Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Los Angeles Public Library :: Graduation - Career Online High School

Graduation By Brian Cunningham, project coordinator
READ:  Spring 2016
Adult Literacy Services | Changing lives one chapter at a time.
A newsletter written by students and tutors


In January the library held the inaugural ceremony in honor of our first graduates from Career Online High School. I had never met most of these students in person, so it was a treat to finally come face to face with them.  

Graduate Angie Velasquez gave a beautiful speech, recounting the personal and professional growth she attributes to COHS. The career certificate she received in Office Management, in addition to her diploma, inspired her to pursue a career in Human Resources. She is currently attending Harbor College and applying what she learned in her courses to make improvements at her current place of work.

In addition to our own John Szabo, we also had a few guest speakers, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, State Librarian Greg Lucas, and Board of Library Commissioner President Bich Ngoc Cao. Each of them shared powerful and inspiring speeches; we learned that the Mayor’s grandfather had been a barber, as he referenced one of our graduates currently enrolled in barber college.

We are grateful for the generous support of the Library Foundation and the California State Library. There are currently 34 graduates and many more students are approaching the finish line. Between the press we received and the family members who were inspired to apply for the program as a result of the ceremony, I am proud to say there seems to be more interest in Career Online High School than ever before. 

A New High School Graduate By literacy coordinator Janis Risch
Holly Maidens knew that she wanted to complete her GED and she found out about the LA Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program in late 2013. She hoped working with a tutor would help her to achieve that goal. She was matched with a tutor in early 2014. Her tutor helped Holly to improve her reading skills and also built up her confidence by offering ongoing encouragement. Soon after Holly started in the library’s program, the library introduced the Career Online High School (COHS) and Janis Risch, the Literacy Coordinator for the West Valley, told Holly about it. She began the COHS program in the spring of 2014 and, with her hard work and the encouragement of others, she completed her coursework and earned her high school diploma and career certificate on June 25, 2015. Holly liked the online learning environment because it allowed her to work at her own pace as her busy schedule permitted. She really liked the visible cues given by the program (checkmarks) as she progressed through the coursework. Her academic coach was ready to help her with any computer issues or questions about the lessons.

Holly is now in her third semester at Pierce College. She is taking General Education classes in preparation for transferring to California State University-Northridge where she will major in Psychology. Her long term goal is to become a social worker who works with special needs families and links them with resources.  READ MORE @

Friday, April 29, 2016

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events : : May 2016

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
May 2016

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



May 02+ Children's Book Week "A great nation is a reading nation"
May 02+ National Library Legislative Day Washington DC
May 03   Teacher Day
May 06+ Steinbeck Festival Salinas
May 09+ Reading Is Fun Week - RIF
May 10   Autism Sensory Friendly Films CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR 7p
May 14  Women's Literary Festival Santa Barbara
May 14  Autism Sensory Friendly Films CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR 10a
May 21  Readathon Day #Readathon2016
May 24  Autism Sensory Friendly Films NEIGHBORS 2  7p
May 28  Autism Sensory Friendly Films ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 10a
May 30  Overview of Dyslexia Screening Cyberspace May 30 — Jun 24, 2016


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: May 2016

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar: May 2016

For Local, California and National
Literacy or Library Conferences and Events
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Calendar

             Redlands Library        Huntington Beach

May 01 Literacy FUNd raiser “2 Across” Redlands Library 2:30p
May 04 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/San Diego Library 5:45p
May 04 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation Huntington Beach Library 6p
May 05 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation South Bay Literacy Co Torrance Library 7p
May 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Chino Hills Library 9:30a
May 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Yucaipa Library 10a
May 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Grand Terrace Library 10:30a
May 09 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Santa Barbara Library 1p
May 10 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 12N
May 10 Adult Literacy Tutor Training READ/San Diego Library 6p
May 11 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Fontana Library 5p
May 12 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Burbank Library 6p
May 14 Duck-A-Thon Literacy FUNd raiser Huntington Beach Library 10a
May 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Placentia Library 1p
May 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Adelanto Library 11a
May 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Chino Library 10a
May 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Lake Arrowhead Library 10a
May 16 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/San Diego Library 9:45a
May 16 Adult Literacy Volunteer Orientation Corona Library 7p
May 17 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Co Hesperia Library 3p
May 18 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Barstow Library 11a
May 19 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 6p
May 19 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Big Bear Library 4p
May 21 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Santa Barbara Library 1p
May 23 Adult Literacy Tutor Workshop Downey Library 9a

