Tuesday, September 29, 2009

California Literacy Calendar: October 2009

California Literacy Calendar: October 2009

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


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Local Events

Oct 1 – 9 am: Reading Comprehension for Adult Literacy Tutors
Cyberspace
Oct 4 – 10 am: Orange County Children's Book Festival
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa
Oct 10-12: Latino Book & Family Festival
CSULA- Greenlee Plaza
Oct 17: CATESOL San Diego Regional
Grossmont College
Oct 24-8:30am: Fall Gala
Children’s Literature Council of Southern California
Skirball Cultural Center
Oct 27: Women's Conference
Long Beach Convention Center


California Events
Oct 9
: LitQuake 2009
San Francisco CA
Oct 26-28: Internet Librarian 2009
Monterey Conference Center
Oct 30-Nov 2: California Library Association - Reach Out !
Pasadena Convention Center
Oct 31: SCLLN Professional Development Day
@ CLA - Pasadena

National & International Events
Oct 2
: Early Literacy Conference
Pittsburgh
Oct 2-4: National Storytelling Festival
Jonesborough TN
Oct 25-27: Conference of the Book
University of Edinburgh
Scotland
Oct 28-31: Assistive Technology Industry Assoc.
Schaumburg IL
Oct 28-30: World Congress on Learning Disabilities
Burlington MA


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Friday, September 25, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

Upland Public Library - Adult Literacy Program

is a site of the West End Literacy League, a joint program between the Rancho Cucamonga and Upland Public Libraries. Since its inception in 1989, the Adult Literacy program has helped over 1,000 English-speaking adults improve their basic reading and writing skills, and the program can help you or someone you know. Adult learners are matched with trained volunteers for free one-to-one tutoring. Instruction is based on the learner's needs and goals.

Adult Literacy Reading Club
Please note the new date and time:
Second Tuesday of the month, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
September through June
Adult learners discuss books and meet other aspiring readers in their own book club, which began on October 3, 2006. Each book club member receives a free copy of the book to be discussed. Please check the Library Calendar for specific dates. Grant restrictions limit participation to adult literacy learners and tutors only; please contact the Literacy Office to pre-register, (909) 931-4212.

Ready-Set-Read
As an outreach service, the Upland Literacy Program coordinates the "Books for Babies" project. This is a joint effort to nurture literacy at an early age by providing a Ready-Set-Read kit to new parents who visit the San Antonio Community Hospital's Healthy Beginnings Family Care Center. These bilingual (English/Spanish) kits provide information about the benefits of reading to baby, tips on how to read to baby, a list of appropriate titles, a list of parenting books, information about the four participating libraries, a board book, and a coupon to be redeemed for another board book at any one of the four libraries. The Upland Public Library, in partnership with the Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and San Bernardino County Libraries, provides the "Read-Set-Read" Kits. For additional information about this program, call any of the participating libraries or the Healthy Beginnings Family Care Center at (909) 980-BABY

Ventura County Library

The Reading Instruction for Adults provides free one-to-one reading and writing tutoring by trained volunteers throughout Ventura County. The Ventura County Library has been offering this service since 1984, when it was one of the original public libraries to join the California Literacy Campaign. Our administrative costs are part of the Ventura County Library's budget. Additional funding comes from ongoing collaborative agreements with Ventura Adult School, Oxnard Adult School, various cities and the Sheriff's Department. State grants and donations from government, business, and service organizations enable us to help about 500 individuals each year.

Tutoring takes place in libraries, school, community, and jail facilities throughout Ventura County. These sites are managed by part-time professional educators, referred to as site managers. They are available during specified times to assess learners reading levels, interview tutors, match students and tutors, recommend teaching materials and provide support for learning partners.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

Santa Maria Library

With illiteracy being such an important issue in today's society, we find it our calling to help those who are lacking or failing in their English skills. It not only profits the person we teach, but it helps to enrich our society and bring us all to the realization that being literate and capable are extremely important.

Volunteer tutors benefit as well because the experience of giving of your precious time to those in need is a rewarding one. Referring to his work as a volunteer tutor, a retired Apollo Engineer stated once: "Helping to put a man on the moon was the greatest thrill of my life...until I taught someone how to read."

Blanchard/Santa Paula Public Library

F.L.A.I.R.
"FREE" SERVICE ADULT READING PROGRAM
Improve your reading and writing skills. Prepare for a better job. Learn and study with your own one-on-one tutor. Take charge of your future and enroll now. This is a FREE program!

