Friday, November 29, 2013

California & National Literacy Library Calendar: December 2013

Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: December 2013

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

Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: December 2013
Dec. 2  Tutor Workshop - Santa Barbara Public Library 5:30p
Dec. 5  Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
Dec. 7  Literacy Tutor Training - San Luis Obispo Library 9a
Dec. 7  Literacy Tutor Training - San Diego Co Library Vista Branch 10a

Southern California and California Literacy Events: December 2013
Dec. 5 Literacy Night - Million Dollar Quarter, San Diego Literacy 7:30p
Dec. 7 Sensory Friendly Film - FROZEN 2-D AMC Theaters 10a

National & International Literacy Events: December 2013
Dec. 4+ Getting In Touch With Literacy, Providence RI
Dec. 4+ LRA National Reading Conference. Dallas TX
Dec. 5  International Volunteer Day
Dec. 7  Autism Sensory Friendly Films: FROZEN 2-D 10a
Dec. 9+ Head Start Parent Conference, Atlanta GA
Dec. 11+ TASH Annual Conference, Chicago IL
Dec. 11+ Zero to Three Institute, San Antonio TX
Dec. 17  I Love My Librarian Award, NY NY 6p

Books - Comics - Poetry - Storytelling - Writing & More !
Dec 7:  Santa Clarita Literacy & Arts Festival
Dec 13-15:  Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Monday, November 25, 2013

Huntington Beach Library - Family literacy program thrives in Oak View

Family literacy program thrives in Oak View
OC Register: 11.20.2013 by Annie Zak

Imelda Bernal used to have to go without knowing what her kids said when they spoke in English.
Now, though, through a literacy program at the Oak View branch of the Huntington Beach Public Library, that’s no longer her reality.

“Before this class, I couldn’t understand my kids speaking to each other,” said Bernal, who came to the U.S. 12 years ago from Mexico, speaking only Spanish. Now, she can participate in conversations with them and have conferences with their teachers in ...

The Family Literacy Program at the Huntington Beach Public Library's Oak View Branch has a long waiting list, and Amy Crepeau, the program's coordinator, said it's not open to new students at the moment.

However, the program is usually looking for new tutors. If you're interested in being a tutor, you don't have to have a background in teaching or speak Spanish.

Crepeau said there is a need for people who can make a weekly commitment, have patience and a good sense of humor. Those interested in tutoring should contact Crepeau at 714-375-5104. READ MORE !

Sunday, November 24, 2013

EveryLibrary: Building Voter Support for Libraries

Building Voter Support for Libraries

Libraries need to talk to voters directly about the bonds, levys, milliages, and referendum that build, renovate, or expand library services for the next generation. Any library initiative anywhere matters to every library everywhere. Make your pledge today.

EveryLibrary grew out of the need for a politically active organization dedicated exclusively to supporting local library initiatives at the ballot box.  Many library associations – both at the national and state level – are organized as 501(c)3 educational associations.  Current law and regulations prohibit these associations from engaging in direct voter advocacy or funding political campaigns. As a 501(c)4 organization, EveryLibrary can act where these associations cannot.  The opportunity to fundraise and directly support library ballot initiatives will be unique in the library world.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

How Much Do You Know About Dyslexia?

NCLD Asks, ‘How Much Do You Know About Dyslexia?’
By NCLD Editorial Team: 11.19.2013

National Center for Learning Disabilities visited Madison Square Park in New York City to separate fact from fiction when it comes to dyslexia.

from Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Dyslexia Training Institute

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Should school kids still learn cursive writing?

Should school kids still learn cursive writing?
Question of the week
Whittier Daily News:  11.18.2013

When it comes to the ways people communicate, the writing is on the wall — and it isn’t handwriting.

Each new generation relies less on pen and paper to put down words and more on keyboards and keypads. The trend is reflected, even encouraged, by U.S. educators. Once a staple of elementary school, learning cursive isn’t part of the new Common Core curriculum adopted by 45 states.

California is one of seven Common Core states where efforts are being made to keep cursive in the lesson plans.

