Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events : : April 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events
 April 2015

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

National Library Week
Apr. 1+ REFORMA National Conference:  San Diego Library, CA
Apr. 9+ Virginia Hamilton Conf Multicultural Literature for Youth: Kent State Univ, OH
Apr. 14+ Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit: Madison WI
Apr. 15   Financial Literacy Summit 2015 Practical Money Skills Cyberspace, 9a Central
Apr. 16+ American Educational Research Assc Conference: Chicago IL
Apr. 16+ American Occupational Therapy Assoc: Nashville TN
Apr. 17+ DPLAfest 2015 - Digital Public Library of America: Indianapolis IN
Apr. 17   Elementary Literacy Conf: UNI, Cedar Falls IA
Apr. 17   Haiku Poetry Day
Apr. 18   For the Love of Literacy: Burlington, Ontario Canada
Apr. 18+ Money Smart Week
Apr. 18   Autism Sensory Friendly Films - UNDERDOGS 10a
Apr. 19+ Cowboy Poetry Week
Apr. 21+ COABE: Denver CO
Apr. 22+ NAREN Annual Conference: Baltimore MD
Apr. 22+ Young Child Expo: NY NY
Apr. 23   World Book Night
Apr. 28+ BOOST Conference: Palm Springs CA
Apr. 30   DIA: El día de los niños/El día de los libros Díapalooza @ Public & School Libraries

Monday, March 30, 2015

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

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
April 2015

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

#SchoolLibrariesMatter
Apr. 1+ REFORMA National Conference: San Diego Library
Apr. 10+ YALLWEST = Santa Monica Library
Apr. 11   Literary Orange: Festival of Authors, Irvine
Apr. 11+ BookFest Solano: Vacaville CA
Apr. 17+ Learning & Growing, Early Years: Riverside
Apr. 17   Haiku Poetry Day
Apr. 18   Black Writers on Tour: Carson Community Center
Apr. 18   Sensory Friendly Films - UNDERDOGS 10a
Apr. 18+ Money Smart Week
Apr. 23   World Book Night
Apr. 24+ Ojai WordFest
Apr. 24+ Bay Area Storytelling Festival: Orinda
Apr. 25   CATESOL Regional: CSU Los Angeles
Apr. 25   Journey to Teaching: Promoting Literacy for All: CSU San Bernardino
Apr. 28+ BOOST Conference: Palm Springs CA
Apr. 30+ California Council on Adult Education Conference: Universal City
Apr. 30   DIA: El día de los niños/El día de los libros Díapalooza @ Public & School Libraries

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brawley Library : : Marjo Mello 2015 Women of the Year, 56th Assembly District

Marjo Mello Honored as 56th Assembly District 2015 Women of the Year

Earlier today at the State Capitol, Marjo Mello of Brawley was honored as the 56th Assembly District’s 2015 Woman of the Year.  Selected for the honor by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Ms. Mello joined women from all over the state to be recognized for their contributions during a special Assembly Floor Session.

“As the City of Brawley Library Director, Marjo has dedicated her entire life to making the library accessible for everyone in the community and has committed to expanding services and promoting literacy in the City and the entire Imperial Valley,” stated Assemblymember Garcia.  “As libraries transition from traditional print, Marjo has adapted the City’s approach to services by meeting changing times with innovative leadership and established the regions first mobile pre-literacy program,” said Garcia.

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Marjo L. Mello joined the staff of the City of Brawley in 1987 and has led the department as Library Director since 1992.  Mrs. Mello has devoted her career to making the library a place for resources that are accessible and relevant to the community, promoting literacy in the City and the region.  She is remarkably gifted at resource management, including the oversight of a group of highly committed personnel, and quality inventory.  Mrs. Mello has a keen ability to prioritize approaches that provide for the City’s highest level of service to the public.  READ MORE !

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Azusa Library : : Making Skills Everyone's Business

New Report Summons a Call to Make Skills Everyone’s Business 
Azusa Library, The Literacy Update: March/April 2015

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a new report in February: Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States. Its authors’ review of a convergence of data, analysis, and policy highlight just how much skills matter – to individuals, their families and communities, and to the economy overall.  The Literacy Program at the Azusa City Library answers that call and invites you to join with us.  Here are a few highlights from the report that emphasize why we do what we do.

