Monday, June 30, 2014

A Case of the Mondays ? Volunteer Tutors Needed, SCLLN

Volunteer To Tutor @ 
a Southern California Library Literacy Network program.

Reduce Your Stress !

July Calendar of upcoming Tutor Workshops.
Or Check Out SCLLNs List of Members.

Points of Light

Sunday, June 29, 2014

California & National Literacy & Library Events: July 2014

California & National Literacy & Library Events: July 2014

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

Summer Reading Clubs @ Your Local Library Fizz Boom Read

5 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

Southern California and California Literacy & Library Events
July 17+ Literacies for All Summer Institute, Pasadena
July 18+ Sierra Storytelling Festival, Nevada City
July 24+ Comic-Con International, San Diego
July 26  Sensory Friendly Films: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE 10a AMC

National & International Literacy & Library Events
July 10+ Conference of the Americas, Washington DC
July 23+ Autism Society National Conference, Indianapolis IN
July 23+ Romance Writers of America Conference, San Antonio TX
July 24+ National Storytelling Conference, Phoenix AZ
July 24  SummerTeen: HOT Books Young Adult–SLJ Cyberspace, 11a–5:15p ET
July 26  Sensory Friendly Films: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE 10a AMC

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: July 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: July 2014

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

Summer Reading Clubs @ Your Local Library Fizz Boom Read

Only 17% of Parents Believe Reading is Top Priority During Summer

July 2 Literacy Tutor Orientation = READ/OC 6p
July 2 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Newport Beach Library 6p
July 8 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Carlsbad Library 12N
July 9 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego 5:45p
July 9 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Centro Latino for Literacy 6p
July 10 Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego 6p
July 12 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Lake Arrowhead 10a
July 15 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Big Bear 4p
July 17 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Carlsbad Library 6p
July 19 Literacy Tutor Workshop = READ/OC 9a
July 19 Literacy Tutor Training = San Diego Co Library 10a
July 28 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego 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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

California Book Festivals: July 2014

Books, Comics, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing and more !

Summer Reading Clubs @ Your Local Library
500 year old books and Oscar Wilde writings
Obscura Society LA, $20

North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Nevada City

Comic-Con Intl - San Diego: Jul 24-27
San Diego Convention Center

Book'd in Burbank: Jul 24, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Theatre Banshee

Ongoing ::: Thru September

Skirball Cultural Center

LA graffiti artists inspired by 400yr books
ESMoA, El Segundo

Your one stop for all the most exciting literary events in the LA area

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rancho Cucamonga Library - StoryCorps 2013 Medal Winner

IMLS and StoryCorps

StoryCorps is making their visits to the 2013 medal-winning institutions in early 2014. Check back to hear additional stories as they are made available.

Rancho Cucamonga Public Library

"You become an expert on deception..."
Jerry Piazza (L), a 64-year-old student in the adult literacy program at the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, talks to Allen Callaci (R), the literacy librarian, about navigating life without the ability to read. They talk about his decision to go to tutoring and publicly reveal his struggle.
Length: 2:28. Read transcript (PDF)

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. StoryCorps is currently one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in the country. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. Fifty of StoryCorps’ most emblematic stories have been collected in the New York Times bestseller, Listening Is an Act of Love (Penguin Press). A follow-up book, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (Penguin Press), published in Spring 2010, features inspiring stories by and about mothers.

StoryCorps San Francisco
StoryCorps is pleased to partner with the San Francisco Public Library, Airbnb, KALW and KQED to record, preserve, and share the stories of the Bay Area. Visit StoryCorps in San Francisco.

Friday, June 20, 2014

75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights

75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights
ALA News: 6.17.2014

Seventy-five years ago at the 1939 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA Council adopted the Library’s Bill of Rights, echoing the spirit of a document from the Des Moines Public Library in 1938. This document, refreshed in 1944, 1948, 1961, 1967, 1980 and 1996, remains the library profession’s major policy document on intellectual freedom.

All those revisions prove that the Library Bill of Rights is truly a “living document.” In fact, LBOR now has 21 Interpretations.  ALA has recognized that it is a document of ideals, but also of practice—which is why interpretations have been crafted to deal with such specific issues as Privacy, Children and Services to the Disabled.

ALA President Barbara Stripling is “pleased to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights and to recognize the enduring impact of libraries on the democratic vitality of our nation.  LBOR serves as a foundational documents for libraries of all types, affirming the right of all members of our communities to have equitable and uncensored access to information and ideas.”

