To commemorate the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon, the Colusa County Free Library will be hosting space inspired programming for readers of all ages and abilities this summer. 

“To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. Summer reading programs remind kids that reading is for fun – as well as for learning,” read a press release issued by the library. “There’s so much to see, so much to do at your library! There’s no better place to take your kids.”

Five reading programs will be available throughout the county beginning June 10. 

Due to its popularity last summer, the library will be expanding the summer reading program for preschoolers, ages 0-5 to three branch locations. The Little Stars program will meet each Monday, from 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., at the main branch in Colusa and will now be offered on Thursdays in Williams from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. and Maxwell from noon-12:45 p.m. This program will run until July 22 in Colusa and July 25 in Williams and Maxwell.

Fifteen participants will be accepted at each branch and must register prior to attending. 

This program is funded by Colusa CAPC and the Colusa County Free Library Literacy Program. 

All seven branch locations in the county will be hosting the Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program for children ages 6-12. This annual program is sponsored by the Friends of the Colusa County Free Library and will run for six weeks. 

Interested participants must register prior to attending. 

To encourage familiarity with the main branch in Colusa, the library has developed a library scavenger hunt for children age 6-12. “Where in the universe is Casey Colusa?” will use clues to search the library for the Casey Colusa, with new clues provided each week. Participants that find her will be entered into a drawing for weekly prizes and those that find her all six weeks will be entered into a raffle for the grand prize. 

This is a self-guided program, and can be done at any time the Colusa Library is open. Each child can participate once per week.

The main branch of the library will also be bringing back the popular Book to Movie Club this summer. Participants in grades forth through eighth will receive copies of three books to be read and discussed during weekly meetings. After a book has been finished, the movie adaptations will be viewed and attendees will compare and contrast the film and the book. This years selections include “James and the Giant Peach,” by Roald Dahl, “Marry Poppins Comes Back,” by P.L. Travers, and the Virginia Yerxa Community Read pick of “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White.  

The B2MC  will meet Wednesdays from 1 p.m.-2 p.m., from June 12 until July 24.

Interested participants must register prior to attending. 

Premier Mushrooms continues to sponsor this program for the forth year in a row. 

In addition to summer programming, the library will continue to offer regularly scheduled monthly programming. 

Lego Club will be held every Friday from 11 a.m. until noon. No registration is required to participate in the weekly group challenges, team builds and lego play. 

Various story time sessions will continue to be held at their regularly scheduled times. At the Colusa branch, Cuentos will be held on Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m.-noon, Family Story Time will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Spectrum Story Time will be held on Mondays from 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. and Sensational Saturday’s will be held the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. 

To help ensure that all children are nourished and engaged during the summer months, the main branch of the Colusa County Free Library will also be hosting Lunch at the Library for the second year in a row. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 10 through Aug. 9, any and all local children and teens, ages 0–18, are welcome and encouraged to stop by the Colusa Library from noon until 12:45 p.m., to eat a healthy, delicious meal, and participate in one of the many engaging and fun summer programs that the library has developed. 

All programming and meals are free.   Updates on summer programming will be featured on the library’s website, Facebook page as well as the monthly program calendar available at the circulation desk.

For more information, contact the Colusa County Free Library at 458-0373.

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