In the United States 36 million adults have low skills, scoring below Level 2 on the most recent international literacy assessment.  Further, the skill levels of U.S. adults have remained stagnant over two decades. The report details who has low skills and who would benefit from gaining higher skills.  For instance, we find that two-thirds of the low-skilled population (nearly 24 million people) are employed. With slow projected growth in the labor force, that means that most of tomorrow’s workforce already is  working today. Low-skilled workers tend to be employed in retail and auto mechanics, hospitality and food service, health and social work, manufacturing, and construction.
  
How can individuals benefit?
 Higher skills lead to higher wages.
 Increasing parents’ skill can improve education outcomes for their children – “double duty” dollars is what some people call it.
 Higher-skilled adults are healthier, with implications for their ability to work,     parent, and participate in their communities.
How can business and industry benefit?
 Increasing adult skills increases productivity.
 Because higher-skilled workers are also likely to be healthier, helping adults  improve their skills indirectly raises productivity.
 Increasing skills expands access to better employment and better-paying jobs, creating new customers for products and services.
How can the community benefit?
 Raising adult skills could lift community educational attainment for the next generation as well.
 States with better-educated workforces have higher economic growth and higher wages.
 Raising adult skills could potentially save communities substantial amounts in healthcare costs.
 Integrating immigrants may benefit communities economically.
 Raising adult skills could result in more civic engagement in communities.

Friday, March 27, 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar : : April 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar: April 2015

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

National Library Week
Apr. 2 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC Library 1pm
Apr. 2 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC Library 6pm
Apr. 2 Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy @Torrance Library 7p
Apr. 4 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Chino 10a
Apr. 4 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library L Arrowhead 10a
Apr. 4 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Rialto 10:30a
Apr. 6 Literacy Tutor Orientation - Ventura Library 5p
Apr. 6 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Centro Latino for Literacy 6p
Apr. 7 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Newport Beach Library 10a
Apr. 8 Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino Co Library Barstow 11a
Apr. 8 Literacy Learner Orientation - READ/San Diego Library  5:45p
Apr. 11 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Fontana 10a
Apr. 14 Literacy Tutor Orientation - READ/OC Library 1pm
Apr. 14 Literacy Tutor Orientation - READ/OC Library 6p
Apr. 16 Literacy Tutor Training - San Diego County Library 12N
Apr. 16 Literacy Tutor Training - READ/San Diego Library 6p
Apr. 16 Volunteer Recognition-Open House = Centro Latino for Literacy 6p
Apr. 18 Literacy Tutor Workshop - READ/OC Library 9a
Apr. 18 Literacy Tutor Workshop- Whittier Literacy Council 9a
Apr. 18 Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino Co Library Adelanto 11a
Apr. 19 Walk Run READ = Huntington Beach Library Literacy FUNraiser
Apr. 19 Literacy Tutor Training - Santa Barbara Library 1p
Apr. 20 Literacy Learner Training - READ/San Diego Library 9:45a
Apr. 20 Literacy Volunteer Orientation = Corona Library 7p
Apr. 21 Literacy Tutor Training = San Bernardino Co Library Hesperia 3p
Apr. 22 Literacy Tutor Training = Hemet Library 9a
Apr. 25 Literacy Tutor Workshop - San Luis Obispo Library 10a
Apr. 25 Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino Co Apple Valley Library 10a

Apr. 25 Literacy Tutor Training - San Bernardino Co 29 Palms Library 10a 

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

San Diego County Library :: Now You Know - How To Volunteer With LEARN

Now You Know - How To Volunteer With LEARN 
County News Center: 3.20.2015 by Jose Eli Villanueva



Is reading your thing? Take some time to help an adult learn how to read at your local County Library. Meet twice a week - and commit to 6 months - and help better someone's life. Volunteer with LEARN.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Newport Beach Library :: Tutor Recommendations: SMART Goals

Tutor Recommendations: SMART Goals

Has your learner ever said, “I need pronunciation, I want to speak better English, My goal is to learn past tense, or I want to learn to spell”? Many of our learners get goals and skills confused. When learners come to their personal interview, literacy staff helps them set SMART Goals. Goals have a specific end result. Skills on the other hand are ongoing improvements.

