Sunday, August 30, 2015

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

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
September 2015

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

Sep. 13   Roald Dahl Day
Sep. 12   Food Literacy Fair - Fruit to Root, Sacramento
Sep. 12   Sacramento Play Summit: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, Sacramento
Sep. 13+ Get Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced, Global #GetOTL
Sep. 19   Family Day at the Park, Stockton CA
Sep. 25+ Southern California Writers' Conference, Los Angeles
Sep. 26   Sensory Friendly #Film = HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 10a
Sep. 27   Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Celebrate Max Brooks, Bergamot Station 4p

Friday, August 28, 2015

San Diego Public Library :: 2015 READ/San Diego Honorees

Celebrating Success and Bright Futures In February 2015, the Library’s adult literacy program, READ/San Diego, celebrated the monumental dedication and success of its 27rd class. The American Library Association named READ the nation’s top literacy program and the U.S. Department of Education recognized it as a model program for providing life-changing training to low-literate students from a broad range of backgrounds and learning levels. The program serves the estimated 442,000 San Diego adults who cannot read and write well enough to meet every day needs. In addition to free literacy instruction, the Library helps participants pursue an education and encourages families to read together. A few of the 2015 Adult Learner and Tutor honorees include:

Antoinette Mosley Adult Learner of the Year Award Winners

Hinda Ahmed “You need to reach…it’s hard, but if you want it, you reach.” Hinda came to the US over ten years ago from Somalia. She had little schooling in her country, and found herself staying at home because she could not communicate well in English. Hinda found out about READ/San Diego from her sister-in-law. She enrolled in May 2011 and waited over a year for a tutor.

Kassim Alkarawi “Every time I come here: I learn something new.” Kassim walked into the Learner Orientation at READ feeling skeptical and withdrawn. When he started the program in 2012, he was unable to write the alphabet in order or recite the days of the week or the months of the year in sequence. He had attended school in Iraq for six years, but did not have one fond memory to share during his initial assessment. His old fears of the classroom along with his many humiliating school experiences followed him into his first tutoring session.

Mi Sun Cho “Identify a specific goal or two and go for it!” Mi Sun Cho came to the United States four year ago fro Korea. Initially, she attended English classes at the adult school, but wanted to focus on nursing, her career goal. She enrolled at READ after learning about the services provided from a friend. Mi Sun’s English skills were proficient for our program but not for her desired profession. She had practiced nursing for 16 years in South Korea, working in operating and anesthesiology departments, but that experience did not qualify her for nursing jobs in the United States. She had to pass the California nursing exam and demonstrate mastery of English.

Rebecca E. Lytle Tutor of the Year Award Winners

Katherine Albitz “Learning is not a linear process. It goes in bumps and then all of a sudden she’ll make a big leap.” After retiring from her job as a software developer and engineer at Hewlett Packard, Katherine wanted to get involved in something that she felt strongly about. She wanted to help adults who had been denied education or who hadn’t been able to get the education they wanted and needed.

Rancy Breece “I am doing hearts work and the rewards are better than pay!” Though the time was relatively short, Rancy never forgot his first experience tutoring an adult learner through READ in 1989. He returned to READ in 2012 to take on another student giving his passion for reading.

Carl Balingit “Learning to teach is very valuable.” Carl Balingit heard about READ/San Diego through the San Diego Council on Literacy’s CEO, Jose Cruz. In fact, he credits Jose with being the inspiration for his willingness to commit to tutoring. Carl recognizes the value of reading and feels it’s important to have a “well informed society.”  READ MORE ! (pdf)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar : : September 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar
September 2015