Stripling’s presidential year has included the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, which affirms the principles in LBOR which “empower individuals, strengthen families, build communities, and strengthen our nation.”

All these documents can be found in the Intellectual Freedom Manual, which will soon have its ninth edition!

The Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Committee on Professional Ethics and the Intellectual Freedom Round Table urge libraries to celebrate.  The Office for Intellectual Freedom can provide ideas for you.  Stay tuned for further activities at the Las Vegas Annual Conference!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Only 17 Percent of Parents Believe Reading is Top Priority During the Summer

New Survey: Only 17 Percent of Parents Believe Reading is Top Priority During the Summer; Kids Spend Nearly Triple the Time Playing Video Games or Watching TV

Macy’s and Reading Is Fundamental Launch Be Book Smart Campaign June 18 to Support Children’s Literacy

WASHINGTON – (June 18, 2014) – Despite research that indicates the importance of summer reading in preventing children from losing literacy skills, only 17 percent of parents say reading is a top summer priority, according to a new survey from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll, also finds that children spend nearly three times as many hours weekly watching TV or playing video games as they do reading in the summer. More than 1,000 parents with children ages 5-11 completed the survey online in April.

Results of the survey are made public as Macy’s and RIF launch the 11th annual Be Book Smart campaign to support children’s literacy. Be Book Smart begins June 18, and invites customers nationwide to give $3 at any Macy’s register in-store, to help provide a book for a child and get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more. Macy’s will donate 100 percent of every $3 to RIF. The campaign ends July 13.

“Many families think of reading as eating your vegetables—good for you but not necessarily a treat. Reading is the best vacation. It takes you places you never dreamed you would visit, and summer especially is a time when kids can immerse themselves in the topics they like best,” said Carol H. Rasco, CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “Thanks to our partnership with Macy’s, we are bringing more books to children who need them most and starting them on a journey to a lifelong love of reading.”

More than 60 percent of parents in the survey said they do not believe their child loses reading skills over the summer. However, existing research shows that summer learning loss is a major problem, particularly for low-income children who can lose up to three months of reading skills because of limited access to books and learning opportunities while out of school. The key to helping children maintain and even improve their literacy skills over the summer is providing access to quality books that they can choose based on personal interests.

Full survey results are highlighted in an executive summary by Harris Poll. Key findings include:
• On average, parents say their child spends 17.4 hours/week watching TV or playing video games, 16.7 hours/week playing outside and only 5.9 hours/week reading.
• Parents who consider reading to be extremely or very important are twice as likely to have a child who reads every day.
• Children who were involved in a reading program last summer were up to two times more likely to read every day. Yet, over half of parents said their child did not participate in a reading program at all last summer.
• Last summer, children who read because they wanted to were twice as likely to read than children who read because they had to.
• Despite the proliferation of e-books and digital formats, 83 percent of parents said their child preferred print books for summer reading, compared to 7 percent preferring tablets and 4 percent preferring e-readers

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Huntington Beach Library - 30th Anniversary

Celebrating 30 years of Literacy Services
Huntington Beach Public Library
June 18

We will be celebrating the wonderful things you do for Literacy Services and the accomplishments of our learners. Not to mention welcoming in our new board, and celebrating the year 1984 and 30 years of Literacy Services in Huntington Beach! Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 13, 2014

New Library Funding Reduced From $5 million to $3 million

Budget Conferees Trim Budget As Part Of Deal With Governor - New Library Funding Reduced From $5 million to $3 million   
CLA News From the Capitol: 6.12.2014 by Mike Dillon & Christina DiCaro [ Full Text ]

Last night the Legislature’s eight-member Budget Conference Committee convened to make a series of adjustments to many previously closed Budget items and to take votes on several outstanding issues. One such item revisited was the new funding, recently approved, for the California Library Services Act and the state literacy program.

When the issue was reopened last night, the conferees noted that they were disappointed that they were going to have to make a small reduction to the previous augmentation, and reduced the CLSA by $2 million.
~ $2 million more for CLSA (current baseline is $1.8 million)
~ $1 million more for literacy (current baseline is $2.8 million)
~ $3.25 for the Governor’s proposal to link all public libraries to a high-speed, broadband network.

It was a compromise between the Senate, the Assembly, and the Governor’s office.

