Thursday, March 5, 2015

Library Literacy Jobs - California :: Monterey Park :: Santa Fe Springs

Library Literacy Jobs – California

at least one year of experience working in a Literacy Program
Under general supervision, promotes education and reading in the community at large.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Read Aloud Day :: March 4

Read Aloud
Read Aloud Day :: March 4

Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

"Reading aloud to young children promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent," concludes a review in this month's Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Reading bedtime stories develops vocabulary, improves ability to learn to read, and fosters a lifelong love of books and reading.

Reading aloud is, according to the landmark 1985 report "Becoming a Nation of Readers," "the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading."

15 Minutes :: Every Child Every Parent Every Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events: March 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events
March 2015

Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- Local, California and National -
the Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information

Mar. 3+ Everyone Reading Conference: CUNY, NY
Mar. 4   March Forth for Literacy :: Reading Changes Lives
Mar. 4   Read Aloud Day
Mar. 4+ #WBDTEENFEST :: World Book Day
Mar. 4+ TASP Conference: University of Texas at San Antonio
Mar. 5+ NABE Conference: Las Vegas NV
Mar. 5   World Book Day
Mar. 6   Health Literacy Conference: Portland OR
Mar. 8+ Afterschool Challenge Conference: Washington DC
Mar. 12+ Center for Health Literacy Conf: Arlington VA
Mar. 13   Digital Learning Day
Mar. 16+ Families Learning Summit: Houston TX
Mar. 20   World Storytelling Day: #WSD15
Mar. 21+ ASCD Conference: Houston TX
Mar. 23+ Computers in Libraries. Washington DC
Mar. 25+ Social Media Marketing World, San Diego CA
Mar. 25+ TESOL Annual Convention: Toronto, Canada
Mar. 27   Urban Librarians Conference: Brooklyn Public Library
Mar. 28   Sensory Friendly Films :: HOME
Mar. 30+ Power of Play, Marbles Kids Museum: Raleigh NC

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Huntington Beach :: February 19 begins Chinese New Year

February 19 begins Chinese New Year
OPEN DOORS: Feb 2015

The Year of the Sheep (Ram or Goat) occupies the eighth position in the Chinese zodiac and is said to represent harmony and calm.

We are pleased to feature an interesting and informative article by Yan Zhou (Alicia). Thank you, Alicia!

Chinese New Year by Alicia (Yan Zhou)

For thousands of years, Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year by using the lunar calendar. According to this calendar, the ever of the Spring Festival has different day for each year. To Chinese people, the Spring Festival is the most important holiday, and everybody is longing for going home to have family reunion dinner. Moreover children are eagerly hoping for lucky money.

Same as the American families, Chinese people will decorate their house in a very traditional way: pasting Spring Festival couplets, hanging red lanterns, pasting lucky Chinese characters and buying flowers.

Fifteen days before the eve of the Spring Festival, most people start to purchase the New Year's goods, such as candies, chocolate, sweet meats, peanuts, cookies and melon seeds. Every Chinese family will prepare these in order to share with family members and friends. When they offer these, they also offer wishes.

In my hometown, many families still keep the traditional custom - having hot-pot for every reunion dinner. At the same time, seafood, poultry, meat, vegetable, and alcohol are indispensable. This is not only a family dinner, but also a feast for good luck. Chinese people believe that the day is the last day for the year, so every bad luck will go disappear into midnight; when the clock strikes twelve, it will bring good luck for everyone. The Chinese word for having a hot-pot at the New Year's Eve is a word which means surrounding the stove. It is round, and round has the meaning of satisfactory. It is the hope that everyone wants a perfect life!  READ MORE !

