Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2 :: Read Across America Celebrations

Read Across America Day :: March 2
Celebrations @ SCLLN Member Libraries

Altadena Library: March 2, 10a-9p
Anaheim Library: Dr. Seuss Storytime @East Anaheim 11a
Carlsbad Library: Read Across America @Dove Library 3:30p
Commerce Library:
Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration
March 2 @Central Library 6p
March 3 @Bandini Library 6p
March 4 @Veterans Library 6p
March 5 @Bristow Library 6p
Downey Library:
Mar 3 Preschool Story Time - Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday 10:30a
Mar 4 Bilingual Story Time - Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday 10:30a
Glendora Library: Dr. Seuss Craft Week: Mar 2 - 7
Mar 1 The Doctor Seuss Show! @Central Library 2p
Mar 2 @Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch 3:30p
Mar 2 @Arroyo Seco 4p
Mar 4 @Vermont Square: Wacky Wednesday! - Dr. Seuss Magic Show 4p
Mar 6 @Pacoima 4p
Orange Co Library: Mar 2 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! @Irvine Univ Park 3p
Riverside Co Library: Mar 2 Dr. Seuss Day @Grace Mellman Branch
Upland Library: Mar 3 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 6:30p
Ventura Co Library: Mar 3 @Avenue Branch 2p-5p

Friday, February 27, 2015

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events :: March 2015

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
March 2015

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

Mar. 2+ International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conf, San Diego
Mar. 4+ CABE Conference, San Diego
Mar. 4   March Forth for Literacy :: Reading Changes Lives
Mar. 4   Read Aloud Day
Mar. 4+ #WBDTEENFEST :: World Book Day
Mar. 5   World Book Day
Mar. 5+ CAEYC Annual Conference & Expo, Sacramento
Mar. 5+ California Language Teachers’ Association Conference, Sacramento
Mar. 6+ Dyslexia Conference - So CA Tri-Counties Branch, IDA Riverside
Mar. 7  CATESOL Regional - San Diego, Grossmont College
Mar. 7  Women's Literary Festival: Santa Barbara
Mar. 13+ Mariposa Storytelling Festival
Mar. 14  Literary Women - Long Beach Festival of Authors
Mar. 15+  Journey Stories, Smithsonian Museum on Main St: Sisson Museum, Mt Shasta
Mar. 19+ CUE Conference, Palm Springs
Mar. 20   World Storytelling Day: #WSD15
Mar. 21+ Selected Shorts: Celebrate the Short Story-Tales of the Dark, Getty Center
Mar. 23+ Water Cooler Conference, Sacramento
Mar. 28   Sensory Friendly Films :: HOME

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Azusa Library Provides Range of Bilingual Adult Literacy Programs

Azusa Library Provides Range of Bilingual Adult Literacy Programs
Azusa Beacon: 2.18.2015 by Joe Taglieri

In addition to basic reading skills for English speakers, Azusa City Library’s adult literacy program offers courses for Spanish speakers as well as a new civics class that assists immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship while improving their English-speaking abilities.

In a Feb. 5 presentation by Cathay Reta, the library’s adult literacy coordinator, members of the Azusa Library Commission learned about the program’s continuing expansion set to take place this year. Reta highlighted ongoing developments pertaining to classes and financing, which comes predominantly from federal, state and grants from private-sector organizations.

“Literacy is one of the foundational structures that touches every social issue and need in our society,” Reta told Azusa Beacon. “We talk a lot about education and needing to help children learn and improve their academics, but we know from research and just common sense that it starts with the parents at home being able to read to the children. … Unfortunately adult literacy and adult education does not get much attention, but that’s really where we start building the skills in children.”

A 2012 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that U.S. literacy scores were below the international average, ranking 16th out of 24 countries mostly in Europe as well as Japan, Korea and Canada. One in six American adults has low literacy skills.

In Azusa 31 percent of residents were born outside the United States, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. A quarter of the city’s population speaks English “less than very well,” and 11.6 percent of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Los Angeles County are illiterate.

