Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Oceanside Public Library

Oceanside READS
Celebrates 10th Anniversary !
Newsletter: Fall 2007 by Suzanne McGowan,
Youth Services and Literacy Supv.

As we move forward in our day to day routines, we don’t always take the time to stop and look at our accomplishments. Milestone years are great for taking the time to reflect on the changes and happenings over a period of time. As Oceanside READS celebrates ten years of service, I am honored to reflect on its many success stories.

Oceanside READS began as an adult literacy program in July 1997. The inaugural year served thirty-two learners with thirty-three active tutors. Ten years later, READS is a busy center that provides literacy services for adults as well as for children. This past year, Oceanside READS served ninety-one children and adult learners, with over seventy active tutors. The tutors display incredible commitment, as they not only work one-on-one with learners, meeting weekly for a minimum of six months, but they also prepare lessons, review materials, research and implement current trends and methodology, and take part in outreach programs. In 2006/2007, the topnotch tutors of Oceanside READS dedicated over four thousand volunteer hours. Although we can measure their hours of service, the value of those hours is priceless.

It is impossible to share the success stories of the READS program without mentioning Sandy Phillips and Corrie Miles. Humbly, they work with a dedication that is unrivaled. Their styles balance one another perfectly and they are a phenomenal team. Together they work to assess the needs of every learner that walks through the door. They recruit, train, schedule, match, and supervise tutors. They review materials and resources to assist the tutors with a variety of educational needs. Books & Bagels, the literacy book discussion group, is in its fifth year. READS partnered with Starbucks for three years of Sipping Stories. They host brown bag lunches and volunteer trainings as well as provide access to state and regional workshops and conferences.

The program has produced three scholarship winners, Writer to Writer award winners, and hundreds of success stories. Thank you to all of the people who have contributed to the success of Oceanside READS over the last ten years. If you would like to be a part of a first-rate literacy organization, please do not hesitate to contact Oceanside READS to find out how you can help.

Changing Lives One Word At A Time

Saturday, October 27, 2007

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Calendar - November 2007

Southern California Library Literacy Network
Tutor Workshop Calendar: November 2007
- visit SCLLN for more events -

Nov 1: Burbank Public Library
Register for the first session of a 15-hour workshop: also Nov 3 and 17. Help an adult improve reading, spelling and writing skills. Learn how to use Discover Intensive Phonics. 818 . 238 . 5577. Presenter: Burbank Public Library. Ticket Phone: (818)238-5577. Contact: Literacy Office. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Burbank Public Library Auditorium 110 N Glenoaks Burbank CA 91502.
For more info visit
http://www.burbanklibrary.com/

Nov 10: San Diego County Library
Presenter: LEARN. Ticket Phone: (888)466-0668. Contact: San Diego County Library. Saturday, November 10, 2007, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. El Cajon Branch El Cajon CA. For more info visit
http://www.sdcl.org/Literacy_Main.html

Nov 17: Los Angeles Public Library
All Volunteers must be Interviewed First ! Contact: 213 . 228 . 7037. Presenter: Los Angeles Public Library. Ticket Phone: (213)228-7037. Contact: Literacy Office. Saturday, November 17, 2007, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Robertson Branch 1719 S Robertson Blvd LA CA 90035. For more info visit
http://www.lapl.org/literacy/intro.html

Nov 29: READ/San Diego
1st Session; also Nov 29; Dec 4, 6 and 11 619 . 527 . 5475. Presenter: READ/San Diego. Ticket Phone: (619)527-5475. Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Malcolm X Branch Library 5148 Market St San Diego CA 92114. For more info visit
http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/read.shtml

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

READ/OC

READ/Orange County's volunteer literacy tutors are "Making a Difference."

Bob West writes: "Senator Correa: In response to your request, here is information about some very special individuals in your District who are Making a Difference in their communities by becoming certified as volunteer literacy tutors for READ/Orange County, the adult literacy services of Orange County Public Library"

The mission of READ/Orange County is to create a more literate community by providing diversified services of the highest quality to all who seek them.

