Saturday, May 31, 2014

Letters Of Support: $10 Million for California Public Libraries

Letters Requested by June 5
CLA-News From the Capitol: 5.30.2014 by Mike Dillon & Christina DiCaro

While the Assembly provided $10 million in their version of the Budget, the Senate did not take a similar action.  Thus, this issue must go to the Budget Conference Committee to be reconciled.  The Conference Committee may choose to adopt the Assembly version at $10 million, adopt the Senate version at $0, or adopt an amount in between these two numbers.

Your Help Is Needed – Letters Requested!

Please take a minute today to write the members of the Budget Conference Committee and urge their support for:

“Adoption of the Assembly Version, Budget Item 6120-211-0001 ($8 million for the California Library Services Act) and Budget Item 6120-213-0001 ($2 million for the California Library Literacy program).”

In your letters, please indicate
~ how much your library usage is up
~ how important it is to hold together the integrity of the “systems” under CLSA to protect the collaborative coordination between libraries
~ how your library would benefit if the $8 million were put into “communications and delivery” under the CLSA (e.g. could use it to buy better circuits in preparation for the statewide broadband connectivity, establish Wifi hotspots, etc.), and please indicate
~ how robust your literacy programs are
~ the value of that service in helping people to become more self-sufficient
~ how many adult learners remain on waiting lists, etc.

Please send or fax your letters to the following Budget Conference Committee members by Thursday (June 5) of next week.
Thank you for your help!
The Honorable Nancy Skinner, Chair
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 6026
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2115

The Honorable Richard Bloom, Member
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 2179
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2150

The Honorable Jeff Gorell, Member
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 6031
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2144

The Honorable Shirley Weber, Member
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 3126
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2179

The Honorable Mark Leno, Member
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 5100
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4911

The Honorable Loni Hancock, Member
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4909

The Honorable Ricardo Lara, Member
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4933

The Honorable Jim Nielsen, Member
Budget Conference Committee
State Capitol, Room 4062
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4904

Friday, May 30, 2014

Centro Latino for Literacy :: Leamos, Tacos, y Tequila Mixer

Leamos, Tacos, y Tequila
June 4
Centro Latino for Literacy

Join Centro Latino for Literacy: celebrate adult literacy and recognize the Honorable Fernando M. OlguĂ­n, past Centro Latino for Literacy Board Member and now U.S. District Judge, Central District of CA.

Come and enjoy delicious tacos and tasty tequila/margaritas while learning about literacy!

Mijares Mexican Restaurant
145 Palmetto Dr - Pasadena

Please RSVP

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Southern California & California Literacy & Library Events: June 2014

Southern California and California Literacy & Library Events: 
June 2014

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

June 1 Author Fair, El Segundo Library
June 6+ Sacramento Black Book Fair
June 7+ Literary Stage - San Mateo County Fair
June 12+ Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conf, Corte Madera
June 14  Tutor Conference READ/San Diego, Joan B Kroc-USD
June 15 River of Words: Saint Mary’s College, Moraga 1p
June 21 Sensory Friendly Film - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 10a
June 23+ Wilson Reading Tutor Training, Sherman Oaks

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: June 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: June 2014

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

Summer Library Reading Club
June 2  Literacy Tutor Training READ/San Diego Library 10a
June 3  Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 12N
June 4  Leamos Tacos Tequila Centro Latino for Literacy, Mijares Rest 6p
June 5  Literacy Learner Orientation READ/OC Library 1p
June 5  Literacy Learner Orientation READ/OC Library 6p
June 5  Literacy Tutor Training Burbank Library 6p
June 5  Literacy Tutor Orientation South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
June 6  The Gift of Literacy Newport Beach Library 11a
June 7  Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Yucaipa 9a
June 10  Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Barstow 3p
June 11  Literacy Learner Orientation READ/San Diego Library 5:45p
June 14  Tutor Conference READ/San Diego Library, Joan B Kroc-USD
June 17  Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Hesperia 4p
June 18  30th Anniversary Literacy Huntington Beach Library 7p
June 19  Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Adelanto 4p
June 19  Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 6p
June 21  Family Picnic-Appreciation Day READ/Orange Library
June 27  Literacy Learner Orientation - READ/San Diego Library 9:45a

Info about local Tutor Training Workshops is always Scrolling in the Right Frame.
LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online instruction

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Literacy Library Jobs - California - Stanislaus Co

Literacy Jobs: California

AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Literacy Coordinator - FT
inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success (LAUSD).
TERM: Sep 14–Jul 15

Instructor II, Adult Basic Education - PT
oversees the educational progress of the students, decides on the individual learning plan for each student and assigns instructional materials based on assessments.
TERM: Aug 14–Aug 15

AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator - FT
The Health Trust, San Jose
identify and recruit high-quality, reliable community volunteers to become Reading Partners tutors.
TERM: Aug 14-Jun 15

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CA Assembly Budget SubComm Approves $10M "State Library Budget Package"

CLSA and Literacy programs would benefit from new money

May 21: Hearing

~ $1 Million in grants to help libraries connect to CENIC

“State Library Budget Package” $10 Million in new funding for public libraries:
Approve the May Revise Request for $192,000 and two positions
$2 million - California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program

The Department of Finance indicated that they could not support the additional $10 million as it would create greater cost pressure on the state’s General Fund. The issue passed on a bi-partisan vote of 5-0 (Aye: Muratsuchi, Chavez, Dababneh, Nestande, and Ting).

