free books for children ages birth through 17 a minimum of six times per year. This is done not only to encourage a love of reading in the youth of the county, but also to promote literacy for the county as a whole while building up home libraries. In fact, around the world, one thing that has been shown to be a consistently powerful predictor of academic achievement is a home library.
Here are the top five reasons that we host youth book giveaways:
- 79.3% of children who own books believe "the more I read, the better I become"
- 20% of children who don’t own books read below their grade level
- 34% of children who own books read "every day"
- 15.4% of children who don’t own books "never read"
- Children who don’t own books are 12.6% more likely to never visit a library
Upcoming Book Giveaways
CCOE Family Fair
Egling Middle School
April 4, 2020 • 10:00am-1:00pm
Day of the Book, Day of the Child
April 29, 2020 (Time TBA)
Williams Migrant Camp
(More Information TBA)
Princeton Portuguese Festa
(More Information TBA)
Book Giveaways This School Year
Arbuckle Farmer’s Market
4:00 to 7:00pm
Arbuckle Pumpkin Festival
October 6, 2019
10:00am to 3:00pm
Christmas Tyme in Colusa
December 6, 2019
4:00 to 8:00pm
Raising A Reader
Raising A Reader is an early literacy program that promotes parent-child bonding through reading. In collaboration with First 5 Colusa, the Colusa County Literacy Program offers two free 10-week sessions per year, at the branch locations of Colusa, Arbuckle, Maxwell, Princeton, and Williams. Each spring and fall, parents and their children, ages birth through five, establish a reading routine that has been proven to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success. Weekly story time and interactive activities at the library along with a weekly Book Bag make reading fun for the whole family. Participants will also receive free books to help build up their home libraries!
Spring 2020 Schedule
- Colusa Library, February 13 to April 16, Thursdays, 10:00 to 10:45am
- Maxwell Library, February 13 to April 16, Thursdays, Noon to 12:45pm
- Arbuckle Library, February 14 to April 17, Fridays, 10:00 to 10:45am
- Williams Library, February 14 to April 17, Fridays, Noon to 12:45pm
- Princeton Library, February 18 to April 21, Tuesdays, 8:30 to 9:30am
- Colusa Library Spanish Session, February 19 to April 22, Wednesdays, 11:30am to 12:15pm
Contact literacy coordinator Alissa Maas for more information, stop by your local branch, or visit our events calendar!
Summer Book to Movie Club
Each summer, the Colusa County Free Library Literacy Program hosts a FREE Book to Movie Club for local middle-school-aged children! Over the course of 6 weeks, participants will read three books and watch the movie adaptations to compare and contrast versions. Teens will also get their own copies of each title to add to their home libraries! Registration begins in May. For more information, call our Literacy Coordinator at 458-0373. This program put on in partnership with Premier Mushrooms, Inc. and CAPC Colusa County.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A Wrinkle in Time (Graphic Novel) by Madeline L’Engle
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Nursery Rhyme Time
This winter program is a weekly story time for children ages birth to 5 and their caregiver, that blends traditional nursery rhymes with their modern counterparts, through stories, songs, and finger plays. Occurs at the Colusa Branch on Thursdays at 10:00am, from November 14 to January 16. No registration is required; call 458-0373 for more information.