Click to Home
Go To Search
No Emergency

Family Literacy Services
Book Giveaways
Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director

Alissa Maas, Literacy Coordinator

Colusa County Free Library
738 Market Street
Colusa, CA  95932

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

Book Giveaways This School Year

Arbuckle Farmer's Market
August 28

Arbuckle Pumpkin Festival
October 6, 2019

Upcoming Book Giveaways
Christmas Tyme in Colusa
December 2019
(More Information TBA)

CCOE Family Fair
April 2020
(More Information TBA)

Williams Migrant Camp
May 2020
(More Information TBA)

Princeton Portuguese Festa
June 2020
(More Information TBA)

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, 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! 

Fall 2019 Schedule
•Colusa Library, August 15-October 17, Thursdays, 10:00-10:45am
•Maxwell Library, August 15-October 17, Thursdays, Noon-12:45pm
•Arbuckle Library, August 16-October 18, Fridays, 10:00-10:45am
•Williams Library, August 16-October 18, Fridays, Noon-12:45pm
•Princeton Library, September 10-November 12, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm
•Colusa Library Spanish Session, September 11-November 13, Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm

Contact literacy coordinator Alissa Maas 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!  Titles for the summer are announced in April.  For more information, call our Literacy Coordinator at 458-0373.  This program put on in partnership with Premier Mushrooms, Inc.

Past Selections
Summer 2019
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Mary Poppins Comes Back
by P.L. Travers
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Summer 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (Graphic Novel) by Madeline L'Engle
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Summer 2017
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Summer 2016
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Nursery Rhyme Time
This program is a weekly story time for children ages birth-5 and their caregiver, that blends traditional nursery rhymes with their modern counterparts, through stories, songs, and finger plays.  Occurs at the Colusa Branch on Thursdays at 10:00am, from November 14-January 16.  No registration is required; call 458-0373 for more information.