Friday, January 31, 2014

Southern California and California Literacy Events: February 2014

Southern California and California Literacy Events: February 2014

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

Feb. 6+ Early Childhood STEM, Costa Mesa
Feb. 7+ JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: South Coast Rep, Costa Mesa
Feb. 14  Book Giving Day GLOBAL
Feb. 14+ CATE Conf, San Diego
Feb. 15  Autism Sensory Friendly Films LEGO 10a
Feb. 22+ SCIBA Children's Books & Literacy Dinner, Pasadena
Feb. 27  San Diego Co Literacy Spelling Bee 5:30p
Feb. 28+ CARS+ Conv, Irvine

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Literacy Library Jobs: California - Salinas

Literacy Jobs: California

Literacy Specialist (Parent Educator)
12-Month, Grant-Funded Position

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: February 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: February 2014

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

Feb 1 Literacy Tutor Workshop = Altadena Library 9a
Feb 1 Literacy Tutor Workshop = San Diego Co Library 10a
Feb 4 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Carlsbad Library 12N
Feb 4 Literacy Tutor Workshop - Beaumont Library 4p
Feb 6 Literacy Tutor Workshop - Newport Beach Library 5:30p
Feb 6 Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy @Torrance Library 7p
Feb 8 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Placentia Library 1p
Feb 10 Literacy Learner Training = READ/San Diego 5:45p
Feb 12 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Newport Beach Library 2p
Feb 12 Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego 6p
Feb 20 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Carlsbad Library 6p
Feb 25 Literacy Learner Training = READ/San Diego 9:45p
Info about local Tutor Training Workshops is always Scrolling in the Right Frame.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

National Literacy Action Week (NLAW) January 27 – February 1

January 27 – February 1

NLAW is a Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education [SCALE] initiative for strengthening literacy activism. During the week, campus literacy programs nationwide join together to raise awareness about literacy and create change on their campuses and in their communities.

To raise awareness:
- Help people understand the need for literacy services locally or nationally.
- Inform your community about the importance of having adequate literacy skills, and what it means for those who do not.
- Raise awareness about your program’s activities and the essential work you do.
- Make connections between literacy and other social justice issues by demonstrating the very real relationships operating in society (e.g., literacy and racism, poverty, sexism, immigration, health needs).

To make change:
- Address a social justice issue in your local community or on campus.
- Advocate for changes in a local school.
- Lobby local, state or national elected officials to commit more resources for literacy initiatives.
- Pressure decision-makers in education (or other human service areas) to embrace policies and practices that benefit learners most and lead to greater justice and equality.

February 1, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

Hunter Phillips Goodman @ 10am
the history of student-led service movements

Lucy Lewis @ 11am
her experiences with voting rights in the 1970s and now

Monday, January 20, 2014

Huntington Beach Library - Family Literacy - For library duo, work is not about books

For library duo, work is not about books
Orange County Register: 1.09.2014 by Annie Zak

When Amy Crepeau started working at the Oak View branch of the Huntington Beach Public Library, she didn't even speak the same language as most of the residents in the neighborhood.

As she began learning Spanish, library patrons sometimes would laugh with her about her mistakes, but then they would correct her, eventually helping lead Crepeau to fluency.

Crepeau's experience in learning another language mirrors how she helps residents in the Oak View neighborhood learn English through her position as coordinator of the Family Literacy Program.

She and the library's branch manager, Claudia Locke, have been working together at the Oak View library for nearly 20 years. As a result, the library has become not just a place for checking out books, but the center of the Oak View community.

The two women, along with a fleet of volunteers, help teach English to adults and families, coordinate community events at the library and host reading programs and homework clubs, among other things.  READ MORE !

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Redlands Library - Pair team up to quarterback Redlands Adult Literacy Program

Pair team up to quarterback Redlands Adult Literacy Program
Redlands Daily Facts: 12.28.2013 by Kristina Hernandez

With the need for literacy tutors growing in the city, two women have dedicated a countless number of hours to ensure those demands are met.

Trudy Waldron and Katherine Gifford head the Redlands Adult Literacy Program at the A.K. Smiley Public Library, which provides one-on-one tutoring in reading and writing to people age 18 and up.

The group meets weekly at the library and at two other sites with learners they are assigned to in the hopes of tackling any needs their students would like to address, such as writing a greeting card or reading and filling out an employment application.

“So many seeking literacy help as adults have economic problems, and 50 percent of our adult literacy students have school-aged children,” Gifford said.

More than 100 tutors volunteer for the program, but a few years ago that was not the case — plans were being made to dissolve the program due to money issues, Waldron said.

That is when the Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library and the duo jumped on board to save it in the hopes of building a bigger and better program.

And that’s just what they have done.  READ MORE !

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

SCA7: Local Government Financing

Local Government Financing: Public Libraries-Voter Approval
Author: Senator Lois Wolk; Coauthors: Senator Mark Leno & Assembly Member Das Williams

SCA7, a state constitutional amendment in the California Senate and Assembly that would change the limit for a successful ballot initiative from the current 66% required to pass down to 55% for approval.

In plain terms, if SCA7 eventually passes and is approved as a statewide Proposition it will be 11% easier to pass a library ballot measure in California.

The first step is to get SCA7 passed in the Senate and General Assembly then signed by the Governor.

It would then become a statewide Proposition and require a simple majority of Californians to approve it. This will have a huge and significant impact on libraries in California.

EveryLibrary is starting with a Letter of Support to the author, Sen Lois Wolk and co-authors, Sen Mark Leno and Assembly Member Das Williams.

And to write letters to the editor of your local newspapers as part of a larger effort to get the word out to the public about the importance of libraries.

November 2014: Statewide Ballot

June 27:  Re-referred to Sen Com.on APPR.
May 15, 2013: Passes 1st Committee
Dec 3, 2012: Introduced. Read first time.

Senator Lois Wolk
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5114
Sacramento,  CA  95814
Phone:  (916) 651-4003
Fax:  (916) 651-4903

Senator Mark Leno
Capitol Office
Phone:  (916) 651-4011
Fax:  (916) 651-4911
State Capitol, Room 5100
Sacramento,  CA  95814

Assembly Member Das Williams
Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0037
Tel: (916) 319-2037
Fax: (916) 319-2137