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

Sep. 1 Youth Literacy Tutor Training ~ Santa Fe Springs Library 6p
Sep. 2 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Fontana 5p
Sep. 3 Literacy Tutor Orientation ~ South Bay Literacy, Torrance Library 7p
Sep. 5 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Rialto 10:30a
Sep. 5 Literacy Learner Orientation ~ READ/San Diego Library Logan Heights 5:45p
Sep. 8 Literacy Tutor Orientation ~ Carlsbad Library 12N
Sep. 8 Literacy Tutor Training ~ READ/San Diego Library Linda Vista 6p
Sep. 9 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Barstow 11a
Sep. 10 Annual Celebration of Literacy ~ Newport Beach Library 10a
Sep. 10 Literacy Tutor Training ~ San Diego Co Library El Cajon 12N
Sep. 12 ESL Tutor Training ~ Laubach Literacy, Ventura 9a
Sep. 12 ESL Tutor Training ~ San Gabriel VLC, Pasadena 9a
Sep. 12 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Yucca Valley 9a
Sep. 12 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Chino Hills 9a
Sep. 12 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Adelanto 11a
Sep. 15 Literacy Tutor Training ~ Commerce Library 5:30p
Sep. 15 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Hesperia 3p
Sep. 17 SCLLN General Meeting @ READ/San Diego Library 9:30a
Sep. 17 Literacy Tutor Orientation ~ Carlsbad Library 6p
Sep. 19 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Lake Arrowhead 10a
Sep. 19 Literacy Tutor Training ~ Whittier Area Literacy Council 9a
Sep. 19 Stories From the Porch ~ Beaumont Library 10a
Sep. 21 Literacy Learner Orientation ~ Newport Beach Library 10a
Sep. 21 Literacy Tutor Orientation ~ Redlands Library 6p
Sep. 24 Literacy Tutor Training ~ Burbank Public Library 6p
Sep. 24 Literacy Tutor Orientation ~ Newport Beach Library 10a
Sep. 24 Literacy Trivia Bee ~ Upland Library 6p
Sep. 26 Walk A Mile for Literacy ~ Hemet Public Library 9a
Sep. 26 Structured Word Inquiry ~ Azusa, Covina, Monrovia @ Glendora Library 9:30a
Sep. 26 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Apple Valley 10a
Sep. 26 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library Highland 10a
Sep. 26 Literacy Tutor Training ~ SB Co Library 29 Palms 10a
Sep. 27 Literacy Learner Orientation ~ READ/San Diego Library Logan Heights 9:45a
Sep. 27 Literacy Volunteer Orientation ~ Upland Library 9a
Sep. 28 Literacy Volunteer Orientation ~ Corona Library 7p

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Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Los Angeles Public Library : : New Literacy Initiatives

New Literacy Initiatives
A newsletter written by students and tutors. Changing lives one chapter at a time.

This year Adult Literacy Services is inaugurating several new initiatives that are free to library patrons.

The first of these is Leamos, a web-based curriculum designed by Centro Latino for Literacy that teaches non-literate Spanish-speaking adults how to read and write in Spanish.

The second is Cell-Ed, which allows students to learn English anywhere, anytime, using their cell phone. This program is best for those with unlimited phone minutes and texting.

For more information about enrolling please call (213) 228-7037.

~Maricelia B passed the Driver’s Test and learned to use the internet to study as well. She is a happy camper.
~Yuni C is happy about improving her vocabulary.
~Marleny M took and passed on the first try the written and road driving test to obtain a California Driver’s License.  She was so proud!
~Afsi N passed the citizenship test and also finished Challenger 8...all eight Challenger books done!
~Gaby O passed all her High School Equivalency Tests (HISet) and graduated from Evans Adult School in May.  She will be attending Pasadena City College in the fall!
~Kevin S feels more confident about speaking on the phone and in-person, which is one of his main goals.
~Tatiana Y has been getting positive feedback on her improved conversational English and she is very happy about that.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Altadena Library : : Lucio Martinez, an Adult Literacy Success Story!

Branch Notes:  Lucio Martinez, an Adult Literacy Success Story!

July was life-changing for literacy learner Lucio Martinez.  Lucio decided to open his own appliance repair business. A decision like this requires a lot of planning, training and motivation. The challenge is greater if you need English literacy skills to read repair manuals and forms. Lucio’s daughter visited the library and learned about the ESL program; she promptly shared the information with her father. Since beginning English classes, he has improved his reading, writing, speaking and listening.

In preparation for starting his new business, Lucio has also learned to download and read appliance repair manuals on the Internet, to watch training videos, and how to create his own business cards and advertisements. He even ordered custom shirts online for his new business.

Lucio attributes some of his achievements and his goals to the library’s staff and the program. “All of the staff have helped me, since they are good people. This has helped me 1,000%!”

For more information about the literacy program, please drop by the Bob Lucas Branch Library on Lincoln or call (626) 798-8338. Edward William, Literacy Coordinator

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

Don’t forget to get
the most important school supply of all!

Join Snoopy, Honorary Chair
of Library Card Sign-up Month,
at the library and get your very own card.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Redland Library : : Adult Literacy Program holds its first Family Literacy Event

Redlands Adult Literacy Program holds its first Family Literacy Event
Redlands Daily Facts: 8.15.2015 by Dottie Podolak, coordinator Redlands Adult Literacy Program

Many adult learners ask for help with their reading because they want to help their children read. With this in mind, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program held its first Family Literacy Event July 14 in Assembly Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.

Thirty parents and children attended the event.

