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Children's Corner
Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director

Gabriela Silva, Youth Services Coordinator

Alissa Maas, Literacy Coordinator

Main Branch, Colusa

"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 2-8 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 2-7+, 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. Register your child here.


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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.

Colusa, Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm
Maxwell, Tuesdays 3:00-3:45pm
Arbuckle, Wednesdays, 3:00-3:45pm
Williams, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15pm

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 0-5 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 0-5 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.

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, Time TBA
•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!

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 3-5.  No registration is necessary but space is limited.  Contact our Youth Services Coordinator Gabriela Silva for a full schedule and more information.

The Funky Junk After School Art Program is for grades 3-5, and focuses on creatively upcycling everyday materials into masterful artworks!  This weekly spring program occurs from January-May at the Colusa Library.  There is no registration needed but space is limited.  Contact our Youth Services Coordinator Gabriela Silva for a full schedule and more information.

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 click here.

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