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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

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

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
Princeton Library              Tuesdays, 1/29-4/2          1:00-2:30pm
Grimes Library                 Tuesdays, 1/29-4/2          1:30-3:00pm
Colusa Library, Spanish     Wednesdays, 1/30-4/3     11:30am-Noon
Colusa Library                  Thursdays, 1/31-4/4        10:00-10:45am
Maxwell Library                Thursdays, 1/31-4/4         Noon-12:45pm
Arbuckle Library                Fridays, 2/1-4/5              10:00-10:45am
Williams Library                Fridays, 2/1-4/5              11:45am-12:30pm

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 in grades 4-8! 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!  The picks for Summer 2019 are Charlotte's Web, Mary Poppins Comes Back, and James and the Giant Peach.  Registration occurs May 15-June 11 by calling 458-0373 or stopping by the Colusa Library.  For additional information contact Literacy Coordinator Alissa Morrow.