The CLA believes that these final numbers will be sent to the Governor for his signature on June 15.  READ Full Text

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Centro Latino for Literacy - Mixer

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


We had a great turnout on Wednesday, June 4th at our inaugural Pasadena literacy mixer – 150 people attended! We celebrated adult literacy, honored Judge Fernando OlguĂ­n, and launched our “Let’s Read with Literacy Partners” campaign (

A good time was had by all. A special thanks to those that contributed to our mission of transforming lives through literacy. Shout out to Centro Latino’s Fund Development & Marketing Committee for bringing this together along with the talented staff of Centro Latino. Volunteers – thanks for making guests feel welcome!

Missed it? See pictures here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

San Diego Co Library - Tutors Make a Difference! LEARN Literacy

LEARN Adult Literacy - San Diego County Library

Change a life. Change a community.
Libraries Empower All to Read Now!

Our mission is to help adults improve reading and writing skills to achieve their full potential as community members, family members, workers, and life-long learners; to teach non-English speakers ESL (English as a Second Language) skills; to tailor services to individual needs, with confidentiality; to foster understanding and use of public libraries; to educate communities on the importance of literacy.  See Pictures Here !

San Diego County Library
201 E. Douglas Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020

Sunday, June 8, 2014

ACTION ALERT: Letters to the Governor Needed to Protect $5 Million Library Funding

Action Alert
Letters to the Governor
Needed to Protect $5 Million Library Funding in Budget
CLA News From the Capitol:
6.06.2014 by Mike Dillon & Christina DiCaro  [ Full Text ]

The legislature has until Sunday, June 15th, the constitutional deadline, to send the Governor the Budget bill.

The Governor has until July 1 to sign the 2014-15 Budget into law.
He also has the authority to “blue pencil” (reduce or eliminate) certain provisions of the Budget.

Please take a minute today to write a letter to Governor Brown, encouraging him to support and leave intact the $5 million for Budget items:
6120-211-0001 - $4 million for the California Library Services Act
6120-213-0001 - $1 million for the California Library Literacy program

In your letters please stress how your libraries are busier than ever, but the devastating cuts of the past hinder your ability to provide certain services.  With the economy making a modest recovery, now is the time to invest in communities by returning critical financial state resources to the public libraries.

Address your letters to:
The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor, State of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA.  95814

You may also fax your letters to the Governor’s office:  (916) 558-3160
Thank you for your help.  READ Full Text

Saturday, June 7, 2014

San Diego Public Library :: READ/San Diego’s 24th Annual Tutor Conference: June 14, 2014

24th Annual Tutor Conference
June 14, 2014
8 am – 4:30 pm
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mindy L. Kornhaber

June 9: Early Registration rate of $35 ends June 9, 2014
After June 9, the registration fee is $45.

Join literacy tutors, teachers and literacy professionals from across California for a day of informative and enjoyable hands-on workshops. Twenty-eight workshops are scheduled in four strands, with breaks midway through the strands. A catered luncheon will be served between the strands and will feature Keynote Speaker Mindy Kornhaber.

Accent Reduction Techniques-Tips for Adult Learners: Margaret Watkins
Assisting Struggling Readers & Writers (p 1&2): Kathy St. John
Banish Boredom! Engage-em Activities: Tamarie Tigh
Comparative Approaches to Teaching Phonics (p 1&2): Elena Mendoza
Critical Thinking Strategies for Your ESL Students: Karyn Crowe-Ruiz
Effective Lesson Planning: Sue Pon
Evidence Based Reading Strategies Improve Comprehension (p 1&s): Guillermo Verdin
Reasoning & Rigor from the Beginning (p 1&2): Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
Tap That App: Susan Vega
The New Ged 2014 (p 1&2): Tom Brewer

For more information, call (619) 238-6603 or check out the Brochure.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Literacy Jobs: California

Literacy Jobs: California

focus on increasing literacy skills among low-income youth, primarily elementary students in public schools.
DEADLINE: August 20

Reading Partners, Redwood City
Site Coordinators are placed in partner schools where they oversee the full-time operations of a Reading Partners reading center. This includes student assessments, tutoring, and coordination of an average of 35-80 volunteer tutors
TERM: Aug 14–Jun 15

Budget Conference Committee Approves $5 Million For Public Libraries In Budget

Budget Conference Committee Approves $5 Million For Public Libraries In Budget
CLA-News From the Capitol: 6.04.2014 by Mike Dillon & Christina DiCaro

This afternoon, on a unanimous vote of the members, the Budget Conference Committee approved $5 million in new funding for public libraries, followed by a series of positive comments about the great work and positive community benefit of public libraries.

