Thursday, December 30, 2010

CA & National Literacy Calendar: January 2011

California Literacy Calendar:
January 2011

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

Info about local Tutor Training Workshops is always Scrolling in the Right Frame.

Local and California Literacy Events: January 2011

Jan 8-10am: Learning Disabilities Adult Support Group – Tarzana
Jan 8-10am: Sensory Friendly Films -YOGI BEAR – AMC Theaters
Jan 14+: Asilomar Reading Conference – Pacific Grove
Jan 14+: CA Kindergarten Conference – Santa Clara
Jan 21: What’s New in Children’s Literature, BER - Sacramento
Jan 21+: Riverside Dickens Festival
Jan 27: Practical Strategies-Students Learning Challenges, BER – Arcadia

National & International Literacy Events: January 2011

Jan 4+: Hawaii Intl Conference on Education
Jan 8-10am: Sensory Friendly Films -YOGI BEAR – AMC Theaters
Jan 26+: Assistive Tech Industry Assn Conference – Orlando
Jan 27: Family Literacy Day - Canada

SCLLN Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Huntington Beach Library - Job Posting: LITERACY PROGRAM SPECIALIST

Huntington Beach Public Library
Job Posting: LITERACY PROGRAM SPECIALISTClosing Date: January 21, 2011
Salary: $4,463.00 - $5,529.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full-Time
Closing Date: January 21, 2011
Salary: $4,463.00 - $5,529.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full-Time

JOB SUMMARY: Under general supervision, plans, implements, coordinates, promotes, and supervises all training provided by the Adult Literacy Program.

Reports to: Senior Librarian
Supervises: Volunteer program tutors

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Literacy Program Specialist is a single-position classification with responsibility for overseeing all training programs to improve adult literacy.
Examples of Essential Duties:
• Designs, develops and coordinates adult literacy programs offered by the City Library
• Recommends and implements goals and objectives related to adult literacy; establishes schedules and methods for providing adult literacy programs; implements policies and procedures
• Trains and supervises paid and volunteer support staff; recruits, trains and supports tutors; assigns duties and completes employee performance appraisals.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, administration, library science, social or behavioral science or other closely related field.

Experience: Three (3) years’ experience developing and implementing adult education programs and activities.

An official City of Huntington Beach online job application must be filled out in its entirety. READ MORE !

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy 2010 - Anne Cain Contra Costa County Library

2010 Award Winner: Anne Cain
Contra Costa County Library

Anne Cain understands the strong correlation between reading skills and everyday success. As such, under her leadership the Project Second Chance (PSC) has become an integral part of the Contra Costa County Library's strategic plan to support reading and literacy. Anne keenly understands that the cause of literacy needs to be a consistent presence in the community, and she has fought successfully to make all PSC staff county positions rather than temporary contract staff. Further, in an era of terrible cut-backs, she has never hinted that cut-backs might be required in literacy. Anne values PSC and uses our program as a model for service delivery throughout the library.

But perhaps even more important than all this is that Anne "gets it." She understands the importance of volunteers. She talks to students like the real people they are and listens to them, is touched by their courage, and celebrates their successes. One PSC student, Kristi C., stated"Anne Cain has been a huge supporter of PSC. She believes everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to read, and she knows that reading can change your life. I know from personal experience that Anne Cain is a literacy hero."

Anne has always said that knowing PSC students has made her a better person. Well, Anne has made PSC a better program. Retiring in November, 2010, Anne's and her fan club - all of the staff, tutors, and students of PSC - want her to know that her legacy of support for literacy will live on. And we hope that she will receive this well-deserved recognition as she truly is an "Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy."

This award, established in 2003 (Literacy Interest Group), recognizes and honors a librarian who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support literacy.

Past Winners2009: Derek Wolfgram, Santa Clara County Library
2008: Jean Hofacket, Alameda County Library
2007: Carol Starr, Marin County Free Library
2006: John M. Adams, Orange County Public Library
2005: Sofia Bellos, Oxnard Public Library
2004: Leslie McGinnis Rodd, Oakland Public Library
2003: Chuck Aston, Redwood City Public Library

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Huntington Beach Library - Literacy Celebrates 26th Anniversary

Literacy Celebrates 26th AnniversaryOpen Doors: December 2010

Literacy Volunteers-HBPL celebrated 26 years of teaching, learning and multi-cultural good will by honoring our volunteers and students at Central Library. Mayor Cathy Green and Councilman Joe Carchio at-tended.

