Tuesday, December 30, 2014

National & International Literacy & Library Events :: January 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events
January 2015

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


Jan. 5+  Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu HI
Jan. 23   Literacy and Dyslexia: Current Research and Practice, UC San Francisco CA
Jan. 23   Rutgers Conference Reading & Writing, Rutgers NJ
Jan. 24   Sensory Friendly Film = PADDINGTON 10a
Jan. 24   Readathon Day
Jan. 26+ Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko NV
Jan. 27+ ATIA Conference & Exhibition, Orlando FL
Jan. 28+ Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference, Chicago IL
Jan. 28+ Mentoring Summit, Wash DC
Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, Washington DC thru Jan 19, 2015

Fun children's and young adult literature events from coast to coast!
Children’s Book Council.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Azusa Library :: Grassroots ESL Presented at State Conference

Grassroots ESL Presented at State Conference
Azusa Library
Literacy Update: Nov/Dec 2014

City Librarian Reed Strege and Adult Literacy Coordinator Cathay Reta traveled to Oakland, California to present a session on Azusa’s Grassroots ESL Program at the 2014 California Library Association Conference on November 8.  The session was well-received by approximately 40 library professionals who are interested in meeting the English needs of English Language Learners in their communities.  Attendees were especially interested in the unique community partnership model developed by Grassroots ESL. A few people have already followed up with requests for more information about it.

Another highlight of the presentation was the snapshot of student statistics from the first full year.  From October 2013 to October 2014, 130 students received 3064 hours of instruction from 28 volunteer tutors.  Since the program seeks to not only teach English to non-English speakers, but to also encourage them to practice English outside of tutoring sessions, we also collected information from students regarding how many English-speaking people they know and how often they speak English, along with their education levels and number of years living in the United States.

For more information on our Grassroots ESL Program, visit our YouTube page.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events January 2015

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
January 2015

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

National Reading Day
Jan. 11+ Journey Stories: Smithsonian - Museum on Main St., Pleasanton
Jan. 16+ Asilomar Reading Conference, Pacific Grove
Jan. 16+ California Kindergarten Conference, Santa Clara
Jan. 17   Indie Author Day = Los Angeles Public Library 1p
Jan. 23   Literacy and Dyslexia: Current Research and Practice, UC San Francisco
Jan. 24   Sensory Friendly Film = PADDINGTON 10a
Jan. 24   Readathon Day = Noon
Jan. 29   SANDCASP Training: Alliant University, San Diego 1p

Friday, December 19, 2014

Literacy :: Library Jobs - California :: S Barbara PL :: Reading Partners Oakland :: LA :: Santa Rosa :: Salinas

Literacy Jobs - California

oversees programs serving 25+ elementary schools, leads fundraising efforts, and manages 30+ organizational staff. The candidate is also responsible for bottom line fiscal accountability and facilitates partnership development for the $2m+ region
DEADLINE: OPEN

work with the Site Coordinator, after school site staff, school personnel and local community base organizations
DEADLINE: Jan 31

DEADLINE: OPEN

12-Month, Grant-Funded Position
Salinas Library
The primary functions of this position are to collect parenting ladder data for reporting purposes and to implement early literacy playgroups in the library and/or a city recreation center using a pre-set curriculum that includes facilitating open play, singing songs, conducting story time and engaging with parents.
DEADLINE: OPEN

Temporary, Grant Funded
perform a wide variety of general and clerical duties, including those related to literacy Services
DEADLINE: OPEN


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Discovering Joys of Reading :: Ventura County Library

Discovering joys of reading
Ventura County Star: 10.10.2014 by Anne Kallas

It required some stealth, but Marie Martinez, 50, of Oak View, learned a few tricks over the years to hide her secret: She couldn’t read.

“I’d sit in the break room and wait for someone to go to the bulletin board. Then I’d ask them to read me what it said. I’d always say I was too busy eating and didn’t have time,” Martinez said. “When the kids wanted me to help them with homework, I’d tell them I was too busy cleaning or cooking.”

