Monday, October 16, 2017

Newport Beach Library :: Literacy FunRaiser :: Happy Hour with Lisi Harrison :: Oct 21

Happy Hour with Lisi Harrison
Best-selling Author of "The Dirty Book Club"
October 21 :: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Central Library Friends Room
1000 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy invites supporters to enjoy Happy Hour with Lisi Harrison, author of “The Dirty Book Club.”

Scheduled for release on October 10, “The Dirty Book Club” marks the New York Times best-selling author’s debut into adult fiction. The event includes a wine and cheese reception before the program, as well as a Q & A session following it. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Harrison’s novel focuses on four modern-day strangers who mysteriously inherit a dirty book club started in the 1960s. The unlikely friends bond over naughty bestsellers, sharing intimate details of their lives with each other. Inspired by the characters in the novels they read—and the notes passed down by the club's original members—the new members of The Dirty Book Club help each other find the courage to rewrite their own stories and risk it all for a happy ending.

Before becoming a best-selling author, Lisi Harrison was the Senior Director of Development for MTV where she created and developed new shows for the network. She is the author of over 25 books, including many in the very popular young adult fiction series, The Clique. A native of Canada, Harrison now makes her home in Laguna Beach. She has been a proud member of her own dirty book club since 2007.

Tickets for the Happy Hour with Lisi Harrison are available at $25 per person beginning September 1. Space is limited and tickets are expected to sell out quickly, as they did last year. Proceeds from the event fund literacy services for adult learners at the Newport Beach Public Library.

For more information, call (949) 717-3874

Friday, October 13, 2017

Redlands Library :: Reading & Literacy: A Shared Journey

Reading & literacy: A shared journey
Redlands Daily Facts: 10.05.2017 by Don Sprould

Much like the adult learners celebrated recently on Redlands’ Adult Literacy Day at the A.K. Smiley Public Library and Lincoln Shrine, Dr. Francisco Jiménez had come a long way to share in the moment.

When the author and Santa Clara University professor emeritus recently took the podium to discuss his life and book, “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child,” he had much in common with many of the more than 250 in attendance.

“The Circuit” has been a book club selection in the library’s adult literacy program. As an educator, Jiménez worked to develop inclusive and multi-cultural programs and, as an author, he embraced an audience that shared his passion for learning. “I’m a little bit emotional [at the reception] to tell you the truth,” he confessed.

Quotes posted on the wall of Contemporary Club auditorium spoke of program values and successes of participants. Beneath a sign that read, “Literacy changes lives. Thanks to the Adult Literacy Program,” placards with photos of program participants proclaimed:

“Now I am a United States citizen.
“Now I am able to help my son with his homework.
“We are advocates for our special needs child.
“I have made a new friend.
“I was able to pass my English class and now I am heading to a 4-year college.
“I can read.”

Through the library’s adult literacy program, volunteers help lifelong learners build skills necessary to join the community of readers — a journey that also opens the way to opportunities for more education and the better jobs and lives that come with it.  READ MORE @

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Newport Beach Library :: Nominate :: GreatNonprofits Badge

GreatNonprofits :: Top-Rated Badge :: Nominations

Nonprofits, gather 10 positive reviews (4+ stars) by October 31st to earn your 2017 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated badge.

It's easy! Just take a minute to nominate them for a 2017 Top-Rated Award and you could help them gain tremendous exposure and online promotion worth up to $20,000.
All you have to do is share a new, positive story (4 or 5 start) for your favorite nonprofit. You can also share a new story for a nonprofit you have reviewed before. You can share feedback and stories on as many nonprofits as you like!