One 20 year tutor, three 15 year volunteers, four 10 year volunteers and nine five year volunteers received pins and certificates. Outgoing presi-dent Jerry Aspland and outgoing board members Karen Pulley and Sue Belles were thanked for their years of service.

The new officers for this fiscal year are Donna Mason, president; Jerry Aspland, vice president; John Gutsmiedl, treasurer; and Mary Tamulaitis, secretary.
The accreditation team was honored, as well as Duck-A-Thon leaders Todd Pelkey and Dionne Cox.

The major tutor/student awards went to Kathleen Korona and Mina Park, Ellen Gutsmiedl and Bellcy Meehan, Lori Barraza and Mary Tran, and Margaret Garrison and Bo Hun. Donna Mason gave out 33 door prize books which were donated by board and staff members, and everyone enjoyed coffee, ice cream, and gigantic cupcakes.

Thanks to all the students, tutors, C-teamers and the entire board of directors for all their wonderful work this year.

This fiscal year Literacy Volunteers at Central and Oak View Libraries served 607 volunteers and adult students, donating more than 13,600 hours of service to the community, the work of more than six full-time people. Total literacy attendance including tutoring and family literacy story times exceeded 26,500. Since 1984, 5541 literacy volunteers have helped 6350 adult literacy students improve their skills.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Newport Beach Library - Adult Learner Blog -a special potluck party

a special potluck party
beginner… learner… December 4, 2010

to me, the special table with having Afsaneh, Yucari, Frencine and her son, Bruce and his son, daughter.

I got up early in the morning today compared to any other weekend because I had to cook Kabocha salad until 8:30 am at least for 2010 Holiday Potluck & Annual Meeting hold by Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Program at Newport Coast Community Center. I was done everything for the potluck party, I started the engine of my car and I turned off the engine after 15 minutes.

I took out a rectangular foil tray from the trunk of my car, I walked to main entrance.

As soon as I pushed the door, a nice woman was standing nearby sort of a reception desk.

"Hi!" "Good Morning!" I said first...I think I said first....

"Good Morning!" she also said after me. Right after the greeting, I felt so cozy.

If you are an English native-speaker, you might don't know that someone's 'hello' with a smile face make me comfortable when I go to somewhere alone even the saying is hello.

The party was started a harmonic performance by Edie and Friends. Everyone at the party was busy to talk to each other, and they seemed to be happy to be there. During Brunch sequence of the annual party, I emptied my plate which was filed with exotic foods, and absolutely I left the space for desserts in my stomach. Right after I tried many varied sweet which looked like decorations for Christmas dessert table. You know....when I am in party and I see assorted desserts, I feel that 'I am really in America.' hahahaha.....anyway...

I had a wonderful time with leaders and learners. The party was so great as annual. And there were special moments at the party to me. Firstly, I met Afsaneh at the party. She was a great learner, but she couldn't attend the literacy programs after getting her job. I missed her. Finally I met her today. She had a seat next to me, we talked to each other about saying hello, other learners, news of new class in the literacy program. Moreover Bruce, a wonderful leader, got the prize Volunteer of the Year. I'm sure that he deserves to get the honor. Congratulation Bruce!! I also met his son, Chris, who is gentle and was a good helper in Thursday class during winter break, and his pretty daughter, Candace. And, Yucari won the raffle. She got a gorgeous gift basket as a prize. The above people had the same table with me. Lastly, I was happy to see Afkaham again. She is still in therapy for her shoulder taken a surgery, but her looking was better than I visited her before. Those moments were special to me today.....

there are Bruce and Cherall. Bruce! Congratulation again!

Everything was too good to be true.

From Jiyoung Kang's beginner... learner... blog. Thank you to Ms Kang for letting me including her post on the SCLLN blog. Wish more learners would create and write blogs about their experiences -Congratulations Ms Kang !

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Santa Barbara Library - Public Library Literacy Program The Votes Are In: Adult and Family Literacy Wins

Public Library Literacy Program Receives Verizon Grant
The Votes Are In: Adult and Family Literacy Wins
Santa Barbara View: December 14, 2010

After more than 7,000 text message votes for Verizon’s “Vote for Literacy!” campaign were counted, The Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library received enough text message votes to earn a $9,700 grant funded by Verizon customers through the company’s Check Into Literacy program. The top 5 vote getters received grant funds.

The Verizon Foundation presented a check for the grant to the Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library and the Santa Barbara Public Library System on Friday, December 10. “These funds generously donated by Verizon customers will enrich our programs for adult learners and families,” said Beverly Schwartzberg, the Library’s adult literacy coordinator.

