Wednesday, April 29, 2009

California Literacy - Library Events: May 2009

SCLLN Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- local, California and National Conferences -
visit the Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information

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Local Events and Conferences: May 2009

April 30 – May 2
California Council on Adult Education Conference
Pasadena CA

April 30 – May 3
Village of Tales Storytelling Festival
Ojai CA


May 1-3
Black Writers on Tour
Los Angeles Convention Center


May 2 & 3
Kid's Magic Mile

Race for Literacy
Balboa Park - San Diego CA

May 4: 5 pm
Viva Monrovia Reads
Doubletree Hotel - Monrovia CA

May 7-8
Health Literacy Conference
Hyatt Regency - Irvine CA

May 9: Noon-4 pm
Raising Readers - First 5 LA
Santa Monica College

California and National Conferences: May 2009
May 1: Noon
Californians and Education - PPIC
Sacramento CA

May 3-5
Adult Learner Institute: Adult Literacy Congress
New Carrollton, MD


May 3-7
International Reading Assn.-North Central
Minneapolis MN


May 8: 9 am
Tulare County Learner-Tutor Conference
Three Rivers CA

May 11-12
ALA Day on the Hill
Washington DC

May 16-17
Bay Area Storytelling Festival
El Sobrante CA


May 16-17
National Black Book Festival
Houston TX


Give The Gift
of reading and writing to adult learners in
California library literacy programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Covina Public Library

Literacy Showdown: Fundraiser helps tutoring program SGVTribune: April 19, 2009 by Claudia S. Palma

Answering questions such as "how many sides are in an isosceles triangle" to "what famous sandwich cookie appeared in 1913," teams were eliminated one by one during the Covina Trivia Showdown on April 14.

The Robert's Ringers team were crowned champs by the end of the Covina Public Library's Second Start Literacy Program's eighth annual showdown at Nick's Taste of Texas.

Twelve three-member teams competed for the ultimate prize - a large trophy cup and the winning title.

But the real winners of the night were the students that benefit from the literacy program. Proceeds from the night's event went toward funding the program.

Since 1999, the literacy program, an expansion of the Covina Literacy Council, has provided hours of free one-on-one tutoring, beginning with English-speaking adults and then expanding to programs for children looking to improve their reading and math skills.

For young Jody Iniguez, reading seemed to really bring him a sense of joy.

"The tutor helped me a lot," said the 7-year-old Covina resident.

His parents, German and Erika Iniguez, said they have seen a big difference in their son since beginning the program in June last year.

"He was having trouble spelling, reading consistently, finishing sentences," said German.

"Now with the tutoring, he reads at the top of his class, his spelling has improved a lot and he reads whole books."

The nonprofit program relies on grants, donations and fundraising to offer the free service. The tutors are volunteers, giving their free time to help the students.

For more information on the Second Start Literacy Program, call (626) 858-5553. READ MORE !

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California library literacy programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego

Monday, April 13, 2009

Writer To Writer - 2009

Writer To Writer 2009: Books Change Lives
8th Annual Writing Challenge for Adult Learners
California Library Literacy Services

Adult Learners !
Read or listen to a book that inspires you.
Write a letter to the author.

Deadline: July 17, 2009
Ceremony: Fall 2009 @ CLA

Adult learners in California Library Literacy Services programs 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, simple sentences on their own
~ Intermediate - write complex sentences with larger vocabulary
~ Advanced - writing independently with little technical support

Entry Form @
Instructions @

In 2008, 162 learners wrote 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 on the California State Library website.

The letters of the 2008 winners and finalists @

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California library literacy programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Huntington Beach Public Library

Four Literacy Volunteers Earn 2,000 Hours Award Open Doors Newsletter: March 2009

4 Literacy Volunteers have earned the coveted Huntington Beach Public Library Bronze Library card for 2,000 hours of service. Our volunteers extraordinaire Bob Bonney, Mary DeSloover, Richard Randolph, and Natalie VanDoren will each receive a beautiful bronze library card in a gold case.

This award earns a lifetime fine-free library card with nonresident fee waived, and free reserves. These four people are the first Literacy Volunteers to earn this award from the Huntington Beach Public Library.

Congratulations to all !

The Huntington Beach Literacy Cookbook is available for only $6.95

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Literacy In Libraries Around California +

Library Legislative Day: April 15, 2009
Sacramento Convention Center

Support Library Literacy
& CA public libraries !

Library Legislative Day is sponsored by the California Library Association, the California School Library Assc. and the California Association of Library Trustees & Commissioners.

Who Should Attend ?
All library staff, advisory board members, commissioners, trusees, friends and library supporters who care about CA's libraries should participate in this year's program.

Where, When and How Much Is It ?
This year's program is scheduled to begin at promptly at 8:15 am at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Room 202 in Sacramento. Registration will begin at 7:45 am. You will be briefed on the issues by CLA and CSLA lobbyists prior to your legislative visits. The advance registration fee for the day is $25, and includes all materials. On-site registration will be an additional $5. Lunch is on your own.

Start here by clicking on www.legiday.net
1) Account Name = type in: Member
2) Password = type in: Member
3) Click “ legiday ” link to: “Welcome to . . . “
4) Click on “ Legislators “ and Follow Instructions

Don't Know Your Legislators ? Click Here

Thursday, April 2, 2009

California Literacy Calendar: April 2009

California Literacy Calendar: April 2009

SCLLN Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
-local, California and National Conferences-
visit the Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information

Tutor Training Workshops scrolling in left frame

Local Southern California Events:

Apr 3:
What is Dyslexia
Cyberspace

Apr 4:
Great Trivia Challenge
Glendora Public Library

Peg Leg Liar's Contest
Peg Leg Smith Monument

Literary Orange: Festival of Authors
UC Irvine Student Center

Apr 14:
Trivia Showdown
Covina Library

Apr 20
Puppets Have a Life – 6:30pm
Bruggemeyer Library, Monterery Park

Apr 23
Read for Life 2009

Bakersfield Museum of Art – 5:00pm

Apr 25
L A Times Festival of Books
UCLA

Literacy Festival - WORD, AV
Antelope Valley Mall - 10:00am

Apr 30
Trivia Bee
Upland Public Library – 6:00pm
Carnegie Cultural Center

California Co. on Adult Ed. Conference - CCAE
Pasadena CA

Village of Tales Storytelling Festival
Ojai CA

California & National Literacy Calendar:

Apr 7
Literacy for ALL: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy
Cyberspace – 1pm EDT

Apr 15
First 5 California Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency San Francisco

CA Library Legislative Day

Apr 16
CATESOL State Conference
Pasadena CA


Give The Gift
of reading and writing to adult learners in
California library literacy programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego