Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Orange Co Library :: READ/OC :: Celebration of Lifelong Learning Adventures

Reflections of a Magical Celebration of Lifelong Learning Adventures!
READ Writes: September 2015

Once again, the amazing creative and enthusiastic Friends of READ/ OC brought the magic of literacy, reading, and lifelong learning to life at the Annual Family Picnic and Appreciation Celebration!

Check out the inspiring learning efforts and accomplishments of READ/OC tutors and learners, along with the fantastic family picnic celebration created by the amazing Friends of READ/OC held at Craig Regional Park on June 13. Over the summer learners and tutors were not distracted in the forest of “everyday,” but explored and set goals to continue lifelong learning adventures throughout the year. We want to share some of the amazing learning achievements and celebrations of this amazing summer, especially this day in June of whimsical learning fun with great food, games and prizes, fantastic decorations and magical times with family and READ/OC Friends!

The Annual Family Picnic and Appreciation Celebration on June 13 was indeed a magical celebration of reading, new beginnings, and accomplishments! The extremely creative and dedicated Friends of READ/Orange County (FROC) transformed a group picnic area into a “literacy garden” of lifelong learning for READ/OC learners, tutors, and their families. It was also an opportunity to show appreciation for our literacy partners at OC Public Libraries, OC Community Resources, and many other friends of literacy throughout the Orange County community who have continued to encourage and promote literacy.  READ MORE !

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
October 2015

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

Oct. 1  BOOK IT! Day  October 1st through March 31st
Oct. 4  Orange County Children's Book Festival, Orange Coast College
Oct. 5  Global Read Aloud CHOPSTICKS     #gra15
Oct. 9+ LitQuake, San Francisco
Oct. 10  Fall Gala: Children’s Literature Co Southern California, Skirball Cultural Center
Oct. 10  Great Valley Bookfest, Manteca
Oct. 13  Plain Language Day
Oct. 14  Read Me Differently: Dyslexia Awareness Month, Corona Library 4p
Oct. 16  Dictionary Day
Oct. 17  Write to Literacy Conference - CSU Northridge
Oct. 17  AMC Sensory Friendly Films – PAN 10a
Oct. 17  Walk4LiteracyCesar Chavez Park Sacramento 10a
Oct. 18+ Teen Read Week
Oct. 21   LitCrawl - LA NoHo, Los Angeles
Oct. 22   Read For The Record: NOT NORMAN - Kelly Bennett
Oct. 23+ California Reading Association, Riverside
Oct. 23+ CUE Fall Conference, Napa Valley
Oct. 24    Make A Difference Day
Oct. 26+ Internet Librarian, Monterey Conference Center

Monday, September 28, 2015

Banned Books Week :: SCLLN Member Libraries

Banned Books Week :: SCLLN Member Libraries

Celebrate and learn about Banned Books Week by attending LAPLs BANNED BOOKS WEEK kickoff event. We will discuss why some books are considered controversial and look at Teen Books that some people think should be censored.

Saturday, September 26, 2015     
2:00pm to 3:00pm     
Donald Bruce Kaufman - Brentwood Branch Library

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Eagle Rock Branch Library

OC Public Libraries celebrates the freedom to read and to seek and express ideas, even those some think are unorthodox or unpopular. Did you know that the following books have been challenged or censored in some parts of the country?

Altadena Library promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week, September 27 — October 3.

Get caught reading banned books and enter to win a prize and treat!
For grades 6-12.
Monday, September 28, 2015
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Pl, Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Teen Programs

Dates: September 29 - October 3
Celebrate National Banned Books Week by reading a book that has been banned or challenged by libraries or school districts. Books will be on display in the library and a list will be available online.

San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, 92101
Friday, October 2, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. PDT
To help raise awareness regarding the censorship of books, the San Diego Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Costume Guild, presents the 4th annual All-Day Read-Aloud Read-a-thon on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 12 to 5 p.m. in the Garden Courtyard at the San Diego Central Library at the Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, located at 330 Park Blvd in downtown San Diego.
The public is invited to read alongside librarians, volunteer and teen readers, and special guests from the Costume Guild, who will appear as costumed characters from many favorite books including Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland.

