Monday, January 16, 2017

Kevin Starr, Author of California Histories and Former State Librarian, Dies at 76

Kevin Starr, author of California histories and former state librarian, dies at 76
L A Times: 1.15.2017 by David Zahniser and Matt Hamilton

Kevin Starr entered this world in 1940 in a rare fraternity — a fourth-generation Californian whose family's roots dated back to the Gold Rush era.

After a rough-and-tumble childhood in San Francisco, he found himself a graduate student at Harvard University, where he perused Widener Library's vast collection for  books about California. He realized something was missing.

“I thought, ‘There's all kinds of wonderful books on California, but they don't seem to have the point of view we're encouraged to look at — the social drama of the imagination,’” Starr told The Times.

Filling this gap would become his life's work, making him the state's foremost historian and one of its most revered public intellectuals. For half a century, he chronicled the greed, cruelty, enlightenment, innovation, vanity and sacrifice that took California from a place of Native American hamlets through Spanish colonization, entry into the United States and growth into a diverse powerhouse of technology, culture and trade.

Starr, a professor at USC and the former California state librarian, died of a heart attack Saturday at a hospital in San Francisco, according to his wife of 53 years, Sheila Starr. He was 76.

Starr captured the state’s rise in influence, and its singular hold on the public imagination, in “Americans and the California Dream,” a sweeping book series that moves from the Gold Rush into the Progressive Era, the 1920s, the Great Depression and other distinct chapters of California’s past.

Throughout his work, Starr celebrated the state’s creativity and its openness to new ideas. And he demonstrated a familiarity with a vast range of topics central to the state’s development and its image of itself: architecture, agriculture, literature, water infrastructure and the entertainment industry, among others.

“He was the greatest historian Los Angeles and California ever had and ever will have,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who hosts a book club that counted Starr as one of its original members.  READ MORE @

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Goal Setting :: Literacy | Reading | ESL | ELL | Writing | Vocabulary | Listening | Books | Tutor Resources

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Governor Brown Releases 2017-18 State Budget Library Funding Holds The Line In Governor’s “Prudent” Plan

Governor Brown Releases 2017-18 State Budget
Library Funding Holds The Line In Governor’s “Prudent” Plan
CLA News From the Capitol: 1.10.2017 by Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

At 11 a.m. today, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his 2017-18 State Budget before the press corps at the Capitol.  The Governor called for cautious spending in the coming Budget year due to a projected $2 billion shortfall, as well as the anticipation of federal policy changes under the new Presidential Administration, which might significantly affect the state’s General Fund.  Specifically, related to library funding in the Budget, the Governor does not propose new spending; instead he holds the line on all of the current baseline spending in the various library programs (e.g. California Library Services Act, the state literacy program, and funding for the library broadband project in conjunction with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California - CENIC).  The Governor did highlight, however, the work of public libraries in a special section entitled, “Investing in California’s Workforce.”

The Governor dedicates a notable amount of space in his Budget document to the issue of “Investing In California’s Workforce” and he discusses the specific contributions of K-12 schools, community colleges, state universities, and local libraries in this space.  Of note, the Governor has asked the State Librarian to convene discussions in the Spring regarding the opportunities for libraries within workforce development.  Specifically, with regard to public libraries the Governor states:

Role of Local Libraries
“Many other entities play roles as part of pathways in the workforce, and the state’s strategy should consider better integration.  Public libraries already provide a space where students and adults can earn high school diplomas or career certificates online, learn literacy skills with volunteer tutors, or build upon their ideas in dedicated “makerspaces” or innovation labs.  The state now funds high-speed Internet access for many libraries.  Libraries can be hubs for people to access online courses, particularly as libraries are in a unique position to provide the additional support and guidance that some studies suggest is essential for online education.  The State Librarian will engage stakeholders in the spring to create plans to better integrate the libraries into the state’s workforce strategy.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Literacy Library Jobs :: Carlsbad :: Contra Costa County

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Monday, January 9, 2017

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Redlands Adult Literacy Program celebrates 2016 achievements at A.K. Smiley Public Library

Redlands Adult Literacy Program celebrates 2016 achievements at A.K. Smiley Public Library
Redlands Daily Facts: 12.31.2016 by Diane Shimota, Adult Literacy Coordinator-A.K. Smiley Library

The beginning of 2017 gives the Redlands Adult Literacy Program the opportunity to celebrate its 2016 achievements and highlight plans for the new year.

The mission of the Redlands Adult Literacy Program is to help adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills. This mission is achieved through the hard work of adult learners, their dedicated tutors and community support and partnerships.

Throughout 2016, learners expressed their gratitude for the adult literacy program. Their gratitude is reflected in the following:

Salma Marquez is grateful that she can now help her children with homework and communicate with their teachers. Marquez’s long-term goal is to obtain a nursing degree.

Veronica Leon celebrates using her new reading and writing skills to correctly fill out forms for her job.

Derek Rodriquez said that the adult literacy program helps him motivate his daughter to do well in school because she sees him working hard at his lessons every day.

The Redlands Adult Literacy Program served nearly 100 adult learners in 2016. Every learner has a unique story about how the literacy program helped them, but all learners showed increased confidence as a result of their improved literacy.

The Redlands Adult Literacy Program relies on its dedicated volunteer tutors. Each adult learner is matched to an individual tutor volunteer, who meets weekly with the learner. -Tutors know the importance of adult literacy.

Tutor Vicki Shaw said, “If you can read, you can learn to do almost anything.” This sentiment was echoed by tutor Mary Bailey, who said, “Adult literacy impacts every area of life. It opens windows of opportunity for jobs, becoming a citizen, helping others in the home, schools and community. Adult learners have a new future with improved literacy skills.”

In 2016, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program responded to requests from adult learners by adding new learning opportunities — book clubs, a weekly literacy class at the library and new computer classes.

Book clubs for adult learners were formed using local donations and a matching grant from Modern Woodmen. Book club members read biographies of Harriet Tubman and Helen Keller and an autobiography, “The Circuit” by Francisco Jimenez.

Monday, January 2, 2017

READ San Diego Tutor :: Video

READ San Diego Tutor
READ San Diego: 12.22.2016


READ San Diego tutor Mike Watson talks about his experience in the adult
literacy program and what he has gained as a volunteer tutor.