hey tacking very personal care to each client . Always satisfied . I am tacking tutor classes weekly there and use library books and CD all the time.
Natalia13:  Client Served 08/01/2017

his firm helped me to get a grip in the US. All the tutors giving their best to improve their learners life in the USA. An unique curriculum for each learner! - that's the speciality of all the tutors. The literacy coordinator Cherall doing a great job and she's the backbone of this organization. They are serving learners from more than 10 countries, and thus each learner is improving intercultural skills too. All the management team, Cherall, Victoria, tutors, volunteers, and learners make this firm a perfect place for each newcomer to the USA.
SRJ1:  Client Served 08/01/2017

very life has a period of time that has a great impact on it in a distinguishable way. Literacy Program changed my life as an immigrant and gave me a brighter resolution of life. Being with people who help others selflessly is a life changer opportunity for me. All they want is to help others to achieve their personal goals.
Negar:  Client Served 08/07/2017

hat a marvelous opportunity for learner and tutor alike! Cheryl Weiss oversees a program whose impact reaches FAR beyond its small office within the Newport Beach Library. Each week hundreds of us work with our students in 2 hour increments to achieve the goals that our adult learners have identified as their priorities. This is individualized learner at its finest!
Joni N: Volunteer 09/07/2017

 am grateful and honored to be a volunteer tutor and writing facilitator for the Newport / Mesa ProLiteracy Program of The Newport Beach Library. The invaluable experience I have gained seeing our Learners go from beginners to advanced stages in English Language Development is gratifying and beyond words. I give much of the credit to our Director, Cherall Weiss and staff for developing a program designed to encourage and provide each Learner with the necessary tools to achieve their goals.
Writer: Volunteer 08/05/2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Huntington Beach Library :: Recognizing our Best ~ Central Literacy Awards Event

Recognizing our Best ~ Central Awards Event

June 13, 2017, was Literacy Volunteers' Annual Awards Event, where learners and tutors received recognition for their exemplary work and the new Board of Directors was voted in. Following the theme of "What is Black & White & READ All Over?" the room was appropriately decorated in theme colors, including the dessert table, with a delicious array of black, white, and red pastries and desserts. In the center of each table, books with specially made black & white covers were arranged, each representing a novel read by one of our learners or tutors.

Literacy Specialist Diane Moseley led the evening by presenting awards to tutors and learners who had shown special growth during the year. Top honors went to The CONVERSATION CLASSES, led by Barbara Robertson and Lynn Bryant. While both Barbara and Lynn give kudos to their learners, we commend the efforts of these two who have given so much to their classes, which have become a vibrant hub of activity and learning.

The honorable Mayor of Huntington Beach, Barbara Delgleize, joined us for the entire evening, offering to present the awards. We are grateful to our city's #1 citizen for honoring Literacy Volunteers and recognizing the work that we do. It was a thrill for all the winners to have their picture taken with Barbara, making the night even more special.  READ MORE @

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Literacy Library Jobs – Huntington Beach :: Calaveras Co

Literacy Library Jobs – California

Will oversee literacy instruction at the Calaveras County detention center (Jail) and will work closely with incarcerated individuals.

Staffs the literacy office, Answers phones and responds to Literacy's email, Assists literacy volunteers and adult literacy students

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

READ OC :: Lunch N' Learn Workshops

Lunch N' Learn Workshop Series
October 26, 2017
Guest Speaker: Help Me Grow
Topic: Help Your Child Succeed in School
Garden Grove Main Library - 11200 Stanford Ave - Garden Grove

Join us the 4th Thursday of every month to share ideas with your fellow tutors and learners.

Lunch N’ Learn workshops are open to all OC READ tutors, learners, and members of the public.

Join OC READ and a monthly guest speaker to learn about resources for common literacy goals, and to network with your fellow tutors/learners. Bring your lunch!”