“It’s important to realize that not every book will be right for every reader,” says library director Misty Jones. “The freedom to choose for ourselves what we want to read is a hard-won right that we must not take for granted. Reading, speaking, thinking and expressing ourselves freely are core American values.”

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar: October 2015

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar: October 2015

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

Oct. 1 Literacy Tutor Orientation - South Bay Literacy Co, Torrance Library 7p
Oct. 3 Literacy Tutor Training - San Diego Co Library El Cajon 10a
Oct. 3 Literacy Tutor Training = SB County Library Rialto 10:30a
Oct. 3 Literacy Tutor Training = Whittier Area Literacy Council 9a
Oct. 5 Literacy Tutor Training = Ventura County Library 5p
Oct. 5 Literacy Tutor Orientation - Carlsbad Library 12N
Oct. 6 Literacy Adult & Youth Training = Commerce Library 5:30p
Oct. 7 Literacy Tutor Training = SB County Library Fontana 5p
Oct. 7 Manos Amigas/Helping Hands = Centro Latino for Literacy 5p
Oct. 7 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego Library 5:45p
Oct. 8 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC Library 1p
Oct. 8 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/OC Library 6p
Oct. 8 Literacy Tutor Training = READ/San Diego Library 6p
Oct. 8 Literacy Open House = Carlsbad Library 5:30p
Oct. 10 Literacy Tutor Training = Azusa Library 8:30a
Oct. 10 Literacy Tutor Training = Glendora Library @ Azusa 8:30a
Oct. 10 Fall Conference - South Bay Literacy Co, Torrance Library
Oct. 10 Literacy Tutor Training = SB County Library Yucca Valley 9a
Oct. 10 Literacy Tutor Training - SB County Library Adelanto 11a
Oct. 13 Literacy Tutor Orientation - READ/OC Library 1p & 6p
Oct. 14 Literacy Tutor Training - SB County Library Barstow 11a
Oct. 14 Read Me Differently: Dyslexia Awareness Month, Corona Library 4p
Oct. 15 Literacy Tutor Orientation = Carlsbad Library 6p
Oct. 15 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library Crestline 12N
Oct. 16 Literacy Scrabble Challenge = Whittier Area Literacy Council 6p
Oct. 17 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library Crestline 12N
Oct. 17 Walk for Literacy - Monterey Park Library 7:30a
Oct. 19 Literacy Volunteer Orientation - Corona Library 7p
Oct. 20 Literacy Tutor Training - SB Co Library Hesperia 3p
Oct. 23 Wine & Words Literacy FUNraiser = Huntington Beach Library 7p
Oct. 24 Literacy Tutor Workshop = Upland Library 9a
Oct. 29 Literacy Learner Orientation = READ/San Diego Library 10a

LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction
Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame.
Statewide Workshops @ California Library Literacy Services

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Corona Library Readers=Leaders :: Adult Literacy Giving Day

September 18

Readers = Leaders: Adult Literacy Giving Day is one week from today! Imagine the fear of not being able to Get a Job, Read Medical Labels, Vote, or Help Children with Homework.

Support The Corona Public Library Foundation and help English-speaking adults who need to improve their lives through better reading & writing skills.

Please share and spread the word!
Watch throughout the week for facts about adult literacy right here in Corona and Western Riverside County.

Join in giving to Corona Public Library Foundation's campaign Help New Adult Readers Become New Leaders!

Imagine not being able to read street signs: That generally means no driver's license. Or what about being in an accident and coming out of a coma to find you can no longer read. These are just two examples of real situations facing adult learners in the Corona Public Library's Adult Reading Assistance Program.