The Check Into Literacy program allows Verizon’s landline telephone customers to support literacy by checking a box on their monthly phone bills to make a $1 tax-deductible donation to promote literacy throughout the United States. Verizon then distributes these donations to local literacy organizations that serve the state the customers live in.

The Library’s free adult and family literacy programs provide tutoring services and family programs to hundreds of local residents each year. Adults can receive free tutoring to help with reading, writing, and basic skills, and bring their children to learn about library services and develop school readiness skills. Over 150 community volunteers provide tutoring services at all branch libraries. READ MORE !

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Protect Library Funding: 2011-12 Budget

News From The Capitol

LETTERS TO GOVERNOR-ELECT BROWN NEEDED ASAP: Protecting Library Funding in the 2011-12 Budget
CLA Weblog: December 9, 2010

by Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

Deficit Could Grow By Another $2.7 Billion

Jan 3: Governor-Elect Jerry Brown will be sworn into office
Jan 10: Governor Brown by law must submit a balanced Budget

The Governor-Elect has been receiving regular briefings on the $25 billion projected Budget deficit for the 2011-12 year and he hosted a symposium for the members of the California Legislature to present to them the dire state of the State.

Governor-Elect Brown convened the forum by stating that he was "determined to do everything I can to get us back on track."

The Deficit may now actually be $28 Billion:
~ a potential estate tax revenue loss, depending on Congressional actions
~ unfunded pension liability (projected at $100 billion - $500 billion)
~ unemployment insurance liability ($10.3 billion)
~ outstanding Budget borrowing ($15.3 billion)
~ cost of implementing new health care reform mandates ($3.5 billion)

Protecting Library Funding in the 2011-12 Budget

CLA is unsure what Governor Brown's leaning will be toward the state financing of library programs:
~ Public Library Foundation
~ Transaction Based Reimbursement
~ California Library Literacy Services

The Legislature and the Governor-Elect will be operating under an "everything must be on the table" mentality as they examine their solutions for bringing the massive Budget deficit into correction.

Please take a moment and write the Governor-Elect
~ encourage his support of protecting library funding during this difficult time
~ include specific information pertinent to your local libraries such as:
[Tailor these to fit your own situation, please]

> County, city and special district libraries continue to be one of the hardest hit segments of local government. These libraries have had their funding reduced under Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger by over 72 percent. (PLF)

> Over the past years, many school districts have reduced or eliminated their teacher librarians or their school libraries. Public libraries then become the community's lifeline for students and their families for important programs such as Homework Help centers, early learning programs, etc.

> Door counts continue to rise at an amazing rate for most libraries and library branches. In this difficult economy libraries are a safety net for many people who have lost their home or jobs and are using their local library to write resumes, attend workshops on credit repair, and utilize free access to high speed Internet to look for work.

> Libraries are the "great equalizer," providing resources and materials to all types of patrons from all walks of life without the expectation of payment. To reduce or eliminate funding for the Public Library Foundation, Transaction Based Reimbursement, or literacy programs under the State Library, would have lasting reverberations for a statewide system that would have a difficult time ever recovering.

Governor-Elect Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

CLA thanks you for your help.
Please send your letters ASAP. READ MORE !

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TAKE ACTION: Support Museum & Library Services Act

Support the Museum and Library Services Act S.3984 !

Call your Representative
Tell them to
Support the Museum & Library Services Act !Take Action !

CALL the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your representative’s office. Tell their staffs that passing S. 3984, the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), is imperative to ensuring libraries can continue providing critical resources to their constituents, particularly in this tough economy.

Specifically highlighting programs or resources your library provides to the member’s constituents will make your message stronger.

The U.S. Senate passed MLSA Reauthorization under unanimous consent late Tuesday night, bringing the bill one step closer to reauthorization before the end of the 111th Congress.

MLSA will ensure that the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are secured and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is equipped to lead America’s libraries. This bill received bipartisan support from both Senate Republicans and Democrats, especially Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who is a longtime supporter of libraries in this country. Other Senate sponsors of this bill include Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Access the full text of the bill S. 3984 here.

MLSA has moved to the U.S. House of Representatives where it must receive a vote before the end of the calendar year. Please call your representative and urge him or her to press House leadership for a vote on the Senate-passed version of MLSA and to support the bill.

Your calls are urgently needed TODAY. If the House does not pass this legislation in the next two weeks, the whole reauthorization process will have to start over after the first of the year.

Compose a Message Here and send by email.

Find Your Elected Officials @
~ including the president, members of Congress, governors, state legislators, and more.