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2 :: Read Across America Celebrations

Read Across America Day :: March 2
Celebrations @ SCLLN Member Libraries

Altadena Library: March 2, 10a-9p
Anaheim Library: Dr. Seuss Storytime @East Anaheim 11a
Carlsbad Library: Read Across America @Dove Library 3:30p
Commerce Library:
Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration
March 2 @Central Library 6p
March 3 @Bandini Library 6p
March 4 @Veterans Library 6p
March 5 @Bristow Library 6p
Downey Library:
Mar 3 Preschool Story Time - Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday 10:30a
Mar 4 Bilingual Story Time - Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday 10:30a
Glendora Library: Dr. Seuss Craft Week: Mar 2 - 7
Mar 1 The Doctor Seuss Show! @Central Library 2p
Mar 2 @Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch 3:30p
Mar 2 @Arroyo Seco 4p
Mar 4 @Vermont Square: Wacky Wednesday! - Dr. Seuss Magic Show 4p
Mar 6 @Pacoima 4p
Orange Co Library: Mar 2 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! @Irvine Univ Park 3p
Riverside Co Library: Mar 2 Dr. Seuss Day @Grace Mellman Branch
Upland Library: Mar 3 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 6:30p
Ventura Co Library: Mar 3 @Avenue Branch 2p-5p

Friday, February 27, 2015

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events :: March 2015

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
March 2015

Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- Local, California and National –
Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information

Mar. 2+ International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conf, San Diego
Mar. 4+ CABE Conference, San Diego
Mar. 4   March Forth for Literacy :: Reading Changes Lives
Mar. 4   Read Aloud Day
Mar. 4+ #WBDTEENFEST :: World Book Day
Mar. 5   World Book Day
Mar. 5+ CAEYC Annual Conference & Expo, Sacramento
Mar. 5+ California Language Teachers’ Association Conference, Sacramento
Mar. 6+ Dyslexia Conference - So CA Tri-Counties Branch, IDA Riverside
Mar. 7  CATESOL Regional - San Diego, Grossmont College
Mar. 7  Women's Literary Festival: Santa Barbara
Mar. 13+ Mariposa Storytelling Festival
Mar. 14  Literary Women - Long Beach Festival of Authors
Mar. 15+  Journey Stories, Smithsonian Museum on Main St: Sisson Museum, Mt Shasta
Mar. 19+ CUE Conference, Palm Springs
Mar. 20   World Storytelling Day: #WSD15
Mar. 21+ Selected Shorts: Celebrate the Short Story-Tales of the Dark, Getty Center
Mar. 23+ Water Cooler Conference, Sacramento
Mar. 28   Sensory Friendly Films :: HOME

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Azusa Library Provides Range of Bilingual Adult Literacy Programs

Azusa Library Provides Range of Bilingual Adult Literacy Programs
Azusa Beacon: 2.18.2015 by Joe Taglieri

In addition to basic reading skills for English speakers, Azusa City Library’s adult literacy program offers courses for Spanish speakers as well as a new civics class that assists immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship while improving their English-speaking abilities.

In a Feb. 5 presentation by Cathay Reta, the library’s adult literacy coordinator, members of the Azusa Library Commission learned about the program’s continuing expansion set to take place this year. Reta highlighted ongoing developments pertaining to classes and financing, which comes predominantly from federal, state and grants from private-sector organizations.

“Literacy is one of the foundational structures that touches every social issue and need in our society,” Reta told Azusa Beacon. “We talk a lot about education and needing to help children learn and improve their academics, but we know from research and just common sense that it starts with the parents at home being able to read to the children. … Unfortunately adult literacy and adult education does not get much attention, but that’s really where we start building the skills in children.”

A 2012 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that U.S. literacy scores were below the international average, ranking 16th out of 24 countries mostly in Europe as well as Japan, Korea and Canada. One in six American adults has low literacy skills.

In Azusa 31 percent of residents were born outside the United States, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. A quarter of the city’s population speaks English “less than very well,” and 11.6 percent of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Los Angeles County are illiterate.

The library currently offers five adult literacy courses that are free of charge and open to all, including those who aren’t Azusa residents.
~ Basic Literacy features instruction for English-speaking adults
~ Inspired Citizenship teaches the basics about U.S. history and government for gaining citizenship.
~ Grassroots ESL, or English as a Second Language
~ Spanish Literacy for Spanish speakers
~ Health Literacy Learning, healthy living and disease prevention.