The library currently offers five adult literacy courses that are free of charge and open to all, including those who aren’t Azusa residents.
~ Basic Literacy features instruction for English-speaking adults
~ Inspired Citizenship teaches the basics about U.S. history and government for gaining citizenship.
~ Grassroots ESL, or English as a Second Language
~ Spanish Literacy for Spanish speakers
~ Health Literacy Learning, healthy living and disease prevention.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar: March 2015

Read Across America
March 2
SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar: March 2015

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

Mar. 4 Literacy Tutor Orientation - Centro Latino for Literacy 6p
Mar. 4 Literacy Tutor Training - Santa Barbara Library
Mar. 5 Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy @Torrance Library 7p
Mar. 7 Literacy Tutor Training - San Diego County Library 10a
Mar. 7 Literacy Tutor Training = SB Co Library 10a
Mar. 7 Literacy Tutor Training = SB Co Library 10:30a
Mar. 11 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library 11a
Mar. 11 Literacy Learner Training - READ/San Diego Library 5:45p
Mar. 12 Literacy Tutor Training - San Diego County Library 12N
Mar. 13 Literacy Tutor Training = Ventura County Library 5p
Mar. 14 Literacy Tutor Training = SB Co Library 9a
Mar. 14 Literacy Tutor Training = SB Co Library 10a
Mar. 14 Soup & A Good Book = Whittier Area Literacy Co 11:30a
Mar. 16 Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego Library 10a
Mar. 16 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library 12N
Mar. 16 Literacy Volunteer Orientation = Corona Library 7p
Mar. 17 Literacy Tutor Training = SB Co Library 3p
Mar. 19 Literacy Tutor Training = Burbank Library 6p
Mar. 19 Leamos, Mole & Mezcal = Centro Latino for Literacy 6p
Mar. 21 Craft Beer Walk Fundraiser = Covina Library Literacy Program 5p
Mar. 21 Trivia Challenge - Glendora Library @ Azusa Pacific Univ 5p
Mar. 21 ESL Tutor Training - San Diego Laubach @ SD County Poway Library 9:30a
Mar. 21 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Adelanto Library 11a
Mar. 26 Literacy Learner Training - READ/San Diego Library 9:45a
Mar. 28 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Apple Valley Library 10a
Mar. 28 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co 29 Palms Library 10a
Mar. 31 Literacy Learner Orientation = Newport Beach Library 10a

LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction
Info about Local Tutor Training Always Scrolling in the Right Frame

Monday, February 23, 2015

Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award :: 2015

2015 Outstanding Librarian
in Support of Literacy Award

CLA's Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award recognizes a librarian who has demonstrated passion, excellence and dedication in support of adult literacy. One award is given each year and the recipient is honored at the CLA Awards Ceremony during the annual conference.

The honoree receives a plaque and $750 to support his or her continued engagement with the California Library Association. The funds may be used for CLA conference travel expenses and/or CLA membership renewal.

The award is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is also supported by BALit, SCLLN, and NCLC.

Nominations must be received by March 31, 2015

Purpose: This award is to recognize and honor a librarian who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support literacy.
•The nominee can be a library staff member who has performed one or more of the following services in support of literacy: outreach, programming, advocacy, recruitment, public awareness, collection development, fundraising, other -- you name it!
•The nominee cannot be a literacy services staff person who already provides direct literacy services.
•Persons nominated for the award are required to be CLA members.
•Nominators are not required to be CLA members. However, if a nomination is made by a non-member, the nomination must be endorsed by a CLA member. If you need assistance in finding a CLA member to endorse your nomination, please contact the CLA office no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
•Only one nomination per library jurisdiction is permitted.
•The OLSL Award is an individual award and a nomination may not be made for a group.

Only one nomination per library jurisdiction is allowed. This is an individual award – nomination cannot be for a group. The winner will be honored at the CLA 2015 Conference in Pasadena.

Past Winners:
2104: Natasha Casteel, City Librarian, Roseville Public Library
2013: Patricia Noa, Regional Services Manager, Orange County Public Library
2012: Christy Aguirre, Sacramento Public Library
2011: Patricia Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library District
2010: Anne Cain, Contra Costa County Library
2009: Derek Wolfgram, Santa Clara County Library
2008: Jean Hofacket, Alameda County Library
2007: Carol Starr, Marin County Free Library
2006: John M. Adams, Orange County Public Library
2005: Sofia Bellos, Oxnard Public Library
2004: Leslie McGinnis Rodd, Oakland Public Library
2003: Chuck Aston, Redwood City Public Library

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Centro Latino for Literacy - Helping Generations of Latinos Become Bi-Literate

Centro Latino for Literacy Helping Generations of Latinos Become Bi-Literate
Adelante: 1.2015 p12

For the past four and a half years Riddle has served as the president and Chief Executive Officer of Centro Latino for Literacy (Centro Latino), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit. She has a take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to the programs and services offered through the organization.