Friday, December 3, 2010

San Diego Co Library - Now Read This: Recession Halts Local Libraries' Literacy Programs

Now Read This: Recession Halts Local Libraries' Literacy Programs: Both the Casa de Oro and Spring Valley branches have had key literacy programs cut due to the economic downturn.
Mount Helix Patch: December 2, 2010 by Martin Jones Westlin

In the old days, San Diego County's anchor literacy facility was loopy with community outreach and the people who performed it. Everyone got involved, from churches, to book fairs, to schools, to entire neighborhoods. With a rate of about one in five county residents who lacked basic reading and riding skills, the county library's El Cajon branch personnel sought to help in its literacy campaign. The war was on, and the county had created a local program to help wage it.

Problem is, the old days aren't so old.

Only last year, the San Diego Council on Literacy applied for its annual grant to administer its Literacy*AmeriCorps coalition for 2010-11. But the recession has come to call, in the form of denial of the monies—leaving the county's AmeriCorps connection in disarray, costing the Spring Valley library branch a key class, slashing outreach at the Casa de Oro branch and meeting with the literacy council's dismay. If the grant had been given, the funding would have kicked in last summer, providing, among other things, modest stipends for those who volunteered for service.

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The county created Libraries Empower All to Read Now (LEARN), its latest literacy effort, in 2005, staffing it with full- and part-time personnel from AmeriCorps and its own system, and housing it at the El Cajon branch. Seven AmeriCorps volunteers assessed and tutored scores of learners in LEARN's five years, assisting with clerical and outreach duties and attending literacy seminars from San Diego to Los Angeles. The members' terms of service typically last a year; members cannot serve more than twice.

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For Kevin Vigil, a county library associate who helped spearhead AmeriCorps' local literacy work, the funding denial has meant a fight for survival.

"I would say the word would be 'inconvenient,' " Vigil said. "It's been quite an adjustment. Before, we always had someone in the office, regardless of who went where. Now, we don't have anyone answering the phones or e-mail. It's just me, and I do what I can."

Vigil handles tutoring requests and outreach for the southern half of the county. LEARN also maintains a facility at the county library in Vista. The library system has 33 facilities and circulates 10 million books and other items annually.

In Spring Valley, the cut has meant the cancellation of a citizenship class and the cessation of AmeriCorps' in-house tutoring program, leaving five potential learners to wonder what will happen next (the average wait time for tutor service from LEARN is about two months). Currently, no potential learners await tutor service at the Casa de Oro branch—but without AmeriCorps' aid, they're also no longer targets for outreach and may be unaware that LEARN exists. READ MORE !

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Redlands Library - New Service Redlands Adult Literacy Program

A. K. Smiley Public Library

New Service
Redlands Adult Literacy Program

Welcome to the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, in association with A. K. Smiley Library! Working with community volunteers, our mission is to provide professional one-on-one tutoring in reading and writing to adults, 18 years and older, seeking help in our community.

Tutoring services are provided at no cost to adults, 18 years and older, requesting assistance in improving reading and writing skills. Lessons are individualized, confidential, and goal-oriented.

Tutors are volunteers from our community and must be at least 18 years old. No previous teaching experience is required. Tutor qualifications are: the ability to speak, read, and write English; compassion and sensitivity to the needs of adult learners; and the willingness to be trained to assist the learner in meeting the learner’s goals.

Learners must be at least 18 years old and out of the traditional high school environment. A learner must be able to speak to and understand English-speaking staff and tutors and are asked to make a six-month commitment to the program. Learners meet with their tutor once or twice a week for 1½ to 2 hours.

FUNDING: The Friends of the Library, a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, working in association with A. K. Smiley Library, is committed to the life-changing benefits of literacy.

Please contact the Volunteer Literacy Coordinators:
909 . 798 . 7565, ext. 4138.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Corona Library :: Corona literacy coordinator elected to school board :: John Zickefoose

Corona literacy coordinator elected to school boardPress Enterprise: November 3, 2010 by Dayna Straehley

Corona library literacy coordinator John Zickefoose won a seat on the Corona-Norco Unified School District board Tuesday.

Six candidates sought two open seats on the school board. Longtime board members Bill Hedrick and Sharon Martinez did not run for re-election.

Zickefoose, who has 27.88 percent, or 16,554, of the votes in the unofficial tally, said he was thrilled and humbled by the community's support.

Zickefoose said he learned to read as an adult and has made literacy his mission. He reads to students at every school in the district. He also co-founded United Neighbors Involving Today's Youth, a community coalition that includes school district representatives.