Volunteer literary tutors complete a required 23-hour training course. This training prepares them to teach reading and writing to the one out of four adults that have low or no literacy skills. They join a dedicated corps of more than 300 active volunteer tutors in Orange County who are changing the lives of adults through literacy.

Marcia Tungate, READ/OC Literacy Programs Administrator, says, "It is the commitment of our wonderful tutors that makes our literacy program great. When we teach someone to read, we start a ripple that affects the lives of the individual, the family, and the community. Everything we do is impacted by the ability to read."

READ/Orange County offers a comprehensive training program for adults who want to become a tutor. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Many learners who have made the life changing decision to improve their reading skills are now patiently waiting to be matched with a tutor. Leave a legacy... teach an adult to read!

Get more information at the READ/Orange County website at www.readoc.org
or call 714-566-3070.

Information on current legislation regarding libraries and literacy can be found at www.leginfo.ca.gov

Click on Bill Information. Search by Keyword(s). Enter literacy or libraries. A list of related (2007-2008) current bills will be provided, as well as additional information regarding the legislation.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

California Library Association Conference: Literacy Section Workshops

Oct 27: Literacy Workshops
@ CLA Conference

10:30 am - 11:45 am
Bringing English Language Learner Children/Families into Library: J Edwards, Santa Fe Springs PL
Making Technology Accessible: B Castagne, SFPL
Attracting Baby Boomers to Volunteer: C Lehn, State Lib
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Blurring Lines-Integrating Library Service: C Reta
3:45 pm - 5 pm

Blog It: R Weaver, SFPL
Presenter: Literacy Section, CLA. Saturday, October 27, 2007. Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach CA. For more info visit
www.cla-net.org

Oct 27: Literacy Section Annual Meeting @ CLA Conference
Noon – 2:00 pm – Room 203C

RSVP by Oct 19 jwright@snap.lib.ca.us.
Presenter: Literacy Section - CLA. Contact: Joanne Wright: jwright@snap.lib.ca.us.
Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach CA

Oct 28: Literacy Workshops @ CLA Conference

10:45: Noon
Poster Session: Crisis Mgmt - GED Tune-Up
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Literacy, Libraries, Legislators-You: M Tungate, READ/OC
Stepping Out and Reaching In: Creating Readers in California's

Juvenile Halls: M. G. Elliott, UCLA.
Presenter: Literacy Section, CLA. Sunday, October 28, 2007. Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach CA. For more info visit
www.cla-net.org

Oct 29: Literacy Workshops @ CLA Conference

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Guerilla Marketing for Libraries and Literacy: J. L. Cruz,
San Diego Council on Literacy
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Using Americorps: S Empizo, National City PL
Dyslexia: K Sandman-Hurley, READ/San Diego

Presenter: Literacy Section, CLA. Monday, October 29, 2007. Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach CA. For more info visit
www.cla-net.org

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Carlsbad Public Library

It's never too late to learn how to read
North County Times
: Oct 15, 2007 by Agnes Herman

Many of us always have a book on hand; others are avid newspaper readers. But some of us can enjoy neither books nor papers. There are many who have never learned to read or, as a result, to write. An adult who cannot enjoy a magazine or book, write a note to a friend, e-mail a grandchild or read the cooking instruction on an oatmeal box, can be humiliated and painted into a corner with poor self esteem!

Recently, I spent an hour with Les Jenkins, 62, at his home in Oceanside. Les has been a meat cutter since 1969, with two years' time out in the Vietnam War. Now semiretired and on the brink of full retirement, Les goes to work 40 hours a month.

Les is a quiet, well-mannered gentleman who speaks with enthusiasm, gestures with ease and looks you straight in the eye when he speaks. It was not always that way. He was "pushed" (his term) through school (in California) and graduated after numerous summer school sessions, with grades he would not brag about. And through it all, he had never learned to read and write. Unbelievable, but true.

Three years ago, a grocery strike became his blessing in disguise. He knew that at the end of the strike there would be papers to file; he had never before filled out an application. So he used his free time and determination to visit the Carlsbad Adult Literacy Program; perhaps there he would find help. And he did!

