Friday, April 30, 2010

SCLLN 'Get Caught Reading' Fundraiser

Get Caught Reading Month FUN-Raiser
May 1 - 31

May is ‘Get Caught Reading Month’ and SCLLN invites Staff, Learners, Tutors and Friends to Celebrate Reading !

Email a photo of you, someone or something ‘Caught Reading ’
~ with a description of the photo: Who, What, When and Where
~ and the name of your Library !

Fun - Raising Target: $1,000
Make a contribution along with your photo.
Make a contribution and Vote for you favorite photo.
Make a contribution and Support SCLLN & Literacy.

Donations Large and Small Are Greatly Appreciated !
Subject: SCLLN Caught Reading

All the photos will be posted on the SCLLN blog and on Flickr.

Winner attends the 2011 Southern California Literacy Conference FREE !

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. May is Get Caught Reading month, but the campaign is promoted throughout the year. Get Caught Reading is supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Launched in 1999, "Get Caught Reading" is the brainchild of former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, President and Chief Executive Officer of AAP, the industry association representing book publishers. She saw the opportunity to spread the word about the joys of reading through an industry-supported literacy campaign.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

San Bernardino County Library - When he lost his job, he found a passion

When he lost his job, he found a passion
Press Enterprise: April 27, 2010 by Linda Lou

When the company that Ricardo Tamayo worked for went under in 2008, he spent many hours looking for work on the computers at the Lewis Library and Technology Center in Fontana and was intrigued at how some Latinos toiled over how to use computers.

Tamayo, who is bilingual, helped translate. After securing work as an insurance sales agent, Tamayo started volunteering as a literacy tutor in 2009.

Two months later, he was asked to teach a computer class in Spanish.

The volunteer position spoke to Tamayo.

He said he has a background in computers and is a Certified Microsoft Systems Engineer. For the past year, he has been teaching basic Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. His teaches in English on Mondays and on Tuesdays in Spanish. Each session is five weeks.

"He brings terrific enthusiasm," said Lisa Llewellyn, a literacy coordinator for the San Bernardino County Library System. "He is one of the best volunteers."

Tamayo, 50, said he enjoys teaching.

"It's just something that's in me," he said. "I like to help people. It's a wonderful feeling, a great sensation. At the end of class, everyone says, 'Thank you, Ricardo.' I feel good."

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Tamayo said he plans to volunteer at the Fontana library, which is near his home, as long as he has the time. He recently started studying Microsoft Office Publisher and hopes to offer a course in that as well.

Volunteering at the library has given him a new passion. Tamayo said he plans to find out what he needs to do to get a paid job in the classroom.

"My goal is to become a computer instructor at an adult school in Fontana," he said.

For more information about computer classes at the Lewis Library and Technology Center, call 909-574-4540 or 909-574-4560. READ MORE !

Give The Giftof Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

California Literacy Calendar: May 2010

California Literacy Calendar: May 2010

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

Updates of Tutor Training Workshops Scrolling in Left Frame

Local and California Literacy Events: May 2010
May 1+: Black Writers on Tour Los Angeles Convention Center
May 3+: What is Dyslexia: Introduction = On Line Cyber Space
May 5+: California Council on Adult Education Conference - Palm Springs
May 6+: Health Literacy Conference – Irvine
May 8: Dyslexia Spring Conference - University of San Diego
May 8-9am: Children's Literature Day - MT. SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE
May 8-10am: Learning Disabilities Adult Support Group Providence Tarzana Medical Center
May 9: Raising Readers – Santa Monica College
May 14-9am: Tulare County Learner-Tutor Conference - Three Rivers CA
May 22+: Bay Area Storytelling Festival - El Sobrante CA
May 25: Improving Health Literacy in LA - County Galen Center USC
May 25-7:30am: Learning Disabilities Parent Support Group The Help Group S Oaks

National Literacy Events: May 2010
Get Caught Reading MonthMay 10+: Children's Book Week
May 21: National Black Book Festival – Texas
May 25: BookExpo America - NY

Give The Gift
of Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Monday, April 26, 2010

2010 Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy

Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award

Since its inception in 2003, the Literacy Interest Group (formerly Literacy Services Section) has sponsored an annual award for Outstanding Librarian In Support of Literacy (OLSL) presented annually.

This year the Committee is starting up again in preparation to seek nominations, conduct the judging, and make the difficult choice of which librarian will receive this year’s honor. Cherall Weiss of Newport Beach P.L. is heading up the Committee which currently consists of Rosie Manela of Rancho Cucamonga P.L., Delores Allmond of Beverly Hills P.L. and Carey Gross of Butte County Library.