“Literacy matters for those in our community looking to move ahead,” said Riddle. “Being able to read, write, and function in our text and technology driven world allows individuals to build upon some of the most basic, yet critical, skills employers require.”

Since its opening in 1991, Centro Latino for Literacy has taught nearly 6,000 non-literate working age adults basic grammar, math, and personal finances.

Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that a mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her child’s future academic success (Oct 2010).

According to SpanishTranslation.US, reading skills among children of Latino decent [sic] are at an all-time low and that U.S. Hispanic children would significantly benefit from programs that promote literacy readiness prior to entering the school system.

Newly literate parents at Centro Latino now help their children with homework, are no longer embarrassed to speak to their children’s teacher or get involved in their schools.

Core components of Centro’s preliteracy courses are Leamos™ (Let’s Read) Basic, Leamos Grammar, and Listos™ (Ready) Math and Financial Education. These courses meet the CA adult content standards for PreESL and have been used successfully by individuals, adult education programs, libraries, and employee training programs.

LALCC’s Inaugural Non Profit Organization Awards: Nov. 14, 2014 (p4)

Winners Are: Rising Star: Centro Latino for Literacy Centro Latino
teaches Latino immigrants to read and write in Spanish (L1), giving them the essential skills and confidence to participate more fully and independently in society, and uplift themselves and their families into more promising lives for generations to come. As of Oct. 31, 2014 Centro Latino has taught Pre-ESL literacy skills, including basic math, grammar, and financial literacy to 5,614 non-literate youth and adults. In addition, ESL, computer skills and job readiness skills have been taught to 9,682 low-income adults at our 8th Street classrooms through education partners.  READ MORE !

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Writer To Writer Award Ceremony & Brunch :: March 7 2015

Writer To Writer Award Ceremony & Brunch
March 7, 2015 . . . 10:30 AM
Radisson Hotel – Newport Beach

SCLLN is excited to announce the winners and runners-up for the 2014 Writer to Writer Challenge! -Please join other writers, tutors, coordinators and their guests at a wonderful brunch to be held Saturday,March 7, at the Radisson Newport Beach. The winners will read their letters, and winners and runners-up will each receive a cash prize and a certificate. All writers will receive a certificate of participation.

We encourage all coordinators to invite and sponsor all of your writers and their tutors for this special event. The registration fees are an appropriate use of CLLS grant funding and would be an excellent way to recognize our writers and their tutors. Congratulations to all of our letter writers!

Be Inspired by our Learner's Letters
Meet our State Librarian
Enjoy a Delicious Brunch
$25.00 per person ::: Adult Learners - $10.00

Emerging Category :: Winner—PJ R
Goodman’s Five-Star Stories—Travels: 8 Stories from Around the World with Tests to Help You Read and Write by Burton Goodman
Runner-Up—Greg P, National City Library  Rescue-Mania! By Caroline Bingham
Runner-Up—Karen G, READ/OrangeCounty  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Beginning Category :: Winner—Maria Irais N
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Runner-Up—Sonia A, Corona Library  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Runner-Up—Anon, READ/SanDiego  Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

Intermediate Category :: Winner—Loretta B
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Runner-Up—Denis D, Newport Beach Library  A World of My Own by Robin Knox-Johnston
Runner-Up— Marnalee L, Newport Beach Library  Latina Magazine by Lauren Michaels

Advanced Category :: Winner—Isis G
The Traveler’s Gift: 7 Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews
Runner-Up—Jai Bok K, Newport Beach Library  My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Runner-Up—Blanca Fl Beaumont Library District  Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions & Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 7th.
Again, Congratulations!
Writer to Writer Chair

For More Info, Call:
Diane Moseley:  714/375-5086
Cherall Weiss:  949/717-3875

SCLLN received a large response—79 entries—and the quality of the letters was amazing! We are so proud of all of the learners who wrote letters. We are also grateful to the coordinators and learner judging panels at Huntington Beach Public Library, Newport Beach Central Public Library, San Diego Public Library and Carlsbad City Library Learning Center for donating their time to judge the letters.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Redlands Library : : Adult Literacy Program receives grant for computer workshops

Redlands Adult Literacy Program receives grant for computer workshops
Redlands Daily Facts: 2.07.2015 by Dottie Podolak, Adult Literacy coordinator at the A.K. Smiley Public Library.

