Thursday, July 31, 2014

San Diego Public Library :: READ / San Diego Tutor Conference - Keynote

READ/San Diego's 24th Annual Tutor Conference
By SDPL READ/San Diego Adult Literacy Program
June 14

Literacy tutors, teachers and literacy professionals from across California came together for a day of informative and enjoyable hands-on workshops.

A catered luncheon featured Keynote Speaker Mindy Kornhaber.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

California Literacy :: Library :: Literary Events: August 2014

California Literacy & Library Events: August 2014

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

Southern California Book & Literary Events
Aug. 1  Literary Figures Coloring Book Release, Fullerton Art Walk 6p
Aug. 1+  Oz Con, Coronado
Aug. 1+  Spiotto’s “Little Golden Books" Gallery 1988 East, LA
Aug. 8+  Oz Con International, San Diego
Aug. 26  Literary Death Match Largo at the Coronet, LA 6p

Ongoing ::: Thru September
Skirball Cultural Center
LA graffiti artists inspired by 400yr books
ESMoA, El Segundo

California Events

National Events
Aug. 8+   Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning, Honesdale PA
Aug. 12+ Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison WI

Monday, July 28, 2014

SCLLN Library Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: August 2014

SCLLN Library Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: August 2014

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

Aug. 2 Literacy Tutor Training - San Diego Co Library 10a
Aug. 4 Literacy Tutor Orientation - Centro Latino for Literacy 6p
Aug. 5 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Carlsbad Library 12N
Aug. 5 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC READ/OC 1p
Aug. 5 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC READ/OC 6p
Aug. 6 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego Library 5:45p
Aug. 7 Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
Aug. 9 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Lake Arrowhead 10a
Aug. 9 Literacy Tutor Orientation - Placentia Library 1p
Aug. 11 Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego Library 10a
Aug. 18 Volunteer Orientation - Corona Library 7p
Aug. 12 Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino Co Library Big Bear 4p
Aug. 16 Literacy Tutor Training - Azusa Library @ Monrovia Library 8:30a
Aug. 16 Literacy Tutor Training - Monrovia Library 8:30a
Aug. 16 Literacy Tutor Training - San Luis Obispo Library Literacy Council 10a
Aug. 21 Literacy Tutor Orientation - Carlsbad Library 6p
Aug. 22 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego Library 9:45a
Aug. 23 ESL Tutor Training = San Diego Co Library 9:30a
Aug. 23 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Apple Valley Library 10a
Aug. 23 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co 29 Palms Library 10a
Aug. 30 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Grand Terrace Library 9:30a

Aug. 30 Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Fontana 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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Literacy Library Jobs: California - Carlsbad, El Dorado, LA, San Diego

Literacy Jobs: California

facilitate learner enrollment by conducting testing, assessment and counseling to determine program eligibility; coordinate matching of learners with volunteer tutors

performs complex early childhood literacy paraprofessional duties, for the County Library’s First 5 El Dorado Early Literacy Program, provides direct instruction to children and adults in the area of early childhood literacy, conducts programs within the scope of the First 5 Program

performs learner assessments, tutor training and reporting for the adult and teen literacy program in addition to proving traditional library services. 
DEADLINE:  August 7

Literacy Coordinator / /AmeriCorps VIP Fellow - FT
responsible for improving the capacity of the placement site to attract and utilize high value (skilled and corporate) volunteers in order to increase services to the community.
DEADLINE: August 20

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Huntington Beach Library - Mayor's Award :: Diane Moseley, Adult Literacy Coordinator

Huntington Beach Mayor’s Award
Diane Moseley, Adult Literacy Coordinator
Huntington Beach Library

Council Meeting Video @ 18:45 minutes
Mayor Harper to call on Director of Library Services Stephanie Beverage to present the Mayor's Award to Adult Literacy Coordinator Diane Moseley.

Huntington Beach
City Council/Public Financing Authority
Monday, July 21, 2014
4:00 PM - Study Session, Room B-8
6:00 PM - Regular Meeting
Council Chambers - 2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Friday, July 25, 2014

Newport Beach Library: Ask A Leader @ KUCI FM

NMProLiteracy @NMProLiteracy
We were guests today on @KUCIFM "Ask a Leader" The host, Claudia, is a supporter of literacy efforts. Check it out

Ask A Leader
Bill Cook; OC’s Monument Man AND Adult Literacy, Read All About It
KUCI FM: 7.22.2014 by Claudia Shambaugh  PODCAST @26.30 minutes

Second Half:
Cherall Weiss and Minna Donatucci, coordinator and tutor respectively, present the Newport Beach Library’s adult literacy program, initiated in 1986 in Irvine.

