Monday, December 30, 2013

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: January 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: January 2014

Volunteer  Literacy  Tutor

For Local, California and National
Literacy or Library Conferences and Events
Southern California Library Literacy Network

Jan. 2  Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy @Torrance Library 7p
Jan. 6  Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego Public Library 6p
Jan. 8  Literacy Learner Training = READ/San Diego Library 5:45p
Jan. 9  Literacy Tutor Orientation - READ Orange Co Library 1p
Jan. 9  Literacy Tutor Orientation - READ Orange Co Library 6p
Jan. 11 Literacy Tutor Orientation - San Bernardino Co Library 10a
Jan. 11 Literacy Tutor Training - Santa Barbara Library 1p
Jan. 15 Youth Literacy Training = Santa Fe Springs Library 6p
Jan. 18 ESL Tutor Training - San Gabriel VLC Pasadena 9a
Jan. 18 Literacy Tutor Training = S Bernardino Co Library 9a
Jan. 18 Literacy Tutor Training = Whittier Area Literacy Council 9a
Jan. 18 ESL Tutor Training = San Diego County Library 10a
Jan. 22 Literacy Learner Orientation = Newport Beach Library 6p
Jan. 24 Literacy Learner Training - READ/San Diego Library 9:45a
Jan. 25 ESL Tutor Training - Laubach Literacy, Ventura 9a
Jan. 25 Tutor Workshop = READ Orange Co Library 9a
Jan. 28 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Newport Beach Library 6p

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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

National & International Literacy Events: January 2014

National & International Literacy Events: January 2014

Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- Local, California and National -
Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information
Jan. 5+  Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu HI
Jan. 25   Sensory Friendly Films - NUT JOB @AMC Theaters 10a
Jan. 27   Family Literacy Day - Canada
Jan. 27+ Literacy Action Week: SCALE = Nation Wide
Jan. 29+ ATIA Conference & Exhibition, Orlando FL

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Southern California and California Literacy Events: January 2014

Southern California and California Literacy Events:
January 2014

Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- Local, California and National -
Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information
Jan. 17+ Asilomar Reading Conference, Pacific Grove
Jan. 17+ California Kindergarten Conference, Santa Clara
Jan. 23   Library Advocacy Party, Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View 7p
Jan. 25   Sensory Friendly Films - NUT JOB @AMC Theaters 10a
Jan. 25   Dyslexia for a Day, Win-River Resort & Casino, Redding
Jan. 27+ Literacy Action Week: SCALE = Nation Wide

Books, Comics, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing and more !
Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival, Redlands: Jan 24-25
LA Art Book Fair: Jan 30-Feb 2

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Orange Co Library - Reading the Holidays


Reading the Holidays
READ Writes Newsletter: 12.2013

This time of year is great for families learning together! Here are a few ideas to consider for the entire family to celebrate reading and lifelong learning.

Read and write family recipes for holiday meals and treats, and then share with family and friends.

Read the holiday greetings your family receives in the mail (and write holiday greetings to mail or email to friends and family.  Even the younger members of your family can help with names on gift tags and add their special artistic touches!)

Read about holiday traditions and write a family holiday story about yours.

If books are among gifts you receive, make time to read some to one another or together as a family.

Write and send holiday and thank you messages to family and friends.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Learning Gap in Time & Money

Tracking the 'Learning Gap' in Time and Money
Education Week: 12.19.2013 by Erik Robelen

It surely comes as no surprise to hear that children from low-income families typically enjoy fewer opportunities for learning and enrichment than those in more affluent households.

A new commentary and illustration published this week by Education Week drives that point home, and makes put those disparities in tangible terms. The analysis by the After-School Corporation aims to quantify—in both hours invested and dollars spent—the learning advantages that accumulate for children beyond the regular school day who grow up in middle- and upper-class homes.

By age 12, the analysis concludes, disadvantaged children have received about 6,000 fewer hours of learning time than their more-affluent peers, and their families have been outspent by about $90,000 on learning and enrichment activities.  READ MORE !


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Everylibrary California - Reminder

Everylibrary California
A little reminder for people who say that they don't need libraries because of e-content.

You don't own your Kindle books, Amazon reminds customer
NBC News: 10.24.2012 by Joel Johnson

On a dark and stormy night, an employee of your local bookstore strolls into your home, starts tossing books you'd purchased over the last few years into a box, and — despite your protest — takes them all away without saying a word.

Thankfully that's not what happened to Linn Jordet Nygaard. Well, not exactly. The Norwegian woman found herself on the wrong side of bureaucracy, but the outcome was much the same (without as much mud on the carpet): Amazon turned off her Kindle account, blocking her from her own books. And they wouldn't tell her why.

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The core issue might actually be a simple matter of semantics: when we click a digital button that is labelled "Buy," we expect that we're actually buying something. But we're not buying anything, we're licensing it. Just last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the first-sale doctrine does not apply to software — or e-books. Or apps. Nor pretty much everything you "Buy" online that doesn't get shipped to your home in a cardboard box.

Those long End User License Agreements you have to read before you use a new piece of software? Those are are legally binding, because you've clicked a button labeled "Agree." But for some reason, online retailers can label their buttons "Buy" when they actually mean "Rent," and there's nothing we can do about it save filing a lawsuit.  READ MORE !

