Friday, December 9, 2016

Glendale Library :: Tutor Appreciation :: December 8

Glendale Library Tutor Appreciation
December 8 2016

The Library, Arts & Culture Department Adult Literacy Program offers services to help adults improve their reading, writing, and speaking. Instruction is provided by trained volunteers. The Adult Literacy Program is free and open to all adults ages eighteen and over.

Students Literacy Class

The Adult Literacy Program helps adults who want to learn English as well as English-speaking adults who need to improve their reading and writing skills. Conversation classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions are offered.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Altadena Library :: Digital Literacy Impact for ESL Students at our Literacy Center

Digital Literacy Impact for ESL Students at our Literacy Center
Altadena Library CONNECT*: December 2016

While the foundations of adult literacy programs are to improve reading and writing skills, these days it includes information literacy, financial literacy, health literacy and digital literacy.

The University Library of The University of Illinois defines digital literacy as: “The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.”

At the Branch we strive to help our literacy learners with meeting a wide range of literacy and informational needs. We have small group ESL classes that meet Monday through Thursdays mornings. This Fall we were able to offer a 5 week beginners computer class to our eager ESL students. The bilingual computer instructors taught the students much needed computer skills. For the first time, all the students were able to sign up for their own e-mail addresses, use Word and practice typing, and learn how to search the Internet.

Many had expressed that they had been intimidated by the computers and that with this exposure, they had less fear and felt more comfortable using the computers. The students took this opportunity to practice their skills at the library during open hours.

Most of the students do not have a computer at home and rely on the library for internet access. Many students have language barriers to employment and lack proficiency in computer skills. With improved computer skills, that is one less hurdle to overcome to seeking better employment.

According to ProLiteracy, an organization that advocates for adult literacy, low literacy costs the US $225 Billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce and a loss of revenue due to unemployment. According to the World Bank, only 52.5% of adults reporting lack of computer skills were employed, compared to 72.7%. The positive effects of improved computer skills translates to improved self sufficiency and improved work opportunities benefiting all aspects of the students’ lives.

Lucio, a student from the class states, “Thanks to the personnel of the Bob Lucas Library for providing the much needed computer classes. With the lessons they taught, I am able to practice on my own and gain confidence working on the computer. In particular, I like to practice my typing which helps me run my small business as a washing machine repair man.”

Sunday, December 4, 2016

READ/San Diego :: Vote by December 9 :: #yfgiveslocal San Diego

is competing to receive $5K
Show your support
Friends of READ/San Diego Literacy
by December 9
Yelp Foundation Gives Local - San Diego, CA

The Friends of READ/San Diego Literacy Programs is a non-profit corporation, run by volunteers from your community, whose goal is to bring literacy to all. We're a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting, fostering and promoting adult literacy programs throughout the County of San Diego.

Thanks for visiting the #yfgiveslocal campaign page for San Diego, CA.

The Yelp Foundation is granting $5,000 to the organization with the most votes at the end of the campaign. The second and third place winners will be granted $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. Awards will be split in the event of a tie.
Each nominated non-profit supports the Yelp Foundation’s mission of addressing the needs of local communities, including access to information, education, local economic development, and freedom of expression.
Your votes will decide which organization wins. Cast your vote daily now through December 9th. Share the local love with your social network via #yfgiveslocal to encourage your friends to vote, too!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
December 2016

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

Dec. 03  A Walk in the Shoes of a Dyslexic Corona Library 1p
Dec. 03  Holiday Book Arts & Crafts Fair San Francisco Center for the Book
Dec. 04  Howard Zinn Book Fair San Francisco
Dec. 05+ Hour of Code
Dec. 10  Autism Sensory Friendly Films MOANA 10a
Dec. 12  Special Education Law 101 Special Education Law Primer Webinar 6p
Dec. 13  Autism Sensory Friendly Films FANTASTIC BEASTS-WHERE TO FIND THEM 7p
Dec. 27  Autism Sensory Friendly Films ROGUE ONE 7p

Saturday, November 26, 2016

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: December 2016

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar
December 2016

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

Dec. 01  Adult Literacy Tutor Training Burbank Library 6p
Dec. 01  Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation South Bay Literacy Torrance Library 7p
Dec. 03  Adult Literacy Tutor Workshop San Luis Obispo Library 10a
Dec. 03  Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Grand Terrace Library 10:30a
Dec. 04  Adult Literacy Tutor Training Santa Barbara Library 1p
Dec. 06  Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 12N
Dec. 08  Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/San Diego Library 5:30p
Dec. 10  Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Lake Arrowhead Library 10a
Dec. 10  Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Adelanto Library 12N
Dec. 15  Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 6p
Dec. 17  Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Yucca Valley Library 9a
Dec. 18  Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Placentia Library 1:30p
Dec. 19  Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/San Diego Library 10a

Beverly Hills Library Adult Literacy: last Friday month 10:30 - 12 N
LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction

Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame

Friday, November 25, 2016

Newport Library :: GreatNonProfits Top-Rated Awards 2016 :: Newport Mesa ProLiteracy

Newport Mesa ProLiteracy
GreatNonProfits Top-Rated Awards 2016
GreatNonProfits: November 23, 2016

Every year, GreatNonprofits highlights the work of outstanding charities that are going above and beyond to provide vital, life-changing services to their communities. The 2016 Top-Rated Awards feature nonprofits that have received the highest scores from the people who work directly with them—volunteers, donors, and clients served. The awards honor charities from cities all over the world working to improve lives by addressing issues in 40+ different categories.

Newport Mesa Proliteracy Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters
“The Newport Mesa Proliteracy program is a joy for both tutors and learners. The support staff is outstanding and does an amazing job to find perfect matches that are enjoyable and enriching for both sides. I know from the learners whom I have worked with that the full range of programs at the library--book clubs and specialized classes--greatly enrich the one on one tutoring project. This program is a gift to the community and to all involved.”

Newport Mesa Proliteracy develops the literacy skills of adults to empower them to achieve greater success in their lives - at home, at work and in the community.

Offers one-on-one tutoring and small group classes in reading, writing, life skills, job skills and more.  READ MORE @

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Volunteers Provide America $184 Billion Dollars in Value

How do you provide America $184 billion dollars in value?
Volunteering and Civic Life in America

National, State, City, and Demographic Information

This site is home to the most comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis.

Overall, the volunteer rate remained steady as 62.6 million Americans volunteered 7.8 billion hours last year. Based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour ($23.56 in 2015), the estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $184 billion.  READ MORE @

Top 10 States
1    Utah
2    Minnesota
3    Wisconsin
4    South Dakota
5    Idaho
6    Nebraska
7    Kansas
8    Vermont
9    Alaska
10  Iowa

California is 34th