Beverly Hills Library Adult Literacy last Friday of month 10:30 - 12 N
LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction
Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame
Statewide Workshops @ California Library Literacy Services


Monday, April 25, 2016

Literacy Library Jobs :: West Marin | Glendale | Beaumont

Literacy Library Jobs – California

Spanish Language Services
West Marin Literacy Program and Point Reyes Library
ESL classes and one-on-one tutoring to English language learners throughout West Marin County.
DEADLINE:  May 16

performs duties that routinely draw upon and require specialized knowledge, experience and skills and abilities related to literacy programming. 

Early Literacy Outreach Librarian - FT

driving a van for outreach delivery of library service to child-care providers, programming for the target audience and collection development for the children's collections and the outreach Ready to Read Van.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Redlands Library :: Literacy FUNdraiser :: " 2 Across "

Have Fun & Support Redlands Adult Literacy

 “2 Across” by Jerry Mayer
May 1, 2016
Reception and Performance



The fun begins at 2:30 pm with a dessert reception and a Redlands Adult Literacy Open House. Visit with Redlands Adult Literacy supporters, tutors, learners and lovers of reading and crossword puzzles.

The reception will be followed at 3:30 pm with a performance of “2 Across,” a poignant and witty 90-minute, one-act play written by Jerry Mayer. Local thespians, Deborah McFatter and Jeff Richards star in the play, directed by Kerry Jones.

Redlands East Valley High School
Blackstone Theater
1000 Colton Avenue
Redlands

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the A.K. Smiley Public Library or by contacting literacy@akspl.org. Checks may be made payable to Friends of A. K. Smiley Public Library, Attn. “2 Across.”

DONATION NEWS
Modern Woodmen of America has agreed to match any donations up to $2500 so that Redlands Adult Literacy can start an adult literacy book club.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Huntington Beach Library :: Online High School Diploma and More !

Online High School Diploma and More!
Open Doors: March 2016
Huntington Beach Public Library Literacy Volunteer

Huntington Beach Public Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.

HBPL will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors; students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform, along with an academic coach. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields, before progressing to the core academic subjects. Many students are able to graduate in as few as 4 to 6 months by transferring in previously earned high school credits, with a maximum completion of 18 months.

Huntington Beach residents can learn more about Career Online High School in the HBPL Literacy Office or by selecting Career Online High School from the library's web page.

This pilot program is managed by Literacy Volunteers-HBPL, sponsored by the Huntington Beach Public Library, and funded by California State Library and the Friends of HB Library.  READ MORE @

SCLLN Member Libraries offering the Career Online High School program

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Los Angeles Public Library :: Writer to Writer

Writer to Writer
READ:  Spring 2016
Adult Literacy Services | Changing lives one chapter at a time.
A newsletter written by students and tutors

Congratulations Are in Order Congratulations to Leonard Utley, winner for his letter to Tom Gilroy, author of In Bikole: Eight Modern Stories of Life in a West African Village, and to Hyun Mi Kim, runner-up for her letter to Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.


The Writer to Writer Challenge is an annual competition for adult learners in public library literacy programs. Learners write a letter to an author of a book or magazine telling them how their lives were influenced by what they read.

The competition is sponsored by the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN), and the winners and runners-up were recognized at an awards ceremony on March 5 during the SCLLN conference. Winners in each category had an opportunity to read their letters during the ceremony, and all winners and runners-up received a copy of a book that has been published with their letters.  READ MORE @