Every day, staff & volunteers work with adults trying to improve their lives while facing the huge hurdle of limited reading and writing abilities. Your contribution will help provide new resources for the learners and their tutors, including workshops, tutor training, computer software for literacy and much more.

With your help, we can change someone's life: "Eloise" took the written driving test, only missed passing by one and will be taking it again very soon, while "Dennis" is now reading at a sixth grade level and negotiating with two companies for the best job offer. Don't hesitate: Please give now!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hemet Library - Walk for Literacy Awareness 2015

Walk for Literacy Awareness
September 26 | 9:00am
Downtown Hemet

Join us as the Hemet Adult Literacy Advocates and the community walk for Literacy Awareness, Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Registration and checkin begin at 9:00 AM and we will begin our 1 mile walk around downtown Hemet at 9:30 AM.

Registration is  $10/adult and $5/children 5-12.
Join us in this fun and enlightening event!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Upland Library :: Trivia Bee & Silent Auction for Literacy :: September 24

Trivia Bee & Silent Auction for Literacy
September 24 | 6:00pm
The Carnegie Cultural Center

Get ready to Play to the Rhythm at the 14th annual Trivia Bee and Silent Auction for Literacy, Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is $15 for adults, students no charge.  Watch Team Rutherford, sponsored by San Bernardino County Janice Rutherford, return to defend their title as the 2014 Trivia Bee Champions.

All proceeds will benefit the Upland Library Adult Literacy program for which state funding is determined by the amount of local monies raised.

For information on sponsoring or participating as a team ($300 donation team entry fee) or on donating goods and/or services as action items, please contact Literacy Coordinator, Liz Barbee at (909) 931-4211.

Los Angeles Public Library :: National Voter Registration Day | September 22

National Voter Registration Day
September 22
Register To Vote At Your Library

National Voter Registration Day is a huge national effort to get as many people to register to vote as possible. The goal is not to advocate on behalf of a candidate or party, but to make sure that people have access to voting.

Have you've moved since the last election? Have you've recently turned 18? Not sure if you are registered to vote? Drop by any time between 1:00 to 4:30 pm, and volunteers from the League of Women Voters will help you register to vote on the spot, verify your voter registration status, or help answer your questions.

Alma Reaves Woods - Watts Branch  September 24, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Canoga Park Branch  September 22, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Chatsworth Branch  September 22, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Donald Bruce Kaufman - Brentwood Branch September 24, 2015 3:30PM to 5:30PM
Eagle Rock Branch September 22, 2015 1:30PM to 3:30PM
John Muir Branch  September 23, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Little Tokyo Branch September 22, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Los Feliz Branch  September 22, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Memorial Branch  September 24, 2015 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Northridge Branch  September 24, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Panorama City Branch  September 22, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Robertson Branch  September 21, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch  September 21, 2015 3:00PM to 4:30PM
Studio City Branch  September 24, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Sylmar Branch  September 24, 2015 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Venice - Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch  September 25, 2015 3:30PM to 5:30PM

Monday, September 21, 2015

Glendora Library :: Parent and Teacher Phonics Workshop | Sep 26

Parent and Teacher Phonics Workshop
Glendora Public Library -- Bidwell Forum
September 26
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Have you or your child ever read a word and thought, "Well, English is just crazy, that is a word that just has to be memorized?” If you have, we have good news for you: English is not crazy and there is a way to investigate words along with your child or students (dyslexic and non-dyslexic) to learn the true underlying structure, and never utter those words again!

You are invited to attend a Community Literacy Program on Structure Word Inquiry featuring Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky.  Dr. Sandman-Hurley is a published author and researcher of dyslexia and received her doctorate in Literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. Ms. Block-Zaretsky is a trained Special Education Advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504Plan process and has tutored children and adults with learning disabilities for the past 18 years. Together, they formed the Dyslexia Training Institute in San Diego.

Presented jointly by the GlendoraAzusa, Covina and Monrovia Public Library Literacy programs, as well as Glendora Public Library Friends Foundation, this program is offered free to all community members, including teachers, parents, students and anyone interested in adult and family literacy.

