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Family Literacy Services
Book Giveaways
Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director

Alissa Morrow, Literacy Coordinator

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

Upcoming Book Giveaways

Back to School Book Giveaway
All Branches, July & August
Schedule 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, Grimes, 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
TBA July 2019

Contact literacy coordinator Alissa Morrow 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!  The picks for Summer 2019 are Charlotte's Web, Mary Poppins Comes Back, and James and the Giant Peach.  Registration occurs May 15-June 11 by calling 458-0373 or stopping by the Colusa Library.  For additional information contact Literacy Coordinator Alissa Morrow.