Progress comes from working towards personal goals. Reading and writing learners, who are also second language learners, say they want to read or write better, learn grammar, or improve vocabulary. These are valuable skills, but very different from goals.

At tutor training, Betty was the example of a reading and writing learner. She dreamed of becoming a nurse and needed the GED or high school diploma. She also wanted to talk to neighbors and read maps and bus schedules.
Goals are specific accomplishments or dreams to strive for. Skills, on the other hand, are ongoing, like a treadmill, never stopping.

If your learner’s goals look like a list of skills, it is time to brainstorm. Start by helping your learner identify things he or she wants to do. Next, help your learner identify the goals he or she can achieve within 3-6 months. Once these goals are identified, talk about the steps needed to accomplish them.  READ MORE !

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Literacy FUNraisers :: Covina Library ::: Glendora Library

Fundraiser Benefiting

March 21 :: 5-8 pm

Downtown Covina, Badillo St & Citrus Ave.
Tickets :: $10 donation

Purchase your tickets at the
Covina Public Library, 234 N. Second Ave
For more info
Lilly Jimenez, Literacy Coordinator @ 626-384-5280.





Fundraiser Benefiting

March 21 :: 5 pm 
Azusa Pacific University
Felix Event Center
710 E. Foothill Blvd
Admission $15 each

For More Info 
Christine Cravens @ 626-852-4894

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Carlsbad Library :: Writer-to-Writer—Congratulations Pierre S.!

Writer-to-Writer—Congratulations Pierre S.!
Learning Connections: March/April 2015

The results are in! The Writer to Writer Challenge, sponsored by the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN), wrapped up this year with a record number of entries—80—and the quality of the letters was amazing! We are so proud of all of the learners who wrote letters.

Writers, tutors, coordinators and their guests gathered at a wonderful brunch held Saturday, March 7, at the Radisson in Newport Beach. The winners read their letters, and winners and runners-up each received a cash prize and a certificate. All writers received a certificate of participation.

Congratulations to Pierre S., “P.J. Rock,” from Literacy Services who won first place in the Emerging Writer category of the Writer to Writer Challenge. He wrote his letter to Burton Goodman, the author of Goodman’s Five-Star Stories—Travels: 8 Stories from Around the World with Tests to Help You Read and Write.

December 2, 2014

Dear Mr. Goodman,
I liked your book "Travels" because it really helped me a lot. It improved my skills. When I read the stories, I could understand them a little. Then I could do the questions without anybody's help, and my tutor checked my answers. I like the exercises because they improve my reading, spelling, and writing. And I did a really great job!

I've never done this before; in school they gave me books to learn how to read, but it was difficult for me to know how to pronounce things and understand them. The library taught me a lot more than they taught me at school. I still need to improve myself and learn how to read better, but I'm working on it.

One of my brothers told me about his friend I could work for. And my brother's friend could try to teach me how to read. This helped me a little bit. He paid me to work in his garden, and then he would let me come inside the house to teach me how to read. But then I had to stop working for him.  Pierre’s full letter can be found on Page 4

Books from Writer-to-Writer found at the Learning Center:
Carlos and the Squash Plant, Jan Stevens
Chicken by Charlie, Tana Reiff
Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls
Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
Latina Magazine, Lauren Michaels
Life is So Good, George Dawson
Macho!, Victor Villaseñor
My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor
New Moon, Stephanie Meyer
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
Red Roses, Christine Lindop
River, Ed Hansen
The Saw That Talked, Tana Reiff
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Travels: 8 Stories from Around the World, Burton Goodman
Twilight, Stephanie Meyer

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Help Secure Funding for Key Library Programs :: LSTA <> IAL

Help us secure funding for key library programs

District Dispatch: 3.09.2015 by Kevin Maher

The appropriations process is in full swing and library priority programs face tremendous scrutiny from Members of Congress in search of programs to cut or put on the chopping block. This is your time to be heard and let Congress know how important continued funding is for the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).

