Monday, March 31, 2008

California Literacy Events: April 2008

California Literacy Events & Conferences: April 2008
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Apr 1: Peg Leg Liar's Contest
Local Conferences and Events Every April Fool's Day. Contestants spew 5-minute long fabrications. Free. Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Peg Leg Smith Monument Henderson Canyon Road Borrego Springs CA 92004. For more info visit

National Poetry Month
Annual Events Academy of American Poets. Tuesday, April 1, 2008. For more info visit

Apr 2: International Children's Book Day
Annual Events Internation Board on Books for Young People. Wednesday, April 2, 2008. For more info visit

Apr 5: Literary Orange: Festival of Authors
Local Conferences and Events Orange Co. Public Library, UC Irvine Libraries and California Center for the Book event to celebrate literacy. Price - High: $75.00. Ticket Phone: 714-566-3034. Saturday, April 5, 2008, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Hyatt Regency 11999 Harbor Bl Garden Grove CA 92840. For more info visit

Apr 10 - 13: CATESOL State Conference
State and National Conferences Thursday, April 10, 2008 – Sunday, April 13, 2008. Sacramento, CA. For more info visit

Apr 13: AOTA Annual Conference & Expo
State and National Conferences American Occupational Therapy Assoc. Thursday, April 10, 2008 – Sunday, April 13, 2008. Long Beach CA. For more info visit

Apr 13 – 19: National Library Week
Annual Events Sunday, April 13, 2008 – Saturday, April 19, 2008. For more info visit

Apr 14 – 20: Young People's Poetry Week
Annual Events Celebrate poetry ! Monday, April 14, 2008 – Sunday, April 20, 2008. For more info visit

Apr 16: BER: 6 Trait Writing Strategies (Gr 3-6)
Local Conferences and Events Anaheim: Apr 16 Pasadena: Apr 17. Presenter: Bureau of Education & Research. Ticket Phone: 800.735.3503. Tuesday, April 15, 2008. San Diego. For more info visit

Apr 15 – 21: National Library Week
Annual Events Tuesday, April 15, 2008 – Monday, April 21, 2008. For more info visit

Apr 16 – 22: Young People's Poetry Week
Annual Events Celebrate poetry ! Wednesday, April 16, 2008 – Tuesday, April 22, 2008. For more info visit

Apr 21: Literary Orange - Orange County P L
Local Conferences and Events A Celebration of Authors $95 ($75 early bird-March 1) 714 . 530 . 0718. Monday, April 21, 2008, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Hyatt Regency 11999 Harbor Bl Garden Grove CA 92840. For more info visit

Apr 22: SCTE Spring Conference
Local Conferences and Events Southland Council of Teachers of English. Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles CA. For more info visit

Apr 26 – 27: L A Times Festival of Books
Local Conferences and Events Saturday, April 26, 2008 – Sunday, April 27, 2008. UCLA. For more info visit

Apr 28: Special Education - LDACA
Local Conferences and Events Learning Disabilities Association of California 2 panels: Are Transitional Services Meaningful Are Symptomatic Behaviors Targeted for Disciplinary Action 866 . 532 . 6322. Monday, April 28, 2008. Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice University of San Diego 5998 Alcala Park San Diego CA 92110. For more info visit

Apr 28: We Tell Stories - Santa Monica P L
Local Conferences and Events Storytellingfor Librarians, Teachers, and Families Children's Literacy Council of Southern California Contact: 323.651.3513. Monday, April 28, 2008, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Santa Monica Public Library 601 Santa Monic Bl Santa Monica CA. For more info visit

May 1 – May 2: Health Literacy Conference
Local Conferences and Events "Health Literacy in Primary Care: Best Practices and Skill Building" Scheduled Keynote Speaker: Richard H. Carmona, M.D. M.P.H. FACS The 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006). Presenter: Institute for Healthcare Advancement. Thursday, May 1, 2008 – Friday, May 2, 2008. Hyatt Regency Irvine Irvine CA. For more info visit

May 1 – 4: Village of Tales Storytelling Festival
Local Conferences and Events Storytelling for all ages. Thursday, May 1, 2008 – Sunday, May 4, 2008. Ojai CA. For more info visit

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Literacy Jobs

The SCLLN blog posts literacy jobs in California. Listings can be for member libraries or other libraries or agencies. There are also 2 national links.

2 Recent ads:

KOREH L.A. - Americorps Literacy Coordinator, LA
Last day to apply: April 24, 2008

Foothill Family Shelter - Literacy Coordinator, Upland

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Carlsbad PL: Prin Libr - Library Learning Ctr
Covina PL: Literacy Coordinator
Literacy Assistance Center (National) (National)
Redwood City PL: Tutor/Student Coor-Mar 20
Tulare PL: Literacy Asst (PT)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Writer To Writer 2008: Books Change Lives

California Library Literacy Services
7th Annual Writing Challenge for Adult Learners

Writer To Writer 2008: Books Change Lives

Adult Learners!

Read or listen to a book that inspires you
Write a letter to the author

Deadline: July 31, 2008 – Thursday
Ceremony: November 14, 2007 - San Jose: CLA Conference

Adult learners from California Library Literacy Services will select and read a book and then write to the author about how that book changed their lives. 4 Levels:

~ Emerging - dictated letter to tutors or staff~ Beginning - write basic short, simple sentences on their own
~ Intermediate - write more complex sentences with larger vocabulary
~ Advanced - writing independently with little technical support

In 2007, over 140 learners sent letters that showed depth and perception that warmed the hearts of everyone who read them. The letters opened a window into the lives of our learners to show how their reading affects their lives. From these letters we can all learn how reading a book can dramatically influence and change a life.

The top 30 letters will be published in a book and the California State Library website.

The letters of the 2007 winners and finalists @

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

2008 SCLLN Literacy Conference: Storytelling

One of the highlights of the day was the 90 minutes spent with Patti Christensen, where she explained how she teaches story telling. She explained how she uses props to help her learners (she calls them learners instead of students) warm up to reading through story-telling.

At the end of her presentation she passed around her Mother's old button box and asked every participant to feel the contents and select one button that brought forward a memory for them. Then she asked to hear those stories.

~ One man came to the head of the group holding a large circular, four-holed, flat, mostly undecorated button. He said when he was a young man he went on travel to Europe for his job and in that other country he met and fell in love with a business woman from another company . . . . .

~ A second person stood and offered a story. The woman held up a big, two holed white button. My parents died when I was young, she said. And I was put in an orphanage. All the little girls, like me wore cotton pinafores designed like my mother's apron had been . . . . .

~ A third person stood to tell about the very tiny golden button she held between two fingers and a thumb. One day when I was very young, she said, I met a cricket in my bedroom. What is that you have on your face? I asked the cricket and he said he was wearing a magic gold face mask . . . . .

I rewrote all three stories this morning with all the details I could recall. This morning I shared my experience and these stories with my Braille reading group and they enjoyed hearing the button stories as much as I did. What followed for us was a half hour of shared folklore and family recollections -- all that, brought about by Patti Christensen's brilliant presentation on Saturday morning.

Thank you again for your generosity. You and the folks at the library have been enormously kind to me. I feel quite blessed to work there and hope my library experiences with you and the students we help just keep getting better and better.
Jackie Cotton

Storytelling Resources:

~ Brave Tales: Developing Literacy Through Storytelling
by Will Coleman, Network Continuum Education 2007