Sunday, October 11, 2015

2015 Writer To Writer Challenge

2015 Writer To Writer Challenge
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Awards Ceremony :: March 5, 2016

Time to kick off the Writer to Writer Challenge !

The Writer to Writer Challenge is a writing contest open to all adult learners of SCLLN member programs. Adult learners read or listen to a book, then write a 500-word (or less) letter to the author, whether living or dead, to describe how the book has influenced their life. 

Encourage your learners to listen to an audio-book, or read a book, any book, with their tutor. When they find one that changed the way they think about life, encourage them to write a letter to the author of the book. The letter is just a friendly note to an author, living or dead, describing the impact the book had on their life. The letter can be short or long, but it must be under 500 words. The learners can write about a book they have read or an audio-book they have listened to.

The book read and the letter written must be in English.

Letters must be received in Carlsbad on or before Thursday December 3, 2015.

Winners are selected in 4 groups:
Emerging group :: dictate a letter to tutor or staff
Beginning group :: write a basic, simple letter independently
Intermediate group :: write a more complex letter with larger vocabulary
Advanced group :: write independently with little support from tutor or staff

Winners Announced in February 2016
Awards Ceremony on March 5, 2016

Cash Prizes for Winners
Cash Prizes & Goody Bag for Runners-Up
Certificates for all participants

Writer to Writer Challenge

Writer to Writer Chair
TEL: 760-931-4515   FAX: 760-729-8335

Monterey Park Walk for Literacy :: October 17

Walk for Literacy
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Barnes Park (south of Monterey Park City Hall)
7:30 am to 11:00 am | $20 per person

Come and show your support for the LAMP Literacy & Citizenship Program!  The Program has been providing vital services for the City of Monterey Park and surrounding cities for the past 31 years while adult education funding continues to dwindle.  Our goal this year is to raise enough funds to cover the costs for supplies and materials for two more classes.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dyslexia Awareness Month – October

Dyslexia Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month – October

Visit SCLLN’s Games – Exercises – Links
Check SCLLN’s Dyslexia List on Twitter



Learning Disabilities: Assistive Technology
Abilility Hub: info on adaptive equipment and alternative methods
ABLEDATA: products classified by function or special features
AccessSTEM: Alliance for Students w/ Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Closing the Gap: changing lives with assistive technology
Dyslexia HELP at the University of Michigan: Software & Assistive Technology
Tools for Life: GA Assistive Technology Act Program
UW: Assistive Technology used by DO-IT Scholars

There’s A Special App For That: for students with special needs

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A.K. Smiley Public Library receives grant for Adult Literacy Program

A.K. Smiley Public Library receives grant for Adult Literacy Program

The California State Library has awarded A.K. Smiley Public Library $52,000 to fund staffing for the Redlands Adult Literacy Program for the fiscal year that began July 1.

The California State Library welcomed A.K. Smiley Public Library into the California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program (CLLS), which includes 102 library jurisdictions throughout the state.

A.K. Smiley Public Library was one of five libraries that were accepted into CLLS this year.

State Librarian Greg Lucas said Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers increased funding for literacy because they recognized the “enormous payoff in human capital that comes from investing in helping a person improve their reading skills.”

The annual $52,000 grant to A.K. Smiley Public Library will continue through June 2018, when the annual allotment may be adjusted based on the state’s literacy services funding formula.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant,” said Don McCue, director of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.

“It’s the result of diligent efforts by our literacy tutors and volunteers, particularly Trudy Waldron and Katherine Gifford, as well as the investment the Redlands City Council made in the program last year by funding the hiring of part-time adult literacy coordinator Dottie Podolak. Without that position, we would not have been eligible to apply for the grant,” McCue said.  READ MORE !

Monday, October 5, 2015

Azusa Library :: Latinos Overcome the Barrier of Illiteracy

Latinos vencen la barrera del analfabetismo
Existen decenas de programas en el condado de LA para Inmigrantes que no leen o escriben bien en español
Latinos overcome the barrier of illiteracy
There are dozens of programs in LA County for immigrants who do not read or write in Spanish
La Opinion: 8.20.2015 by Marvelia Alpizar

Miguel Gomez had to choose between going to school as a child, or stay home to help his mother and grandparents in farm work.

"When I came here [US] did not even write my name," said the Mexican, 49, who failed to finish or the second grade.  "To sign the checks, put the finger thumbprint," recalls Gómez, until his wife taught him to write his name.

Pastor Francisca, an immigrant who dominates over the Quiche language of Mayan origin still used in various departments of western Guatemala, had to ask for help to understand the ads in Spanish and not end up lost somewhere in Los Angeles.

Both immigrants are part of a large number of adults who live in Los Angeles County that have the challenge of living in a country without being able to read and write in Spanish.

Most of them come to this country, they are dedicated to work and have no time to study or know about the places where they can receive classes.

According to the American Community Survey the years 2009-11, there in California 573.866 Spanish-speaking adults who do not read or write in any language.

However, a year and a half Gomez came to Azusa Library, where he has learned to read through the program Leamos the Centro Latino for Literacy. He is currently on the second level of literacy.

"I want to keep learning.  To all my friends, at work, I say 'now no one can stop me. "Viera how nice it feels when I go down the street and I can read street names or signs!' 'Said Gomez, who works in a packing of vitamins.  To carry out their work, using his memory to learn the names of labels.  READ MORE !

Saturday, October 3, 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events :: October 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events
October 2015

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

Oct. 1    BOOK IT! Day  Oct 1st-Mar 31st
Oct. 1+ Young Child West Coast Expo, Spokane WA
Oct. 2    Health Literacy Coalition Conference: Helen Osborne, Univ Colorado Hospital
Oct. 2    Health Literacy Conference - San Antonio TX
Oct. 2+ National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough TN
Oct. 3    Picture Book Summit, Cyber Space 11a
Oct. 5   Global Read Aloud CHOPSTICKS #gra15
Oct. 5+ American Association of School Librarians Conf, Columbus OH
Oct. 7    Health Literacy Summit, University of Louisville KY
Oct. 8+ Comic Con - New York
Oct. 12+ Summer Changes Everything Conference, Baltimore MD
Oct. 13    Plain Language Day
Oct. 14+ Alliance for Children and Families Conference, St Louis MO
Oct. 14+ Closing the Gap Conference, Minneapolis MN
Oct. 14+ Natl Coun for Workforce Education Conf, Portland OR
Oct. 14    The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, Cyber Space #TDS15
Oct. 15+ ProLiteracy Conference, Charleston SC
Oct. 15    Kate DiCamillo’s Live National Webcast, Cyber Space 1est
Oct. 16    Dictionary Day
Oct. 16+ IBBY Regional Conference, Leman Manhattan Preparatory School NY
Oct. 16    LitCrawl, London
Oct. 17    Lit Crawl, Austin TX
Oct. 17    AMC Sensory Friendly Films – PAN 10a
Oct. 18+ Teen Read Week
Oct. 19    Read Across the Globe
Oct. 19+ Conference of the Book, Vancouver Canada
Oct. 20    Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference, CyberSpace
Oct. 22    Read For The Record: NOT NORMAN - Kelly Bennett
Oct. 22    Lit Crawl, Seattle WA
Oct. 22+ National Black Book Festival, Houston TX
Oct. 24    Make A Difference Day
Oct. 26+ Internet Librarian, Monterey CA
Oct. 28+ Leaders Parterning for Success Urban Libraries Council, San Diego CA