Student Homework Center Homework
assistance Monday-Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the school year. Receive help with school assignments, including reading aloud for 20 minutes. Do your homework at the library. The library has four computers for student (K-8) use. Each has filtered Internet access, word processing, and educational games and references on CD.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

Santa Barbara Public Library

Tutoring for Adults - Become a Better Reader!
If you or someone you know would like to learn to read, write, or spell better, call the Santa Barbara Public Library Adult Literacy Program at (805) 564-5619. A trained tutor will provide confidential one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing and spelling skills.

Adults are eligible for literacy tutoring if they:
Are 16 or older;
Are able to hold a conversation, such as an intake interview, in English;
Are not enrolled in a degree program; and
Are able to work with a tutor 2 or 3 hours per week.

News!
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Training is offered four times per year. The nine-hour workshop prepares participants to help English-speaking adults improve their reading, writing, and spelling. Once you have been matched with a learner, on-going assistance on specific teaching or learning issues is available.

Sante Fe Springs Public Library

About Literacy Services

The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as " . . .an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and develop one's knowledge and potential." There are literacy programs in adult schools, churches, community centers, and businesses as well as libraries.

The Santa Fe Springs City Library has offered free literacy services to adults, children, and families since 1987.Our confidential adult literacy service is available to all English-speaking patrons of the library. Those who cannot speak and understand English are referred to local programs to learn conversation first. Then they may enroll in our literacy program.Over 40 million Americans age 16 and older have significant literacy needs.

In Los Angeles County, there are 1.8 million adults with limited reading and writing skills. Forty-three percent of first-year students in the California State University system require remedial reading instruction.Research supports a strong link between the home environment and children's acquisition of school-based literacy.Businesses that provide basic skills training experience a 19 percent greater increase in productivity than companies that did not provide such training.

Reading Club
Does your child have trouble reading? Learn more about the Library's FREE Literacy service to children ages 7 - 12.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

READ/San Diego

In San Diego County, approximately 422,000 adults cannot read and write well enough to meet everyday needs and pursue professional goals. The Library's READ/San Diego program is a free literacy, English as a Second Language and family literacy instruction service for adults 18 years and older. Staffed by literacy professionals, READ/San Diego coordinates the efforts of volunteer reading tutors and cooperates with local adult schools, community colleges and other literacy education providers in making and receiving student referrals. Each year, the program assists more than 1,000 adult students from various backgrounds and learning levels.

In 2006, READ/San Diego was honored with the Advancement of Literacy Award from the American Library Association. The national award honors a publisher, bookseller, hardware and/or software dealer, foundation or similar group that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of adult literacy. Read the full press release (PDF:22K).

In 2004, READ/San Diego was named one of the top community partnerships in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Read the full press release (PDF:117K).

Santa Maria Library

The San Luis Obispo County Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization committed to assisting adult learners and their families in the development of English language communication skills by:
Recruiting and preparing volunteers as tutors in the delivery of quality instruction using a variety of approaches. Providing individual and group instruction to learners in reading, writing, speaking and basic number skills, thereby furthering the ability of learners to function well in the community. Promoting individual awareness and involvement in the literacy process.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

San Bernardino Public Library Literacy Center

provides small group tutoring to individuals that desire to improve their basic skills. Tutoring is provided by dedicated volunteers who are trained in literacy instruction by certified trainers through Laubach Literacy.

Classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), Families for Literacy (FFL), After School Homework Assistance, and Citizenship preparation are a sampling of what is offered.

Online Help for Adult Learners
One-on-one assistance with resume reviewing, test preparation for U.S. citizenship and the GED, job search assistance and various other instruction is offered. It is available through San Bernardino Public Library both in the library and remotely via the library website daily 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. for SBPL library cardholders with Internet access. It is closed on July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

LearningExpressLibrary.com (Sample Test Questions - formerly LearnATest)
Provides sample tests with questions to help preparation for the GED, SAT, CBEST, GRE, ASVAB and various employment-related tests. This database will prompt you to set-up a user name and password. You must keep this information to log in to use the tests. This database is accessible from the library or from home for San Bernardino Public Library cardholders.

Scrabble Night Every third Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Literacy Center at Feldheym. All participants welcome! Come join the fun.

San Diego County Library

L.E.A.R.N. Mission
To help adults improve reading and writing skills to achieve their full potential as community members, family members, workers, and life-long learners;
To teach non-English speakers ESL (English as a Second Language) skills;
To tailor services to individual needs, with confidentiality;
To foster understanding and use of public libraries;
To educate communities on the importance of literacy.


