Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ventura Co Library :: NEVER TOO LATE TO GRADUATE New program available via the county library boosts the high school completion rate

New program available via the county library boosts the high school completion rate
VC Reporter: 3.21.2018 by Michael Sullivan

Tammy Marquez, 52, of Oxnard, a single mother of four, has seemed to have a bit of good luck most of her life, at least when it came to working without a high school diploma. Though she dropped out of high school her junior year at Chatsworth High School after getting pregnant, she was able to manage pretty well the next 30-plus years of her life. It wasn’t until her position doing wine club sales, where she worked for six years, was no longer available and she didn’t get one particular job because she lacked a high school diploma, that she decided it was time to tie up that loose end. She did so by enrolling in Ventura County Library’s Career Online High School.

“I signed up to get a GED but it was difficult to get to class,” Marquez said. “I heard about this online and jumped on it.”

Marquez, along with five others from around the county in caps and gowns, accepted her high school diploma in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster Library on Tuesday, March 20, the first graduates of the program. The online high school, offered by Ventura County Library’s READ Adult Literacy Program in partnership with Gale, a Cengage Learning company, has been around for about two years and the program takes about 18 months to complete. Marquez plans to pursue an associate’s degree and work toward providing child care for people with special needs, drawing from personal experience of caring for her 20-year-old son who has Down’s syndrome.

For 15 years, Carol Chapman has been the coordinator of the READ Adult Literacy Program/ Community Engagement. When the California State Library offered an initiative to implement the online high school program, whereby the county library was able to buy and receive matching scholarships for students wanting to enroll, Chapman jumped on it. The library accumulated 35 scholarships, valued at $1,100 each; and currently there 29 students enrolled, six of whom just gradated.  READ MORE >>

Monday, March 19, 2018

Huntington Beach Library :: Literacy Volunteers - Cafe Du Jour: Risking It All

Cafe Du Jour: Risking It All

Our own Barbara Robinson, board member and Literacy Volunteers-HBPL volunteer who leads the Conversation Group, recently published a new novel, which is first in a series:  Cafe Du Jour: Risking It All (Cade Du Jour) (Volume 1 ). 

Prepare to get involved with these characters! A happy, successful couple leave their secure lives to take a chance on creating a second chapter for themselves. On the way, they run into small town corruption, crop circles, grudge-holding locals, and face other challenges while forming new friendships. Get a copy of her book to find out how these characters survive.  READ MORE >>

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SCLLN Literacy Conference :: Writer To Writer Award Presentation :: April 14

SCLLN Literacy Conference 
& Writer To Writer Presentation
April 14, 2018
Holiday Inn Buena Park

Early Bird Registration Fee
$35.00:  Volunteer or Staff
$15.00:  Adult Learner
Lunch only; $35.00 by early-bird for members
Early Bird :: DEADLINE :: March 30, 2018

After Mar 30 or @ Conference
$ 50.00: SCLLN Member Tutors and Staff
$ 20.00: SCLLN Adult Learners

Non-Members - $ 75.00

If you would like to Sponsor the
Writer To Writer Challenge
or support SCLLN, please contact: Diane Moseley

Check in and Continental Breakfast:  8:00 - 9:00

Strand 1:   9:00 am — 10:15 am
Strand 2:   10:30 am — 11:45 am
Lunch & Writer To Writer Presentations
Strand 3:   2:00 pm — 3:15 pm

 W2W Panel; a how-to workshop for staff
 USCIS, The Naturalization Process
 Technology – How to get the best use out of apps
 Roles & Goals
 Tutor Panel – tips and tricks to get out of one’s comfort zone
 Writing workshop (repeated if needed)
 Pronunciation Practice (repeated)
 Setting Goals in a Visual Way, Learner Strand
 W2W Panel. Workshop on writing and entering the Challenge,
Learner Strand
 Additional topic TBD, Learner Strand

Monday, March 12, 2018

Redlands Library :: $5,000 Grant Helps Redlands Adult Literacy Program Focus on Writing Skills

$5,000 grant helps Redlands Adult Literacy Program focus on writing skills
Redlands Daily Facts: 3.10.2018 by Diane Shimota, Adult Literacy Coor-AK Smiley Library

Many adults in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program ask for help with their writing as well as with their reading. They have found that writing is essential in communicating with their children’s teachers or applying for a job.