Karen Duns, a local school librarian, talked to the group about the benefits of reading out loud to children.

Duns discussed key aspects for parents to consider when reading to children. These included focusing on the pictures and text to learn new vocabulary and build reading comprehension.

She also said that, when reading to children, parents should take the time to interact with the story by making predictions and pointing to words from left to right.

She said that if parents ask questions when reading, children are better able to focus and remember key parts of the book such as characters, plot and the main idea.

Duns stressed the importance of having books available in the home and highlighted books from the A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Young Readers’ Room as recommended reading for various age groups.

One of the highlights of the event was when Duns demonstrated how to read a book aloud to children.  READ MORE !

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Azusa Library - Centro Latino for Literacy :: Azusa library offers literacy program in Spanish

No solo ofrecen libros, también enseñan a leer
Biblioteca de Azusa ofrece programa de alfabetización en español
Not only offer books also they teach reading
Azusa library offers literacy program in Spanish
LaRaza: 8.02.2015 by Marvelia Alpizar

Many immigrants who come to this country have the desire to learn English faster to adapt to society.  However, those who never learned to read and write in their first language find it difficult to learn a second language.

It is one of the reasons why the city library is offering Azusa literacy programs to people who speak Spanish and want to learn to read and write in that language or strengthen those skills.

Cathay Reta, program coordinator Adult Literacy Library Azusa, said that about 11.6 percent of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Los Angeles County can not read or write in Spanish or do not master this skill properly.

"When people attend ESL (English as a Second Language) and can not read or write in Spanish, not find ways to keep pace with the rest of the class, and drop the course," Reta said, who has It was also a teacher of adult literacy for approximately thirty years and has observed this phenomenon in community centers where he worked. READ MORE !

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: Ventura Co - Salinas - SF

Literacy Jobs – California
general and clerical duties, including those related to literacy Services for the Library and Community Services Department, with a strong emphasis on providing public service.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Redlands Library : : Gunning for Extra Funding for its Adult Literacy Program

Smiley Public Library gunning for extra funding for its Adult Literacy program
Redlands Daily Facts: 8.06.2015 by Kristina Hernandez

The A.K. Smiley Public Library is planning to submit an application to receive additional funding from the state for its adult literacy program.

Officials from the State Library announced an investment of $2 million toward the program that provides one-on-one tutoring at libraries across the state to those looking to improve reading skills. Libraries, including Smiley, have until Aug. 14 to submit an application, according to a news release.

“Basically any money that we get from this grant is to enhance the program we have and run it more efficiently and enhance the existing program,” said Daniel Slota, a principal librarian and head of adult services at Smiley.

The amount of funding available to selected applicants was not announced in the release. However, more than 250,000 people have been helped by the program throughout the state. Federal statistics say there are 4 million Californians with low literacy skills, the release said.

Currently, there are 80 “literacy pairs” at Smiley composed of a literacy volunteer and learner, Slota said.

“The extra money will help us do better. We have one part-time literacy coordinator that is essentially running the program with the help of many volunteers.  READ MORE !

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Huntington Beach Library : : "Learning and Growing Together" 2015 Literacy Volunteers

"Learning and Growing Together"
2015 Literacy Volunteers-HBPL Annual Meeting & Awards Night
OPEN DOORS: July 2015

On June 25, 2015, Literacy Volunteers-HBPL held its annual awards event. It was a time to gather and celebrate the achievements of the learners and the volunteers who all work so hard throughout the year.

The evening air was filled with the sounds of excited attendees, accompanied by beautiful paper floral displays, refreshments, succulent center pieces, a photo pictorial running on a TV, a gardening book raffle and a delightful make-a-floral-pen activity, led by Karen Topolewski.

Audrey Richards, President; Susan Hodge, Vice President; and Diane Moseley, Program Coordinator co-emceed and guided attendees through the fun events and announcements of the evening.

Learners Walaa Abelnour, Gladys Juy, Rachel Li and Alicia Zhou were recognized with Adult Learner Awards for Excellence, and Nancy Wu, Max Shih & Wendy L. for obtaining their citizenship. Tutors received pins acknowledging their landmark years (5, 20, 15 and 20!) of service.

New and returning board members were announced and voted on, while outgoing board members were acknowledged and thanked for their years of service.

Special thanks for the dedicated work of the committee and all those who helped to create such a beautiful and lively event for everyone to enjoy!

In 1984, the Literacy Volunteers-HBPL was founded by Linda D. Light. 31 years later, the program flourishes and learners and tutors continue to work tirelessly, enriching each other and the community as a whole, by learning from each other and growing together.