Adult Literacy in San Diego County
An average 20% of adults locally struggle with reading and writing. It can be a source of embarrassment for adults, who are often unwilling to ask for help.
Many have learning disabilities;
Others received insufficient individual instruction in school or at home;
Others are immigrants seeking to learn English.
Adult Literacy Services at San Diego County Library
L.E.A.R.N. offers free, confidential adult literacy and learning services;
Services include one-on-one and small group tutoring and computer-aided instruction; Centers are in the El Cajon and Vista branch libraries;
Services are available at all San Diego County Library branches.


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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

Riverside Public Library
Literacy Program

Through RPL's Literacy Program, trained volunteer tutors provide one-on-one tutoring to English-speaking adults who want to improve their reading, writing and computer skills. Adults with young children are encouraged to participate in our Families for Literacy program.

The Literacy Program is for English speakers. The library does not offer ESL courses. If you are looking for ESL courses, contact the Riverside Adult School at (951) 788-7185. RAS programs include high school diploma, GED preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), a variety of vocational programs, older adult classes, basic skills instruction, and independent study (for diploma courses).

San Bernardino County Library
Adult Literacy Program

Adults can improve their reading, writing and computer skills through our Adult Literacy Program. Adults are carefully matched with trained volunteers and usually meet with their tutors weekly to improve their reading skills. English-speaking adults that read below high-school level should call us at (951) 779-9204 or visit our office for more information. We strongly recommend that participants meet weekly with a tutor, and set aside additional time to practice at home.

The Mission is to support the San Bernardino County Library. This is accomplished by providing free, individualized literacy services and materials to our patrons, community members and their families in a non-threatening, confidential, student-centered environment, in order to equip participants with life long learning skills and prepare them for personal, family, career and community success.

The Literacy program is in its 21st year and is funded in part by the California State Library and through Community Development Block Grants.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

Rancho Cucamonga Public Library

The Adult Literacy Program provides free adult literacy services to the local community. Adults who wish to participate as a student or as a volunteer tutor can contact Rosie Manela, Literacy Coordinator, at the literacy office at (909) 477-2720 ext. 5009.

The Rancho Cucamonga literacy program receives its funding support from a variety of sources such as: the California State Library, the City of Rancho Cucamonga, local Community Development Block Grants, private Foundations, and private donations.

Riverside County Library – Literacy Services

To help English-speaking adults improve their literacy skills so they may fulfill their personal goals and take advantage of opportunities as lifelong learners.

Annual Facts
• 175 Tutors Trained
• 150 Students Matched
• 60 Families Served
• 10,000 Instructional Hours
• 600 Talent and Support Hours
• 4 Full - Time Staff Members
• Population of Area Served - 760,000
• Number of Literacy Sites/Centers - 3


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Friday, September 18, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
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Placentia Library Literacy Services

Developed in partnership with the California State Library Literacy Services over 21 years ago. The program offers free tutoring and confidential English instruction to adults.

Placentia Library Homework Club
Homework assistance is available in the library on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4PM to 6PM. Students from kindergarten through high school are welcome to attend.

Internships and Service Learning
PLLS is an approved site for students wishing to fulfill their community service and internship requirements. If you want to learn more about fulfilling your community service requirements call (714) 528-1906 ext 220.

Federal Work Study Placements
PLLS partners with Western State University College of Law and Cal State Fullerton in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. Approved students may apply for FWS positions. Please contact the literacy office at (714) 528-1906 ext 220 for details about the FWS program.

Pomona Public Library

The Pomona Literacy Service provides free adult literacy services to the City of Pomona. Volunteer tutorial programs are provided to adults (16 years and older) who do not have basic literacy skills or whose literacy skills are so limited that they are not able to function independently in daily life or acquire employment or higher education.

Volunteer tutors are trained in certification workshops, learning methods and techniques for teaching literacy skills (reading, writing, and comprehension). The methods used are prescribed by Literacy Volunteers of America, Laubach International, and the California Literacy Campaign.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
on SCLLN Literacy Programs

Palmdale City Library - Literacy Program

Did you know that one out of five American adults cannot read well enough to fill out a job application, understand the instructions on a prescription bottle, or read a bedtime story to their child? That means in the City of Palmdale, there could easily be over 17,500 adults who have problems reading and writing English.

In 1991, Congress defined literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English," but added to this traditional definition the abilities to compute and solve problems in order for an individual to "function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and develop one's knowledge and potential." The new focus, in other words, is on functional literacy.

The Palmdale City Library's Literacy Program is designed for English-speaking adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills. The Literacy Coordinator provides regularly scheduled training sessions for volunteer tutors. Once trained, each tutor then works one-on-one with an assigned learner.