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All six said they want more career education, especially for students who don't plan to go to college.

Most agreed that not all students are college-bound, so programs such as computer technology, auto shop or wood shop will motivate them at school and close the achievement gap between middle class white and Asian students and black, Latino students and socio-economically disadvantaged students. READ MORE !

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Friday, October 29, 2010

CA & National Literacy Calendar: November 2010

California Literacy Calendar: November 2010

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

Updates of Tutor Training Workshops Scrolling in Left Frame

Local and California Literacy Events: November 2010
Nov 1 National Family Literacy Day
Nov 2 @ 7pm: Learning Disabilities Parent Support Group - Culver City
Nov 3+: NAEYC Annual Conference - Anaheim CA
Nov 3 @ 7pm: Learning Disabilities Parent Support Group - Sherman Oaks
Nov 4 @ 7pm: Literacy Tutor Information - South Bay Literacy – Torrance
Nov 5+: Computer-Using Educators, Inc. Fall Conf – Napa Valley
Nov 6 @ 9am: Fall Gala: Children’s Literature Council of Southern California
Nov 6 @10am: Sensory Friendly Films – Megamind @ AMC Theaters
Nov 10+: CAEL International Conference - San Diego CA
Nov 12-15: California Library Association Conference - Sacramento CA
Nov 12-15: California School Library Association Conference - Sacramento CA
Nov 13: Los Angeles Storytelling Festival - Culver-Palms UMC Complex
Nov 13: Catesol Northern California - Monterey Institute of Intl Studies
Nov 13 @ 10am: Learning Disabilities Adult Support Group – Tarzana
Nov 18+: Ready To Learn - EduAlliance Network - Hollywood CA
Nov 20: Tellabration

National Literacy Events: November 2010
Nov 1: National Family Literacy Day
Nov 3+: NAEYC Annual Conference - Anaheim CA
Nov 6+: Conference of the Book – Switzerland
Nov 6+: LERN Conference - Chicago IL
Nov 6 @10am: Sensory Friendly Films – Megamind @ AMC Theaters
Nov 7+: National Quality Education Conference - Rosemont (Chicago), IL
Nov 9+: Summer Changes Everything Conference - Indianapolis IN
Nov 10+: CAEL International Conference - San Diego CA
Nov 10 @ 2pm (MST): Teaching all students to read-really possible? = Webinar
Nov 13+: Connecticut Children's Book Fair - University of Connecticut
Nov 14+: Literacy for ALL: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy - Providence, RI
Nov 15+: Technology Innovators Conference - Washington DC
Nov 16+: Read. Write. Act. VIRTUAL Conference – Cyberspace
Nov 17+: National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference - Minneapolis, MN
Nov 18+: National Council of Teachers of English - Orlando FL
Nov 19+: ACTFL Convention - Boston MA
Nov 20: Tellabration

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Friday, October 1, 2010

SCLLN Literacy Conference Fundraiser

SCLLN 2011 Literacy Conference Fundraiser
iPad Raffle
WiFi . . . 64GB

US Power Adapter - Camera Connection - Earphones/Mic

3 Ways to Purchase Tickets: $ 10.00 each

1. Buy @ Network for Good [ add a $1.00 processing fee ]
2. Call: 818 . 238 . 5577
3. Check Payable to: SCLLN and Mailed to:

Literacy Office
Burbank Public Library
110 N Glenoaks
Burbank CA 91502

SCLLN will Snail Mail Ticket(s)
FAX – copy of ticket(s) –include your Fax #
Email – Ticket Number(s) –include your email address

Winner Announced @ PDD Seminar - 10/15/10
! winner need not be present !

“ The Best 1-Day Literacy Conference in California “

Registration #: RF0005486

Thursday, September 30, 2010

CA & National Literacy Calendar: October 2010

California Literacy Calendar: October 2010

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

Updates of Tutor Training Workshops Scrolling in Left Frame

Local and California Literacy Events: October 2010

October is:
Health Literacy Month
National Book Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month

