Thursday, October 30, 2014

Southern California & State Literacy & Library Events :: November 2014

Southern California & State Literacy & Library Events 
November 2014

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

National Picture Book Month
Nov. 1  Latino Book & Family Festival, East LA College 10a
Nov. 3+   Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training (30-Hour), San Francisco
Nov. 7+   Charlotte's Web: South Coast Repertory
Nov. 7     Transitional Kindergarten Conference, Sacramento
Nov. 7     EveryLibrary California Pre-Party: CLA Conv, Oakland Library 8p
Nov. 9     Financial Literacy Education: USC Galen Center – Pres Bill Clinton 10a
Nov. 15   International Gaming Day @ Your Library
Nov. 15   Storybook Ball: La Jolla 5:30p
Nov. 21+ Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss: San Diego History Center
Nov. 22   Tellabration - Saturday before Thanksgiving
Nov. 28   Day of Listening -
Nov. 29   Sensory Friendly Film - HOME 3-D 10a

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monrovia Library :: Trivia Fundraiser :: Nov 2

Team UP! Dream Up! For Literacy
Have Some Fun at the Literacy Fundraiser!
Looking for great way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Sunday, November 2, 2014
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Monrovia Public Library

Then check out the fundraising event being help by Literacy Department at MPL.

Join us for a fun afternoon of team trivia, silent auction, live auction, and good food to help raise money for this worthwhile cause.
Form your own team of 8 to 10 people or join a team to play Team Trivia.  The winning team gets a great team prize.  Fee: $40

Why is literacy SO important?

English author Rumer Godden said that, “When you learn to read, you will be born again … and you will never be quite so alone again.”  Unfortunately, 32 million American adults know the isolation caused by illiteracy.  Nearly 15% of
U.S. adults cannot read, translating to more than 1 in 10.

Orange Co Library :: READ/Orange County :: Excellence in Volunteerism Award 2014

Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner 2014
READ/Orange County

Linda Kricfalusi joined READ/Orange County’s (READ/OC) volunteer team in 2005, and over the past nine years, she has served as a literacy tutor, Friends of READ/OC Board Member and general volunteer. READ/OC provides tutoring in basic reading and writing to adult learners throughout Orange County. The Friends of READ/OC is an organization committed to the support of the literacy service of OC Public Libraries, primarily through resource development, public awareness and recognition services for volunteers and learners.

As a Friends of READ/OC Board Member, Linda assumed leadership roles as president, vice president, committee chair and treasurer. Throughout her time with the organization, she consistently stepped forward to lend a helping hand with whatever task or project required attention. One of her most admirable qualities is her knack for sensing what needs to be done, and once she identifies an issue, she quietly addresses the matter without being asked.

Linda’s signature activity has been organizing READ/OC’s largest volunteer recognition event – the Annual Family Picnic and Appreciation Celebration. Under Linda’s exceptional guidance, the picnic has blossomed into a greatly anticipated and well-attended celebration. Each year, a unique theme becomes the event’s centerpiece and is incorporated into every aspect of the program, including elaborate, hand-crafted decorations; specially designed save-the-date cards and invitations; unique set designs; and one-of-kind games. The recognition planning also requires securing donations of awesome door prizes and recruiting a team of dedicated volunteers to work the event.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SCLLN Library :: Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: November 2014

SCLLN Literacy Tutor Workshop Calendar: November 2014

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

Hutchins; Greenfeld; Epstein
Eye On Education, ©2008
Nov. 1  Family Literacy Day = READ/OC Library
Nov. 1  Tutor Learner Workshop = Oxnard Library 9:30a
Nov. 1  Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Fontana 10a
Nov. 1  Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Rialto 10:30a
Nov. 2  Literacy Trivia Fundraiser - Monrovia Library 1p
Nov. 3  Literacy Tutor Training - READ/San Diego 10a
Nov. 3  Literacy Tutor Orientation - Ventura Co Library 5p
Nov. 5  Literacy Tutor Training - Santa Barbara Library 10a
Nov. 6  Literacy Tutor Training - San Diego Co Library El Cajon 12N
Nov. 6  Trivia Challenge - Ventura Co Library 6p
Nov. 6  Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
Nov. 8  Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Yucaipa 9a
Nov. 8  Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Chino Hills 9a
Nov. 8  Literacy Tutor Orientation - Placentia Library 1p
Nov. 12  Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino County Library Barstow 11a
Nov. 12  Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego Linda 5:45p
Nov. 13  Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino Co Library Adelanto 4p
Nov. 15  Literacy Tutor Training - Altadena Library 9a
Nov. 17  Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego Linda Vista 9:45a
Nov. 18  Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Hesperia 3p
Nov. 18  Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino Co Library Big Bear Branch 4p
Nov. 20  Literacy Tutor Training = Burbank Library 6p
Nov. 22 ESL Tutor Training = San Diego County Library Poway 9:3a

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

Literacy Library Jobs - California: Downey :: Carlsbad :: Escondido :: Tulare

Literacy Jobs - California

Assists with the planning and organizing of literacy events, including author visits, support meetings, recognition events, book discussions and family nights.