First Half:
Bill Cook, district commander of 29th District of the American Legion in Orange Co., advocates for the Veterans Cemetery at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Base also known as the Great Park. Tonight, 7-22-14, the City Council will be voting on a resolution of whether to designate a specific 125-acre parcel at the Great Park — known as the “ARDA Transfer Site” future conveyance to the State of California in order to establish the Southern California Veterans Cemetery. The agenda item is available on the city of Irvine website:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Huntington Beach Library - Literacy, 30 Year Celebration

Literacy goes "Back to the Future" at 30 year celebration
Open Doors: July 2014

On June 18, Literacy Volunteers went "Back to the Future" at our 1984-inspired 30th anniversary celebration.

In addition to enjoying 80s-themed tables and food & beverages (who else enjoyed the combination of Tab and Cool Ranch Doritos?), official business took place and learner achievements were recognized.

The non-profit arm of Literacy Volunteers is a 15 person Board of Directors, which welcomed four new members at this meeting. The Board of Directors, in conjunction with Program Directors Diane Moseley at Central Library and Amy Crepeau at Oak View Branch Library, determines and implements fundraising events such as Wine & Words and Walk/Run/Read!, develops new and innovative programs such as the Workplace Literacy program, manages community outreach and assists with tutor and learner support throughout the year. Welcome to Wendy Kielsmeier, Jan Murphy, Imelda Tepayotl and Karen Topolewski; we look forward to the continued contributions of the Board over this next year. Thanks also to our "retiring" Board of Directors members, Margarita Castro, Rose Tracy, Vice President Amy Brennan and President Kat Gilmore.

One of the joys of being involved with Literacy Volunteers is when our learners reach the goals they have set for themselves. This year several learners were recognized for their achievements from the past year.

Award of Excellence recipients were:
Consuelo Davila, tutored by Donna Mason
Raquel Guzman, tutored by Susan Shimizu
Marisa Oren, tutored by Chris O.

Award for Outstanding Volunteer Learner of the Year recipient was:
Margarita Castro, tutored by Linda Kimes

In addition, we had a special guest, Huntington Beach City Council member Jim Katapodis, speak about the importance of literacy to the community.

Thank you to everyone involved with the planning of our annual celebration, and especially to our learner Scott Sherman who presided as emcee of the event.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Literacy Jobs: California :: Azusa :: Santa Clara Co

Literacy Jobs: California

coordinate, implement, monitor, and evaluate learner and volunteer tutor services including one-on-one, small-group and one-time learning opportunities.

dynamic and experienced Citizenship Specialist to teach citizenship classes and train volunteer coaches to help adults successfully prepare for naturalization tests.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upland Library - Contract with LSSI Begins August 1

Upland City Council Approves Contract with LSSI
New Public-Private Partnership Will Deliver Improved Library Services While Saving Taxpayer Funds
PRNewswire: 7.10.2014

On Monday evening, June 23, the Upland City Council voted to approve a contract with Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI) to operate the Upland Public Library commencing August 1.  Previously, the Upland City Council had approved a proposal offered by LSSI and directed the city manager to negotiate a formal contract.

"We're very excited about the new partnership our city shares with LSSI," said Stephen Dunn, City Manager.  "After a lengthy dialogue with our community and input from a citizens' task force, the City Council was confident moving forward with a solution which provides more opportunities for library patrons, staff and volunteers while conserving taxpayer dollars."

The approved LSSI contract will increase the hours of operation by 24%, enabling the library to serve the public 7 days per week; more than double the current book and materials budget; re-establish vital literacy programming; reduce overall costs of operations, thus saving taxpayers more than $1 million over the 5-year contract; and provide more professional growth opportunities for the existing staff.

LSSI is no stranger to operating public libraries in the Southern California region.  For the past 17 years, it has successfully managed the Riverside County Public Library System comprised of 35 branch libraries and two bookmobiles serving a population of more than 2 million residents.  LSSI also operates libraries for the Cities of Moreno Valley, Palmdale, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita.  READ MORE !

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Want to Fight Net Neutrality ? July 23rd Rally

Want to Fight Net Neutrality ?
Live in Southern California ?