Someone you know could have difficulty reading or writing and you might never be aware of the problem. Functionally illiterate adults mask their deficiencies well. They listen to and observe the world very carefully. They memorize. They ask their trusted family members and friends to read and write for them. It is embarrassing for them to admit that they cannot read or write "like everybody else." However, given encouragement and guidance in a safe and comfortable setting, most of them can and will improve their literacy skills. The Palmdale Library Literacy Program provides that environment and level of support.

Pasadena Public Library - Pasadena READS

English-speaking adults in the Pasadena area can get basic literacy tutoring in reading, writing, and math. Tutoring is free of charge to anyone over the age of 17 and out of high school. Pasadena READS tutors are volunteers who have completed our 14-hour training course. Estimates show that between one fifth and one third of Americans are at the lowest levels of literacy.

In Pasadena, between 20,000 and 41,000 adults cannot read a newspaper, follow the directions on a bottle of medicine, or fill out a job application.
Illiteracy affects people from all social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

READ some of the stories that learners have written.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
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Orange County Public Libraries

READ/Orange County provides tutoring in reading, writing and English to individuals. Lessons are individualized, confidential, and highly goal-oriented. Tutors structure the learning process around the goals of the learner, using materials that relate to those goals.

In support of the Core Program, READ/Orange County offers three other programs: Families For Literacy (FFL), Working For Inmate Literacy Now (WIN) and English Language and English Literacy Civics Education (EL -Civics).
Families for Literacy

READ/Orange County's Families for Literacy (FFL) component works with parents and children to break the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy. We promote literacy skills in the parents and reading readiness in children under five. FFL tutors are specifically trained in methods of incorporating children's material into the tutoring sessions as well as assisting parents in choosing appropriate reading materials for their children.

Working for Inmate Literacy Now
READ/Orange County's Working for Inmate Literacy Now (WIN) component provides basic literacy services to interested inmates in the Orange County jail system. Trained tutors go into the five Orange County jail facilities to provide these services. Due to rapid inmate turnover, the goal of WIN is to:
Demonstrate to the inmate the practical benefits of improving their literacy skills; Demonstrate to the inmate their capability in improving literacy skills; and
Encourage learners' education upon transfer or release from the jail system.

E.L. Civics
EL- Civics Education provides opportunities for adult non-native speakers to become better parents, workers, and community members by gaining language and literacy skills. The curriculum includes a variety of topics such as accessing good family health care, nutrition, employment skills, or helping their children succeed in school.

Friends of READ/OC
Newsletter


Orange Public Library

Reach Out And Read (ROAR)
Adult volunteers (ages 16+) are needed to read to children! Flexible hours (drop in or schedule in advance) available: days, evenings, weekends, anytime that the library is open. No experience required, you will be trained by library staff to conduct storytimes. Opportunities for assisting with larger children's programs are also available.

Interested volunteers may also choose to help provide tutoring for children grades K-6 in the library's Homework Center. ROAR volunteers can choose to do storytimes, tutoring, or both.

Volunteers Needed...To Tutor Children!
The library needs volunteers, ages 16 and up, to help tutor children, grades 1 - 6.
Volunteers will be trained & are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours over the duration of their involvement.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
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Oceanside Public Library

Oceanside Reads offers free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring to English-speaking adults and youth in the Oceanside community. For information on literacy programs, please call the Oceanside READS at 760-435-5680.

Do you know someone who has a desire to learn to read, or read better?

To become an Oceanside READS learner you must:
Be 18 years of age or an out-of-school youth
Be able to speak English
Schedule an assessment with a staff member to determine your tutoring needs
Meet with your tutor for a minimum of 2 days a week, 90 minutes each time


Ontario City Library - Adult Educational Services

The Ontario City Library strives to provide fresh opportunities for life long learning to all library customers. Adult Educational Services offers a variety of life skills classes ranging from the GED Test Review and the Driver License Study Session to artistic pursuits such as Readers Theater and Creative Writing. Classes may reflect educational needs as well as stimulating personal growth topics.

In addition to regularly scheduled classes and workshops, we provide homework help and some tutoring. Staff and volunteer assistance is offered to library customers age 16 and older depending on availability. Our office is open to accommodate individual students or study groups, and our reference materials may be used in-house by the public whenever staff members are present. Our educational reference collection consists of books, videos, DVDs, audio books and interactive computer based tutorials. The materials focus on life skills, parenting, self-esteem, GED test preparation, workplace skills and much more. For information regarding study opportunities and collection materials call (909) 395-2252.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
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National City Public Library

The WINGS After School Program is provided by the National City Public Library at each of the National School District’s ten elementary schools. National School District students in grades Kinder through 6th are invited to attend. The WINGS program provides a safe place for students to experience academic enrichment, homework help, and recreational activities during the hours when most parents work. Registration forms are available in each school's auditorium everyday after school.