The Senate Budget Subcommittee has no additional funding in their Budget for these two programs.

This will force the issue into the Budget Conference Committee (the members have been appointed yet) process.
~ will likely begin convening at the end of next week or the first part of June
~ send a Budget bill down to the Governor by June 15, the constitutional deadline

Look for additional report early next week; “next steps”; and contact information for the members of the Budget Conference Committee.

Full Article
CLA-News From the Capitol: 5.21.2014 by Mike Dillon & Christina DiCaro

Monday, May 19, 2014

Azusa Library :: Scrabble FUNraiser - Literacy: May 22

2nd Annual Azusa Scrabble Night
Adult Literacy Services – Azusa Library
May 22

Ticket price includes:  Dinner, 3 rounds of play and a raffle ticket.
Cash prizes awarded to top three contestants.

Tickets available at the Azusa City Library, City Hall & Chamber of Commerce and online or call (626) 334-1507. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event.

Azusa Library
729 N. Dalton Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702

$15 in advance $20 at the door
6 pm - 9pm

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Literacy Day - California African American Museum: May 17

“Heads Are Turning, Children Are Learning”
Literacy Day: May 17
10:30am – 4pm
600 State Drive
Exposition Park

Come enjoy a day of FREE fun-filled learning and share your passion for reading at The California African American Museum!

Literacy Day features Synthia Saint James; Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition Finalists; honoring Morrie Turner, cartoonist, creator of the strip Wee Pals. The event also features various local LA authors for book signing and readings of their work.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Children's Book Week: May 12-18

Children’s Book Week
"Cover to Cover, Coast to Coast"
May 12-18, 2014 -- the 95th anniversary!

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!

Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.

In 2008, the Children's Choice Book Awards Program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a life-long love of reading. Winners are announced live during Children's Book Week at the Children's Choice Book Awards Gala, the Academy Awards of children's literature. This year, voting from March 25 -- May 12.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Los Angeles Public Library: It's a Match

It’s a Match Part 1
LAPL Adult Literacy Services
READ Newsletter: Spring 2014

Carol’s Story By Tutor Carol Camus-Niwa
I love working with Maria, because she’s a lot like me! She’s always on time, does all her homework, and is very smart and ambitious. She’s the “supermom” with two children still living at home, (one with special needs), who makes sure her kids are being properly tended to at school and at home, and for that she needs the poise of being able to speak and write confidently and correctly to administrators, teachers and therapists.

After retiring from teaching English as a Second Language in adult school, I spent most of my leisure time reading, which I’ve always loved, riding bicycles, hiking, and having lunch with my “old-lady” friends; but teaching was always a pleasure for me, never seemed like work. I found out about the literacy program at a library one day and, as they say, the rest is history. The books we are given to work within the literacy program put a lot of emphasis on grammar and syntax for native speakers, but Maria is not a native speaker, so we supplement our materials with “ESL” books, which break things down into past, present and future . . .

Maria’s Story By Learner Maria Anguiano

One thing I like about my class is that we meet at a convenient time, when my children are at school. My teacher has a lot of patience with me, because there are many things I don’t understand. I have learned a lot in the last nine months since we started working together. When I read to my kids, my pronunciation is better and I understand the stories I read to them because I understand some of the ways that indicate past, present and future. I can recognize more words now.  READ MORE !

Monday, May 5, 2014

Redlands Library - Literacy FUNraiser: May 8

Redlands Adult Literacy Fundraiser
May 8, 2014
Pump Boys and Dinettes

The Redlands Adult Literacy Program will hold a fundraiser at the Footlighters Theater, located at 1810 Barton Road, Redlands.  The evening will begin with a wine and appetizer reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the play “Pump Boys and Dinettes” at 8:00 p.m.  The ticket purchase of $25 includes an opportunity to win door prizes.  Please invite your friends and join us for a fun evening that supports adult literacy in our community!

Checks to purchase tickets should be made payable to the Friends of A. K. Smiley Public Library, with a memo reference of Footlighters.  Purchase tickets at or send check with return address, to: Redlands Adult Literacy Program, A. K. Smiley Public Library, 125 West Vine St. Redlands, CA 92373.

Questions?  Please call 909.798.7565, ext. 4138 or email:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival

Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival
May 3 • 10:00am - 5:00pm • FREE Admission
California State University, San Bernardino

Cal State San Bernardino and the John M. Pfau Library’s Latino Literacy Now project, will host the 2nd annual Edward James Olmos LatinoBook and Family Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The festival, which includes workshops, storytelling, meeting book authors and other activities, will be held at the Santos Manuel Student Union’s Events Center and Lobby.

The public is invited to this free full day of food and entertainment, which includes free parking in Lots D and E. Performances will start at 11 a.m., with Multicultural Music Tree, by Jose Ledesma. Maribel Puentes, Danza Azteca Tlazolteoti and Ballet Folclorico Tierra de Mi Padre. These are just a few of the amazing performances that will be staged at the second annual event.