July 23rd:  4pm-7pm
On July 23, President Obama will return to California for a big fundraiser and FreePress.Net wants to remind him about the importance of an open Internet.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Rally for Net Neutrality
WHEN: Wed., July 23, 4:00–7 p.m.
WHERE: Hancock Park neighborhood (FreePress.Net sends the exact address once you RSVP.)
RSVP: Click here if you can make it.
BRING: Wear orange and bring a big, bold sign to show your support for the open Internet.

Live in Northern Ca and want to rally for Net Neutrality ?
You can sign up @ Civic Action
July 23, 9:30am
S. San Antonio Rd. and W. Edith Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022
(MoveOn sends the full address when you sign up.)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Orange Co Library - Congratulations to Pat Tonini! READ/OC Honoree for the 2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Award!

Congratulations to Pat Tonini!
READ/OC Honoree for the 2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Award!
READ Writes: Spring 2014

Pat Tonini has been a volunteer with READ/Orange County, since 2008. She started out as a volunteer literacy tutor, helping adult learners reach their reading and writing goals.

As a tutor, she is patient, supportive, and encouraging.  She shared, “My first student was American born, middle-aged and very motivated.  I saw him really blossom more and more each year.  He was brave enough to go on a trip with a friend to Las Vegas because he was finally able to read the signs and know where he was. He had always been too afraid to travel before.”

“My current learner is an ESL student and it is much more difficult because he doesn’t know our culture and idioms.  He works in a gas station and once a customer asked him to “break a hundred‟ and he had no idea what that meant.”  Pat has been able to help both of these learners make great progress towards their learning goals.

As a volunteer, Pat is prompt, reliable, and involved.  Since 2011, she has helped welcome new volunteers into the program through her role as an assistant trainer. At each training, Pat keeps things running smoothly with her efficient attention to setup, check in, and logistics.  She presents training components with an approachable and kindly attitude. Most importantly, she is always ready to share her extensive experience with new volunteers.  Over the years, Pat has shown herself to be a true asset to the cause of adult literacy in Orange County!

Thank you, Pat, for your commitment of supporting lifelong learning and literacy with READ/OC.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Newport Beach Library - Gift of Literacy Luncheon

Gift of Literacy Fundraising Luncheon
Literally Speaking: Jul/Aug 2014

Over 260 people attended the 7th annual Gift of Literacy luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach on June 6, 2014. This year’s keynote speaker, Lisa See, attracted the event’s biggest crowd ever raising $20,000 to support literacy in our community. Ms. See was debuting her newly- released book, China Dolls, and each guest received a copy thanks to the generous donation of Platinum Sponsor Richard Hearn of the STARCARE Foundation.

Attendees perused the many silent auction and raffle items before being seated and welcomed by Newport/ Mesa ProLiteracy (NMPL) Advisory Board President Jason Brady.  He introduced Newport Beach Public Library Services Director Tim Hetherton, who said a few words to the assembled guests before turning the microphone over to Advisory Board Vice President, Kate Besch. Ms. Besch presented a plaque of appreciation to Richard Hearn of STARCARE for his support of adult literacy.

Tutor Katie Northup addressed the gathering and spoke of her experience in the NMPL program. She was followed by her learner, Marnalee Lopez, the 2013 recipient of the Rochelle Hoffman Memorial Award, a recognition given to one outstanding program learner each year.  Ms. Lopez gave a speech that was full of both emotion and humor and thanked Katie and NMPL for changing her life and that of her family ... forever.

After lunch was served and several raffle items awarded, Ms. See approached the stage and spoke to a roomful of literacy supporters and ardent Lisa See fans. Ms. See kept the room engaged with her humor and charisma while discussing her new book, research about its characters and what inspires her stories. At the conclusion of her talk, Ms. See was presented with a gift of a very special pen which was embellished with famous quotes, and then made her way out to sign additional copies of her book.

It was an extremely successful fundraiser for Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy and the increased community awareness brings additional support and volunteers to the Literacy Program.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Literacy Library Jobs - California - LA, Monterey Co, Sacramento

Literacy Jobs: California

Community Relations Officer – FT
a dynamic change-maker ready to roll up their sleeves, throw on a giant vegetable costume, and inspire the community to rally around our cause.
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

REACH (Recreation and Education Accelerating Children’s Hopes), Pico Rivera
enhance children’s overall academic performance, reduce absenteeism, improve behavior and re-engage the child in the educational process by providing homework
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

read with K-4th grade students. Tutors serve at least 40 hours a week and are assigned to schools in Salinas. Applications will be reviewed ongoing until all 30 slots are full.
TERM: Aug 2014 – Jul 2015