Thursday, December 18, 2014

Discovering Joys of Reading :: Ventura County Library

Discovering joys of reading
Ventura County Star: 10.10.2014 by Anne Kallas

It required some stealth, but Marie Martinez, 50, of Oak View, learned a few tricks over the years to hide her secret: She couldn’t read.

“I’d sit in the break room and wait for someone to go to the bulletin board. Then I’d ask them to read me what it said. I’d always say I was too busy eating and didn’t have time,” Martinez said. “When the kids wanted me to help them with homework, I’d tell them I was too busy cleaning or cooking.”

Now, her secret is out. But that’s OK, she said, because she’s doing something about it, and she wants others to know there’s no shame in seeking help.

Martinez goes on Wednesday afternoons to the Buena High School library in Ventura, where tutor Valerie Stachkunas, of Ventura, goes over word sounds, using colored tiles as part of a phonics lesson.

Martinez is one of about 200 people being served by READ Ventura County Library, a free adult literacy program offered at six sites throughout the county library system. The program is part of California’s Library Literacy Services, which is in its 30th year both in the state and county. The occasion was marked by Gov. Jerry Brown issuing a proclamation that declared September as Adult Literacy Awareness Month.

Carol Chapman, who runs the Ventura County adult literacy program, said most people who use the one-on-one tutoring services are “people born and educated in the United States who are dealing with all kinds of factors — emotional issues, illness, trauma.”

“The average person who comes to this program reads at a third- or fourth-grade level. They can read, but not well enough to improve their employment status,” she said.

The people in the program tend to be very intelligent, but with some type of issue that makes reading difficult, Chapman said. READ MORE !

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: January 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: January 2015

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

Help An Adult Learn To Read
Jan. 3  Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Yucca Valley Library 9a
Jan. 6  Literacy Learner Training = READ/San Diego Library 5.45p
Jan. 8  Literacy Tutor Orientation = READ/OC Library 1p
Jan. 8  Literacy Tutor Orientation = READ/OC Library 6p
Jan. 8  Literacy Tutor Orientation = South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
Jan. 10 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Lake Arrowhead Library 10a
Jan. 10 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Crestline Library 10:30a
Jan. 10 ESL Tutor Training = Laubach Literacy, Ventura 9a
Jan. 14 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Barstow Library 11a
Jan. 17 ESL Tutor Orientation = Azusa Library 9a
Jan. 17 ESL Tutor Training = San Gabriel VLC 9a
Jan. 17 Literacy Tutor Workshop = Whittier Area Literacy Council 9a
Jan. 20 Literacy Learner Orientation = Newport Beach Library 6p
Jan. 22 Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego Library 6p
Jan. 24 Voter Information Fair = Azusa Library 10a
Jan. 26 Literacy Learner Training = READ/San Diego Library 9:45a
Jan. 27 Literacy Tutor Workshop = Newport Beach Library 6p
Jan. 31 Literacy Tutor Training = Azusa Library 8:30a
Jan. 31 Literacy Tutor Training = LEARN SD County Library 10a

LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction

Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame !

Thursday, December 11, 2014

MPK Bruggemeyer Library: 30 Years of Literacy Services

MPK Bruggemeyer Library: 30 Years of Literacy Services
MontParkTV: 12.06.2014

Slideshow and interviews spotlight past and present successes of L.A.M.P. - Monterey Park's literacy program. Also features interviews with 2014 Tutor of the Year Annabelle Chu; student and small business owner Ken Huang.


Video was presented at the annual tutor recognition luncheon and awards ceremony at Luminarias Restaurant on Dec. 6, 2014.

Produced by library staff member Jose Garcia with assistance from other library personnel.

Features, Rebecca Calman, Jim Roberts, Harvey Elparin, Ben White, Cathay Reta, Beth Woo, Stephanie Brown, Norma Arvizu, Lilian Kawaratani, Annabelle Chu, Joyce Chan, Ken Huang among others.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Redlands’ Smiley Library’s Adult Literacy program welcomes new face

Redlands’ Smiley Library’s Adult Literacy program welcomes new face
Redlands Daily Facts: 12.04.2014 by Kristina Hernandez

A part-time literacy coordinator has been hired to help expand the A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Literacy Program.

Dottie Podolak, an educator who has worked for the Redlands Unified School District, will join Katherine Gifford and Trudy Waldron, volunteer literacy coordinators, to create new opportunities for students.

“I’m very excited to be coming in to a wonderful program and to be a part of the Smiley Library,” Podolak said by phone Thursday. “The hope for us as we look ahead is to continue to really deepen the program that has already been established.”

According to the library, 15 to 20 percent of adults in the country are in need of literacy assistance; the program’s goal is to assist adults 18 and older to improve their reading and writing skills.

The program has assisted more than 220 adults in the past four years.

“There is definitely a need for this program and the program has been really held up by these two wonderful volunteers, Trudy and Katherine, who have dedicated themselves to this cause. To come in and work with them is a privilege,” Podolak said.  READ MORE !

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Newport Beach Library :: Holiday Potluck

Setting up for our annual Holiday Potluck for our wonderful tutors, learners and volunteers, together with their families. Fun, food and games for all !

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Become a tutor at the Newport Beach Public Library
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Literacy Jobs - California :: Woodland :: Visalia :: LA :: Santa Rosa :: Salinas

Literacy Jobs - California

Recruit adult learners and volunteer tutors. Screen volunteer tutors and receive adult learners into program. Assign tutors and students in working pairs. Prepare grant applications as required.

Family Literacy Coach - HEART High School After School Program - PT
Pro-Youth - Visalia
work with the Site Coordinator, after school site staff, school personnel and local community base organizations

12-Month, Grant-Funded Position
The primary functions of this position are to collect parenting ladder data for reporting purposes and to implement early literacy playgroups in the library and/or a city recreation center using a pre-set curriculum that includes facilitating open play, singing songs, conducting story time and engaging with parents.

Temporary, Grant Funded
perform a wide variety of general and clerical duties, including those related to literacy Services

Happy International Volunteer Day

Happy International Volunteer Day!

Thank You Volunteers
from the
Southern California Library Literacy Network !


To All of Our Awesome Volunteers
for Your Dedication & Contributions ! ! !
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