Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Huntington Beach Library: Walk Run READ - April 27

Walk Run READ: April 27
Huntington Beach Library Literacy Volunteers
Registration for our second annual 5k/Kids Fun Run is now open! 

Walk Run READ! will take place at the Huntington Beach Central Park, raising funds to support the Huntington Beach Public Library (HBPL) - Literacy Volunteers.

Visit walkrunread.com to register, sign up to volunteer, or for more information. The event will be held at the Huntington Beach Central Park, on a 5k (3.1 miles) trail that is easygoing, but that does have some uneven terrain. There will be 2 stops for water, and snacks will be available at the finish line.

  • 5k for runners and walkers starts at 8 a.m.
  • Kids Fun Run just $5; all kids will receive a medal
  • Storytime by Librarian Miss Debra, accompanied on the guitar by Kevin
  • $1 used book sale
  • Bake sale throughout the morning
Registration: $35
includes a 100% cotton T-shirt and water along the way.

All proceeds will go to support your Huntington Beach Literacy program.

Lace up your shoes, grab your family and friends, and join us!

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 !

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.


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.
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."