Oct 1+: Help Group Summit: Autism-LD-ADHD Skirball, Los Angeles CA
Oct 2: Easy Voter Workshop-Learners & Tutors - READ/OC
Oct 2: Sensory Film – Legends of the Guardians @ local AMCs
Oct 3: Orange County Children's Book Festival - Orange Coast College
Oct 5: Dyslexia: Discover the Creative Brain –San Bernardino Library @ 6pm
Oct 5: Learning Disabilities Parent Support Group - Culver City @ 7pm
Oct 6: Learning Disabilities Parent Support Group - Sherman Oaks @ 7pm
Oct 7: Read For The Record – Snowy Day
Oct 7: Literacy Tutor Orientation –South Bay Lit Coun.,Torrance Library @ 7pm
Oct 9+: Latino Book & Family Festival – CSULA
Oct 9: Learning Disabilities Adult Support Group Providence – Tarzana
Oct 15: Professional Development Day: SCLLN - Buena Park
Oct 17+: Teen Read Week 'Books with Beat' @ Your Local Library
Oct 18+: Ready To Learn - EduAlliance Network Renaissance – Hollywood
Oct 19: Literacy Tutor Workshop - Kern Adult Literacy Council @ 5:30pm
Oct 23: Adult Learner Conference - Inland Library Literacy - Robidoux Library
Oct 25+: Women's Conference - Long Beach
Oct 29: LD & Possibilities California Endowment Center – LA

CaliforniaOct 1+: LitQuake 2010 - San Francisco CA
Oct 4: Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries

Oct 15+: California Reading Assc. Conference - Riverside CA
Oct 16: CATESOL Regional - San Diego
Oct 25+: Internet Librarian 2010 – Monterey CA

National Literacy Events: October 2010

October is
Health Literacy Month
National Book Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month

Oct 1+: National Storytelling Festival - Jonesborough TN
Oct 2:
Sensory Film – Legends of the Guardians @ AMCs nationwide

Oct 7: Read For The Record – Snowy Day
Oct 8+: Comiccon - New York City
Oct 8+: Early Literacy Conference CCAC North Campus – Pittsburg
Oct 8+: Intl Conf on Learning Disabilities – SC
Oct 16: Intro to Dyslexia = On Line Cyber Space
Oct 16: Dictionary Day

Oct 17+: Teen Read Week 'Books with Beat' @ Your Local Library
Oct 18+: Health Literacy Annual Research Conference HARC – Maryland
Oct 21+: Closing the Gap Conference – Minnesota
Oct 21+: World Congress on Learning Disabilities - New Jersey
Oct 24+: AAACE Annual Conference – Florida
Oct 27+: International Dyslexia Association Conference – Phoenix
Oct 28+: Assistive Technology Industry Assoc. - Schaumburg IL

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Verizon Check Into Literacy: Text-to-Vote

Vote for Literacy: Sep 28 - Oct 5
Verizon Check Into Literacy

SCLLN has 2 member libraries among the 9 finalists in Verizon's Check Into Literacy "Vote for Literacy text-to-vote Campaign".

Send a Text Message to the keyword:
CHECK and assigned code.
Barstow Literacy Coalition
Inland Library System - San Bernardino County Library System
Provide new library resources (Reading Horizons software, GED Practice, E-Readers, and other electronic literacy material) to the 20 percent of the Barstow population with limited reading, math and computer skills and therefore limited workforce job opportunities.

Friends of the Santa Barbara Public LibraryAdult and Family Literacy Services for English Language Learners
1: hold bilingual family literacy programs with trained library staff

2: help the underserved adult population build the vital literacy skills needed for work, home, and civic participation by providing free, confidential one-to-one tutoring and computer assistance, supported by outreach, tutor training, and investment in appropriate learning materials.

~ Verizon will count up to 20 votes maximum per mobile number.
~ Any vote above 20 will not be counted as valid.
~ Voters will receive a confirmation message for each valid vote.
~ Voters may incur text message charges through your wireless carrier

~ No personal data will be shared or used.
~ Verizon employees (and family) not eligible to participate.

Votes will be cast by sending a text message to the keyword "Check," with a code assigned to each finalist. The finalist with the most votes will receive a $25,000 grant. Four runners-up will each be awarded grants of $9,700.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Riverside County Library - Patrons can get free study and career help through library service

Patrons can get free study and career help through library service
Press Enterprise: September 21, 2010 by Gail Wesson

Arlene Cano hits the road in her job talking to PTA groups at branch libraries, and earlier this week to a group of adult English language learners at the San Jacinto Branch Library, about a free online reference and tutorial service for all ages offered to library patrons.

"I'm just trying to go anywhere I can to spread the word," said Cano, outreach coordinator for the Riverside County Library System. service offers help in English and Spanish to school children, testing prep materials for all ages, including GED and citizenship, and a career center that offers resume critiques.

At the San Jacinto library, Cano alternates between English and Spanish for her audience, mostly members of an English language class taught by Rolando Olivo, site supervisor with the library's literacy program.

