"At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It's an enormous force for good."
Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director
Lupe Ramos, Children's Librarian
Alissa Morrow, Literacy Coordinator
Main Branch, Colusa
-President Barack Obama
AT THE LIBRARY
AWE Early Literacy Stations
The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) is designed specifically for your youngest patrons ages 2-8 and features over 4,000 localized learning activities. The fun, interactive and engaging content spans all seven curricular areas: math, science & nature, social studies & geography, reading, art & music, writing & computer skills, and reference. We have three ELS stations: two in Colusa and one in Arbuckle.
Free at all branch locations, ABCmouse.com is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2-7+, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. It is completely child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites.
Footsteps2Brilliance is the breakthrough early learning solution that helps all children become proficient readers by 3rd grade. The comprehensive Footsteps2Brilliance curriculum contains over 1,000 interactive books, songs, and games that can be read in either English or Spanish. Parents who spend just 15 minutes a day using Footsteps2Brilliance with their children see immediate gains in vocabulary and critical thinking. Within 30 days, Footsteps2Brilliance users have shown measurable results in vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking, and comprehension. Register your child here
TWENTY THINGS TO DO IN THE LIBRARY
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS- WEEKLY
By capturing a child’s interest and imagination from an early age, story time helps them to discover that libraries and literacy can be an enjoyable and valued part of their lives. Young children, who participate in story time, become regular library users and begin to develop the early education, communication and social skills which are essential aspects of long-term literacy and reading comprehension.
Colusa, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Maxwell, Tuesdays 3:00-3:45pm
Grimes, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15 pm
Arbuckle, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm
Williams, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Stonyford, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm
The 30-minute story time is followed by a 15-minute craft activity. No reservation is required, families of all ages and sizes are invited to participate.
Cuentos en Español
El miércoles por la mañana, de 11:45 12:15
, niños 0-5 años de edad están invitados a escuchar un cuento en español. Treinta minutos programa sigue First 5 California hablar, leer, cantar de modelo, e incluye una canción, la historia y la actividad de aprendizaje para mejorar las Aptitudes de aprendizaje temprano. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con bibliotecario Lupe Ramos niños.
Wednesday mornings, from 11:45 am to 12:15pm
, children ages 0-5 are invited to listen to a story in Spanish. The thirty minute program follows First 5 California's Talk, Read, Sing model, and includes a song, story and learning activity to enhance early learning skills.
Nursery rhymes are important for young children as they help develop an ear for our language. Both rhyme and rhythm help kids hear the sounds and syllables in words, which in turn helps kids learn to read!
Each Monday, from 10:00-10:30 am
at the Colusa branch library, children ages birth-3 are invited to sing songs, and listen to their favorite nursery rhymes and related stories to promote and develop early literacy skills. This program put on in collaboration with First 5 Colusa. No registration is required; contact the Literacy Coordinator for more information.
Spectrum Story Time
Because learning knows no limits, the main branch of the Colusa County Free Library is hosting a special story time for kids with special needs and their caretaker. Each Friday, from 10:00-11:00 am
in the Morse Conference Room, Spectrum will include interactive elements and provide a variety of toys, seating options, weighted blankets and other manipulatives in a low-lit, quite space designed to accommodate the individual needs of each participant.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS- ANNUAL & SEMI-ANNUAL
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, age’s 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 READING PROGRAM
Each summer, school aged children are invited to participate in a six week Summer Reading Program at each of the branch locations. Participating children read books and track the minutes they spend reading during the six weeks of the program. Each week, the children participate in Story Time, create themed crafts, and Literacise. The program culminates in a celebration party on the sixth week, where prizes are given for reading.
For the full schedule and more information click here
SUMMER BOOK TO MOVIE CLUB
Each summer, the Literacy Program hosts the Book to Movie Club for incoming Middle School students. Over the course of 8 weeks, participants read three books and watch the movie adaptations to compare and contrast versions. This is done to not only foster a love of reading in children and aid in the prevention of the academic summer slide, but it also enhances critical thinking and discussion skills. Books are announced and registration begins in May, and attendance is capped at 10 participants. For more information about the Summer Book to Movie Club, contact the Literacy Coordinator.