Thursday, March 31, 2016

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events :: April 2016

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
April 2016

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

Apr. 01  International Edible Book Festival Books2Eat
Apr. 02  Literary Orange Festival of Authors Irvine
Apr. 04-29  What is Dyslexia? An In-Depth Look | Webinar
Apr. 09  Autism Sensory Friendly Films BATMAN V. SUPERMAN 10a
Apr. 09  Young People's Poetry Day
Apr. 12  Autism Sensory Friendly Films BATMAN V. SUPERMAN 7p
Apr. 16  Catesol Regional - Northern California Berkeley
Apr. 17  Haiku Poetry Day
Apr. 23  World Book Night
Apr. 23 Autism Sensory Friendly Film JUNGLE BOOK 10a
Apr. 26 Autism Sensory Friendly Film HUNTSMAN WINTER'S WAR 7p
Apr. 29+ Ojai WordFest
Apr. 29+ Bay Area Storytelling Festival Orinda CA
Apr. 30  Dia: El día de los niños/El día de los libros Díapalooza @ Public & School Libraries
Apr. 30  Black Writers on Tour Carson Community Center
Apr. 30  Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival CSU San Bernardino
Apr. 30  Riverside Early Literacy Conference Riverside City College
Apr. 30+ YALLWEST Santa Monica Library
Apr. 30 Family Literacy/Math Conference University of La Verne 9a

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Carlsbad Library :: Writer to Writer Awards

Learning Connection: March/April 2016

Congratulations to the four—yes four!—winners from Carlsbad Library Learning Center in the Writer to Writer Challenge!

Emerging Category Writers:
 Winner:  Carmen C. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Beginning Category Writers:
 Runner-Up:  Lilia Z. Mother Teresa by Margaret Holland

Advanced Category Writers:
 Winner:  Carolina O. Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince
 Runner-Up:  Rosario C. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Writer to Writer Challenge is an annual competition for adult learners in public library literacy programs. Learners write a letter to an author of a book or magazine telling them how their lives were influenced by what they read.

The competition is sponsored by the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN), and the winners and runners-up were recognized at an awards ceremony on March 5 during the SCLLN conference. Winners in each category had an opportunity to read their letters during the ceremony, and all winners and runners-up received a copy of a book that has been published with their letters.

All learners who submitted a letter received a certificate for their participation. There were 97 entries from 16 libraries throughout southern California.  READ MORE @

Monday, March 28, 2016

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: April 2016

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar
April 2016

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

Trivia FUNraiser Adult Literacy Burbank Library :: Apr 7
Walk Run READ FUNraiser Adult Literacy Huntington Beach Library :: Apr 23

Apr. 02 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Library Chino 10a
Apr. 02 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Library Lake Arrowhead 10a
Apr. 05 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 12N
Apr. 05 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/OC Library 1p
Apr. 05 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/OC Library 6p
Apr. 05 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Huntington Beach Library 6p
Apr. 06 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Library Fontana 5p
Apr. 07 Trivia FUNraiser Adult Literacy Burbank Library
Apr. 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation South Bay Literacy Torrance Library 7p
Apr. 09 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Library Yucca Valley 9a
Apr. 09 Adult Literacy Tutor Workshop READ/OC Library 9a
Apr. 09 Adult Literacy Tutor Training SB Co Library Adelanto 11a
Apr. 11 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/San Diego Library 5:45p
Apr. 11 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Redlands Library 6p
Apr. 13 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation Newport Beach Library 10a
Apr. 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Diego County Library El Cajon 12N
Apr. 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 6p
Apr. 18 Adult Literacy Volunteer Orientation Corona Library
Apr. 19 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Literacy Conejo Valley Thousand Oaks 9a
Apr. 20 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation READ/San Diego Library 10a
Apr. 20 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Newport Beach Library 10a
Apr. 20 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Placentia Library6:16p
Apr. 23  Walk Run READ FUNraiser Adult Literacy Huntington Beach Library

Beverly Hills Library Adult Literacy: last Friday of each month, 10:30 - 12 N
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

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Los Angeles Public Library :: Reading, Writing, and Revolution

Reading, Writing, and Revolution

Flying Pigeon LA: By Richard Risemberg | March 23, 2016

The bicycle is proving itself as an instrument of gentle revolution, helping to change not just how cities are used, but how they are shaped. Bike lanes do more than facilitate low-impact travel; they enrichen businesses and create community where before there was only stress, noise, and smog. More and more people saddle up for city travel every day, often counting on smartphone apps to help them make sense of this new old way of moving. The revolution proceeds apace, and everyone, it seems, is joining in.

