Saturday, April 19, 2014

Redlands Library: Library offers free literacy program

Library offers free literacy program
Press Enterprise: 4.10.2014 by Penny E Schwartz, Correspondent

When Leslie Trainor and Tanya Kaufman became a pair, it was a match made in heaven and A.K. Smiley Public Library.

Trainor was seeking an opportunity to help people develop their English language skills. Kaufman, an immigrant from Ukraine, was searching for a place to improve her English. The Redlands Adult Literacy Program paired the two through a service it offers free to the community.

Trainor, of Redlands, learned about volunteering in the Redlands library’s literacy program through the American Association of University Women.

“Knowing English is a basic necessity for anyone who wants to drive, to help their children in school, to get a job,” Trainor said. “It’s a basic form of communication and I knew it would be terrifying for me if I couldn’t speak or read it.”

During the past three years, more than 200 adults have sought help from the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, said Trudy Waldron, volunteer co-coordinator with Katherine Gifford. Some are immigrants while others may have interrupted their schooling in their youth or have learning disabilities.

The program has about 90 teaching volunteers, with 70 active tutor-learner teams.  READ MORE !

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LITERACY PROGRAM FUNDRAISER
A benefit for A.K. Smiley Library literacy program is planned for May.
WHAT: Reception followed by performance of “Pump Boys and Dinettes”
WHERE: Footlighters Theater, 1810 Barton Road, Redlands
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. May 8
TICKETS: $25. To purchase, send a check with return address to Redlands Adult Literacy Program, A. K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands, CA 92373. Deadline is May 1.
INFORMATION: 909-798-7565, ext. 4138

Monday, April 14, 2014

SCLLN Literacy Conference - Huge Success

Southern California Library Literacy Network
Literacy Conference 2014

Recent literacy conference a huge success
By Susan Hodge
Open Doors: April 2014Huntington Beach Public Library Literacy Volunteers
The only voice heard was that of the reader, standing alone at the podium. As the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN) conference participants listened with rapt attention, the winners of the Writer-to-Writer challenge read their heartfelt letters. Literacy learners from all over Orange County had submitted responses to their favorite writers, relating how the author's words had impacted their lives. Our own Oak View learner, Maribel, won the beginning category, charming the audience by reading her letter to the author of "The Three Little Pigs", comparing the pig's brick house to the strength of her own family.

Held at the Buena Park Holiday Inn March 14, the SCLLN conference was attended by enthusiastic tutors, learners and literacy specialists. The goal of the yearly gathering is to bring together literacy advocates, volunteers and learners from around Orange County to further literacy awareness, share ideas, and celebrate the winners of the Writer-to-Writer challenge.

 "The highlight of the day was during lunch, when awards were presented to this year's Writer-to-Writer challenge winners," commented Diane Moseley, SCLLN President and Huntington Beach Public Library Literacy Services Director. Winners in each category read their compositions to the audience and were awarded cash prizes as well as other literacy-related items.
Individual sessions included a variety of topics, such as "How to Write Better Sentences," "Techniques for Assisting Adults with Learning Issues," "Bring Children's Books to Life," and "Alphabetics ~ A Critical Component of Reading."

 "It is rewarding to have tutors implement ideas they learned at the conference," stated Moseley, "I have received many enthusiastic comments from learners, volunteers and staff about their workshops, the lunch and networking with participants from other programs. The dedicated and hard work of our volunteers, and the utmost professionalism of our session presenters, provided a day of rich learning and comradeship."
Family Literacy learner wins Writer-to-Writer challenge

Maribel Garcia and her tutor Kathy Parker
Congratulations to Maribel Garcia who won the beginning category for this year's Writer-to-Writer contest. She wrote her letter to the author of "The Three Little Pigs". She has been working with her tutor, Kathy Parker for a year and a half. She and Kathy attended the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN) conference on March 8 where Maribel read her letter and received her certificate and prizes. 

I really like this book; the story of the three brother pigs.

This book is about the importance of family because when the three little pigs decided to separate and they do not think the three could contribute ideas to build their home.

Also patience is important example:

The first little pig built his hut very fast. The second pig built his shack less fast. The third pig built his house more slowly, but built well with strong walls, windows and roof.

The wolf is the problem, he quickly collapsed the houses of the first two pigs.

But he could not with the third because he made it strong with bricks and mortar. 

The family is like the house of bricks and mortar.

If we stay together in a strong house, the wolf will stay away.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Library Week: April 13 -19

The Best Children’s Library Programs in Southern California

Library Week
April is National Library Month!

Libraries are an intriquite [sic] part of our lives. We visit the library for a variety of reasons; to do research, learn a foreign language online, study for a test or to enjoy the numerous free children’s programs that are offered throughout the year.

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Recently, I reached out to a group of friends on Facebook and asked them which libraries had the best children’s programs in Southern California.  READ MORE !

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Redlands Library: Redlands mother of 6 says now it’s her turn

With children educated, Redlands mother of 6 says now it’s her turn
Redlands Daily Facts: 4.09.2014 by Laurie Williams, Correspondent

The six children of Ana Maria Castro have done very well academically, despite the fact that their mother has struggled with reading and writing since her own school days in Mexico.