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events :: October 2017

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
October 2017

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

Oct. 01   Orange County Children's Book Festival Orange Coast College
Oct. 04   A Walk in the Shoes of a Dyslexic Corona Library 6:30p
Oct. 06   WeHo Reads West Hollywood Library 7p
Oct. 07   CATESOL IE Workshop Gamification & Games 4 Learning Cal Baptist Univ
Oct. 14   Dyslexia Awareness & Education Peppertree Park Tustin 10a
Oct. 17   A Walk in the Shoes of a Dyslexic Chino Hills Community Center 6:30p
Oct. 18   John Rodrigues - Dyslexia & ADHA San Juan Capistrano 6p
Oct. 19+ CATESOL State Conference Santa Clara
Oct. 20+ California Reading Association PDI City of Industry
Oct. 23+ Internet Librarian Monterey
Oct. 27+ CUE Fall Conference Napa Valley
Oct. 28   Fall Gala: Children’s Literature Council So California Skirball Cultural Ctr 9a

Friday, September 29, 2017

California Book Festivals & Events :: October 2017

California Book Festivals & Events :: October 2017
Books, Comics, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing and More !

Oct. 01   High Desert Book Festival, Victorville 10a
Oct. 01   Orange County Children's Book Festival, Orange Coast College
Oct. 06+ LitQuake SF
Oct. 07   Authors in the OC, Anaheim
Oct. 07   Pomona Reads, Pomona Library 12N
Oct. 13   Author Fair, Pasadena Library 6p
Oct. 14   Great Valley Bookfest, Manteca
Oct. 14   Indie Author Day, LAPL Central Library 11a
Oct. 21+ Lit Crawl LA, NOHO
Oct. 21+ SCIBA Trade Show, Pomona
Oct. 25+ LitCrawl LA, NoHo
Oct. 27+ Stan Lee's Comikaze, LA Convention Center
Oct. 28+ Southern California Poetry Festival, Mt San Antonio College
Oct. 28   Women's Literary Festival, Santa Barbara

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: October 2017

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: October 2017

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

Oct. 21 Happy Hour with Lisi Harrison Newport Beach Library 6p
Oct. 27 Wine & Words FUNraiser Huntington Beach Library 7p

Oct. 04 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Fontana 5p
Oct. 04 Adult Literacy Open House Carlsbad Library 5:30p
Oct. 04 A Walk in the Shoes of a Dyslexic Corona Library 6:30p
Oct. 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library 29 Palms 9a
Oct. 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Yucaipa 10a
Oct. 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Santa Barbara Library 1p
Oct. 07 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Hesperia 3p
Oct. 10 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 12N
Oct. 12 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation Newport Beach Library 10a
Oct. 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Chino 10a
Oct. 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Adelanto 12N
Oct. 16 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Redlands Library 6p
Oct. 16 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Corona Public Library 7p
Oct. 17 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Big Bear 4p
Oct. 17 Adult Literacy Tutor Training READ/San Diego Library 6p
Oct. 18 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation READ/OC 1p
Oct. 18 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Highland 5p
Oct. 19 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Hemet Library 9a
Oct. 19 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Newport Beach Library 10a
Oct. 19 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 6p
Oct. 21 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Glendora Library 9:30am 
Oct. 21 Adult Literacy Tutor Training LEARN San Diego County Library El Cajon 10a
Oct. 21 Happy Hour with Lisi Harrison Newport Beach Library 6p
Oct. 26 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Burbank Library 6p
Oct. 26 Lunch N' Learn Workshop READ OC 12N
Oct. 27 Wine & Words FUNraiser Huntington Beach Library 7p

Beverly Hills Library Adult Literacy: last Friday month 10:30 - 12 N
LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction
Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carlsbad Library :: Literacy Services - Browse Our New Consumables

Browse Our New Consumables
Learning Connection: Sep/Oct 2017

For years, our adult literacy program has been able to offer free textbooks, workbooks and fiction books to all learners in the program. We have recently added new consumables, including over 100 titles of fiction books. These new books are possible through a generous grant from the California State Library. We encourage our learners to choose up to two books each to start building their home library. Please keep in mind quantities are limited. For most of your reading, continue to check out books from the literacy collection!