The Committee needs SCLLN members to serve with them on this very uplifting endeavor. The time commitment is minimal, and should fit in to the tough schedules that most of us are now working. The highlight of volunteering for this assignment is the opportunity to work with this premier team. Contact Cherall to volunteer, or if you have questions: (949) 717-3875.

This award is to recognize and honor a librarian who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support literacy.

Eligibility:The nominee cannot be a literacy services staff person who already provides direct literacy services.
The nominee can be someone who has performed one or more of the following services in support of literacy:

􀀳 Outreach
􀀳 Public Awareness
􀀳 Programming
􀀳 Collection Development
􀀳 Advocacy
􀀳 Fund Raising
􀀳 Recruitment
􀀳 Other – You name it!!!

Only one nomination per library jurisdiction is allowed.
This is an individual award – nomination cannot be for a group.

The winner will be honored at the CLA 2010 Conference in Sacramento.
The winner receives a 1-year CLA Membership, a plaque, recognition on the CLA website and a gift certificate. Each nominee will receive a certificate of special recognition.

Past Winners

2009: 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

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Literacy . . . Info . . . News . . . Questions

Value of Volunteer Time: 2009

The 2008 estimated dollar value of volunteer time in California: $23.29 (updated figures for each state will be released in the spring of 2010).

$20.85 per hour for the U.S. according to Independent Sector.

Independent Sector has charts for:
1) Dollar Value of a Volunteer Hour: 1980 – 2009
2) Dollar Value of a Volunteer Hour, by State: 2008
~ Note that 2008 is the latest year for which state numbers are available.
~ There is a lag of almost one year in the government's release of state level data.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 61.8 million Americans, or 26.4 percent of the adult population, gave 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth $162 billion in 2008 (the 2009 numbers will be released on June 15).

Volunteer to Tutor @ Your Local Library:
SCLLN, BALIT, Northern California Literacy Coalition or CLLS

Give The Gift
of Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

National Library Week 2010

National Library Week

Our Public Library Lifeline Is Fraying. We'll Be Sorry When it Snaps Huffington Post: April 11, 2010 by Art Brodksky

This is National Library Week, a time normally reserved for celebrating an institution that plays a vital role in many of our cities, towns and counties. Instead, many libraries, particularly public libraries, are being decimated by budget cuts at a time when library services are needed most.

Libraries, once considered a necessity, are now seen as a luxury. They are low-hanging fruit for budget pluckers, particularly at the state and local levels of government in communities across the country. It's been a slow death by attrition over the past couple of years. First, it was the budget for books and materials because, after all, books and materials aren't people. No matter that books and materials are what makes a library, well, a library. Then came the hours of operation, then the staff, then the closure of branches. No two communities are approaching the situation identically, but in cities from Boston to Indianapolis, the stories are increasingly dire.

In Boston, the trustees voted to close four branches. There was lots of protest, and Mayor Thomas Menino still has to make the final call, but the situation doesn't look good.

The Florida legislature is considering eliminating state aid to libraries entirely, while the New Jersey legislature is only looking a at a 74 percent cut. Indianapolis and surrounding Marion County are also looking at closing six branches and cutting back programs and staff.

In my home community of Montgomery County, Maryland, formerly one of the wealthiest local jurisdictions, the County Council is looking at a budget for fiscal year 2011 of $29 million - down from $40 million just three years ago. This year, it is slated for a 23 percent cut - one of the largest of any agency, on top of cuts in the last fiscal year with percentage decreases larger than all but one county agency. And this is for a county of about one million residents in which 70 percent hold library cards. It's even worse across the river, in Fairfax County, Virgina, where libraries were declared a "discretionary" service while cutting 30 of 54 full-time librarians. Libraries discretionary? That's nuts.

These are only some of the stories. They are being repeated endlessly across the country, perhaps even where you live. Some places put a high value on their libraries. Contrast the $29 million of my county for the $51 million library budget in Seattle, a city of about 600,000. Sure, Seattle needed to cut the library budget, but the fact that they started out much higher than my home says something about their priorities. Sadly, Seattle is the exception, not the rule. READ MORE !

Happy National Library Week

Monday, April 12, 2010

Day In the District: April 16 2010

Day in the District
April 16, 2010

Please plan to join CLA, the California School Library Association, and your fellow Library Advocates for Day in the District on Friday, April 16th 2010!

