Southern California Library Literacy Network - SCLLN
Writer to Writer Challenge - 2013
The Southern California Library Literacy Network is excited to announce the
winners and runners-up for the 2013 Writer to Writer Challenge! We received a large response—45 entries—and the quality of
the letters was amazing! We are so proud of all of the learners who wrote
letters. We are grateful to the coordinators and learner judging panels at
Huntington Beach Public Library, National City Public Library, Newport Beach
Central Public Library, and Carlsbad City Library for donating their time to
judge the letters.
Please join us at the Southern California Library Literacy
NetworkLiteracy Conference at the Holiday Inn, Buena Park, on Saturday, March 8,
where the winners will be recognized during the lunch program. The winners and runners-up will each receive a cash prize
and a certificate, and may attend the conference at our expense but they must
pre-register. All letter writers will
receive a certificate of participation.
Congratulations to everyone who
entered the 2013 Writer to Writer Challenge!
When Monica Woo came to the United
States from Korea 15 years ago, the English language was as foreign to her as
the country she was arriving in.
Even after becoming a citizen, it
still took the El Centro resident a run-in with immigration officers before
deciding to take on the task of learning the language.
“Two years ago I went to Korea and
when I came back, immigration asked me what I had to declare, and I couldn’t
answer,” Woo said.
So with the help of Adult Literacy Services
at the Imperial Public Library, she embarked on a mission to not only speak,
but read English as well, a decision that she says has left her feeling happier
and more confident.
With the most recent Imperial County
statistics available showing an illiteracy rate dangerously close to 50
percent, stories like Woo’s could likely be found throughout the Valley.
Last conducted in 2003, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a representative assessment of English literacy
among American adults age 16 or older, according to the National Center for
During the assessment, 41 percent of
Imperial County’s population at the time was lacking basic prose literacy
skills; almost triple the national rate of 14 percent. READ MORE !
Mr.Z is a natural storyteller and delights in bringing books to young readers. But
that was not always the case. There was a time when reading the simple words of
a picture book would have proved impossible for Mr. Z. He spent years in school
overwhelmed with sadness that nothing came as easily to him as it did for
others. He would become rowdy, preferring to be kicked out of class than to be
called on by the teacher.
He was functionally illiterate, unable to read a
prescription label, his children’s report cards or a menu. He was diagnosed as
a young boy with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity. For more than 30
years, Mr. Z was illiterate, barely capable of writing or reading his own name.
He managed to graduate from high school, but he admits that he could only read
a few words on his diploma.
His second grade son began asking him for homework
help that he could not provide. At his wife’s suggestion, Mr. Z contacted the
Corona Public Library and began literacy classes. Empowered by his new reading
skills, Mr. Z has become an advocate for the struggling youth and adults in our
society, drawing upon his own experiences in learning how to read and succeed
in life. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN and PBS. He has also given numerous
LUNCH: $ 50.00 everyone NO REFUNDS AFTER FEBRUARY 24
Please complete and
submit the registration form. Scroll down to for workshop
descriptions; you may print the descriptions and decide before going back
online and registering.
Workshops will fill up
quickly, so register now for another great conference!
You can forward the pdf to your program participants and they can register online.Group registration
information is on the last page.
of membership dues and a partnership with the state library, we are able to
offer the 2014 conference at last year’s price. Take advantage of this
excellent pricing for a day filled with workshops, food, letters from the
Writer to Writer Challenge winners, friendship, and more. Sign up today!
you have any questions or concerns, please contact:Diane Moseley
A day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible.
Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day!
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.
2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.
3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.
How will you celebrate International Book Giving Day?
According to Pam Allyn, "Reading is like breathing in and writing is like breathing out, and storytelling is what links both: it is the soul of literacy. The most powerful tool that we have to strengthen literacy is often the most underused and overlooked, and that is a child's own stories"
Pam Allyn is a children's rights activist and Executive Director and founder of LitWorld, a global non-profit organization advocating for children’s rights as readers, writers, and learners.
Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people.
Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. All over the world, children are hungry for learning and for the power it brings. Research shows that children learn to read and write best by writing and telling the stories of their own experiences. Yet it is rare to find safe spaces where children feel fully comfortable to do so.
The California State Library
has returned to the newly restored Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building
after four years of extensive renovations and we'd like you to come and visit
us. The building, a remarkable example of Neo-classical architecture located at
914 Capitol Mall, has been fully restored to its original beauty.
Help us celebrate our move
back to thishistoric buildingFebruary 11–14, 2014. We have put together a
series of special events, exhibits and presentations for this week of
celebration. The festivities begin Tuesday, February 11, and continue
throughout the week.
We have a series of events
that you might want to check out in the Library Meeting Room on the fifth
floor. There will also be exhibits in Gillis Hall, the main reading room on the
third floor; the Circulation Room also on the third floor; and other locations
throughout the library. You can also go on a tour.
Tours will begin Tuesday,
February 11, at 11 a.m. and will continue until 3:30 p.m. Beginning Wednesday,
February 12, tours will be conducted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays only. You
can schedule a tour online on our website.
The presentations in the
Library Meeting Room, Room 500 will be held Wednesday-Friday, February 12-14,
from 9:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Among the topics presented will be a look at how
the government has used comics to get their message out; a fascinating
collection of political memorabilia including buttons, ballots and posters; the
seemingly incongruous relationship between government documents and love; plus
a host of other topics. READ MORE !
from the latest international study of adult skills, Programme for the
International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Survey of Adult
show that the U.S. workforce trails many other developed nations in
foundational skills essential for both individuals and the nation as a whole to
thrive. These skills include the ability to read, the ability to understand
numbers and do math, and the ability to solve problems using technology.
-A consultation paper, a 10-page paper that can be shared in
advance of an event to provide background on the skills issue and the framework
for the National Action Plan
-A toolkit, a step-by-step guide to running a local roundtable
from types of people to invite to what questions to pose
-An online feedback form (Submit comments by March
14 to be considered in the Plan.)
more about the results of the study by reading Time for the U.S. to Reskill?
What the Survey of Adult
Says, a report completed by OECD at the request of the U.S. Department of
play an important role in boosting adults’ foundational skills and they have
the ability to offer important insights that can help shape the national action
plan. Libraries can take part by hosting roundtable discussion to provide input
on the plan.