Les explained that he was ashamed, believed he was stupid; he was often called just that. He had married and had four children, all of whom have achieved worthy goals. Only this week, a tutor at the Center helped Les use the computer to watch his Coast Guard son perform a heroic rescue.

"I missed all that! When they were growing up, I could not even read to my kids. My wife did it all. Now I have 6 1/2 grandkids and want to read to them and e-mail to them!"

Les never told anyone about his learning problem. When he was assigned a tutor, he confessed to his children. They and his friends have offered him full support. They are proud of him, admiring the step he was taking at age 62. He works with a tutor twice a week and is learning to use the computer that his son bought for him.

In 2005, Les applied to and was accepted by the Henry Huffman Leadership Institute because of his dedication to the Adult Learning Program and his desire to reach out to others with the learning disability. At the Institute he learned to use gestures, make eye contact with an audience, to communicate. Clearly he learned those lessons well.

Carrie Scott, who brought Les to my attention, is the Interim Literacy Coordinator of the Adult Learning Program at Carlsbad City Library. It is an arm of the California Libraries Literacy Services that is dedicated to helping English-speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills. Adult learners meet with their personal tutors twice weekly for 90 minutes. Three-fourths of the tutors are over 40; three-fourths of the learners are over 40. One is never too old. About 70 pairs of dedicated volunteers and eager learners work together each week.

Tutors are screened and trained. Those interested in becoming tutors should contact Carrie Scott (760 434-29) whose staff provides a 90-minute orientation session. For those whose interest is captured, a three-hour training is required.

Adult learners should also contact the program in Carlsbad and, if the program is appropriate, attend an orientation session and a private interview. Finally, tutor and learner are matched, and when they begin to work, a staff member is available for coaching. If the program does not fit an applicant, Carrie and her team are prepared to make a worthy referral to another learning center in the area.

Les was enthusiastic about his tutors. They have taught him to write stories, to put words together properly in sentences. He is delighted with the computer skills he is learning, a dream fulfilled. Life is better. "I am dedicated to learn in order to raise my self-esteem, and it is working."

Tell your friends!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

San Bernardino Public Library

Artists to help create murals
Sun: October 8, 2007 by Cliff Morman

Children in today's society do not have enough positive role models.

This is what Phil Yeh, founder and president of Cartoonists Across America, believes. He hopes to change this.

Yeh will be among the professional cartoonists and artists appearing at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library in San Bernardino for "Read, Rock and Recycle" from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The cartoonists and artists will join community members in creating murals promoting literacy and recycling on three 4-foot by 4-foot canvases.

"So often we don't hear about artists and writers in this country anymore, which is a serious problem because there's a lot of kids who have no idea what it takes to become an artist or a writer," Yeh said.

He wants to "bring out more artists and writers."

Phil Ortiz, an animator who has contributed to the "The Simpsons"; artist Matt Lorentz, who works for clothing company No Fear and skateboarder Tony Hawk; "Los Angeles Sentinel" cartoonist David Brown; and Hawaii-based freelance artist Marc Martinez will all appear at the event.

The library is at 555 W. Sixth St. in San Bernardino. READ ON

Monday, October 8, 2007

SCLLN Literacy Library Calendar - October 2007

Southern California Library Literacy Network
Tutor Workshops & Events Calendar: October 17 - 31, 2007
- visit SCLLN for more events -

Oct 17: Tutor Training - READ/San Diego
1st Session; also Oct 20 and Nov 3 619 . 527 . 5475. Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 6:00 PM – Sunday, October 17, 2010, 9:00 PM. Serra Mesa Branch Library 9005 Aero Dr San Diego CA 92123. For more info visit
http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/read.shtml

Oct 20: Tutor Orientation - Oceanside Public Library
Orientation Training - Oct 20: 9 am - 4:30 pm 760 . 435 . 5680. Presenter: Oceanside Public Library. Ticket Phone: (760)435-5680. Contact: Oceanside READS. Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Mission Branch Library 3861 Mission Ave Oceanside CA. For more info visit
http://www.library.ci.oceanside.ca.us/Literacy_Services.asp