The WOWmobile (Words on Wheels) Literacy Program is for families with children ages 0-5 years old. Books and materials for children and parents are available as well as crafts; games; puppet shows; stories; health referral services; and family literacy workshops.

Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services

Provides free literacy instruction to adults who live or work in the Newport Beach area. Our dedicated volunteers have helped hundreds of people improve their English skills. In doing so, these volunteers have helped change lives. Literacy is a concern for everyone in our community as it affects not only the learner, but employers, healthcare providers, schools and more.

For many in our population, English is their second language. All second language learners benefit from learning better English skills. Job opportunities improve with English proficiency, children perform better in school if their parents are able to help them and healthcare providers can more easily care for their patient if they are proficient in English. NBPL Literacy Services is dedicated to achieving literacy for all members of our society. Literacy does change lives!

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
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Monterey Park Library - LAMP

Since 1984, Literacy for All of Monterey Park (LAMP) has been a leader in adult and family literacy programs. We improve human lives by providing high-quality, learner-centered literacy services to the San Gabriel Valley at no cost. Trained volunteers in one-to-one, small group, and classroom settings provide tutoring and instruction. Our volunteer teachers and tutors are highly skilled and successful, as they have helped 717 adults become United States citizens and as of June 30, 2008 they have helped 5,776 children and adults improve their reading and writing skills.

Some of our partners and supporters have included: Alhambra Unified School District, Starbucks, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Regal Entertainment/Edwards Cinema, Hollywood Video, Baskin-Robbins, The Law Offices of Eng and Nishimura, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Monterey Park Rotary, Soroptomist of Monterey Park/Rosemead, Monterey Park Lions, LAMP Optimist, Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, Kaiser Permanente, California State University Los Angeles, Clipper’s Foundation and AmeriCorps.

MONROVIA PUBLIC LIBRARY LITERACY SERVICES

The Monrovia Public Library provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults with literacy challenges. All program participants are referred to instructional materials such as books, software and activities, as well as training, on-going support, and evaluation. Being a literacy tutor requires patience and compassion and less than 2 hours per week.

A bridge between the literate and non-literate world, providing one-to-one tutoring, computer and video instruction, as well as a positive, nurturing environment for those who wish to cross the bridge into literacy. For our students, we provide a path to a better life, to ending the family cycles of illiteracy, and to building self esteem, awareness, and knowledge.

Upcoming Events - Blog
Tuesdays, September 15 through October 20:
Adult Learner Series. Please RSVP for any or all sessions.
Resume Workshop
September 15, at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn how to format your resume and dazzle an employer!
Informaton Literacy Workshop
September 22, at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn how to search the Internet for what you need, get and use a free email account, shop online, and so much more!
Literacy, Food, and fitness Session 1
September 29 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn how the food pyramid has changed. This class invites children to attend with their families.
Literacy, Food, and fitness Session 2
October 6 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about grains, veggies, and fruits. This class invites children to attend with their families.
Literacy, Food, and fitness Session 3
October 13 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about good soures of calcium and protein. This class invites children to attend with their families.
Literacy, Food, and fitness Session 4
October 20 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
All about exercising and get the family moving! This class invites children to attend with their families.
Saturday, September 26, at 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Tea Fundraiser in the Library's Community Room. Enjoy an afternoon of tea and pastries. $25.00 per person. Please RSVP at 626-256-8272


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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month


Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
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Lompoc Public Library

Adult Reading Program was established at the Lompoc Public Library in1989 to provide basic reading and writing instruction to adults with low literacy skills. The goal of the program is to reduce illiteracy in Lompoc and promote life-long learning. The program offers one-to-one and small group tutoring through the use of professionally trained volunteers. Volunteers are the key to the success of the program. They contribute 5,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Unlike classroom instruction, library based literacy instruction is entirely student centered with lessons developed to support each learner's unique goals, such as getting a drivers license, passing the citizenship test, obtaining new or improved employment, or passing the GED. Since the program's inception over a thousand Lompoc residents have improved their literacy skills and reached their personal goals.

Using data released from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy and the 2000 census figures, it is estimated that 21.6% of adults in Lompoc are functioning at the below basic level and therefore lack the necessary skills to accomplish everyday activities like filling out a job application, reading the directions on a medicine bottle, writing a personal check, or reading a simple bedtime story to their child. However mundane these tasks may seem, they can be frustrating and nearly impossible for someone who is illiterate.