Two of her children will receive their master’s degrees this spring. Another works for Esri in Redlands and one is a teacher. Her youngest son is in college preparing to be a physical therapist and her youngest daughter is a 10th-grader at Redlands East Valley High.

“My first goal was for my family,” said Castro, who for two years has received tutoring through the Redlands Adult Literacy Program. “Then, when my youngest went to high school, I said, ‘It’s now my turn,’ and I found my lovely teacher.”

Castro’s teacher is Trudy Waldron, one of two volunteer coordinators who match tutors with learners – there are currently about 65 learners in the program, run through A.K. Smiley Public Library and the Friends of the Library – and also serve as tutors themselves.

“Ana Maria is such a hardworking woman,” Waldron said. “She stayed back and encouraged her children in their learning, and modeled the importance of getting an education.”

Waldron and Castro found a connection right away, Waldron said: Before she retired, she taught one of Castro’s children at Kingsbury Elementary School.
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The group has a fundraiser coming up May 8 at the Redlands Footlighters Theater. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a wine and appetizer reception in the courtyard at 6:30 p.m., a door-prize opportunity and the 8 p.m. performance of the Footlighters’ current show, “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”

Tickets are available by calling the Adult Literacy Program at 909-798-7565, ext. 4138, or by sending a check to the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, A. K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St. Redlands, CA 92373. Checks should be made payable to Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library and reference Footlighters.  READ MORE !

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Read 'em and Weep: Crazy Ones' Sizzling Season Finale

First Look: The Crazy Ones' Sizzling Season Finale
TV Guide: 4.03.2014 by Rob Moynihan

Read 'em and weep! Simon (Robin Williams) and his team try to keep the local library from closing by using a very unconventional method on The Crazy Ones' two-episode season finale (both airing April 17 on CBS).

"Robin and Brad [Garrett] had a ball with this episode," says exec producer Tracy Poust. "Shooting this scene was a blast, but we filmed outside the one night it rained in Los Angeles. We finished right as the rain came down."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Greg Lucas on becoming the next State Librarian

A Message From Greg Lucas, California’s New State Librarian
CLA-Net: 4.02.2014



I wanted to briefly introduce myself and say thanks for the welcome and encouragement I’ve received from California’s library community. I’m excited by the chance to help advance literacy and draw attention to the contributions of libraries and librarians throughout the state.

The State Library is an amazing, 164-year-old institution whose staff shares a commitment to California’s past and its future.

In the immediate future, my primary focus is approval of the governor’s $2.25 million budget proposal to link public libraries to the not-for-profit Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. I’m not an acronym fan but the high-speed broadband system is routinely referred to as CENIC. Created by the University of California, CENIC’s other members include the state university system, California’s community colleges and public schools.
As someone said on a conference call the other day, hooking up to CENIC is a “game changer” for libraries. A State Library needs assessment on high-speed broadband finds that 70 percent of California’s public libraries have connectivity that is more limited than the typical American home– not exactly redefining lickety-split for the 21st Century.

If the response is sluggish for a handful of people, imagine what’s it like for dozens of simultaneous library users.
This status quo would be almost laughable in the state that’s home to the Silicon Valley and any number of telecommunications marvels, except it’s not funny.

In libraries all over the state, particularly in underserved communities and rural areas, those connections provide lifeline services like job applications, tax forms and medical information to countless Californians.
Over the last few days, I’ve heard various estimates that at least 40 percent and as many as 80 percent of public libraries would see improved Internet speed by hooking up to the network. By any yardstick, that’s way better than the current situation.

Hooking up to such a large broadband network also means CENIC takes care of a lot of the tedious, time-consuming activities that have led some short-staffed libraries to give up on navigating the labyrinth of existing Internet service discount programs. The governor also includes $1 million in his budget to help libraries upgrade their systems to better benefit from the high-speed connection.

The broadband proposal is being considered by legislative budget subcommittees during the week of April 21. Lawmakers send a budget to the governor on or before June 15.

An open book is an open mind.

Book it
SN&R columnist Greg Lucas on becoming the next State Librarian
NewsReview: 4.03.2014 by Greg Lucas caplowdown@newsreview.com

A little more than a week ago, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed me California’s next State Librarian. My math says I’m the 25th person to have this job since California became a state in 1850. That rocks.

What rocks even harder is that the State Librarian is charged with preserving California’s history and making sure Californians understand and appreciate the Golden State’s uniqueness. The mission statement on the website says the State Library is “the state’s information hub” and connects “people, libraries and government to the resources and tools they need to succeed and to build a strong California.”

That’s pretty exciting, particularly as the world moves deeper into the digital age. But the State Librarian also gets to tell stories about how important and vital libraries are to California and its communities and, even more awesome and essential, are the librarians who bring those places for learning and personal growth to life. E.B. White, the Charlotte’s Web and Elements of Style guy, said this:

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people—people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”  READ MORE !

This is Greg Lucas' last Capitol Lowdown column.