Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Letters Needed for SCA 3-DODD :: by April 26 :: CLA

Letters Needed for SCA 3-DODD :: by April 26
CLA News From the Capitol: 4.17.2017 by Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

Recently we reported that SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) had a successful hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee at the State Capitol, with the measure passing on a 5-2 party-line vote.

The legislation seeks to lower the local vote threshold from the current two-thirds to 55% for library construction and renovation bond measures.  This bill is sponsored by CLA.

SCA 3 will be heard in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee on Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m.  Letters of support from libraries, Friends and Trustees, cities, counties, special districts, and architectural and construction firms are needed.

In the previous policy committee, there was not a strong showing of letters from library supporters, and most recently, the bill has received strong opposition from taxpayer groups.

So, in order to send a message that SCA 3 is of significant importance to the library community, Senator Dodd and the committee will need a much better show of support in the form of letters.

In your letters, please explain
> how much the public library in your community is being used
> some of the more popular services
> specific examples of plans to build or renovate a library in your area

Please take a minute today to send a letter of support to the following individuals:

The Honorable Henry Stern, Chair
Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee
State Capitol, Room 3070
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4927

Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee
State Capitol, Room 5052
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4938

Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee
State Capitol, Room 5072
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4926

The Honorable Bob Hertzberg, Member (SCA 3 co-author)
Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee
State Capitol, Room 4038
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4918

The Honorable Connie Leyva, Member
Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4920

Please don’t forget to cc: a copy to Senator Bill Dodd (SCA 3 author)
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 5064
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4903

Monday, April 17, 2017

Newport Beach Library :: Gift of Literacy Luncheon :: April 21

Gift of Literacy Luncheon
April 21, 2017
Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy
Newport Beach Library

Guest Speaker: Bestselling Author Lisa See


Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy invites you to celebrate the "Gift of Literacy" at this very special annual event. This year, our annual fundraising luncheon will feature international bestselling author Lisa See.

Ms. See will be introducing her latest book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, a moving story about tradition, tea farming, and the enduring connection between mothers and daughters.

If you are unable to attend the luncheon, you can still support literacy by making a donation or becoming sponsor for the event.

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy :: Newport Beach Library
For more information contact: (949) 717-3874

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Azusa Library :: Scrabble ESL FUN-raiser :: April 20

Scrabble Night 2017
FUN - raiser to benefit Grassroots ESL
Azusa City Library
April 20, 2017
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Tickets available at Azusa City Library and online at Foothill Learning Alliance

According to the U.S. Census, nearly 1-quarter of Azusa’s 46,361 residents report they speak English “less than very well.” In response, the Azusa community has joined together to provide Grassroots ESL (English as a 2nd Language) to help limited English speakers gain confidence and skill in speaking English.

For information, please call (626) 812-5266
729 N. Azusa Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
Cost:  $15 Advance/$20 at the door

Friday, April 7, 2017

Carlsbad Library :: How Supporting Adult Literacy in Public Libraries Changes Lives

How Supporting Adult Literacy in Public Libraries Changes Lives
ProLiteracy Blog: 3.30.2017 by Jennifer Paulding

Adult Literacy Through Libraries

A public library—with its collections of books, journals, magazines, films, recordings, and other print and digital resources—is a community’s core source of reference, engagement, and learning. It is a user-friendly place of opportunity to organize and collaborate.

With safe and welcoming environments, it is important for public libraries nationwide to continuously offer adult literacy programs. Success stories, like that of Nyla Henry, an adult learner from the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, inspired ProLiteracy to partner with the American Library Association (ALA) to help libraries implement adult literacy initiatives.

Nyla’s Adult Literacy Journey

Nyla Henry is a native English speaker who has been in our program for about 7 years. When Nyla’s employer discovered that she could not read, she was afraid of losing everything. Instead, he referred her to our literacy program at Carlsbad City Library.

When she was in school, she was passed along. Nyla was a pleasant student—a “teacher’s pet”—and showed skill in art, in addition to having sisters who did her homework for her. Her lack of skills wasn’t discovered until high school when she couldn’t pass the proficiency test. She was placed in special education where she memorized the answers to the test in order to graduate. After high school, she lived her life like so many learners do—in the shadows—avoiding social activities and parties where she could be discovered, and taking jobs like dishwashing and cleaning that didn’t require reading and writing. She fed her children frozen TV dinners because they had pictures on the box to show what was inside.  READ MORE @

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Downey Library :: How To Spot Fake News - April 10 :: Literacy Program

How to Spot Fake News
Marc Ambinder
USC Fellow Author & Journalist
National Library Week Special Event
April 10
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Downey Library
11121 Brookshire Ave

For Reservations Call
562 . 904 . 7361

Monday, April 3, 2017

Huntington Beach Library :: Walk Run READ :: Literacy Fun-raiser :: April 8

Walk Run READ
April 8
Literacy Volunteers
Huntington Beach Public Library

Join us for a fun morning at the park!
Support HB Literacy Volunteers so we can help others!

There will be a book shack, story time, free books and wonderful raffles! Join us for a fun morning, and support us!

There'll be water stations along the way if you get thirsty. Then, the kids who are registered will have their fun run and get a medal!

Pancake breakfast provided by HB firefighters is free for Registered runners/walkers. Tickets for pancake breakfast can also be purchased there.

Come to the Literacy office (Oak View or Central)
or go to Walk Run READ

Sunday, April 2, 2017

California Book Festivals & Events :: April 2017

California Book Festivals & Events :: April 2017
Books, Comics, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing and More !

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival April Santa Catalina Branch Library
Literary Orange Apr 1 Newport Beach
SFJazz Poetry Festival Apr 6-9 SFJAZZ Center
 Cowboy Poetry Week  Apr 16-22
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Apr 19-23 Old Town Newhall
Black Writers On Tour: Apr 29 Carson Community Center
Ojai Word Festival Apr 29-May 1