Reach Out and Read
To promote the values associated with early literacy and to reach out to underprivileged families, the Library partnered with the Santa Barbara Public Health Department in 2003 to establish a Reach Out and Read (ROR) Program. ROR is a pediatric literacy program that promotes early literacy development and the importance of reading aloud to parents at well child checkups. The program also provides free books and storytimes for low income patients who attend the clinic. Volunteers, particularly Spanish-speaking, are needed to read to children one or two hours a week on Wednesdays & Fridays.

LAPL Adult Literacy Program

Work one on one with an adult tutor to improve your reading and literacy skills. Tutors meet with students in any branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. This service is free. They meet twice a week for 1 to 1½ hours at a time for a minimum of six months. Quarterly Newsletter.

Featured Learner: Marvin Nettles

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
September Spotlight
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L.E.A.R.N. Imperial Valley


Libraries Empower All to Read Now!
To provide student-centered assistance, at no cost to the participant, to all adults seeking help with basic reading and writing skills. To provide volunteer tutors with the training and resources needed to support each student's individual goals. To work with libraries in the Imperial Valley to educate our communities about literacy and the issues surrounding it.

We serve Imperial Valley adults over 18 (or 16 if not enrolled in school) who would like to improve their reading and writing skills.

Imperial Public Library

We need compassionate, patient volunteer tutors who are motivated to give back to their local communities by working individually with adults who would like to improve their reading and writing skills.

By volunteering with LEARN Imperial Valley, you can make a difference in someone's life and help build stronger communities.20% of Imperial Valley residents struggle with reading and writing because of learning disabilities or because they did not get the individual instruction they needed as children, in school or at home.


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beaumont Library District



Stories Will be Told on the Porch:
Tuesday the library will host a reading of mostly kids stories.
Press-Enterprise: September 6, 2009 by Erin Waldner

The Beaumont Library District plans it annual "Stories from the Porch - A Reading Celebration" on Tuesday.

What happens at the event? Community members will be doing just that, reading aloud stories from the actual porch on the front of the library.

Lucy Sims, adult literacy program manager at the library, said all are welcome to come and listen to books mostly geared toward children.

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"Stories from the Porch" is in recognition of International Literacy Day, meant to highlight the problem of international illiteracy.

"Twenty percent of the world is functioning illiterate," Sims said. READ MORE !

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Hemet Public Library Adult Literacy Program

Through one-on-one and small group tutoring done by volunteers in the community, the program's goals are to promote and maintain the basic literacy skills of English-speaking adults so they may attain personal goals and participate more fully in society as parents and family members, as workers, and as community members and citizens.

Walk-a-Mile for Literacy
Sat, September 26, 9am – 11am
Join us as we "Walk-a-Mile for Literacy" to bring awareness of the need to improve literacy skills and to help eliminate the adult literacy problem in our valley. This is a fundraising event for the Library's Literacy Services. Participants need to register in order to win prizes and receive gifts. More information is available by calling: (951) 765-3856.

Huntington Beach Library Adult Literacy Program

Literacy Volunteers - HBPL, was founded by Linda D. Light in 1984. This group of outstanding people is the volunteer arm of the Huntington Beach Library Adult Literacy Program. The library staff trains volunteers to tutor adults in reading and writing. The staff evaluates students and matches them with trained tutors. Prospective students must speak English. Our students say the program helps them be better parents, improve their work skills, and have better lives.
More than 400 students and tutors currently participate in the program, and tutors are always needed. Literacy Volunteers - HBPL, an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, is run by a 15-member Board of Directors.

In the Huntington Beach Public Library Literacy Center people from all over the world help each other every day. Our program is funded by the City of Huntington Beach, the California State Library, Community Development Block Grant funds, and corporate and private donations. Literacy Volunteers - HBPL's Nonprofit Federal Tax ID is 33-0374566.

Cook books $10, Book bags $10
Contact the Literacy Office for details !
Telephone : (714) 375-5102


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Glendale Public Library Adult Reading Program

Literacy is a fancy word for the ability to read and write--simple skills most of us learned as youngsters.m But there are many people who never mastered these skills. For someone who struggles to sound out letters and put them into words, the effort can be frustrating as well as embarrassing.
People who don't read well don't look different from anyone else. One out of every four people in the United States struggles to read, but they also raise families, go to work and participate in their communities.

The Glendale Public Library Literacy Department offers a unique approach to learning literacy skills. Our program combines basic instruction with the adult students' goals, making it possible for adults who struggle with reading to learn and use the tools necessary for life, family, job and pride. Almost anyone can learn to read. The enjoyment found in reading becomes the joy found in a journey, taking them anywhere they want to go.