Oct 20: Tutor Training - Los Angeles Public Library
All Volunteers must be Interviewed First ! Contact: 213 . 228 . 7037. Presenter: Los Angeles Public Library. Ticket Phone: (213)228-7037. Contact: Literacy Office. Saturday, October 20, 2007, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Cahuenga Branch 4591 Santa Monica Blvd LA CA 90029. For more info visit
http://www.lapl.org/literacy/intro.html

Oct 20: Tutor Training - San Diego County Library
Presenter: LEARN. Ticket Phone: (888)466-0668. Contact: San Diego County Library. Saturday, October 20, 2007, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Vista Branch Vista CA. For more info visit
http://www.sdcl.org/Literacy_Main.html

Oct 23: Women's Conference Change - Be a Part of It
SCLLN will have a booth at the Conference. Tuesday, October 23, 2007. Long Beach Convention Center 300 E Ocean Blvd Long Beach CA 90802. For more info visit
http://www.californiawomen.org/

Oct 23: Tutor Workshop - READ/Orange County
Must attend Tutor Information Meeting to register for October workshops. Presenter: READ/Orange County. Ticket Phone: (714)566-3067. Contact: READ/Orange County. Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Fountain Valley Branch Orange County CA. For more info visit
http://www.readoc.org/

Oct 24: Tutor Workshop - READ/Orange County
Must attend Tutor Information Meeting to register for October workshops. Presenter: READ/Orange County. Ticket Phone: (714)566-3067. Contact: READ/Orange County. Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Irvine-University Park Branch Orange County CA. For more info visit
http://www.readoc.org/

Oct 25: Trivia Challenge - Huntington Beach PL
F R E E Fun Prizes Dessert. Ticket Phone: 714.375.5102. Ticket Web Link: http://www.hbpl.org/info_main.htm. Contact: Rose Saylin. Thursday, October 25, 2007, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Huntington Beach Library Theater 7111 Talbert Huntington Beach CA. For more info visit
http://www.hbpl.org/info_main.htm

Oct 25: Volunteer Tutor Recruitment - Beverly Hills PL
Guest Speaker: John Corcoran. Presenter: Literacy Office. Ticket Phone: 310.288.2207. Thursday, October 25, 2007, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Beverly Hills Public Library 444 N Rexford Beverly Hills CA. For more info visit
www.beverlyhills.org/presence/connect/CoBH/library/DepartmentsAndOffices/LiteracyServices

Oct 26-29: California Library Association - Opportunity Knocks
CLA wiki Don't Just Look - Add To It Program by Track - click on Ticket Web Link Also a CLA Conf Blog http://cla2007.blogspot.com/. Presenter: California Library Association. Ticket Web Link: http://www.clanet.org/included/docs/program_by_track.pdf. Friday, October 26, 2007 – Monday, October 29, 2007. Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach, California. For more info visit
cla2007.net.pbwiki.com

Check out CALPRO and Bureau of Education & Research for more workshops !

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

SCLLN Literacy Library Calendar - October 2007

Southern California Library Literacy Network
Event Calendar: October 2007
- visit SCLLN for more events -

Health Literacy Month
For more info visit
http://www.healthliteracy.com/

National Book Month
National Book Foundation. For more info visit
http://www.nationalbook.org/

OCT – tba:

Tutor Workshop - Santa Maria City Library
Tutor Workshop October Dates: T B A. Presenter: Central Coast Literacy Council. Ticket Phone: (805)922.9200. Contact: Central Coast Literacy Council. Monday, October 1, 2007. Santa Maria CA. For more info visit
centralcoastliteracy.org