~ this funding request was developed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and supported by a bi-partisan group of 13 of his legislative colleagues, to try to restore some of the major cuts that the public libraries have endured for the last few years.

~ the A Budget Subcomm on Educ-Fin had approved $10 million for public library restoration ($8 million for the California Library Services Act and $2 million for the State adult literacy program)

~ this funding would be in addition to the $1.8 baseline currently for CLSA and the $2.8 million for literacy

~ the S Budget Subcomm-Educ Fin did not approve additional money for CLSA

~ this forced the item into the Budget Conference Committee

~ the item passed on a unanimous, bi-partisan vote
~ the issue still has a long way
~ discussions with Dept of Finance to prevent Governor from eliminating it
~ there was no discussion of the specific allocation of the $5 million in Comm
~ believe they will allocate $4 million for CLSA; $1 million for the literacy

Please Thank the legislators who assisted CLA in this effort:

Budget Conference Committee Members
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Chair
Assemblyman Richard Bloom
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber
Senator Mark Leno, Vice Chair
Senator Loni Hancock
Senator Ricardo Lara
Senator Jim Nielsen
And Senate President pro Tempore, Darrell Steinberg

Legislators Who Signed the Budget Request Letter
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (author of the letter)
Assemblyman Luis Alejo
Assemblyman Bill Quirk
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow
Assemblyman Ken Cooley
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
Assemblyman Brian Jones
Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
Assemblyman Brian Maienschein
Assemblyman Chris Holden
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen
Assemblywoman Marie Waldron

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Newport Beach Library - "Gift of Literacy" Luncheon

Seventh Annual Gift of Literacy
"Gift of Literacy" Luncheon
June 6, 2014

Featured guest speaker
Best-selling author
Lisa See

This year, the Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy annual fundraising luncheon will feature bestselling author Lisa See. Her books, Snowflower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls and others, have captured the imagination of readers everywhere.

Lisa See will be debuting her newly released book, China Dolls, at this event. Each attendee will receive a first edition hardback copy of the book with their ticket purchase. This special gift is made possible by our sponsor Richard Hearn of the STARCARE Foundation.

The Literacy Program is very excited to have this acclaimed writer as guest speaker and hopes you will join the special event. There will be a silent auction, opportunity drawings, and Ms. See will be signing copies of her book.

For more information contact: (949) 717-3874 or

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lunch @ The Library - California Library Association

Lunch @ the Library: Program Information

The California Summer Meal Coalition (CSMC) and California Library Association (CLA) are working with libraries and meal providers across California to offer summer lunch programs that are designed to provide nourishment and summer enrichment for children and teens. All library meal sites provide free summer lunches and engage families with library programs and services. Some libraries are extending the impact of their lunch programs by providing arts, literacy, and STEM programming for participating children and teens.

Library summer meal sites in California
The need for free summer meals
Summer vacation presents a different reality for many impoverished children in California. In addition to limited access to summer learning and enrichment programs, many low-income children struggle to have basic needs met, with reduced access to healthy food and safe places to congregate. The intersections between summer health and summer learning and enrichment are great, suggesting that a holistic view of the summer landscape is crucial to understanding existing challenges and opportunities to creating a summer experience in which all children are healthy, active, and engaged.

A 2012 report from the National Summer Learning Association highlights the links between food insecurity, childhood obesity, and the achievement gap:4
•Food insecurity increases during the summer break without access to the nutrition provided by the National School Lunch Program.
•Children may gain weight two to three times faster during the summer than during the school year.
•Low-income youth may fall further behind in academic skills—particularly reading—during the summer break, experiencing greater “summer learning loss” than their higher-income peers and widening the achievement gap.
•Nutrition education interventions that exclusively target the school environment may be less impactful because weight gain happens primarily outside of school.
•Adequate nutrition promotes brain development and improves cognitive functioning, whereas inadequate nutrition is associated with physical and mental health issues, emotional and behavioral problems, learning deficiencies, lower grades, and repeating a grade.

Children who are well-nourished are likely to have cognitive advantages over children with deficits in this area, and reducing health disparities among lower and higher socioeconomic children can help close the achievement gap.5

Visit the California Department of Education’s searchable online map here for more sites. Summer meal sites will offer free lunch and snacks to youth under age 18 from June 2 through August 8.