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

Oversee the Early Learning for Families (ELF) and Early Literacy Training program for READ TO SUCCEED

technical services, collection development, the provision of reference assistance, library services and instruction to all age groups as well as program planning and implementation; may supervise paraprofessional staff and volunteers.


November 10, 2014
teaching a structured, after school, literacy intervention program that seeks to enable at risk Kindergarten through 2nd grade students to achieve at grade level or above. Group Leaders work in public schools throughout the East Bay Area

REACH Pico Rivera, CA
enhance children’s overall academic performance, reduce absenteeism, improve behavior and re-engage the child in the educational process by providing homework assistance, mentoring, performing arts and recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment. The Classroom Leaders are responsible for providing engaging and positive daily learning experiences to approximately 20 students

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Babbling Day – October 21

Small Talk: how to develop
your child's language skills
from birth to age four
Nicola Lathey & Tracey Blake
The Experiment, [2014] ©2013
Babbling Day – October 21

Babbling back to babies helps them to speak faster: Researchers prove that attentive mothers aid child development
Mothers who interact with their babies speed up their language skills
Parents who do not respond to their child's gurgling inhibit development
US researchers studied 12 mothers and their babies over a six month period
Daily Mail: 8.28.2014 by Jenny Hope

It may just sound like baby talk, but mothers who hold a ‘conversation’ with their infants are actually teaching them to speak more quickly.

Researchers found new mothers who respond enthusiastically to their baby’s babbling are helping to speed up the child’s language development

They say parental feedback is a vital process that enables mothers and babies to become mutually engaged in ‘talking’.

It enhances the ability of children to communicate – unlike cases where mums did not respond attentively.

A new study, by US academics at the University of Iowa (UI) and Indiana University, serves as evidence that speaking to infants at a very early age is vital for their development.

The authors say parents who babble back at their newborns – even if they don’t understand what they’re trying to say – are a key part of the process. READ MORE !

Monday, October 20, 2014

National Day of Writing – October 20

National Day of Writing – October 20

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: The Importance of Writing

It's something you do everyday, yet you probably take it for granted. In fact, your day depends on it. Writing and reading are some of the most fundamental skills in our lives and it is especially crucial to students and those in the workforce. Studies have shown that workers spend an average of 2.6 hours per day reading and responding to emails.

That adds up to about 27 days per year! Reading and writing is clearly a big part of our life, yet literacy rates have been stagnant in the US for the past 10 years. Currently 32 million adults in the US cannot read, and it isn't showing any signs of improving. So today we're showing some infographics about the importance of writing, whether it be offering tips about note-taking, getting kids more engaged with books, or tackling the decline in literacy in America. Take a moment out of your day and just read.

#1: Write It Down by Course Hero
•Does note talking really help? According to a Professor at Cornell, after 20 minutes we forget 47% of what we learned. After 1 day, it increases to 62%, and after 78 days it jumps to 78%.
•Taking notes by hand combats forgetfulness by nearly 80%.
•Despite the benefits of note taking, only 65.5% of students take notes during class.  READ MORE !

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whittier Literacy Scrabble Challenge - October 17

Join us for our annual Scrabble Challenge!
October 17

SCRABBLE fans!! We need you!!
Come play, eat dinner, and win GREAT prizes!

First Church of Christ Hall on Hadley @Newman Hall
Call (562) 698-6598 for registration information.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Literacy Library Jobs - California ::: Butte Co

Literacy Jobs - California

plans directs and supervises the daily fiscal and business activities of literacy grants, budgets and program expenditures in support of the operational literacy agenda for Butte County
This is a SUNSET POSITION that is set to end 06/30/2015

Room to Read – San Francisco
conduct quantitative analysis of literacy achievement data for the purpose of determining appropriate fluency rates in each of our languages

Kaplan – San Diego
will assist in a family Literacy Program

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carlsbad Library :: City Supports Increased Literacy Rates

City supports increased literacy rates
Coast News: 9.30.2014 by Ellen Wright

“Low literacy costs this country more than $225 billion each year in workforce non productivity and the loss of tax revenue due to unemployment,” Heather Pizzuto, library & cultural arts director, said.

In California, 4.5 million people cannot read above a fourth-grade level, Pizzuto said.

The Carlsbad City Library Learning Center is trying to change that with the literacy program, which celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this month.

“The program is not just a worthy cause, but a necessary service,” Carrie Scott, community outreach supervisor for the library, said.

