Supporting Community Through Reading
"By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that."
Charlotte A. Cavatica
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Written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of Wilbur, a little pig who is saved from an untimely death by his clever spider friend Charlotte and their chatty barnyard neighbors. Lessons of friendship, truth, and loyalty bind this story together and show that friends come in all shapes and sizes. Written in White's dry, low-key manner, Charlotte's Web is considered a classic of children's literature, enjoyable to adults as well as children. In 2000, Publishers Weekly listed it as the best-selling children’s paperback of all time.
As events and activities for VYCR 2019 take shape, we will update this page. Please check back soon for more information, or join our Facebook Group.
SPIDER WEEK at the Library!
The Colusa County Library is planning a Splendid Spider Week in honor of Charlotte's Web. Here is their line-up of activities:
April 23, 6:30-8:00 pm - Adult Science Café. Dr. Jason Bond, UC Davis professor of Terrestrial Arthropod Systematics, Evolution, and Diversity will discuss all things arachnid!
April 24, 3:30-4:30 pm - Explorit Science Center will bring a hands-on spider lesson, story time and activity stations for all school-age children.
April 25, 6:30-7:30 pm - Family Story Time will feature a story about young E. B. White, A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider.
April 26, 11:00-12:30 and 1:00-2:30 - Movies! Bring snacks and a pillow for a Charlotte's Web movie marathon at the library featuring the 1973 animated classic followed by the beloved 2006 live action feature film.
Spider Week activities are brought to us FREE OF CHARGE by the Friends of the Colusa County Free Library.
Friends Around the Block Quilt Shop is inviting ALL QUILTERS to join them in supporting the Virginia Yerxa Community Read this year with a special quilting challenge! Create your own quilt with a theme from Charlotte’s Web.
Quilts will be displayed on Virginia Read Day, and prizes will be awarded for the best design commemorating this classic children’s book. For details, call the shop (530) 458-7467 or stop by 211 8th Street to sign up.
The Stagehands present Charlotte's Web
April 26 & 27, 7:15 pm
April 28, 2:15 pm
May 3 & 4, 7:15 pm
Colusa's very own live theater company will be doing five performances of Charlotte's Web this spring. All performances will be in their theater at the Colusa Fairgrounds, 9th and Harris Street entrance.
Virginia Read Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Rocco's Banquet Room 546 Market Street
"The Value of Children's Literature"
Professor Seth Lerer, distinguished professor of literature at the University of California at San Diego will be one of our special guests for Virginia Read Day 2019. His book Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Dr. Lerer's presentation will discuss Charlotte's Web in the larger contexts of women in children's literature as well as the shared experience of reading as children and as adults. Q&A session will follow.
Rocco's Banquet Room/Caffeinated Patio area 546 Market Street
"Charlotte's Arts" Show. Fiber artists Travis Meinolf, Ani Lee, Margot Becker, and Colusa's own Sierra Reading will be demonstrating and teaching drop-spindle spinning, loom weaving, knitting and more!
The Stagehands present Charlotte's Web at their Colusa Fairgrounds theatre.
Check back soon to see the rest of our lineup of events for our 10th annual Virginia Read Day!
Thanks to generous donations from our community, Virginia Read events are free of charge.