Our Question of the Week for readers is: Should school kids still learn to write in cursive, or is flowing penmanship no longer useful?  READ MORE !

Cursive handwriting: Seven states fight for cursive writing in school (+video)
Cursive handwriting: In the digital age, has good handwriting become obsolete? Why seven states are fighting to return cursive writing to the Common Core curriculum.
C S Monitor: 11.14.2013 by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press November 14, 2013

That's why at least seven states — California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah — have moved to keep the cursive requirement. Legislation passed in North Carolina and elsewhere couples cursive with memorization of multiplication tables as twin "back to basics" mandates.  READ MORE !

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Carlsbad Library :: Learning Connections - My Important Things

My Important Things
Learning Connections: Nov/Dec 2013 by Brenda G.

I have learned many things this year. But I have learned one thing that is very important for me. Also, I have one important thing that I have not learned yet.

The most important thing that I have learned this year is to speak English a little bit. For many years speaking English had been a big problem for me. I didn’t know how to ask or answer a question. For this reason I always avoided speaking English. I used to ask my son for help every time that I needed to speak English with anyone. Now I try to speak English every time that I have the opportunity, and I say to people that I am learning English and if they can speak slowly when I don’t understand something. I know that my English is not perfect and that I need to learn a lot, but I think this is the beginning of learning.
Another thing that is very important for me and I have not learned yet, is I would like to learn to be fluent when I speak English. It is very difficult for me because I am in the process of learning. Many times I need to stop when I am talking and to translate in my mind from Spanish to English. Also, on some occasions I need to stop and think if I am talking in the present, past, or future. Another thing that makes it difficult is when I don’t know the word in English that I want to say. I understand that I need to learn more vocabulary and to practice speaking every day to be fluent. To be fluent in English will be my goal for next year.
In conclusion, I feel very good because I have started to speak English a little bit. Although I don’t speak fluently yet, I think it is good to start with something. Starting to speak, and to be fluent in English are both very important for me because I would like to communicate with English speakers. Also, it is important because I live in a country where everybody speaks English and it is very necessary.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Newport Beach Library - Volunteerism

Literally Speaking: Nov/Dec 2013

Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well- being of communities worldwide. Think about how our own community would be affected if there was a day without volunteer help. It certainly would not run as smoothly as it does. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 64.3 million individuals in the United States contributed 7.9 billion hours of volunteerism in 2008 alone. The economic value of all this volunteering? $171 billion U.S. dollars in 2011. WOW!

Here at Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy (NMPL), the success of our program depends on the dedicated tutors, board members, office support and special events committee, all of whom are volunteers. In FY 2013, this group contributed approximately 9,000 hours to the program. And, based on research from the Independent Sector newsletter, this time would be valued in California wages as $24.75 per hour or $222,750 — more than twice our annual budget! It is obvious that NMPL would not be able to fulfill its mission without this dedicated group of people. To get involved, or to get more involved, please call the literacy office. We are always in need of tutors, assessors, and board members. Remember, volunteers do make a difference.

Unlock the potential. Become a tutor.

Join us on January 28 at 6:00pm at the Newport Beach Public Library for our Prospective Tutor Orientation.

• No Experience Necessary • Flexible Hours • We Prepare You and Supply All Materials • Be Part of Your Community
Check out our website for more information: You’ll be glad you did!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

National Young Readers Week: Nov 11-15

National Young Readers Week
November 11 - 15

Celebrate National Young Readers Week by watching a free story every day from One More Story, an online library of the best classic and contemporary children's picture books.