This year, our Associations will schedule visits with legislators in their local district offices throughout the state. These Day in the District meetings will provide a great opportunity to educate your legislators and their aides about the importance of libraries within their respective jurisdictions.

About Day in the District
Day in the District is an annual statewide library advocacy event in which library supporters meet with elected officials within their local offices throughout California.

If you are interested in helping set up legislative meetings, please contact Kevin Kilkenny, CLA Legislative Coordinator, at 916-233-3298 or Otherwise, click here for information on how to register for an appointment with your legislator.

Helpful Documents
Below are a list of documents will assist you in delivering your message about the importance of libraries within elected officials' respective communities:

~ Register for an Appointment with Your Legislator~ Talking Points
~ Tips for Lobbying Your Legislator
~ Funds by Assembly District
~ Funds by Senate District

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Newport Beach Library: Gift of Literacy Luncheon

Gift of Literacy – Author Luncheon
April 30, 2010
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Radisson Hotel
4545 MacArthur Blvd – Newport Beach

Can you imagine not being able to read? A surprising number of individuals in our community cannot read signs, write checks, let alone read a newspaper.

The Newport Beach Public Library’s Literacy Program is working to change that. Please join us at this wonderful luncheon where your participation will help us help them to be productive and successful in their lives, at home, at work, and in the community.

This year’s event will feature two bestselling authors:
María Amparo Escandón and Sonia Nazario.

Escandón is the author of the bestselling novels, Esperanza’s Box of Saints, and Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License. Both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times named her the “Writer to Watch” in 1999 and 2000. She also teaches fiction writing at UCLA Extension.

Nazario has spent twenty years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration. Her book, Enrique’s Journey, which became a national bestseller and won two book awards, was based on her Pulitzer Prize winning series in the Los Angeles Times.

$75 per person; $100 for a seat at one of the Authors’ Tables
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
A silent auction and raffle prizes will be held.

Purchase tickets online click here
Phone: 949-717-3874
Mail: Send checks payable to Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy
Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660

All proceeds from the event will help fund the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services program which serves approximately 150 adult learners annually with free literacy instruction, including one-on-one tutoring, writing workshops, conversation classes and other programs designed to develop the literacy skills of adults and empower them to achieve greater success in their lives – at home, at work, and in the community.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Listorious: Adult Literacy - The definitive list of who matters on Twitter

Listorious: AdultLiteracy
The definitive list of who matters on Twitter

Thanks to Peter Cleary for including SCLLN on his Listorious Adult Literacy list:

sclln literacy
Adult and Family Literacy in Southern California libraries. Learn To Read. Volunteer as a literacy tutor at your local public library !

Check 'Em Out and Follow !

Larry Ferlazzo
Inner-city High School teacher -- ESL & Mainstream

Ben Merrion
The Jackie Chan of adult literacy - I do my own stunts. Blog for Into social justice issues and on the board of @hollabackdc

aka: TeachingSagittarian, on a web2.0 learning journey to flatten walls of classroom

Florida Literacy Coa
The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) promotes, supports, and advocates the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy programs.

Nashville Literacy
Follow us to find out more about Adult Literacy and English Language Learners in Nashville!

communications strategist, writer, editor, web content manager, mostly for nonprofits

Kate Marshall
Creator of guided journals for people with life stories, love and wisdom to share. Coordinator of adult literacy program. Wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend.

MN Literacy Council
The Minnesota Literacy Council provides free adult basic education classes for immigrants, refugees and life-long Minnesotans. Email us at

Literacy Center
Free, Confidential Reading Instruction for Adults

Literacy Assist. Ctr
Literacy is more than the ability to read a book. It is the ability to open new worlds.

Ontario Literacy Coalition is a not-for-profit organization that makes adult learning opportunities possible by inspiring ideas and informing action.

Patti Groce
Trainer for adult literacy volunteers.

Literacy Kansas City
Our mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City area adults through direct services, advocacy and collaboration. Our vision is literacy for all!

Johanna Stirling
Teacher / teacher trainer / materials writer / presenter. Strangely interested in teaching spelling, also ICT and EFL generally.

VA Adult Literacy

AlphaPlus Centre
A non-profit organization committed to advancing adult basic education through the smart use of readily available Web-based technology.

TarrantLit Coalition
Making literacy programs strong and relevant, enabling high quality instruction, investing in knowledge, & addressing the silent adult literacy crisis

Leah Tremain
Literacy information for families. I Love When You Read, The Literacy of Video Games, I Love When We Count are just a few DVD's we've created.

