Thursday, December 14, 2017

Redlands Library :: Reading is a Challenge – Adult Learner Poem

Reading is a Challenge – Adult Learner Poem
Redlands Reads: November 2017

Reading is a Challenge
Poet Tim Allen

Black black
Reading is hard
When it is easy for others
They think it is easy for you.
Blue blue
Reading is like blue skies are opening
A new world is opening when you read
Red red
TV will rot your brain
Too much TV and you get lazy.
Black black
Reading is hard
When it is easy for others
They think it is easy for you.

To learn more, join us at the next Tutor Orientation, on January 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the A. K. Smiley Public Library Assembly Room. Please call the Redlands Adult Literacy Program office at 909.798.7565, ext. 4138

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Eyes Have It On Infographics :: Monrovia Library

The Eyes Have It On Infographics
Business Record: 12.01.2017 by Drew McLellan

We’re three weeks into a series of columns that are focused on helping you plan for 2018 by identifying the channels too critical for you to ignore. This week, we’re going to investigate the value of infographics.

Visual content works. Consider these facts:
•  The human brain processes visual content 60,000 times faster than it does text.
•  Infographics are liked and shared on social media three times more than any other type of content.
•  High-quality infographics are 30 times more likely to be read than text articles.

An infographic allows you to communicate complex ideas in an easy-to-understand format. They make it easy to show the relationship among various elements so your audience can see the bigger picture.

You can deliver more information because the format itself is simple, clean and holistic in how it presents your ideas. If your audience needs to understand how one fact or choice affects other elements, an infographic may be the right choice. If you know that your audience is faced with multiple options, help them follow the path to the outcomes tied to each decision.

Infographics are also a smart option for telling a linear story and showing the flow of events in a relational way. Think of it like a storyboard that outlines the key events or milestones. You can use colors and design choices to suggest emotions behind the facts and set a tone for the entire discussion.  READ MORE >>

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Newport Beach Library :: America Star Library

National Ranking: Newport Library is a ‘Star’

The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named as a “Star Library” in a national ranking, authorities announced this week.

Board of Library trustees announced Thursday that the city library earned the honor in a list compiled by the Library Journal, in its tenth edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service.

This year, 7,409 U.S. public libraries were scored on the LJ Index of Public Library Service, explained NBPL Marketing Specialist Katherine Mielke in the press release.

They compared five areas: Total circulation, library visits, program attendance, public access computer use, and circulation of electronic materials.

Of the 259 named as America’s Star Libraries, thirteen are in California with just four in Southern California. Newport Beach Public Library is the highest scoring library in Orange County. This is the fifth year in a row, and ninth time in ten years, that NBPL has been named a Star Library, according to Mielke.  READ MORE >>

Other SCLLN “2017 Star” Libraries

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Obligations Under the California Employee Literacy Education Assistance Act

What are our obligations under the California Employee Literacy Education Assistance Act?
Business Management Daily: 12.06.2017 by Joseph Beachboard

Q. An employee recently disclosed that he is illiterate and asked for our help in finding an adult literacy education program. What are our obligations toward this employee under California law?

A. The California Employee Literacy Education Assistance Act, which is codified in the California Labor Code, requires private employers with 25 or more employees to “reasonably accommodate and assist any employee who reveals a problem of illiteracy and requests employer assistance in enrolling in an adult literacy education program.”

Employer assistance may include providing the employee with information on literacy education programs in the area or arranging for a literacy education provider to visit the worksite. An employer would not be required to provide these reasonable accommodations if it would create an undue hardship for the employer.

Furthermore, an employer must take reasonable efforts to safeguard the illiterate employee’s privacy and confidentiality with regard to his or her illiteracy.

An employer is also prohibited from discharging an employee for revealing that he or she is illiterate.

Note that an employer is not obligated to provide paid time off for an employee to enroll and participate in an adult literacy education program.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Huntington Beach Library :: Congratulations to Bob Bonney on 30 Years!