You can make the difference. Members of Congress need to let the Appropriations Committee know of their support for continued funding. Contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to add their name to both “Dear Colleague” letters supporting LSTA and IAL currently being circulated. Many Members of Congress will only add their names if they hear from constituents.  Note: these letters are due before the end of the month so you will need to call this week.

For a list of who signed the letters last year, view the FY 2015 Funding Letter Signees document (pdf).

Support Funding for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
LSTA is the only source of funding for libraries in the federal budget. The bulk of this funding is returned to states through a population-based grant program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Libraries use these funds to, among other things, build and maintain a 21st century library that facilitates employment and entrepreneurship, community engagement, and individual empowerment.

Please contact your Senators (202-224-3121) and Representative (202-225-3121) this week and ask them to sign on to a letter supporting LSTA being organized by the members listed below. Your Members of Congress will need to contact these offices by March 20 to add their name to the letters:
•  Senate LSTA letter: Senator Jack Reed
(staffer Moira Lenehan-Razzuri)
•  Representative LSTA letter: Rep. Raul Grijalva
(staffer Norma Salazar)

Support Funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)
IAL is the only federal program supporting literacy for underserved school libraries IAL has become the primary source for federal funding for school library materials.  Focusing on low income schools, these funds help many schools bring their school libraries up to standard.

Please contact your Senators (202-224-3121) and Representative (202-225-3121) this week and ask them to sign on to a letter supporting IAL being organized by the members listed below. Your Members of Congress will need to contact one of these offices before March 20 to add their name to the letters:
•  Senate IAL letter: Senators Jack Reed
(staffer: Moira Lenehan-Razzuri)
(staffer: James Rice)
•  House IAL letter: Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson
(staffer: Don Andres)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Huntington Beach Library :: Open House

February 28 Open House
OPEN DOORS: March 2015 by Susie Hodge

In the library lobby, as patrons strolled by, literacy volunteers stood in wait at tables loaded with literacy information, anxious to share the joy and satisfaction of teaching another to read. Some patrons stopped by to chat, others purchased literacy t-shirts, totes or cookbooks.

The goal of the 2nd Literacy Open House, held Saturday, February 28, was to bring community awareness to the literacy program; sign-up new tutors, and let those who need help with reading know that Literacy Services is a safe and accepting place to be. Across the way in the Talbert room, books and literacy brochures chosen to pique the interest of possible volunteers awaited perusal.

Tutor Semora McCampbell provided entertaining crafts for all participants, young and old alike. Guest speaker and past learner Edit F., who had left the program to become a lawyer, reminisced along with her former tutor, Natalie Van Doren.

Literacy founder, Linda Light, was able to stop by for a while to see how the program she began over 30 years ago was faring. In the background, a spectacular video produced by Ree Miller scrolled through photos of literary days past. Near the children's department, in the shadow of the aquarium, Asmat and Therese sold trinkets such as key chains and finger puppets to children who swarmed past as they exited from Story Time. At one point, several young customers noticed the novel finger puppets and bought the whole box.

Helen Charles reported that, as a result of their efforts, a number of potential tutors have shown interest in the program, and new learners may be feeling a little less scared about walking through that literacy door.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Writer To Writer :: Congratulations to Upland Library's own Isis Gomez!

Congratulations to Upland Library's own Isis Gomez!

Isis Gomez, Kathy Pruitt, Greg Lucas
Isis won 1st place in the Advanced Category of the 15th annual Writer to Writer contest. Isis was honored at the Writer to Writer event at the Newport Radisson Hotel on Saturday March 7. California State Librarian Greg Lucas was the Keynote Speaker. Writer to Writer is a writing challenge for all learners enrolled in Literacy Programs throughout the state. The challenge consists of.Adult Learners writing a letter to an author (living or deceased) of a book that they have read that has impacted their life in a meaningful way. Isis wrote her letter to Andy Andrews author of "The Traveler's Gift". If you would like any information about the Adult Literacy Program, please call Literacy Coordinator Liz Barbee at UPL. 909-931-4211.

Advanced Category
Winner—Isis Gomez, Upland Library
The Traveler’s Gift: 7 Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews

Runner-Up—Jai Bok Kim, Newport Beach Library
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Runner-Up—Blanca Flores Beaumont Library District
Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions& Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff