Friday, February 29, 2008

SCLLN Tutor Workshop Calendar - March 2008

SCLLN Literacy Library Calendar - March 2008
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Event Calendar: October 2007
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Mar 1: Tutor Training - San Luis Obispo City-County Library
Tutor Workshops and Events Volunteer !Also: March 8 A two-session workshop designed for certification as a volunteer tutor. Previous teaching experience is not necessary. All that is needed is the desire to help others. You will learn strategies to teach basic speaking, reading and writing skills in Learning Centers located throughout the county. Presenter: San Luis Obispo Literacy Council. Ticket Phone: 800.549.4219. Saturday, March 1, 2008, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. 1264 Higuera S: 102 San Luis Obispo CA 93401 For more info visit

Mar 1: Tutor Training - San Diego County Library
Tutor Workshops and Events Volunteer ! Help adults improve reading & writing skills. 888 . 466 . 0668. Presenter: LEARN - San Diego County Library. Ticket Phone: 888.466.0668. Saturday, March 1, 2008, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Vista Library Vista CA. For more info visit

Mar 15: Tutor Training - Los Angeles Public Library
Tutor Workshops and Events All volunteers must be interviewed First ! Contact: 213 . 228 . 7037. Presenter: Los Angeles Public Library. Ticket Phone: 213.228.7037. Saturday, March 15, 2008, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Harbor Gateway Library Harbor City CA. For more info visit

Mar 19: Tutor Orientation - Oceanside READS
Tutor Workshops and Events Orientation Training: March 22: 9am - 4:30 pm. Presenter: Oceanside Public Library. Ticket Phone: 760.435.5680. Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Learning Center 321 N Nevada Oceanside CA 92504. For more info visit

Mar 27: Trivia Challenge FUNdraiser - Burbank Public Library
Tutor Workshops and Events Three-person teams competer for title of Trivia Champion. Teams: $200.00. Tickets: $15.00 Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing 818 . 238 . 5577. Thursday, March 27, 2008, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Castaway Restaurant 1250 Harvard Rd Burbank CA 91501. For more info visit

Thursday, February 28, 2008

California Literacy Events - March 2008

California Literacy Events & Conferences
March 2008

Mar 2: Diamond Literary Festival - San Diego
Local Conferences and Events Contact: 619.913.0626. Sunday, March 2, 2008 – Monday, March 3, 2008. San Diego CA. For more info visit

Mar 3: Read Across America Day
Annual Events National Education Association Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Monday, March 3, 2008. For more info visit

Mar 7: Charlotte S Huck Children's Literature Festival
Local Conferences and Events Friday, March 7, 2008 – Saturday, March 8, 2008. University of Redlands Redlands CA. For more info visit

Mar 7: CATE 2008
State and National Conferences Friday, March 7, 2008 – Sunday, March 9, 2008. Long Beach CA. For more info visit

Mar 7: Mariposa Storytelling Festival
State and National Conferences Ticket Phone: 800.903.9936. Friday, March 7, 2008 – Sunday, March 9, 2008. Mariposa CA. For more info visit

Mar 13: West Coast Literacy Conference
Local Conferences and Events Presenter: Foundation for Comprehensive Early Literacy Learning. Thursday, March 13, 2008 – Saturday, March 15, 2008. Pasadena CA. For more info visit

Mar 13: California Language Teacher's Association Conference
State and National Conferences Thursday, March 13, 2008 – Sunday, March 16, 2008. Marriott Hotel Irvine CA. For more info visit

Mar 22: Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium - CALICO
State and National Conferences Education and technology. Tuesday, March 18, 2008 – Saturday, March 22, 2008. Holiday Inn Golden Gateway San Francisco CA. For more info visit

Mar 28: Cesar Chavez Education Conference
State and National Conferences Free to students, teachers and the public. 1 unit credit will be offered on site. Free and relaxed parking. Limited free lunches will be available. Friday, March 28, 2008 – Saturday, March 29, 2008. Kremen School of Education CSU Fresno Fresno CA. For more info visit

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

2008 SCLLN Literacy Conference - Guest Speaker: Jonathan Mooney

Southern California Library Literacy Network
2008 Conference

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Mooney
author of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal - Holt, 2007

Labeled "dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled with attention and behavior problems," Jonathan Mooney was a short bus rider. Ultimately, Mooney surprised skeptics by graduating with honors from Brown University. But he could never escape his past, so he bought his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world.

