New library programs for the new year

The Colusa County Free Library is kicking off the New Year with several exciting new children’s programs said Colusa Librarian, Stacey Costello. “Public libraries have traditionally offered early literacy programming to children in the form of story times,” said Costello. “Through the use of a wide range of high-quality picture books, songs, poetry, finger plays, puppets, and crafts, public libraries have helped make literacy accessible and fun.”

For decades, the main branch of the Colusa County Free Library system has served an average of 25 children ranging from ages birth-12 at its weekly Thursday night story time.
“Story time has continued to be one of the library’s most popular and successful programs,” said Costello.

By capturing a child’s interest and imagination from an early age, story time helps children 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 skills,” Costello said. “As such, we are happy to be extending story time to six branch locations starting Jan. 10.”

Costello added that the main branch in Colusa will also launch two weekly story times and a monthly youth book club.

“Rhyme Time will focus on finger play and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers ages 0-3 and their caregivers, while Spectrum Story Time will host kids with special needs and their caregivers in a calm, quiet area of the library,” said Costello. “The Stonyford branch will be hosting a Growing Start Playgroup in partnership with the Community in Unity Family Resource Center. This a Parent Cooperative Early Learning Playgroup for children, ages 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten assists with early literacy and school readiness.”

Starting Jan. 10, school kids can stop in at the Colusa branch library after school to turn trash into treasure.

On the fourth Saturday of each month, tweens aged 10-12 are invited to join Children’s Librarian Lupe Ramos in a monthly book club. The first selection will be “Holes” by Louis Sachar. Books will be provided by the library.

“These programs will add to the rich opportunities kids have at the library, joining the Raising a Reader program, Cuentos, Family Story Time, and the Funky Junk afterschool program,” said Costello.

Library Activity Calendar
Rhyme Time:
Infant/Toddlers 0-3, Colusa, 1/8-6/4, Mondays, 10-10:30am
Cuentos, Spanish Storytime, Colusa, Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:15pm
Spectrum Storytime, Kids w/ Special Needs, Colusa, 1/19-3/24, Fridays, 10-11am

Family Storytime, weekly:
Maxwell, Tuesdays 3-3:45pm, starting January 23, 2018
Grimes, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15 pm, starting January 23, 2018
Arbuckle, Wednesdays, 3-4pm, starting January 10, 2018
Stonyford, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm, ongoing
Williams, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm, starting January 10, 2018
Colusa, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm, ongoing

SPECIAL: Martin Luther King, Jr. Story Time & Book Giveaway, Colusa, 1/16, 3:30-4:30pm

Raising A Reader: 2/1-4/6, registration required
Colusa, Thursdays, 10-10:45am
Maxwell, Thursdays, 11:30am-12:15pm
Grimes, Fridays, 10-10:45am
Williams, Fridays, 11:30am-12:15pm

Raising A Reader: 2/24-4/28, registration required, Stonyford, Saturdays, 9:30am-10:15am

Growing Start Playgroup: Stonyford, 1/24-5/23, Wednesdays, 10am-11am, registration required

Funky Junk Afterschool Program: Colusa, 1/10-5/23, Wednesdays 3-4:30pm

Sensational Saturday: Colusa, kids with special needs and their entire family
1/20, 10am-Noon
3/14, 10am-Noon

Tween Book Club, Colusa
1/27, 11am-noon
2/24, 11am-noon
3/24, 11am-noon