Oct 3: Tutor Training - Santa Barbara
Also: October 4 5 pm - 9 pm. Presenter: Santa Barbara Public Library. Ticket Web Link: http://www.sbplibrary.org/services/tutoring-adults.html. Contact:
805 . 564 . 5619. Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Santa Barbara Public Library Townley Room 40 E. Anapamu St. Santa Barbara CA. For more info visit\

http://www.sbplibrary.org/

Oct 5: Help Group Summit
cutting edge conference on autism, learning disabilities and ADHD. Presenter: Help Group. Friday, October 5, 2007 – Saturday, October 6, 2007. Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles CA. For more info visit

http://www.thehelpgroup.org/

Oct 6: City Book Fair - San Diego City College
Ticket Web Link: http://sdcitybookfair.com/. Saturday, October 6, 2007. Saville Theatre San Diego City College. For more info visit
sdcitybookfair.com

Oct 6: Litquake 2007
Ticket Web Link: http://www.litquake.org/the-festival/. Saturday, October 6, 2007 – Saturday, October 13, 2007. San Francisco CA. For more info visit
http://www.litquake.org/

Oct 6: Adult Learner Conference - San Diego
11th Annual. Presenter: San Diego Council on Literacy. Ticket Phone: 888-850-7323. Contact: San Diego Council on Literacy. Saturday, October 6, 2007. National University Academic Center 9388 Lightwave Ave. San Diego, CA 92123. For more info visit
literacysandiego.org

Oct 6: Harvest Ride for Literacy - Ventura County Library
The annual event features 30-, 55-, 66- and 100-mile rides along the Ventura and Santa Barbara coastlines, and a 10-mile family ride that follows the Ojai bicycle path to Foster Park. Registration fees range from $20 to $60 and include a T-shirt, support and gear assistance and catered rest stops. Start times are 7 and 10 a.m. Presenter: Ventura County Library. Ticket Web Link: http://www.harvestrideforliteracy.org. Contact: 805.642.7089. Saturday, October 6, 2007. Ventura Unified School District Education Service Center 255 W. Stanley Ave Ventura CA. For more info visit http://www.harvestrideforliteracy.org/

Oct 6: Atarque: Now All is Silent: Preserving Family Stories
Huntington Beach PL

Literacy Volunteer Tutor, Pauline Chavez Bent, discusses her new book. RSVP. Presenter: Huntington Beach Public Library. Ticket Phone: 714-375-5102. Saturday, October 6, 2007, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Huntington Beach Central Library Room B 7111 Talbert Huntington Beach CA. For more info visit
www.hbpl.org/events_main.htm

Oct 6: Writer To Writer Awards Ceremony
Beginning Level: Rudy Borboa, Orange County Public Library (READ/Orange County). The Pursuit of Happyness, by Chris Gardner Intermediate Level: Alejandrina Roldan, San Bernardino County Library, Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library. The Old Man and the Sea,by Ernest Hemingway Advanced Level: Lupe Beltran, Nevada County Library. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adelene Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Presenter: Southern California Library Literacy Network - BALIT - CLLS. Ticket Phone: (818)548-6450. Saturday, October 6, 2007, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Glendale Public Library 222 E Harvard Glendale CA. For more info visit
http://www.sclln.org/

Columbus Day: Oct 8

Oct 8: Tutor Training - READ/San Diego
1st Session; also Oct 10, 12, 15 and 17 619 . 527 . 5475. Presenter: READ/San Diego. Ticket Phone: (619)527-5475. Monday, October 8, 2007, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Benjamin Branch Library 5188 Zion Ave San Diego CA 92120. For more info visit
http://www.sandiego.gov/

Oct 12: Latino Book & Family Festival
Other Locations: Houston Sept. 29-30 Chicago Nov. 10-11. Friday, October 12, 2007 – Sunday, October 14, 2007. Arc Light Cinemas 6369 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles CA 90028. For more info visit
http://lbff.us/home/schedule/LA-2007/index.htm

Oct 12: International Conference on Learning Disabilities
Friday, October 12, 2007 – Saturday, October 13, 2007. Myrtle Beach SC. For more info visit
http://www.cldinternational.org/

Oct 13: ESL Tutor Training - San Diego County Library
Also October 20 Times: T B A. Presenter: LEARN. Ticket Phone: (888)466-0668. Contact: San Diego County Library. Saturday, October 13, 2007. Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center San Diego CA. For more info visit
http://www.sdcl.org/

Oct 13: Train Your Brain Day – Learn Something New Today !