The 2013 lineup:

11/11 Ladybugs Can't Be Tall

11/12 The House in the Night

11/13 The Emperor's Egg

11/14 The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat

11/15 Epossumondas
National Young Readers Week is an annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It always takes place the second week of November.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SCLLN Literacy Videos @ Pinterest

Southern California Library Literacy Network
Literacy Videos
of Adult Learners and Tutors
have been pinned on

Azusa City Library
Carlsbad City Library
Centro Latino for Literacy
Chula Vista Library
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
Newport Beach Library
Rancho Cucamonga Library
A K Smiley Redlands Library
San Diego County Library

Videos of Learner Stories and Tutor Stories can also be seen at

Friday, November 8, 2013

Oceanside Library - No Idle Moments for Literacy Assistant

No Idle Moments for Literacy Assistant
Oceanside READS: Sep 2013

Some call her Demetra, others Dee.  Still others, Ms. Wilkerson.  But those who know Demetra Wilkerson well must surely also call her versatile.

In addition to the 19 hours a week she works as the literacy assistant at READS, where she has a variety of responsibilities, she has a full- time job at Marriott Hotels & Resorts, where she is a guest service associate.

At READS, besides various clerical duties, Demetra has been tutoring tutors on the use of newly acquired iPads and how they can be used as teaching tools.  She also has been put in charge of the Books & Bagels book discussion group.  And she tutors a student twice a week.  READ MORE !

Putting the iPad to Work

Among the apps downloaded to READS iPads for the benefit of tutors and students are a Literacy Skills Sampler which, Literacy Assistant Demetra Wilkerson says, is “useful for visual explanations of words” and Abby Word Search, “a fun little tool for sight words.”  Also on the tablets are ABC Magic Reading which “will provide meaningful challenges to strengthen your student’s phonemic awareness” and Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Machine which provides visual stimulation in a circus world setting with the Amazing Phraso.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Children's Literacy PSA - Susan Chien

Children’s Literacy/Library PSA
Arlington Public Library
December 2007

Susan Chien
I’m a pharmacist-animator. I have a doctorate-level degree in pharmacy but decided that I was very sad not working in a creative field, and went back to art school. Now I’m a filmmaker and animator, as well! One who is licensed to dispense heart medication to you.

Friday, November 1, 2013

CA & National Literacy & Library Calendar: November 2013

CA & National Literacy & Library Calendar: November 2013

Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- Local, California and National -
Southern California Library Literacy Network
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Southern California and California Literacy Events: November 2013
Nov. 1  National Family Literacy Day
Nov. 1+ California Reading Assc. PDI, Sonoma State
Nov. 3   San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival
Nov. 8  Literacy Forum: A Better Future . . . of Children Reading at Grade Level, UCLA
Nov. 9  Fall Gala: Children’s Literature Council of Southern California, Skirball Cultural Center
Nov. 9  Kern Festival of Books @10a
Nov. 9  Sensory Friendly Films - FREE BIRDS 10a
Nov. 16  International Gaming Day @ Your Library
Nov. 23+ Comic Con - Long Beach Convention Center
Nov. 23  Tellabration (Saturday before Thanksgiving)

National & International Literacy Events: November 2013
Nov. 1  National Family Literacy Day
Nov. 1+  Read. Write. Act. National Conference, Cyberspace
Nov. 3+  Literacy for ALL: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy, Providence RI
Nov. 5+  AAACE Annual Conference, Lexington KY
Nov. 6+  Council for Adult & Experiential Learning Conference, San Diego CA
Nov. 6+  International Dyslexia Association Conference, New Orleans LA
Nov. 6+  National Black Storytelling Festival, Hampton VA
Nov. 9+  Connecticut Children's Book Fair, University of Connecticut
Nov. 9   Autism Sensory Friendly Films: FREE BIRDS Nationwide 10a
Nov. 11+  Summer Changes Everything Conference, Orlando FL

Nov 11+  Young Readers Week watch a free story
Nov. 16  International Gaming Day @ Your Library
Nov. 17+ 
LERN Conference, San Francisco CA
Nov. 17+  National Quality Education Conference, Milwaukee WI

Nov 18+  American Education Week
Nov. 18+  Global Education Conference, Cyberspace Nov. 21  Implications of Health Literacy for Public Health, Irvine CA
Nov. 21+  National Council of Teachers of English, Boston MA
Nov. 22+  ACTFL Convention, Orlando FL
Nov. 23  Tellabration (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
Nov. 29  Day of Listening -