Now, her secret is out. But that’s OK, she said, because she’s doing something about it, and she wants others to know there’s no shame in seeking help.

Martinez goes on Wednesday afternoons to the Buena High School library in Ventura, where tutor Valerie Stachkunas, of Ventura, goes over word sounds, using colored tiles as part of a phonics lesson.

Martinez is one of about 200 people being served by READ Ventura County Library, a free adult literacy program offered at six sites throughout the county library system. The program is part of California’s Library Literacy Services, which is in its 30th year both in the state and county. The occasion was marked by Gov. Jerry Brown issuing a proclamation that declared September as Adult Literacy Awareness Month.

Carol Chapman, who runs the Ventura County adult literacy program, said most people who use the one-on-one tutoring services are “people born and educated in the United States who are dealing with all kinds of factors — emotional issues, illness, trauma.”

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“The average person who comes to this program reads at a third- or fourth-grade level. They can read, but not well enough to improve their employment status,” she said.

The people in the program tend to be very intelligent, but with some type of issue that makes reading difficult, Chapman said. READ MORE !

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: January 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: January 2015

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

Help An Adult Learn To Read
Jan. 3  Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Yucca Valley Library 9a
Jan. 6  Literacy Learner Training = READ/San Diego Library 5.45p
Jan. 8  Literacy Tutor Orientation = READ/OC Library 1p
Jan. 8  Literacy Tutor Orientation = READ/OC Library 6p
Jan. 8  Literacy Tutor Orientation = South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
Jan. 10 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Lake Arrowhead Library 10a
Jan. 10 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Crestline Library 10:30a
Jan. 10 ESL Tutor Training = Laubach Literacy, Ventura 9a
Jan. 11 Literacy Tutor Training = Santa Barbara Library 1p
Jan. 12 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Redlands Library 6p
Jan. 13 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Beaumont Library 5p
Jan. 14 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Barstow Library 11a
Jan. 17 ESL Tutor Orientation = Azusa Library 9a
Jan. 17 ESL Tutor Training = San Gabriel VLC 9a
Jan. 17 Literacy Tutor Workshop = Whittier Area Literacy Council 9a
Jan. 17 Literacy Tutor Training =San Bernardino Co Fontana Library 10a
Jan. 20 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Hesperia Library 3p
Jan. 20 Literacy Learner Orientation = Newport Beach Library 6p
Jan. 20-31 Literacy READ-A-THON = Covina Library
Jan. 22 Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego Library 6p
Jan. 24 Voter Information Fair = Azusa Library 10a
Jan. 24 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Adelanto Library 11a
Jan. 24 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Apple Valley Library 10a
Jan. 24 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co 29 Palms Library 10a
Jan. 26 Literacy Learner Training = READ/San Diego Library 9:45a
Jan. 26 Literacy Volunteer Orientation = Corona Library 7p
Jan. 26 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Ventura Co Library 5p
Jan. 27 Literacy Tutor Workshop = Newport Beach Library 6p
Jan. 31 Literacy Tutor Training = Azusa Library 8:30a
Jan. 31 Literacy Tutor Training = LEARN SD County Library 10a
Jan. 31 Literacy Tutor Training = SLO Library 10a

LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction

Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame !


Sunday, December 14, 2014

CLA Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award, 2014 : : Natasha Casteel, Roseville Library

OUTSTANDING LIBRARIAN IN SUPPORT OF LITERACY AWARD 2014 Award Winner:
Natasha Casteel, City Librarian – Roseville Library

Natasha began her library career as a Children’s Librarian in North Carolina.  After relocating to New Hampshire, she served as Director of two libraries in her ten years there.  Later moving to New Mexico with her husband, Natasha served as Assistant Director of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries.  She led library programming and outreach, materials support services, information technology, and mobile library services.  Now settled as City Librarian in Roseville, Natasha’s areas of focus are strengthening organizational culture, building community partnerships, fostering innovation, and continuing to provide community-driven programs and services. As City Librarian, she also oversees operations of the Maidu Museum & Historic Site and works on major initiatives in the City’s Parks, Recreation & Libraries department.