Congratulations to Bob Bonney on 30 Years!
Open Doors: October 2017
Huntington Beach Library Literacy Volunteers

When it comes to commitment, Bob Bonney belongs at the top of the list. We're proud to feature Bob's recognition at the Literacy Volunteers-HBPL's June 2017 Annual Awards Event for 30 years of dedication. =Born in Amityville, Long Island, New York, Bob went through school there and joined the Navy after high school, where he served for three years. After his first tour of duty he entered the work force, but was recalled back into the Navy and sent to Asugi, Japan. There he served as flight crew of the PB4Y2 aircraft which flew reconnaissance over the Pacific Ocean looking for Korean submarines. 4½ years later, the Korean War had ended and Bob found himself once again a civilian.

Time passed, one thing led to another, and Bob found himself happily married and living in California. He was hired at Northrop Grumman and worked as a quality control engineer in the missile program for the next 25 years. After retiring and looking for a new adventure, Bob volunteered at the VA Hospital in Long Beach, where he discovered the joy and satisfaction of helping others.

Bob then heard about the literacy program at the Huntington Beach Library, and enrolled in tutor training. In those days, training was held at the Westminster branch, and he remembers the instructors Sue Berman and Marcia Hendriks with great fondness.

Tutoring for 30 years, Bob has built decades of memories with many, many learners ...
Bob's very first learner was a man who lived with his parents in Leisure World. After about a year, the family moved away, and later, the learner's mom sent the Literacy Director a letter of gratitude and a $20 donation for the program.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: Oceanside :: Merced Co :: Calaveras Co :: Huntington Beach

Literacy Library Jobs – California

Request for Proposals - Adult Literacy Services
Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking a qualified consultant to review all aspects of the Library’s provision of literacy services for English-speaking adults, or Adult Literacy services.
The consultant will be expected to address the following areas and make recommendations:
> Community adult literacy needs and outcomes analysis
> Progress and status tracking for adult learners
> Resource management to meet objectives and service level needs
> Tools and materials
> Marketing and collaboration

Recruit and train new volunteer tutors
Establish and evaluate procedures to meet the Literacy Program objectives

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Carlsbad Library :: Reading to Children :: Family Literacy

Reading to Children
Learning Connection: Nov-Dec 2017 by Carrie Scott

You can read to your child (or any child!) from the time they are babies.
Here are some tips for reading with a child:

*Pick a time when you and your child are happy. That will make reading more enjoyable.
*Cuddle with your child when you are reading. They will associate positive feelings with reading.
*Allow your child to touch and play with the book. That is how they discover their world.
*Read the book over and over again! If your child asks to hear the book again, they are still learning from it.
*Read with expression, make faces and have fun with it!
*With younger children, it is not important to read word-for-word.
Having a conversation is important.
*Let toddlers be active while reading. Have them point to pictures or act out the actions.
*With school-age children, ask who, what, when, where, why questions.
*Keep reading to them even when they go to school, then have them read to you. Praise them!

You don’t have to be “teaching” something to have your child learn. When you talk, sing and read with your child, you are building their brains. This will make a big difference in their lives!  READ MORE >>

Dec 05 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation  12 N
Dec 14 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation  6 pm

Learners Grow Their Home Libraries

The theme of our Fall display encouraged learners to build a home library, featuring consumable fiction books. Each learner could choose two free books from a varied selection. Many learners took advantage of the giveaway to add to their book collection. Books are still available in the tutoring rooms, so take yours home today!

Thanks to a generous state grant, we have three free items to offer you and your learner:
*Free books to take home and keep to build a home library
*A reusable insulated mug to bring with you to the Learning Center
*A planner to keep track of your lessons

Please be sure to pick these up!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Los Angeles Public Library :: Summer Reading in Adult Literacy STEAM at the Library

Summer Reading in Adult Literacy
STEAM at the Library
READ: LAPL Adult Literacy Services: Fall 2017
By Beverly Pichardo, Jefferson Branch Literacy Coordinator

“Ready, set, fun!” was the simple implied directive that propelled a fun-filled hour and a half on Thursday, July 6th.  The meeting room at the Jefferson Branch became a workshop where adult patrons built small bridges, picnic tables, lemonade stands, and bus stops.

This was the last in a series of STEAM workshops co-hosted by Adult Literacy and Jonathan Most, an adult librarian at the Jefferson Branch. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math and is an ongoing educational program at the library that fosters creativity and learning in these fields.