When adults lack writing skills, they face many obstacles. For example, some adult learners have reported that they have difficulty when filling out job applications or medical forms because of their limited writing skills.

The Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library recently received a grant of $5,000 from Edison International that the Redlands Adult Literacy Program will use to further enhance writing strategies used by tutors and learners. The grant will fund two writing workshops for tutors and adult learners, support the publication of an anthology of works by adult learners and their tutors and provide vital technology services to adult learners in the community.

The writing workshops have been developed in response to tutors observing that the learners demonstrated improved reading comprehension, but they struggled to reach their writing goals. Learners require writing strategies that are engaging, relevant and respectful to help overcome anxieties or learning disabilities. Many tutors had requested additional training in how to model, teach and guide adult learners of varying abilities and backgrounds through the writing process.

For this reason, Redlands Adult Literacy Program dubbed 2018 “The Year of the Writer” and is focusing its efforts to develop new strategies and tools to promote better writing for adult learners.  READ MORE >>

Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation :: April 24 @ 6 pm

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Easy Voter Guide :: June 5 2018 Election

Easy Voter Guide :: June 5 2018 Election

Order the June 5 2018
Easy Voter Guides today!

If you are a local League or a California public library, please contact us for how to request your free 10 bundles.
Deadline to order is April 6, 2018.

For daily, shareable election info, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Questions? Please call 916-442-7215 or email

Produced for statewide elections in California since 1994, the Easy Voter Guide is a collaboration of the League of Women Voters® of California Education Fund and the California State Library.

Project Partners

Voter’s Edge California – Find information about your local as well as statewide candidates and measures along with a polling place look up feature.
CAvotes – Website of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Look up your local League of Women Voters
The California State Library and Library Literacy Services – a partner and co-founder of the Easy Voter Guide project
Common Knowledge – co-founder of the Easy Voter Guide project

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: Santa Clara Co :: Sutter Co :: San Mateo Co [2] :: S San Francisco :: Shasta

Literacy Library Jobs – California

Under general supervision, to coordinate, implement, monitor, and evaluate learner and volunteer tutor services including one-on-one, small-group and one-time learning opportunities

Develop, coordinate and oversee activities of library literacy classes and programs; set program goals; review, recommend and update program policies, procedures and protocols; prepare program budget and monitor expenditures

be college students or recent college graduates who are passionate about supporting the core mission of the Adult Literacy Program: to empower and encourage adults as they improve their reading and writing skills, in order to promote success in their personal, work, community and/or family lives.

manages the implementation of literacy and education-related programs, the recruitment of volunteers and library operations in the absence of senior staff

improve students' literacy skills to help them become part of a literate, confident, and creative community of life-long learners. We offer literacy enrichment, homework help, and mentoring in a safe after school environment

responsible for all aspects of the Adult Literacy Program

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Newport Beach Library :: 2017 Annual Holiday Literacy Potluck

2017 Annual Holiday Potluck
Literally Speaking: Jan/Feb 2018

Saturday December 9, 2017, the Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy family of learners, tutors and volunteers, together with their families, celebrated the holiday season with a morning full of meeting new friends and eating delicious food (as always!) The morning began with a fun Bingo mixer followed by the recognition of tutors who contributed over 100 volunteer hours to NMPL in 2017.

Each year at this event, one tutor is recognized for their work and dedication to the program. This year, Robert Wahrhaftig - with the program since 2014 - received the Tutor of the Year award.

Cherall also presented outgoing Advisory Board President Farah Mozaffar with flowers of appreciation for two terrific years of leadership.

New friendships were forged, stories were shared and laughs were plentiful as everyone indulged in wonderful treats from around the world. We are grateful to our literacy family and appreciate their continued dedication to the program.
Happy New Year!