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Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director
530/458-0372

Alissa Morrow, Literacy Coordinator
530/458-0373



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
CCOE Family Fair
Egling Middle School
April 13, 2019 from 10:00am-2:00pm

First 5 Colusa Community Baby Shower
TBD

NAPP Time (Nursery App Time)
Each Monday at the Colusa branch at 10:00am, children ages birth-5 and their parents/caregivers will experience Nursery App Time!  This story time blends classic nursery rhymes told in their traditional printed form, with the nationally-renowned Footsteps2Brilliance app.  Participants will listen to differing versions of the "nursery rhyme of the day" and then partake in reading comprehension games and activities guided by the Literacy Coordinator.  There is no registration necessary for NAPP Time, but attendees will need to create a free Footsteps2Brilliance account for full app participation.  This program sponsored in part by the Colusa County Office of Education.

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, Grimes, 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 2019 Schedule: January 29-April 5 (registration ends February 15)
Contact literacy coordinator Alissa Morrow 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 children ages 8-14! Throughout June and July 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!  The picks for Summer 2019 will be announced in April.  For additional information contact Literacy Coordinator Alissa Morrow.