Roseville Librarian Natasha Casteel talks about the importance of literacy & great programs at Roseville libraries.  Video: June 6, 2012

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 Winners:
2013: Patricia Noa, Orange County Public Library
2012: Christy Aguirre, Sacramento Public Library
2011: Patricia Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library District
2010: Anne Cain, Contra Costa County Library
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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

MPK Bruggemeyer Library: 30 Years of Literacy Services

MPK Bruggemeyer Library: 30 Years of Literacy Services
MontParkTV: 12.06.2014

Slideshow and interviews spotlight past and present successes of L.A.M.P. - Monterey Park's literacy program. Also features interviews with 2014 Tutor of the Year Annabelle Chu; student and small business owner Ken Huang.

 

Video was presented at the annual tutor recognition luncheon and awards ceremony at Luminarias Restaurant on Dec. 6, 2014.

Produced by library staff member Jose Garcia with assistance from other library personnel.

Features, Rebecca Calman, Jim Roberts, Harvey Elparin, Ben White, Cathay Reta, Beth Woo, Stephanie Brown, Norma Arvizu, Lilian Kawaratani, Annabelle Chu, Joyce Chan, Ken Huang among others.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Redlands’ Smiley Library’s Adult Literacy program welcomes new face

Redlands’ Smiley Library’s Adult Literacy program welcomes new face
Redlands Daily Facts: 12.04.2014 by Kristina Hernandez

A part-time literacy coordinator has been hired to help expand the A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Literacy Program.

Dottie Podolak, an educator who has worked for the Redlands Unified School District, will join Katherine Gifford and Trudy Waldron, volunteer literacy coordinators, to create new opportunities for students.

“I’m very excited to be coming in to a wonderful program and to be a part of the Smiley Library,” Podolak said by phone Thursday. “The hope for us as we look ahead is to continue to really deepen the program that has already been established.”

According to the library, 15 to 20 percent of adults in the country are in need of literacy assistance; the program’s goal is to assist adults 18 and older to improve their reading and writing skills.

The program has assisted more than 220 adults in the past four years.

“There is definitely a need for this program and the program has been really held up by these two wonderful volunteers, Trudy and Katherine, who have dedicated themselves to this cause. To come in and work with them is a privilege,” Podolak said.  READ MORE !

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Newport Beach Library :: Holiday Potluck


Setting up for our annual Holiday Potluck for our wonderful tutors, learners and volunteers, together with their families. Fun, food and games for all !


Unlock the potential
Become a tutor at the Newport Beach Public Library
949 . 717 . 3874

Friday, December 5, 2014

Literacy Jobs - California :: Woodland :: Visalia :: LA :: Santa Rosa :: Salinas

Literacy Jobs - California

Recruit adult learners and volunteer tutors. Screen volunteer tutors and receive adult learners into program. Assign tutors and students in working pairs. Prepare grant applications as required.
DEADLINE: Dec 12

Family Literacy Coach - HEART High School After School Program - PT
Pro-Youth - Visalia
DEADLINE: Dec 31
work with the Site Coordinator, after school site staff, school personnel and local community base organizations
DEADLINE: Dec 31
DEADLINE: Open

12-Month, Grant-Funded Position
The primary functions of this position are to collect parenting ladder data for reporting purposes and to implement early literacy playgroups in the library and/or a city recreation center using a pre-set curriculum that includes facilitating open play, singing songs, conducting story time and engaging with parents.
DEADLINE: Open

Temporary, Grant Funded
perform a wide variety of general and clerical duties, including those related to literacy Services
DEADLINE: Open


Happy International Volunteer Day

Happy International Volunteer Day!

Thank You Volunteers
from the
Southern California Library Literacy Network !

@scllnliteracy

To All of Our Awesome Volunteers
for Your Dedication & Contributions ! ! !
Make Change Happen

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Newport Beach Library :: Tutor Snapshot

Newport Beach Library
Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy
Literally Speaking: Nov/Dec 2014

Snapshot: Tutor
Shari Elias Last year, Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy recognized Shari Elias for her nearly 7 years of service to the Program, both as a tutor and an instructor. Her dedication to the learners has made her an invaluable member of the team.