ProLiteracy champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies.

United Literacy
UL encourages the use of technology to help adult learners on their road to literacy.

Joyce Whidden
I'm the Executive Director of the Adult Literacy League, which supports and develops individuals who want to improve their English reading and writing skills.

Peter Cleary
Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Lifelong Learning

Adult Literacy
The Clarksville Montgomery County Adult Literacy Council provides free one-to-one instruction to adults who want to learn to read or to improve reading skills.

Monday, April 5, 2010

San Luis Obispo City-County Library - Fµ¥å¬ µniº ø't†ß - Can't read that? Now you know how it feels.

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Can't read that? Now you know how it feels.

New Times: March 30, 2010 by Glen Starkey

If you’re reading this right now, count yourself lucky: You’re not among the estimated 21 to 23 percent of American adults who are either wholly illiterate, functionally illiterate (those who might be able to understand a couple thousand words memorized by sight in grade school but who are unable to understand such basic written instructions as warning labels or driving directions), or have substandard reading skills that negatively affect their earnings.

Studies suggest that among these semi-literate 40- to 44-million American adults, even those who possess some reading skills may lack the ability to locate information in text or make low-level inferences from printed materials.

As a reader, you might think, “Oh, well. That’s their problem, not mine,” but American illiteracy affects us all. A literate workforce is a productive workforce, and semi-literate workers earn far below their literate counterparts, meaning they don’t contribute effectively to our economy.

Furthermore, Americans with reading deficiencies are more likely to require such social services as welfare, food stamps, and Section 8 subsidized housing. They’re more likely to be unable to afford health insurance. They don’t have the means to further their education to improve their condition. In other words, not only are they a drag on the economy, tax dollars may subsidize their needs. Luckily, there’s an organization that does something about this problem.
The Literacy Council of SLO County estimates there are as many as 25,000 functionally illiterate adults in the county. While many of the Literacy Council’s clients are English as a Second Language (ESL) learners, some are native speakers who simply never learned to read and write. For many of them, the hardest step to improving their reading and writing skills is admitting they have a problem and seeking help.

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So who is the Literacy Council there for? The short answer is, Anyone who needs it.

According to their website (, the Literacy Council is a “non-profit volunteer organization affiliated with Laubach Literacy International, providing tutoring in English language skills for adult native English speakers and speakers of other languages. The Council coordinates tutoring at learning centers throughout San Luis Obispo County and provides training workshops for tutors.”

Bernardi got her start at the council in 1998 when she became aware of the need.
“I met a man who had worked for city park maintenance for 30 years but who read at a first- or second-grade level,” recalled Bernardi. “If he needed to respond to correspondence, his wife read it for him. So that’s how I came to it—as a tutor. I was originally hired to be a fundraiser, and even now when I get caught up in fundraising and grant writing, I’ll go to one of the centers to be reminded why we do this. Currently we’re vastly under-funded, but we’re a lean, mean machine. We get a lot done with a little.”

Much of the Literacy Council’s funding comes from the State Library system, but in the current state budget situation, those funds are tenuous at best.

“Last year, the legislature threatened to cut the whole thing, but we got together and lobbied and we’re now surviving despite a six percent cut,” said Bernardi. “To make matters worse, private donations are down. Hopefully, if we ever get to the point where we’re talking about closing our doors, the community will rally.”

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Meet the tutors
Dagmar Malkus started volunteering a decade ago. The German native understood the importance of English skills for immigrants in the United States.
“I also couldn’t stand being boxed up in my house,” she laughed, “and I got hooked on tutoring.”

Marty Nelson, a tutor since 2006, also spoke of the intoxicating nature of volunteer tutoring: “This is the most fun thing to do. They appreciate it so much.”
“And it’s one-on-one,” added Malkus. “As tutors, we learn so much more about the world and the people.”
“When we tell students we’re all volunteers, that’s a very strange concept to some of them,” offered Nelson. “They can’t believe we’re doing it for free.”

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Get tutored, become a tutor, or donate to the cause

The Literacy Council of San Luis Obispo County is located at 1264 Higuera St., Suite 102, SLO, CA 93401. Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., they can be reached at 541-4219, toll free at (800) 546-4219, or via email at They run learning centers in most SLO County towns and provide free tutor training every month, where tutors attend two Saturday morning sessions (the next ones are April 17 and 24). They currently need tutors and donations to keep their non-profit going. READ MORE !

Give The Giftof Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .