Saturday, July 19, 2014

Literacy :: Library Jobs - California

Literacy Jobs: California

coordinate, implement, monitor, and evaluate learner and volunteer tutor services including one-on-one, small-group and one-time learning opportunities.

dynamic and experienced Citizenship Specialist to teach citizenship classes and train volunteer coaches to help adults successfully prepare for naturalization tests.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upland Library - Contract with LSSI Begins August 1

Upland City Council Approves Contract with LSSI
New Public-Private Partnership Will Deliver Improved Library Services While Saving Taxpayer Funds
PRNewswire: 7.10.2014

On Monday evening, June 23, the Upland City Council voted to approve a contract with Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI) to operate the Upland Public Library commencing August 1.  Previously, the Upland City Council had approved a proposal offered by LSSI and directed the city manager to negotiate a formal contract.

"We're very excited about the new partnership our city shares with LSSI," said Stephen Dunn, City Manager.  "After a lengthy dialogue with our community and input from a citizens' task force, the City Council was confident moving forward with a solution which provides more opportunities for library patrons, staff and volunteers while conserving taxpayer dollars."

The approved LSSI contract will increase the hours of operation by 24%, enabling the library to serve the public 7 days per week; more than double the current book and materials budget; re-establish vital literacy programming; reduce overall costs of operations, thus saving taxpayers more than $1 million over the 5-year contract; and provide more professional growth opportunities for the existing staff.

LSSI is no stranger to operating public libraries in the Southern California region.  For the past 17 years, it has successfully managed the Riverside County Public Library System comprised of 35 branch libraries and two bookmobiles serving a population of more than 2 million residents.  LSSI also operates libraries for the Cities of Moreno Valley, Palmdale, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita.  READ MORE !

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Want to Fight Net Neutrality ? July 23rd Rally

Want to Fight Net Neutrality ?
Live in Southern California ?

July 23rd:  4pm-7pm
On July 23, President Obama will return to California for a big fundraiser and FreePress.Net wants to remind him about the importance of an open Internet.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Rally for Net Neutrality
WHEN: Wed., July 23, 4:00–7 p.m.
WHERE: Hancock Park neighborhood (FreePress.Net sends the exact address once you RSVP.)
RSVP: Click here if you can make it.
BRING: Wear orange and bring a big, bold sign to show your support for the open Internet.

Live in Northern Ca and want to rally for Net Neutrality ?
You can sign up @ Civic Action
July 23, 9:30am
S. San Antonio Rd. and W. Edith Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022
(MoveOn sends the full address when you sign up.)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Orange County Library - 2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Congratulations to Pat Tonini!
READ/OC Honoree for the 2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Award!
READ Writes: Spring 2014

Pat Tonini has been a volunteer with READ/Orange County, since 2008. She started out as a volunteer literacy tutor, helping adult learners reach their reading and writing goals.

As a tutor, she is patient, supportive, and encouraging.  She shared, “My first student was American born, middle-aged and very motivated.  I saw him really blossom more and more each year.  He was brave enough to go on a trip with a friend to Las Vegas because he was finally able to read the signs and know where he was. He had always been too afraid to travel before.”

“My current learner is an ESL student and it is much more difficult because he doesn’t know our culture and idioms.  He works in a gas station and once a customer asked him to “break a hundred‟ and he had no idea what that meant.”  Pat has been able to help both of these learners make great progress towards their learning goals.

As a volunteer, Pat is prompt, reliable, and involved.  Since 2011, she has helped welcome new volunteers into the program through her role as an assistant trainer. At each training, Pat keeps things running smoothly with her efficient attention to setup, check in, and logistics.  She presents training components with an approachable and kindly attitude. Most importantly, she is always ready to share her extensive experience with new volunteers.  Over the years, Pat has shown herself to be a true asset to the cause of adult literacy in Orange County!

Thank you, Pat, for your commitment of supporting lifelong learning and literacy with READ/OC.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Newport Beach Library - Gift of Literacy

Gift of Literacy Fundraising Luncheon
Literally Speaking: Jul/Aug 2014

Over 260 people attended the 7th annual Gift of Literacy luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach on June 6, 2014. This year’s keynote speaker, Lisa See, attracted the event’s biggest crowd ever raising $20,000 to support literacy in our community. Ms. See was debuting her newly- released book, China Dolls, and each guest received a copy thanks to the generous donation of Platinum Sponsor Richard Hearn of the STARCARE Foundation.

Attendees perused the many silent auction and raffle items before being seated and welcomed by Newport/ Mesa ProLiteracy (NMPL) Advisory Board President Jason Brady.  He introduced Newport Beach Public Library Services Director Tim Hetherton, who said a few words to the assembled guests before turning the microphone over to Advisory Board Vice President, Kate Besch. Ms. Besch presented a plaque of appreciation to Richard Hearn of STARCARE for his support of adult literacy.

Tutor Katie Northup addressed the gathering and spoke of her experience in the NMPL program. She was followed by her learner, Marnalee Lopez, the 2013 recipient of the Rochelle Hoffman Memorial Award, a recognition given to one outstanding program learner each year.  Ms. Lopez gave a speech that was full of both emotion and humor and thanked Katie and NMPL for changing her life and that of her family ... forever.

After lunch was served and several raffle items awarded, Ms. See approached the stage and spoke to a roomful of literacy supporters and ardent Lisa See fans. Ms. See kept the room engaged with her humor and charisma while discussing her new book, research about its characters and what inspires her stories. At the conclusion of her talk, Ms. See was presented with a gift of a very special pen which was embellished with famous quotes, and then made her way out to sign additional copies of her book.

It was an extremely successful fundraiser for Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy and the increased community awareness brings additional support and volunteers to the Literacy Program.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Literacy Jobs - California

Literacy Jobs: California

Community Relations Officer – FT
a dynamic change-maker ready to roll up their sleeves, throw on a giant vegetable costume, and inspire the community to rally around our cause.
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

REACH (Recreation and Education Accelerating Children’s Hopes), Pico Rivera
enhance children’s overall academic performance, reduce absenteeism, improve behavior and re-engage the child in the educational process by providing homework
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

read with K-4th grade students. Tutors serve at least 40 hours a week and are assigned to schools in Salinas. Applications will be reviewed ongoing until all 30 slots are full.
TERM: Aug 2014 – Jul 2015