Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director
Alissa Maas, Literacy Coordinator
Sue Vroomman, Library Assistant
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.
Spelling & Scrabble Club
Join us at the Colusa Library every Tuesday at 9:00am from August 6-October 22 for a morning of Scrabble play! Whether you're an expert speller, would like some practice, or want some good old-fashioned fun, Spelling & Scrabble is for all adults! To sign up, call 458-0373, or join us at one of our meetings.
Drop-in Computer Assistance
The Colusa County Free Library’s Literacy Program is proud to present FREE computer assistance to adults. Drop-in at the Colusa Library each Tuesday from 5:30-7:15pm to get all of your computer questions answered. Meet with our technology expert Sue by either scheduling an appointment (458-0129) or simply dropping in at the Colusa Library! We have laptop and desktop computers to assist you, or feel free to bring in your own device. Appointments are also available at the branch libraries in Arbuckle, Grimes, Maxwell, Princeton, Stonyford, and Williams.
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.
Adult English learners meet at the Colusa Branch during winter months to discuss chapter books written specifically for literacy program students. The first meeting will be held on November 12 at 9:00am to discuss Camp by The Heights. To sign up or for more information, call 458-0373.
English Conversation Club
Adult English learners wanting to practice their speaking skills are encouraged to meet weekly for this spring program at the Colusa Branch. Each Wednesday at 9:00am from March 11-April 29, participants will engage in conversation and play to boost skills in English vocabulary and grammar. Those interested can register for the program at the first meeting. Call 458-0373 for more information.
Group tutoring in reading and writing
DMV test preparation
Voter registration assistance