Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director
Alissa Morrow, Literacy Coordinator
To meet the needs of a diverse community of learners, the Colusa County Free Library's Literacy Program offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. Patrons and literacy students are encouraged to learn how to access a range of library materials in different formats, languages and reading levels to increase their literacy skills. Patrons and learners can use public computer stations, access free WiFi, and explore a multitude of e-resources at each branch location. With options ranging from traditional English language reading and writing tutoring, and digital literacy workshops and classes to independent learning resources, the Literacy Program has options for everyone.
The Adult Literacy offers free, individualized and confidential tutoring with trained volunteer tutors from the community. Learners gain the skills they need to read to their children, complete job applications, pass the driver’s test, write a birthday card and achieve any other goal they have set for themselves.
Learners must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Not currently enrolled in school
- Can speak a basic amount of English
An adult literacy tutor meets regularly with an adult learner who wants to improve his or her reading and writing skills. Volunteers tutor at libraries, adult educational facilities, and community-based organizations. Tutors must be at least 17 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Patience, sensitivity, and flexibility are essential.
Tutors are required to attend an orientation and complete basic tutor training with the Literacy Coordinator. Additional volunteer training is offered monthly through California State Library Literacy Program tutor webinars and Colusa County Free Library in-service classes.
Tutors must agree to:
- Meet with a learner in a public place at least once a week for a minimum of one hour
- Help the learner to identify specific reading and writing goals
- Periodically evaluate the learner's reading and writing progress using the State Library's Roles and Goals achievement survey, and acknowledge his or her efforts and successes through the learner's portfolio
- Report tutoring hours each month
- Treat learners with respect and maintain a team approach to learning
If interested in becoming a tutor or know someone who would benefit as a Literacy Program student, contact the Literacy Coordinator or fill out one of the forms below.
Digital Literacy Workshops
The Colusa County Free Library’s Literacy Program is proud to present FREE Digital Literacy classes to adults at five of the library branches. The Digital Literacy classes will run twice a month at the main branch, and multiple times a year at our Arbuckle, Maxwell, Stonyford, and Williams branches.
The main branch, in Colusa will host 12 in-depth workshops, which can be taken individually, or as a series; each participating branch library will offer abridged workshops in topics ranging from computer basics to internet safety, using social media and booking vacations online.
The schedule can be found on our monthly calendar.
For more information, contact Literacy Coordinator Alissa Morrow
Career Online High School
Colusa County Free Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online.
The Library’s pilot program provides a limited number of free enrollments to qualified adult learners who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education. Career Online High School through the Colusa County Free Library is open to all eligible County residents.
English Learner Conversation Club
Beginning June 19, the Colusa County Free Library Literacy Program will be offering a free 8-week English Learner Conversation Club for adults who would like to practice their English speaking skills.
Each Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm at the Colusa Branch, a different topic found in the four spheres of adult literacy (life-long learning, family, the workplace, and community involvement) will be discussed.
The English Learner Conversation Club will end on August 7, and learners who would like to continue practicing their English speaking, reading, or writing skills, will be encouraged to register for one-on-one tutoring with the Literacy Coordinator. All instruction in the Conversation Club will be in English, but participants only need a basic understanding to attend.