Monday, December 16, 2013

Literacy Jobs: California

Literacy Jobs: California

Tutor Interns - PT
Spring session, afterschool literacy program designed for at-risk children in 2nd through 6th grades.
Deadline: Jan 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Computer Science Education Week: Dec 9-15

Computer literacy key to middle class jobs in California
California Economic Summit: 9.19.2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

If you pull out your iPhone and ask Siri if a dog can jump over a house, chances are it’s just going to direct you to a kennel. So says a new paper from economists Frank Levy and Richard Murnane entitled “Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for ComputerizedWork.”

The general consensus has been that the rise of technology and globalization has hollowed out the middle class as the jobs they’ve historically relied upon increasingly employ computers over humans. But all is not lost. While computers have certainly taken the reins in some respects, Levy and Murnane both stress the fact that computers still don’t match up with humans when it comes to problem solving abilities, as shown by their iPhone example. Humans still come with abilities that computers, at least right now, can’t measure up against – but these skills need to be coaxed out of people by tweeking our education system.

“The most important skill is to learn how to learn efficiently,” Murnane said recently in a webinar on their paper presented by the Hewlett Foundation. “Very few of us are going to be able to earn a decent living doing the same thing decade after decade. The world of work is changing rapidly, and people are going to have to learn.”

Most importantly, people are going to need to learn a new kind of literacy. “Back in 1965 if you learned to read well enough to follow directions, there were a great many jobs in the U.S. that paid a reasonable wage,” Murnane said. “Those are the easiest kinds of jobs to compertize or to send to lower wage countries. Reading is still important, but the definitions for literacy have dramatically increased.”

Not only does literacy now include being able to read directions, says Murnane, but one must also be able to do a web search and be able to make sense of the millions of responses to a query.  READ MORE !

#CSEdWeek promotes the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and is expected to engage millions of students in hands-on computer programming and coding activities.
Computer science is a foundational field for every 21st century career or field of study. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. Research shows that students who study computer science also perform better at math.

Computer science is where the jobs are. More than 50% of all jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are computing jobs. Some other stats:

• Computer science is one of the highest-paid college degree for new graduates.
• Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average -- but there aren’t enough graduates to fill these jobs.
• Nine out of 10 K-12 schools do not offer computer programming classes.
• In 35 out of 50 states, computer science does not even count toward high school graduation

Be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Get started now with an
Hour of Code.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Los Angeles Public Library - It’s a Match Part II Tutor Story

It’s a Match Part II Nora’s Story
READ Newsletter: Fall 2013 by Tutor Nora Novak

Two years ago, I found myself unemployed and growing depressed. After months of agonizing over what to do with my life and wondering how to pull myself out of my funk, it occurred to me that my energy might be better spent helping others. I had plenty of time on my hands after all, and for years I had been interested in volunteering.

I Googled “Los Angeles Volunteer Opportunities” and combed through the hundreds of organizations seeking assistance. I came across LAPL’s Adult Literacy Program and thought it would be a good way to dip a toe into volunteering waters. That’s when my coordinator, Carolyn, introduced me to my learner.

Blanca, a bright and mature twenty-something, received a late diagnosis of Dyslexia. She had learned her ABC’s and could read enough to function independently (in a number of exciting and varied careers, no less). However, she revealed to me that she was constantly looking for ways to improve herself, and she decided it was time for her to dive in and work on her reading and writing.

We’ve been meeting for almost a year now and though our lives have changed with the seasons, we still look forward to our lessons twice a week. We laugh, we share stories, and we learn from each other. Blanca has made remarkable progress of which we are both extremely proud.  READ MORE !

Monday, December 2, 2013

SCLLN GoodShop: December 2 - 13

GoodShop Holiday $2,000 GiveAway !

is ringing in the Holidays with a $2,000 Giveaway –the online shopping mall will donate up to 20% of your purchase price to Southern California Library Literacy Network - SCLLN, at no cost to you!
Shop at over 4,000 partner stores, like Amazon, Macy's, Target, and Staples, and every purchase earns donations plus enters your cause for a daily draw of $200.

If you're going to shop for the Holidays anyway, why not make every purchase give back too?

The contest runs weekdays from Dec 2 to Dec 13. The more you shop, the more chances for your cause to win!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Gifts: Support SCLLN & Literacy

Give a Gift that Keeps on Giving
Support SCLLN Literacy & Libraries

Up to 30% of your Holiday Gift purchases can be donated to the Southern California Library Literacy Network this Holiday Season ! ! !
It's easy !

1. Click on Good Shop.
2. Enter SCLLN - Southern California Library Literacy Network.
3. Click Store Icon to Shop @ that store.

Books – iPads – Kindles – Travel – Clothes – Toys – TVs
~ 1 800 Flowers ~ Avon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Bed Bath and Beyond ~
Crate and Barrel ~ Expedia ~ Home Depot ~
~ iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store ~
Lowe's ~ Macy's ~ Neiman Marcus ~ Nordstrom ~ Oriental Trading
~ PetSmart ~ QVC ~ Sears ~ Staples ~ Target ~
Toys R Us ~ Travelocity ~ Walgreens ~ Walmart ~ Williams Sonoma ~ Zazzle

This holiday season, why not make a
Gift Donation
on Behalf of Family & Friends
to SCLLN in support of Literacy !
SCLLNs Fun-Raising Target: $12,013