But…what if you can’t read?

So, you say, Why is Rick blithering on about all this on a blog? If I’m reading it, that means I can read! Right?

That’s right. But…about one in five US residents can’t read, and many more can’t read well enough to do anything except just get by. Native-born people too!

That means that, unless you’re a hermit, you probably know someone who can’t read, or who can barely read.

And I am blithering about all this because I’m now working for the Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program. So if you know someone who has trouble with reading—they may have dropped out of school, they may have been busted and thrown into juvie, they may have grown up in the backwoods; they may be perfectly literate in some other language but not in English—refer them to us.

They’ll receive one-on-one tutoring at no cost. Even the workbooks and other materials will be free of charge. And after a while they’ll be able to join the bigger world that exists behind the printed page.

And maybe themselves become the Thomas Paines of the Bicycle Revolution.

Call, or have your friend call, 213-228-7037. And if they live in Echo Park, have them ask for Extension 70819, or just drop by the Echo Park branch. That’s where I sit, four days a week. I’ll help them myself.  READ MORE @

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Huntington Beach Library :: Literacy Conference a Hit

Literacy Conference a Hit
Open Doors: March 2016

155 attendees and presenters were at the March 5th SCLLN Conference & Writer-to-Writer Celebration held again this year at the Buena Park Holiday Inn.

The Southern California Library Literacy Network Conference offers a variety of workshops designed to teach new techniques, brush up on skills and gather information, as well as time to make new friends, greet "old" friends, and listen to the heartwarming letters written by winners of the Writer-to-Writer Challenge.

Diane Moseley thanked the hardworking committee for tirelessly and seamlessly planning the day, and stated that this is always a rewarding day of learning and camaraderie. As the Writer-to-Writer winners read their letters to the authors about a book that touched them, the audience listened in awe.

97 letters were received this year from 16 different library literacy programs, including Huntington Beach. This was a record number of letters, and we are shooting for 100 next year! A booklet containing letters of the winners and runners-up is available in the literacy office.

The next SCLLN conference will be held in 2018, while the writer to Writer-to-Writer challenge continues every year. It's not too early for learners to start reading a book that will inspire them to write to the author. Complete directions and rules, and a suggested book list, are available in the literacy office.  READ MORE @

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Burbank Library :: Trivia Challenge for Literacy

Trivia Challenge 2016
April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
Ritz Banquet Hall - St Leon's Cathedral
3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504.

Put together your team of 3!

Trivia Challenge is an annual event presented by the Friends of the Burbank Public Library to raise funds for the Library's Literacy Program. Attendees can either create a team of three people to answer trivia questions, or purchase a ticket to enjoy a delicious dinner while cheering for their favorite team. Opportunity drawings will occur througout the evening.

The Literacy Program provides free, one-to-one tutoring for adult who speak English, but read below an 8th grade level. The Trivia Challenge is a fun way to raise awareness of a vital Library program. Hope to see you there!

For ticket or team information, please call (818) 238-5577.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tweetest :: GED | PBs | Best Heroines | Read Aloud | Slang | MadLibs :: Superlatives from SCLLN

Tweet – Tweeter – Tweetest
Superlatives from SCLLN

#GED scoring changes rolled out in January
what exactly does the change mean for adult learners?

@natlitdirectory 10 Mar 2016

Why Picture Books
5 Reasons Why They Belong in Every Classroom

@pernilleripp 8 Mar 2016

50 of the Best Heroines of Middle Grade Books
from Anne to Malala to Matilda

@BookRiot 8 Mar 2016

The results of our nationwide survey on how America reads aloud to its children … #readaloud

@ReadAloud_org 9 Mar 2016

Awesomely Useful Slang Words for ESL Learners -

@FluentUEnglish 9 Mar 2016  

Two Tablet Apps to Engage Students with ELA Skills

@ClassTechTips 9 Mar 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Corona Library :: Hiding from Illiteracy

Hiding from Illiteracy
Inner Circle-Corona: 3.10.2016 by CityofCorona

The City of Corona Public Library is walking alongside adults in the community through the Adult Reading Assistance Program to put an end to adult illiteracy and restore confidence, hope, and self-respect during the process.