If you would like to send a comment: Jonathan

If you were unable to attend, you can watch a video at BarryTalk of a conversation on NewsRap with Barry Gordon (Nov 7, 2007) - 2 parts.

Some comments from those who attended the Conference:
~ I just want to congratulate the conference committee for a great conference. I heard nothing but praise that day. (Rose – Huntington Beach)
~ I would like to second this sentiment. I had a great time in my workshop and at lunch everyone seemed quite happy about their experience. I thought Jonathan Mooney was great and I think he confirmed a lot of what we tell ourselves, our tutors, and our learners every day. Great Job! (Kelli – San Diego)
~ Congratulations SCLLN! Great job! (Jose – San Diego)

~ The same here, everyone seemed to really enjoy the conference and Jonathan Mooney was a great key note speaker. (Sandy – Oceanside)

Check Out his books @ Your Local Library: CalCat or WorldCat

Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And ADHD Give You The Toolsby Jonathan Mooney and David Cole, Fireside 2000
two "academic failures" who graduated from Brown University at the top of their class teach you how to take control of your education and find true success.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

2008 SCLLN Conference: Feb 23 - Wikis

Wacky for Wikis
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Annual Conference, Feb 23, 2008

2 sessions on blogs and wikis for adult learners and tutors. An overview of history, statistics, how easy it is to do a blog or wiki, and the many reasons to blog. This was posted during the session and then edited the following week.

Looked at the SCLLN website and blog. Also looked at Burbank Public Library's blogs and wiki. Looked at a few blogging platforms: Blogger, WordPress and TypePad among others. How to do a blog search on Google and Technorati.

Watched a video about blogging @ CommonCraft which also has a terrific tutorial about wikis.

Hope some of the adult learners and tutors are interested in creating a blog or a wiki for SCLLN or a personal blog of their own.

Included this link if you are interested in the reading levels of a particular blog or wiki.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Upland Library - Beyond the Basics: ALLI 2008

Beyond the Basics: ALLI 2008

Upland Library is hosting the 2008 Adult Learner Leadership Institute (ALLI, formerly known as the Henry Huffman Leadership Institute), on the second Saturday of January through June, at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 123 D St.

ALLI is a six-month leadership development program for advanced learners. ALLI students build self-esteem while acquiring public speaking skills, research techniques, and learning styles. They also learn elements of fundraising, advocacy and special events production. ALLI workshops are facilitated by the previous year’s Institute graduates.

Adult Literacy Office, Upland Public Library: (909) 931-4212.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Riverside County Library - Lake Elsinore club members learn about English, each other.

Lake Elsinore club members learn about English, each other. Press-Enterprise: Jan 31, 2008 by Aaron Burgin

Nearly four years ago, Elsa Sanchez formed a club she hoped would help immigrants of all nationalities find the key to success in the United States -- learning English.

Today, the Lake Elsinore International Club continues to promote that goal, as people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds meet to learn English and immerse themselves in each other's cultures and talents. The Lake Elsinore City Council honored the club at a City Council meeting this month.

Sanchez now has her sights set on the club's expansion to other cities in the Inland area and the rest of the state.

"I think this is something that everyone should be doing," Sanchez said. "It is hard for immigrants to come to the country and succeed without knowing English; They feel isolated. When they learn English they are able to be productive and be good citizens and community members."

Sanchez knew how it felt to be locked out of the American dream because of the language barrier. After immigrating to the U.S. from Peru in 1989 and moving to Lake Elsinore in 2000, Sanchez, a certified nurse assistant, took her state tests to become a licensed vocational nurse. Her English failed her, Sanchez said. . . . .

. . . . . Sanchez began taking literacy classes with Melodie Earickson, a Riverside County Library literacy coordinator, at the Lake Elsinore Library in 2002. By 2004, she wanted to continue her lessons after library hours.

The International Club was born.

The group meets twice a week in homes throughout the city. The focus of the meetings is the teaching and use of English in social and conversational situations. The meetings normally follow literacy lessons with Earickson at the library. . . . .

. . . . . Guests, including city and school officials, and professionals such as doctors, teachers and government workers, will sometimes speak at the meetings. Sanchez said their presence provides the members with role models. . . . . READ ON

For more information, call the International Club at 951-490-7385.

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