Fall Programs Start
Welcome back to the students, teachers and tutor volunteers with Carlsbad High School. We hope you had a great summer break!

We also started three ESL classes through MiraCosta College. From August 21-October 11, on Mondays & Wednesdays, Beginning Reading & Writing is at 9 a.m.-12:35 p.m. and Intermediate Conversation is at 6-7:30 p.m.

August 22-October 12, on Tuesdays & Thursdays, Basic Computers & Digital Literacy is at 9 a.m.-12:10 p.m.  READ MORE @

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Upland Library :: Night of Trivia :: Literacy FUNraiser

Night of Trivia
Upland Library
September 27

Our 16th annual Night of Trivia is coming September 27th !
Sponsored by the Friends of the Upland Public Library, this event helps fund Adult and Family Literacy.
If you would like to join or form a team please contact Laura at 909-931-4203.

Giving Back To Your Community

Are you looking for a rewarding way to volunteer in your community while helping an adult improve their life? Volunteering at the Upland Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program is a wonderful way to offer service to your city. The Adult Literacy Program provides free, private, one-on-one tutoring for adults seeking assistance in improving reading and writing skills. After an initial interview, the adult learner is matched with a volunteer-tutor and they meet once or twice a week at the Upland Public Library. Adult learners set their own goals based on their needs. Here are some of the areas where our specially trained tutors can help: 
•            Tutoring for the GED or citizenship test.
•            Reading and writing improvement
•            Comprehension and spelling improvement

Since its start in 1989, the completely grant-funded Adult Literacy Program has successfully impacted the lives of over 1,000 individual adult learners with the help. For more information, or to volunteer as a tutor, please contact the Literacy Office at (909) 931-4211.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Beaumont Library :: Stories from the Porch-Building a World of Books

Stories from the Porch-Building a World of Books
Patch/Banning-Beaumont: 9.03.2017 by Luren Dickinson

Join Beaumont Library for its 8th annual “Stories from the Porch – Building a World of Books” program from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, September 23, in celebration of International Literacy Day.

The program encourages community leaders, community members, literacy volunteers, library staff and/or adult learners to read their favorite children’s book from the “front porch” of the library. Readers may bring their own book or read one we supply, or tell a story, read a poem, sing, dance, or play an instrument. 

The program will draw attention to the problem of low literacy and illiteracy among adults (1 in 5 adults in the United States has low literacy skills). This means they are unable to complete job applications, read notes home from school, or administer medication properly.  READ MORE @

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Redlands Library :: Author Francisco Jiménez Speaks in Redlands about ‘The Migrant Experience’

Author Francisco Jiménez speaks in Redlands about ‘The Migrant Experience’ 
Redlands Daily Facts: 9.17.2017 by Diane Shimota, Adult Literacy Coordinator-A.K. Smiley Library

The Redlands City Council proclaimed Sept. 7 as Adult Literacy Day in the city of Redlands. The proclamation included the finding that adults in Redlands seek to improve their literacy skills with the Redlands Adult Literacy Program so that they may get a job or advance in their employment, help their children in school and work toward their own higher education.

The council also commended the efforts of volunteers and community partners whose support is vital to the program.

To celebrate Adult Literacy Day, the community gathered at the Contemporary Club Sept. 7 to hear Francisco Jiménez, author of “The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child” and its three sequels, “Breaking Through,” “Reaching Out” and “Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University.” The common theme in these four books is the transformative power of education.

Each book represents a different stage of Jiménez’s education and describes the struggles Jiménez faced and conquered.

Before Jiménez’s talk on “The Migrant Experience: A Personal Story,” many participants in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program enjoyed a special opportunity to greet him at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine and share a bit of their personal histories with him. Some said that his story is similar to the history of their own families, and others connected with his passion for learning and his struggles to become educated.

Ana Alcantar, a learner in the program, said about meeting Francisco Jiménez, “It was a magical moment that I will treasure forever.”  READ MORE @