The Adult Reading Assistance Program encourages applicants to participate in a unique writing challenge sponsored by the Southern California Library Literacy Network. The challenge is coined as the Writer to Writer Challenge contest and presents adults learners with an opportunity to put their improving writing skills against others in programs throughout Southern California that are similar to the Adult Reading Assistance Program at the Corona Public Library.

For two years in a row, Corona’s program has yielded a runner-up in the contest. There are 4 levels, with one winner and two runners-up in each for a total of twelve honorees out of the 97 who applied — a wonderful showing for our program.  READ MORE @

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

30 Under 30 :: 2016 Literacy Champions

30 Under 30 :: 2016 Literacy Champions
Literacy Today: March/April 2016

The September/October 2016 issue of Literacy Today will include ILA's second annual 30 Under 30 list—and you can help determine who gets selected.

Nominations are now open! We are looking for educators making an extraordinary impact in their classrooms and communities, as well as outstanding administrators, authors, librarians, students, nonprofit leaders, politicians, technology experts, volunteers, and advocates who are advancing literacy for all.

Click here to nominate yourself or a fellow literacy leader. (Nominees must not turn 30 before Nov. 1, 2016. Please note all nominations must be received by May 16, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. ET.) We carefully review all nominations, so please be convincing and concise.

The 30 Under 30 list debuted in 2015 to honor rising literacy champions around the globe. See the inaugural class here.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Adult Literacy Leadership Institute :: ALLI

Adult Literacy Leadership Institute :: ALLI

The Southern California Adult Literacy Leadership Institute for 2016 will be held in Los Angeles May 6-7 at the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles.

This statewide training program for learners is an amazing opportunity to develop leadership, communication, advocacy, and presentation skills. The program is totally free including meals, materials, and transportation. Accommodations are available for those traveling from outside the more immediate area.

Please encourage all of your qualifying adult learners to apply.

The deadline for applications is March 19

Los Angeles Public Library
Adult Literacy & Volunteer Services
630 West Fifth Street • Los Angeles • CA • 90071
(213) 228-7546

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tweet – Tweeter – Tweetest ::: Superlatives from SCLLN

Tweet – Tweeter – Tweetest
Superlatives from SCLLN

For International Women's Day, meet L.A.'s first female head librarian 

Porterville Library Adult #Literacy makes lives easier

@scllnliteracy 8 Mar 2016

Four Strategies for Engaging Your Volunteers on Facebook

@CalReads 9 Mar 2016

#HogansHeroes Robert Clary visiting @HolocaustMuseum exhibit 
#StateofDeception @laplcentral sharing his story

@BiblioSzabo 8 Mar 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

5 Minutes Can Net Libraries $200 Million :: Federal Budget

Five minutes can net libraries $200 million next year

District Dispatch: 3.11.2016 by Kevin Maher

Earlier this week, we asked for your help in defending the more than $200 million in LSTA and other federal library funding from Congressional and Administration cost-cutters.

Time was short then and it’s even shorter now.

Your help is needed to get your Representative and both US Senators to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy grants, among others.  With just a few days left to get as many members of Congress behind those programs as humanly possible, now is the time for you to go to ALA’s Legislative Action Center and help save more than $200 million for communities across the country . . . very likely including yours!

A strong showing on these letters sends a signal to the Appropriations Committees’ to protect LSTA and IAL funding. So far, your work has generated thousands of emails, but frankly, we need many, many more.

Whether you call, email, tweet or all of the above (which would be great), the message to the office staff of your Senators and Representative is simple:

“Hello, I’m a constituent.
Please ask Representative/Senator ________
to sign the LSTA and IAL ‘Dear Appropriator’ letters
circulating for signature!”

Please take five minutes to call, email, or Tweet at your Members of Congress and support library funding for 2017. For more detailed information, read our earlier post on District Dispatch.

Senate letters must be completed by March 14
House letters must be completed by March 18.