Children's Corner

"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."  
-President Barack Obama

AWE Early Literacy Stations

The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) is designed specifically for your youngest patrons ages 2 to 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, Maxwell and Stonyford.

Free at all branch locations, is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2 through 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. Visit the Footsteps2Brilliance page to register your child.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Post links directly to each school level, elementary, middle or high.

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Britannica is sponsored by the California State Library, all you will need is a current Colusa County Free Library card. Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 | (PreK-12)

One-stop resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.

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TeachingBooks is sponsored by the California State Library, all you will need is a current Colusa County Free Library card. Need help from See our support page. (800) 596-0710 |


Story Time

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.
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 11:30 am a 12:00 am, niños 0 a 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 Gabriela Silva.
Wednesday mornings, from 11:30am to 12:00pm, children ages 0 to 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.

Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead

Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
This weekly fall program occurs from September-December at the Colusa Library for children in grades 3 to 5. No registration is necessary but space is limited. Contact our Youth Services Coordinator Gabriela Silva for a full schedule and 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 visit the Summer Reading Program page.

Family Literacy Programs

Summer Book to Movie Club

Preschool Summer Reading Program
Raising A Reader
Nursery Rhyme Time

Other Resources

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