Imagine not being able to read and write. Most of us cannot fathom the challenge this would pose in our everyday lives. However, the situation is real.

Right here in our community, there are those who do not have adequate reading and writing skills to write a note to their child’s teacher or read personal medical information. Whatever the reason might be for a particular learner not attaining literacy skills, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program exists to meet this critical need.

With a dedicated group of volunteers, the Adult Literacy staff supports anyone older than 18 with his or her goal to learn or improve reading and writing in English. Currently Redlands Adult Literacy serves more than 80 learners by pairing them with well-trained tutors.

Meeting weekly for instruction in English, our participants are able to achieve their personal goals. Their goals vary from finding employment, furthering their education or being able to fully participate in their children’s schooling. This, in turn, benefits our community by increasing employment, improving health and supporting families.

Recently, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program received The American Dream Starts @ your library grant. This grant is funded by the American Library Association and Dollar General.  READ MORE !

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Newport Beach Library :: Gift of Literacy Luncheon

Save the Date: Gift of Literacy
Literally Speaking: January/February 2015

On May 1, 2015, Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy will hold its annual fundraising luncheon featuring the writer Ann Packer. She will be promoting her new novel, The Children’s Crusade. Ann Packer is the bestselling author of two novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, and two collections of short fiction, Mendocino and Other Stories and Swim Back to Me.

If you’re interested in volunteering for or sponsoring this event, please contact the Literacy office.

Tickets will go on sale in early March.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Orange Co Library - READ OC :: reading tips or quotes related to reading

For The Love of Reading and Learning!
READ Writes: Feb 2015

We would like to encourage literacy with reading tips or quotes related to reading and the sheer fun, joy, adventure and pleasure of reading and lifelong learning with READ/OC learners, their volunteer tutors, our Friends of READ/OC, our OCPL Branch partners, OC Community Resources and County of Orange colleagues, and community partners throughout Orange County.

Forward your own reading, writing or lifelong learning tips or share a favorite quote to READ/OC so we can encourage each other to read, write and learn! Send by email to or forward them through library mail to READ/OC at OCPL Headquarters.

Here are a few learning inspirations from writers who love to read to help get you started:

―When things go right, I read. When things go wrong, I read more.
Sara Nelson :: So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading

―The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss :: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

―We read to know we are not alone.”
CS Lewis :: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

―It is not true we have only one life to live. If we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”
SI Hiyakawa :: Language in Thought and Action

―A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”

“Words are the voice of the heart.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Azusa Library :: American Dream Starts @ Your Library

The American Dream Starts @ Your Library
Literacy Update, Azusa Library: Jan/Feb 2015

. . . at the Azusa City Library, to be exact.  The American Library Association and Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded a 2014 American Dream Starts @ Your Library grant to the Azusa City Library. This national program helps immigrants to learn English to continue their education, help their children in school, get better jobs and become American citizens.

The award will help to expand tutoring for Spanish-speaking adults who are not literate in their native language. According to the American Community Survey 2009-2011, 11.6 percent of adult Spanish-speaking immigrants in Los Angeles County cannot read or write in any language, creating a barrier to learning English.  The Institute for Work and the Economy’s 2006 report, The Integration of Immigrants in the Workplace, states that an estimated 32 percent of adults enrolled in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes lack basic literacy skills in their native language, making them "slower in learning a second language than their literate counterparts."

Through the library’s partnership with Centro Latino for Literacy, the dedication of Leamos (Let’s Read) volunteer Monica Mejia, and with support from the American Dream grant, adults will be able to gain basic literacy skills in Spanish in approximately 150 hours of study. They can then successfully transition into English classes and find themselves well on their way to achieving their American Dream.

If you know a Spanish speaker who needs to improve their skills, call Cathay Reta at the literacy office:  626-812-5266.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Literacy Jobs - California :: Altadena :: Santa Fe Springs :: Solano Co

Literacy Jobs - California

plans, manages, administers implements, and evaluates the Library System’s literacy program

a dynamic leader to run their Literacy Program; help develop the Literacy program plan and be responsible for program performance, including collection development of materials for learners and tutors, recruitment of learners and volunteer tutors, training, maintaining statistics, and oversight for budget and CLLS Grant requirements.