At any time the free program has between 70 and 80 pairs of tutors and learners.

Volunteers and learners must agree to an hour and a half of service, twice a week for a minimum of six months.

Scott said there’s no shortage of volunteers or learners although matching up people’s schedules can be a problem. The larger the pool of volunteers and learners, Scott said, the easier it will be to match people.

Another issue the program faces is getting the word out to the people who need it the most, Scott said.

“You don’t know who might struggle with reading and writing in their lives,” Scott said, “which is why it’s so important to get the word out.”

A lot of learners hear about the program through word of mouth.

Nyla Henry is an adult learner who heard about the program from her boss and said the program has greatly impacted her.

“This program has given me a new life,” Henry said. “I still have challenges but I have tools to help me work through them and overcome them.”  READ MORE !

Easy Voter Guide: Your Voice. Your Vote. November 4, 2014

Easy Voter Guide: Your Voice. Your Vote.
November 4, 2014 California General Election

Table of Contents

View the Easy Voter Guide online in English or Spanish.
View and download printable guides in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

Los Angeles Public Library - Pros and Cons

The League of Women Voters will present "Pros and Cons" programs at various LAPL branches during the month of October. These informative one-hour programs will give a non-partisan description of each ballot measure—along with arguments by both supporters and opponents—to help voters make better decisions when they go to the polls on Election Day.

Get the facts, hear the arguments both pro and con, and decide for yourself!

Cut through campaign hype about the November ballot measures and learn the facts! The League of Women Voters will give non-partisan descriptions of each ballot measure, along with arguments by both supporters and opponents.

Upcoming events

October 9, 2014 6:30PM to 7:30PM
October 11, 2014 1:30PM to 2:30PM
October 18, 2014 1:00PM to 2:00PM
October 18, 2014 3:00PM
October 21, 2014 6:00PM to 7:00PM
October 21, 2014 6:00PM

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

California Library Literacy Services @ Library of Congress Literacy Awards: October 8

Library of Congress Literacy Awards – October 8

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will deliver opening remarks, and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will make a keynote address during the second annual Library of Congress Literacy Awards presentation ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. in room LJ-119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners Announced

Room to Read, SMART, Mother Child Education Foundation Take Prizes

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced at the Library of Congress National Book Festival the winners of the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.

California Library Literacy Services
Headed to DC today at the invitation of the Library of Congress to represent California Library Literacy Services and share one of our Best Practices -- Roles & Goals -- a learner-centered approach to establishing individual literacy goals and measuring impact.

Best Practices – Library of Congress Literacy Awards
A “Best Practices” publication was produced to highlight outstanding work of the organizations that applied for awards in 2014 and 2013.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

National & International Literacy & Library Events: October 2014

National & International Literacy & Library Events: 
October 2014
Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- Local, California and National -
the Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information

Health Literacy Month          Dyslexia Awareness Month

3/14 - 10/5
The Infinite Library. Sites of Knowledge in the Ancient World (Colosseum, Rome Italy)


10/2 - 10/3
          Conference on Learning Disabilities (PHILADELPHIA, PA)

10/3 - 10/5
National Storytelling Festival (Jonesborough TN)

9am - 3pm
Dyslexia for a Day in Des Moines, Iowa

10/6 - 11/14
Global Read Aloud 2014 - Peter H. Reynolds is focus this year.
Miraculous Journey Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo; Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm; One For the Murphy's, Lyndy Mullaly Hunt; Fault in Our Stars, John Green

10/8 - 10/9

10/9 - 10/12
Comic Con - New York

10/10 - 10/11
Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards & Colloquium, MIND THE GAPS (Simmons College, Boston)

Health Literacy Conference (San Antonio TX)

10/10 - 10/11
KidLitCon 2014 (Sacramento CA)

10/10 - 10/12
Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy and Learning (Honesdale, PA)


10/12 - 10/18
Teen Read Week  - Dare to read for the fun of it !

USA Toy Library Conference (Los Angeles CA)

Plain Language Day 

10/15 - 10/17
Alliance for Children and Families Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)

10/15 - 10/17
Closing the Gap Conference (Minneapolis, MN)

Dictionary Day - Celebrates the birthday of Noah Webster (1758)

Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians (Wake Forest University)

10/19 - 10/25

National Day of Writing - National Gallery of Writing


Lit Crawl (Seattle WA)

10/23 - 10/25

Lit Crawl (Austin TX)
          10 am                       Sensory Friendly Films - BOOK OF LIFE


10/27 - 10/29
Internet Librarian (Monterey Conference Center, Monterey CA)

10/30 - 10/31
Natl Coun for Workforce Education Conf (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kid Lit Events - Children’s Book Council
Fun children's and young adult literature events from coast to coast!