Friday, January 30, 2004

Oceanside Public Library

Oceanside READS Wins
Oceanside Magazine: Winter 2004-05

Statewide Award for Literacy

Oceanside READS, the Oceanside Public Library's Literacy program, has been named "Outstanding Literacy Program" in California for 2004 by California Literacy. At the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco, Library Director Deborah Polich accepted the award, along with a gift of $500 for books from New Readers Press.

Literacy Coordinator Sandra Phillips notes, "California Literacy is the nation's oldest and largest statewide adult volunteer literacy organization. Our program was chosen among more than 250 literacy centers statewide, so this award is a very great honor."

Sandra Phillips and Literacy Assistant Corrie Miles lead an exceptional team of more than 55 volunteer tutors; they are all passionately dedicated to their work and to promoting literacy. Carol Naegele, Children's Services Manager, who recently announced her retirement, was also instrumental in the program's accomplishments.

Together they have formed strong partnerships with the community and with local businesses such as Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and with service clubs such as Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis. The program was recognized in part for developing innovative new literacy activities, and for providing the only literacy program in San Diego County which offers free tutoring for children in grades 1-12 in addition to adults.

Elvia, one of the adult learners, said, "Coming to Oceanside READS has changed my life. Thanks to my tutor, now I'm able to fill out job applications for employment, and I feel capable of voting in the upcoming election." More than 45 adults and 22 youth are currently being tutored in the program.

To learn more about California Literacy, visit their website at www.caliteracy.org.
To find out more about Oceanside READS or to volunteer as a tutor or enroll a learner, call 760-435-5683. All tutoring is free and confidential.