Literally Speaking: What first drew you to the Newport Beach Public Library literacy program?

Shari: My father passed away in 2007, and after having been his caregiver for 7 months at his home in CDM, I felt a need to volunteer in a less stressful situation. I never realized how much fun and enjoyable, while also being therapeutic, tutoring in this program would be. It took some time to realize that as I was helping others, the learners were doing me a much greater service.

Literally Speaking: How has your work here impacted your life outside?

Shari: Being involved with individuals from approximately ten different countries every week cannot be anything but exciting. Although I have always thought of myself as open-minded and fairly liberal, it is difficult for me to express my emotions felt when discussing religion, politics, lifestyles, families, marriages, sex, etc., in a group setting with foreigners. I have learned from them to be more compassionate, less prejudiced, and not to jump to conclusions when a particular group is headlined in our news. I also appreciate that I can now recite a greeting in about 8-10 different languages other than English.  READ MORE !

Monday, December 1, 2014

National & International Literacy & Library Events :: December 2014

National & International Literacy & Library Events
December 2014

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


Dec. 2   I Love My Librarian 2014 Award, New York NY
Dec. 3+ LRA National Reading Conference, Marco Island FL
Dec. 3+ TASH Annual Conference, Washington DC
Dec. 4+ National Reading Conference, Dallas TX
Dec. 5  International Volunteer Day - Global
Dec. 5  Spotlight on Dyslexia - Cyberspace
Dec. 6  Autism Sensory Friendly Films - PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Dec. 7+ Head Start Parent Conference, New Orleans LA
Dec. 10+ Zero to Three Institute, Fort Lauderdale FL
Dec. 10   White House Summit on Early Education, Wash DC 12N

Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, Washington DC thru Jan 19, 2015

Fun children's and young adult literature events from coast to coast!
Children’s Book Council.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Huntington Beach Library :: Student Writing

OPEN DOORS: November 2014

Student Writing
"Before I took the computer classes, it was very difficult to even type my library card number into the library computers. There were many barriers, like where do I erase? How do I make capital letters? How do I move the cursor? Thanks to the computer classes, I can now send and receive emails from my son's school and he has my help to study through the internet on his tablet. I can communicate with my friends in Mexico with Facebook. I know how to send photos and I can practice typing on typingweb.com. I study English with Duolingo. I receive information from our family clinic and can request our medications online. I have helped my husband search online for jobs and I can make Word documents, insert pictures and send them by email. I have found projects for my children's homework on Google and I use YouTube to perfect my recipes and learn how to create different hairstyles for my daughter. In reality, without the help of the library, none of this would be possible. Thank you so much! Sincerely, Martha"

Kudos ...
•Angela G. and her tutor Barry K. Angela passed the US Citizenship exam!
•Francisca B. and her tutor Liz O. Francisca was asked to read prayers aloud in English in front of her church congregation.
•Yolanda L. and her tutor Billie S. Yolanda is able to read the directions and help her daughter with homework.  READ MORE !

Friday, November 28, 2014

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar: December 2014

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar
 December 2014

For Local, California and National
Literacy or Library Conferences and Events
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Calendar
Dec. 1  Literacy Tutor Training = Huntington Beach Library 6P
Dec. 2  Literacy Tutor Orientation - Carlsbad Library 12N
Dec. 2  Literacy Tutor Orientation - Beaumont Library 4p
Dec. 4  Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC Library 1p
Dec. 4  Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
Dec. 6  Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Library Grand Terrace 9:30a
Dec. 6  Literacy Fair = Camarena Library 10a
Dec. 6  Literacy Tutor Training - San Luis Obispo County Library 10a
Dec. 6  Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC Library 6p
Dec. 9  Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library Barstow 3p
Dec. 9  Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library Big Bear 4p
Dec. 11 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Carlsbad Library 6p
Dec. 16 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library Hesperia 3p
Dec. 27 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co 29 Palms Library 10a

LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction

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