A student in the class, Juana Macarno, of San Jacinto, said she is interested in the citizenship preparation help offered by the service.

Another student, America Maldonado, of San Jacinto, said she wants to help her daughter study for the California High School Exit Exam. Test preparation materials are available through

Even if an adult doesn't have a computer, "someone in the family does have one," said Olivo. If a family does not have Internet service at home, the library has Wi-Fi and patrons may use a computer at the library. READ MORE !

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Hemet Library - Walk A Mile for Literacy 2010

Walk-A-Mile for Literacy
Hemet Public Library
September 25, 2010
9 am – 11 am

Raise money and awareness at the 5th annual Walk-A-Mile for Literacy, Hemet Public Library.

Participants walk a mile-long route around downtown Hemet. They stop at banks and restaurants and experience what it's like to not be able to write a check or read a menu.

"We want to bring awareness to the community of what it's like to live with illiteracy every day," said Lori Eastman, literacy coordinator at Hemet Public Library.

Eugene Cruz , 33, of San Jacinto, volunteered at Walk-A-Mile last year and is a literacy tutor."I really appreciate how hard these students try to learn," he said. "I get a sense of satisfaction knowing that I am helping someone."

Click Here or Call: 951 . 765 . 3856

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Inland Library System Literacy - Adult Learner Conference

" Turning Over A New Leaf "
October 23, 2010
Robidoux Library - 5840 Mission Blv.
Riverside County Library

Inland Library System Literacy Services is proud to present the 10th Annual Adult Learner Literacy Conference.

"The VALUE of Literacy" with Keynote Speaker: Faye E Combs. Ms. Combs is Board President of Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate [ VALUE ]. She tells a fascinating story of her personal struggles and how she has worked to overcome the challenges in her life.

This FREE conference is filled with interesting workshops:

Strand 1
In Math Words Also Count
Job Search @ Your Library
Idioms – A Piece of Cake
Readers’ Theater

Strand 2
I’ve Done It – You Can Too
Job Search @ Your Library
Computer Basics 101
Helping Your Child Become Lifetime Reader

Strand 3
Study Smarter – Not Harder
Computer Basics 101
Phonics Everything You Wanted to Know
Grow Your Vocabulary

SCLLN Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Support SCLLNs Writer To Writer Challenge ~ $ 25.00

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Los Angeles Public Library - City of Airheads: Villaraigosa Dismantles L.A.'s Vaunted Library System

City of Airheads: Villaraigosa Dismantles L.A.'s Vaunted Library System
Mayor mirrors Detroit's disastrous choice
LA Weekly: September 16, 2010 by Patrick Range McDonald

As a student at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, Noel Alumit, who would go on to write the critically acclaimed novel Letters to Montgomery Clift, often headed straight for the public library when school got out. A member of the speech team, Alumit loved conducting research — but he had a much more important, and personal, need for the city library.

"I found Under the Rainbow: Growing Up Gay, by Arnie Kantrowitz" sitting on a shelf, Alumit says. He was 15, the child of Filipino immigrants, and secretly trying to come to terms with being gay. "I would go to the library and read a section of it, then come back another (sic) day and start where I left off. There was no way I could bring it home." The book became an important part of his development. "It was," he says, "the first time I ever read a book like that."

And, Alumit remembers, "The thing about libraries was that it was a place to get information for free."

Today, students in Los Angeles are still venturing to public libraries — and in huge numbers. A recent survey by the Los Angeles Public Library system shows that 90,000 young people, or 15,000 students a day, visit one of the city's 73 libraries every week. With most LAUSD schools starting up this week, libraries soon will be packed.

Many public library systems — the five biggies are Boston, New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles — have faced an ugly two years of recession-spawned budget cuts and trimmed hours. Yet political leaders who control the purse strings for the biggest cities fought and saved their libraries from severe harm.

The city that has not done that is Los Angeles.

Here, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa executed an unprecedented, and punishing, raid on the libraries. Last spring he convinced the City Council to close the city's central and eight regional libraries on Sundays, then slashed $22 million from the 2010-11 budget and closed all 73 libraries on Mondays beginning July 19. Library officials say as many as 15,000 youths — plus an untold number of adults — have been turned away every closed day this summer.

Unlike the angry City Council in New York, which successfully fought a large library budget cut proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and 4th District City Councilman Tom LaBonge, chairman of the council's Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, quickly caved on Villaraigosa's proposed 2010 budget, of which the library cuts were a part.

