Raising A Reader (RAR) is a nationally recognized literacy program that promotes early language and literacy development. The 10-week program is implemented once in the fall and once in the spring in partnership with First 5 Colusa and AmeriCorps. Based on First 5 California's Talk, Read, Sing platform, RAR uses a weekly Storytime to promote family literacy. Each session begins with a song, followed by a story and ended with an interactive activity that underscores the day's theme. Once the storytime is completed, each child goes home with a bag of library books to establish a family reading routine at home. The bags are rotated each week to encourage a love of reading and to provide parents and guardians with a set of resources to implement Talk, Read, Sing into their daily lives.
RAR is a free program, and is offered at the Colusa, Stonyford, Grimes, Williams, Arbuckle, and Maxwell branches. Attendance is capped at 15 children per session, and registration begins in August for fall and February for spring. For more information about RAR, contact the Literacy Coordinator.