•Learn to find the sense in English and “sight words”.
•Become a word detective by conducting word hypothesis and creating word sums.
•Learn about the interrelationship between morphology, etymology and phonology.

The Glendora Public Library is located at 140 S. Glendora Ave., Glendora CA 91741. To register for this program, please call the Library at 626-852-4891.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Literacy Jobs – California :: Commerce Library

Literacy Jobs – California

Huntington Beach Library :: Family Literacy Awards

Family Literacy Annual Awards Event
Open Doors: September 2015

The Oak View branch held its annual awards on August 27, 2015. It was attended by approximately 100 enthusiastic literacy families, volunteers and friends, who enjoyed a scrumptious dinner provided by learner and tutor donations and which included tamales, tacos, beans, salads, desserts and much more.

Our board president, Susie Hodge, introduced special guests and congratulated all participants for their hard work. Huntington Beach City Council member Barbara Delgleize spoke of her appreciation for literacy services and how important it is for our community.

Congratulations to our Excellence Award winners: Acela C, Maribel G, and Janet V.

Congratulations to our volunteers earning service pins. 5-year pins: Irma Bermel, Michael DiGennaro and Michael Sloan; 10-year pins: Gary Gillenger, Joan Gillenger, Michael Kibel, Sue Kibel, Lani Martin, Linda Marsoun and John Ramsey; and Margarita Rubio who earned her 20 year pin.

Congratulations to our Pre-ESL volunteers, Luz Arreola, Ana Clara, Acela Cortes, Maria Hern and Beatriz Salinas and to our Computer Coaches who received special recognition, Imelda Bernal, Paula Flores, Raquel Guzman, Carmen Lezama, and Beatriz Salinas.

Thank you to everyone who made the Family Literacy Awards Night so special!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Glendora Library :: City of Glendora proclaiming September 2015 as "Adult Literacy Month."

September 9

Glendora Library's Literacy Coordinator Mary Pat Dodson with Council member Judy Nelson receiving a Proclamation from the State of California and the City of Glendora proclaiming September 2015 as "Adult Literacy Month."

** Approximately 6000 adults living in the city of Glendora do not have the literacy skills required to independently manage daily activities at home and work.
** The Glendora Reads Program trains and engages community volunteers to tutor adults and increase literacy levels.

Thank you Mary Pat!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

California Library Literacy Services :: Welcomes 5 Libraries

So happy to be able to announce that with a portion of the funds restored to us by the Governor and Legislature this year we have been able to welcome 5 libraries into California Library Literacy Services! Congrats to

Hooray for all the new adult learners we can serve with awesome new volunteers!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Los Angeles Public Library - It's a Match

It’s a Match Part I
A newsletter written by students and tutors. Changing lives one chapter at a time.

Deborah’s Story By tutor Deborah Hanley
When our economy fell in 2009, none of us knew how life as we knew it would change. For me, it meant the end of long-term employment and facing the extensive recession as a single woman in her 60’s. After living in Massachusetts my entire life, I rented out my home and drove cross-country with my adult daughter, Annie, a resident of Los Angeles.

Even driving through multiple states in a stuffed compact car could not compare with the culture shock I felt after arriving here. Where would I live? Would I be able to find work? How would I meet friends in this vast city? Luckily, the Los Angeles Public Library system offered an option through the tutoring program, which saved the day in more ways than one.

I was enlisted through Alicia Chavarin, Ben Franklin Branch, who paired me with Margarita Severiano, Maggie—a beautiful single mother of three boys.

From our very first meeting, Maggie impressed me with her openness, her dedication to her studying and her willingness to accept this “foreigner.” Week after week, we learned more and more about each other and our families as we reviewed the course work. The materials spurred discussions about politics, famous personalities, becoming a citizen, using the computer, immigration reform, getting a driver’s license, identifying skills and career paths, cultural innuendo, slang, our children, and much more. It moved on to cooking tamales, quesadillas, salsas. I told her how I was the one who needed tutoring in Spanish, feeling quite educationally challenged because of it. After all, she could speak two languages. Week after week Maggie arrived fully prepared for our session and was always more awake than I was!