Then, joining Garcetti and LaBonge, who claim that every bit of fat had been cut citywide, forcing them to shutter libraries, the council voted 10-3 to approve the mayor's budget. Voting yes were Garcetti, LaBonge, Ed Reyes, Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, Bernard Parks, Jan Perry, Herb Wesson, Bill Rosendahl and Greig Smith. Only Richard Alarcon, Janice Hahn and Jose Huizar voted no. (Dennis Zine and Tony Cardenas were absent.)

The cuts are radical, and unlike anything seen in a big U.S. city in this recession. Los Angeles now joins the dying city of Detroit as the only significant U.S. municipality to close down its entire library system twice weekly — a choice Detroit leaders made during the early-1980s recession, and from which its cultural core seems never to have recovered.

L.A. Weekly also has determined, after surveying 20 of America's largest cities, that only Los Angeles has chosen to close its central library for two days a week. A handful of cities — Dallas, San Diego, Nashville and Houston — are closing their central libraries one day each week to meet their budgets but stopped well short of closing twice weekly a facility that all metropolises consider to be a cultural jewel.

Pausing uncomfortably over the situation in L.A., Indianapolis–Marion County Public Library CEO Laura Bramble says her city's political leaders made certain all of its libraries remain open daily despite the deep fiscal crunch. As for L.A., she says, "We're going to have to decide our priorities as a society."

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Library officials estimate that so far, thousands of low-income, mostly minority young people who rely on city libraries have been shut out. Now, with most LAUSD schools starting class this week, teachers are assigning homework to hundreds of thousands of students, many of whom don't have the necessary Internet access. The problems will become acute.

Perhaps worse than that, Villaraigosa, Garcetti, LaBonge and other council members insist they'd already cut all the fat from the city budget and had no choice. In that claim, they aren't being straight.

In truth, the City Council barely quibbled over $18.5 million it handed to Villaraigosa this year for his richly endowed and experimental GRYD, the Gang Reduction and Youth Development program. (It gets millions more in grants and private money.) And in 2010, Villaraigosa will spend $7.7 million on his personal staff salaries, nearly enough to reopen all 73 city libraries on Mondays.

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Villaraigosa has expanded his personal staff to a record 206 people, including 12 "deputy mayors." By comparison, Mayor James Hahn employed 121 staffers, and Richard Riordan had 114. Villaraigosa's excesses have spilled over to Reyes, Krekorian, Zine, LaBonge, Koretz, Cardenas, Alarcon, Parks, Perry, Wesson, Rosendahl, Smith, Garcetti, Huizar and Hahn. This year, the 15 council members will spend $19.6 million on personal staffs totaling about 285 people. The 491 personal staff for Villaraigosa and the council is more than the 469 employees on the White House Office staff.

L.A.'s parents and librarians seem to understand something that Villaraigosa and the City Council don't grasp: Public libraries have long been the best magnets for pulling in at-risk children.

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Cindy Mediavilla, an expert on the history of public libraries in California, notes that during the Great Depression, libraries were packed with out-of-work citizens. With L.A. mired in stubborn, double-digit unemployment, Mediavilla says, it's "rather shortsighted to not fund libraries during these dark times. People need access to computers to apply for jobs."

Sari Feldman, former president of the Public Library Association and executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system in Ohio, says the assault by city fathers on the library budget in L.A. is a prime example of how some elected officials "don't understand the services we provide every day. Working-class people and people out of work are the ones hardest hit by the cuts to libraries."

Critics call it a slash-and-burn tactic with no eye for the future. "They don't look far ahead when they budget," says Hatfield, of the mayor and council, "and when they don't look far ahead, they can't get ahead of the budgetary problems" — some of which they created.

Adds Clean Sweep's Kaye: "It reflects the values of City Hall in not caring about the general public‚ who don't have an advocate at City Hall."

A few years ago, Erica Silverman, a writer of children's books, decided she wanted to be a city librarian. "I've spent my whole life in libraries," she says. She went to school, made the grades and eventually got a job at the Edendale Branch Library in Echo Park, where screenwriters, students, English-language learners, seniors and others gather to learn or hang out in a friendly environment off the streets.

"I think libraries can be taken for granted because they do what they do quietly," Silverman says. She wonders if Mayor Villaraigosa, City Council President Garcetti and the rest of the City Council truly understand how a public library's numerous services help a community to enrich itself, especially in poor neighborhoods. "Access to information is important to a democracy," she says.

But firsthand experience also has taught her that open, easily accessible libraries create not just better cities and better cultures but better humans.="I have interactions all the time with people," Silverman says. "I see kids' eyes light up when they find a book. I know we're creating lifelong readers." READ MORE !