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Family Literacy Services
Book Giveaways
Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director

Alissa Morrow, Literacy Coordinator

The Colusa County Free Library Literacy Program gives away free books for children ages birth-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: 

  1.  79.3% of children who own books believe “the more I read, the better I become”
  2. 20% of children who don’t own books read below their grade level
  3. 34% of children who own books read "every day"
  4. 15.4% of children who don't own books "never read"
  5. Children who don't own books are 12.6% more likely to never visit a library

Upcoming Book Giveaways
First 5 Community Baby Shower
May 19, 2018
CCOE Education Village, Williams

Little Sprouts Summer Reading Program
New this summer, the Colusa County Free Library Literacy Program, in partnership with Colusa CAPC, will be offering the Little Sprouts Summer Reading Program for children ages birth-5, and their caregiver.  Each Monday from June 11 - July 30 at 11:00am at the main branch in Colusa, participants will visit different aspects of farm life through age appropriate books and activities.  Registration begins May 21; contact the Literacy Coordinator for more information.

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 five of the branch locations: Colusa, Arbuckle, Maxwell, Stonyford, 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!  Contact literacy coordinator Alissa Morrow for more information.

Summer Book to Movie Club
Each summer, the Colusa County Free Library Literacy Program hosts a FREE Book to Movie Club for local children ages 10-17! Over the course of 8 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!  This summer's picks, generously co-sponsored by Premier Mushrooms, are:

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

Meeting dates are June 13-August 1 at the Colusa Branch on Wednesdays, from 1:00-2:00pm.  Registration begins May 14.  For additional information contact Literacy Coordinator Alissa Morrow.