Glendora Public Library

The GLENDORA READS! Literacy program offers free one-to-one tutoring for English speaking adults, age 16 or older, who are not in high school. Anyone who would like to read better or improve their reading and writing skills is welcome - all inquiries are kept confidential.
Contact the library's Literacy Office at (626) 852-4897.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

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Downey City Library – Adult Literacy

The Downey City Library is committed to helping people learn how to read better. If you understand English, are over eighteen years old, and need help reading you may contact the Adult Literacy program for an assessment. Then once a week for an hour and a half you will meet with a tutor at the library who will teach you to read. The student may determine the day and time they would like to be tutored.

Escondido Public Library Literacy Program

The Escondido Public Library Literacy Services has been in existence since 1990. One in four adults cannot read and over 500,000 struggle with reading in San Diego County. We assist English speaking learners in achieving their goals based on individual needs.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

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County of Los Angeles Public Library
Literacy Centers

Our mission is to assist individuals with reading and writing improvement and to teach adults and families to utilize the public library as a resource for lifelong learning.

The County of Los Angeles Public Library offers free adult and family literacy instruction at Literacy Centers & Community Libraries convenient to tutors and learners. The program became part of the California Literacy Campaign in 1984 through an initiative of the California State Library. Since 1984, the Library has expanded literacy services to meet the needs of adults and families wanting to improve their reading and writing skills. (562) 940-8511

Covina Public Library - Second Start Literacy Program

A library-based literacy service with a mission of assisting English-speaking adults and children who wish to improve basic literacy skills. Trained volunteers and staff strive to create a learning environment that promotes self-esteem and helps adult learners to participate more effectively and productively in society. Lessons are individualized, confidential, and highly-goal oriented. Tutors structure the learning process around the goals of the learner, using materials that relate to those goals. The service is provided free of charge and on a one-to-one basis. For more information: (626) 384-5280

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

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City of Commerce Library - Adult Literacy Program

Offers one-on-one tutoring for adults 16 years or older who want to better their reading and writing skills and for those adults who have learned English as a second language and would like to improve their English language skills. All materials are free and all tutors are trained to help adults raise their reading and writing skills.

Learning to read is a challenge, but there are resources that can help. We've selected some of the best online resources available to help you. Look below for information on pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and more:
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Corona Public Library – Literacy Program

English-speaking adults can improve their reading, writing and computing skills through the library’s Literacy Program or call (951) 279-3589 to find out more! Adults are matched one-to-one with trained volunteers and meet regularly at the library during open hours. Through the library’s Families For Literacy program, parents are encouraged to read aloud at home through special storytimes and book giveaways.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

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Carlsbad City Library
25th Anniversary of Literacy Services
Learning Connection Newsletter: July/August 2009

Literacy Services for adults is a program of the Carlsbad City Library that serves English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading and writing skills. Literacy Services has helped hundreds of adults to become more confident and independent.

We provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere. We value every learner's needs and goals. Each learner studies one-to-one with a trained volunteer tutor. All services are confidential and provided without charge.

Partnership with Carlsbad High School
In September 1998, Carlsbad Library's Literacy Services began a cooperative literacy effort with Carlsbad High School. Special education students come daily during regular school hours to the Learning Center. Ninth through twelfth graders are tutored one-to-one in basic reading and writing skills by their special education teacher and aide and by the staff and volunteers of the Literacy Services. Enrollment is done through the high school and students receive high school credit.

Colton Public Library – Advance To Literacy

The Colton Public Library is recruiting community volunteers to assist in the library or to tutor adult students in its literacy program. Volunteer literacy tutors spend three hours a week teaching adults how to read. Tutors complete a day-long workshop before being matched up to an adult learner. For more information, call Advance to Literacy at (909) 370-5170. The community of Colton takes great pride in its beautiful and important public library. Dedicate yourself to helping the library maintain all its special services in future years.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

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Burbank Public Library Literacy Services
Reading Horizons Site of the Month: August 2009


Since 1992, Burbank Public Library has provided free, one-to-one literacy services to members of the surrounding community. In the 17 years since then, more than 1,500 volunteer tutors have assisted over 1,600 adult learners in their quests to learn to read. They also have a 'Ready To Read' youth program for 4th-12th graders reading below grade level. Their efforts have been greatly aided by Discover Intensive Phonics (DIP), adopted in 1998 as the library's core reading program. They use a combination of direct instruction along with the software on a network of 5 computer stations to facilitate their students' needs.

"Discover Intensive Phonics works because it is a systematic method of teaching basic concepts and adding layers of skills at each learner’s pace,” says William Byrne-Literacy Coordinator, who is also a certified DIP instructor. “Our learners often tell me that, at long last, they finally have a tutor who can explain the differences between a, at, ate, and eat. It really does give learners independence and confidence to read on their own."