Alicia could not have made a better match. I look forward to each tutoring session. I feel warmly welcomed by Maggie and Alicia. The excellent library system of Los Angeles has provided unlimited opportunities to acclimate here through the Tutoring Program, exhibits, the outstanding Aloud program and the beauty of ordering a book or DVD online and having the convenience of an e-mail notification and a quick trip to my local branch to pick it up.

Thank you, Maggie and Alicia. Thank you, Los Angeles. It’s definitely feeling a lot more like home.

Maggie’s Story by learner Margarita Severiano
I would write a special Valentine message to my tutor. When Alicia assigned Deborah as my tutor, I did not expect to meet someone who was new to Los Angeles and facing more challenges than I have with the English language. I’m a Spanish-speaking woman and Deborah is also a woman but uprooted from New England.

At first I was worried that this former teacher and paralegal was going to be very tough on me and expect too much.

I was right! However, I responded to her challenge and I am so pleased with my progress. She has helped me improve my English skills, including reading and phonetics. -She makes every session interesting, educational and enjoyable. Also, Deborah and I can openly discuss any topic including politics, health, movies, music… She sees my drive and always encourages me to strive forward. I am so grateful to have Deborah both as my tutor and my friend.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Bob Laubach, pioneer in adult literacy education, has died

Bob Laubach, pioneer in adult literacy education, has died 9.12.2015 by Elizabeth Doran

Robert S. Laubach, a pioneer in adult literacy education and founder of New Readers Press, died Friday at age 96.

"Dr. Bob" as he was known, and his late father Dr. Frank C. Laubach, are credited with teaching more than 100 million adults to read and write in more than 200 languages.

Bob Laubach helped his father after Laubach Literacy Inc., was founded in 1955 in Syracuse. That organization became one of the founding organizations of ProLiteracy Worldwide in 2002. Bob Laubach then developed literacy primers in local languages and organized literacy programs in more than 60 countries.

"Dr. Bob devoted his life to adult literacy and will be remembered for his many contributions over the past 80 years," said Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. "His legacy will live on in the weekly newspaper for adult learners, News for You, as well as the other adult education content he helped pioneer."

Friday, September 11, 2015

UOP Beyond Our Gates Dialogue Focuses on Importance of Early Literacy

Forum focuses on importance of early literacy
Record Net: 9.10.2015 by Almendra Carpizo

The average home in San Joaquin County only has two books.

That is “startling” information University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck recently learned, she told about 175 people gathered Thursday for the annual Beyond Our Gates Dialogue event.

The forum, which is attended by educators, elected officials, nonprofit organizations and business leaders, was focused on the importance of early literacy, cultivating community partnerships to help students succeed and encouraging parents to engage their children and ensure that they attend school.

San Joaquin County Office of Education Superintendent James Mousalimas said at the start of the program that if the community wants to make progress in student achievement, literacy has to start before kindergarten.

“A rule of thumb we heard is that if a child is able to read by the end of third grade, they will have the tools to read and learn as they go forward,” Eibeck said.

According to a 2014 San Joaquin Literacy Report Card, only 34 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in preschool. The percentage dropped from 46 percent in 2011. Statewide, enrollment is at 50 percent, according to the report.

“How can we make sure a young child arrives in school ready to learn and by the third grade is able to read?” Eibeck asked.

Featured speaker Greg Lucas, who was appointed state librarian by Gov. Jerry Brown in March 2014, opened by saying that “the most cost-effective investment of taxpayer money is in helping people to read or read better.”

It keeps people out of prison, it helps them obtain better jobs and, he added, “if I’m a mommy, the No. 1 indicator of my kids’ academic success is my literacy rate.”  READ MORE !