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Camarena Memorial Library
760 . 768 . 2170


Adult Literacy Services
These services are offered to adults, 16 years or older who are not enrolled in school, who would like to improve their English reading skills. One-on-one tutoring is available upon enrollment in the program. Americorps members provide volunteer tutoring assistance to learners through the California Library Literacy Services program.

Families for Literacy
The second Thursday of each month (September thru June), the FFL families get together to spend time with their children. The main purpose of the program is to encourage early literacy through fun reading activities with their parents. FFL aims to expand language skills- reading, writing, speaking and listening. This program is for parents with children five years old and younger who are enrolled in the Adult Literacy Program. It is funded by LSTA funds administered through the California State Library.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Beverly Hills Public Library
S.T.A.R. Literacy Program

One-on-one tutoring is designed to teach English-speaking adults to read and write or improve existing skills. Volunteer tutors are given a twelve-hour workshop to prepare them to work with the adult learner. Classes for adult learners are one-on-one. They are held twice a week, and each class is one and one-half hours. Classes are free of charge.

Skills Taught: Reading, writing, comprehension. Recruitment: Adult learners are recruited through newspaper ads, flyers, media and word of mouth. A person 16 years of age can be admitted to the program if he or she has left high school.

Learner Orientation: Orientation is given in two-hour sessions, by appointment. The program is explained in detail and the adult learner is tested and placed at his/her individual reading level. Placement: After testing the learner is placed at the appropriate level with a tutor. If a tutor is not immediately available, the adult learner can begin the process in the reading lab with the assistance of the reading lab coordinator.

Time in Program: Since the tutoring is individualized, the time and progress of each student depends on individual goals, commitment and willingness to learn. There is no set time to complete the program.

Tutoring Sites: Tutoring sites are provided at the library and other community social service agencies, churches, synagogues and business associations.

Brawley Public Library LAMBS

The LAMBS (Literacy And Mobile Book Services) unit is a 32’ long vehicle designed by Mathews Specialty Vehicles.

The vehicle has been designed inside to accommodate a wide variety of literacy activities. The hydraulic wheelchair lift has been fitted with a removable puppet stage. There are two laptop computers with software for both parents and children. Internet sites can be cached so that patrons can view them from the unit, even though we don’t have direct Internet access on the unit. There are two color printers. There is ample shelf space to house the materials that will be available for parents and children to checkout and also for books that will be given to the children to keep at the end of each program. There is a TV and VCR for use with literacy presentations and other educational experiences.

The vehicle will be traveling throughout Imperial County giving underserved children ages 0-5 years and their parents access to literacy activities and services provided by others in our collaborative. These include but are not limited to the Health Department, the Burn Institute, Tri-County South Tobacco Education, the Center for Family Solutions, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Imperial County Office of Education, Riverside Office of Education, Imperial County Free Library and branches, Camarena Library, El Centro City Library, Literacy Volunteers of America/Imperial Valley and the Housing Authorities. The unit was made possible through a grant from the State Proposition 10 Commission, California State Library and Imperial County Proposition 10 Commission.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month
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Anaheim Public Library Adult Literacy
714 . 765 . 1880

Anaheim offers tutoring for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, spelling and communication skills. The tutors are volunteers from the community who are trained and able to help. Services are free.

Read/OC Literacy operates the Anaheim Public Library adult literacy program. Please call or contact them by email for additional information. 714 . 566 . 3070

Adult Literacy Program at Beaumont Library District

THE PROBLEM
One out of every five American adults has trouble with day-to-day literacy activities. Things like reading a prescription label, writing a phone message, identifying the differences between cat food and tuna- fish are impossible tasks. This does not mean these adults lack intelligence. It simply means they did not get the kind of reading and writing help they needed when they were young. The problem exists in big cities and in rural areas. It exists in Beaumont.

THE SOLUTION
In 1993, the Beaumont Library District under the administration of Clara DiFelice Library, Director received funding from the California Literacy Campaign and the U.S. Department of Education to start a literacy program. She engaged La Vergne Rosow to design and coordinate a leading edge volunteer program based on her research. Twelve members of the community volunteered to become the pilot tutors. Each volunteered for a minimum of 50 hours or six months of student contact time after being paired up with an adult learner, based on convenient times for both. Most served as volunteers for considerably longer. Learners heard about the program from fliers, newspapers, TV public service announcements, radio programming, or word-of-mouth. Initially, most met at the Beaumont Library. As the program grew, the Beaumont community provided quiet places where two people could work together. The San Gorgonio Hospital and Wyle Labs accommodated the cause of literacy.

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