Jonathan and I selected a workshop called Keva Brain Builders. Colleague Xochitl Hughes assisted us as we attacked the E in STEAM. Keva Brain Builders are inter-connecting wooden pieces called planks. Each nylon pouch contains 20 planks and 30 mini double-sided colored cards. One side displays a photo of final structure, and the reverse shows color-coded directions on how to build it.

A total of 28 adult attended, including the English Conversation class and students from a local adult school.  READ MORE >>

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
December 2017

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

Dec. 02      Family Literacy Festival Santa Clarita Library 10a
Dec. 04      Howard Zinn Book Fair, San Francisco City College Mission Campus
Dec. 04+   Hour of Code Global
Dec. 05      International Volunteer Day
Dec. 06      LibraryCon Cyber Space 11a ET
Dec. 24      Jolabokaflod Day Great Book Flood

Sunday, November 26, 2017

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: December 2017

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: December 2017

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

Dec. 02      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Luis Obispo Library 10a
Dec. 02      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Hesperia 3p
Dec. 03      Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Placentia Library 1:30p
Dec. 05      Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 12N
Dec. 05      Youth Literacy Tutor Orientation Words Alive SD 12N
Dec. 06      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Fontana 5p
Dec. 07      Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation South Bay Literacy Torrance Library 7p
Dec. 14      Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 8p
Dec. 18      Adult Literacy Volunteer Orientation Corona Library 7p
Dec. 19      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Big Bear 4p
Dec. 20      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Highland 5p

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

California Library Literacy Services Annual Report :: 2014-15

Report to the Legislature on the California Library Literacy & English Acquisition Services Program: 2014-15

Executive Summary

Several million adults in California are unable to fully participate in the social, political and economic life of our state because they cannot read or write English. Improved literacy skills open the door to better employment opportunities, self-education, and the joys of reading.

For the past 30 years, the state has helped open that door for nearly a quarter of a million adult learners through the California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) program. CLLS supports Californians by providing services to low-literacy adults and their families through California public libraries.

In addition to helping adults learn to read and write, literacy programs are providing assistance with other necessary life skill needs by teaching digital and health literacy, delivering job skill training, and helping adults obtain their high school diplomas and U.S. citizenship. CLLS programs provide a gateway to success for many in their communities.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, 18,388 adult Californians participating in CLLS improved their reading skills with the help of close to 10,000 volunteers.

Gov. Brown added $1 million in one-time funds in fiscal year 2014/2015, enabling a baseline increase of 50% to each local program. Gov. Brown then restored $2 million to the program in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, demonstrating the priority this state puts on an informed and educated California.

The total number of locations providing services in fiscal year 2014/15 is 805, and that number will grow in 2015/2016 due to the increase in committed state funding and the ability to add new programs for the first time in four years.

Literacy services provide an excellent return on investment, as participating programs contribute local funds to support literacy effects – in fiscal year local contributions totaled $16,846,187, ($4.41 for each state dollar spent).  READ MORE >>

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: Merced :: Huntington Beach :: Calaveras :: Placer

Literacy Library Jobs – California

Recruit and train new volunteer tutors
Establish and evaluate procedures to meet the Literacy Program objectives

Recruit, enroll, and support tutors and learners of all ages . . .

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

READ/San Diego :: 2017 Tutor Conference

READ/San Diego 2017 Tutor Conference
READ/San Diego: 6.27.2017

READ/San Diego - Adult and Family Literacy Services

READ/San Diego is a free literacy instruction service for adults 18 years and older. This award winning program has become a model for the country. It is staffed with literacy professionals, who work with community organizations and coordinate the efforts of volunteer reading tutors to teach adults to read and write, and improve literacy in San Diego.

At any given time, there are up to 150 people on a waiting list to take advantage of this free literacy program. Helping someone learn to read is giving them the gift of knowledge with the power to change their entire world! Your volunteerism can help change lives!  READ MORE >>

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Escondido Library :: Private Equity Firm Acquires Rita’s Italian Ice, Now Eying California Public Library

Private Equity Firm Acquires Rita’s Italian Ice, Now Eying California Public Library
Huffington Post: 9.14.2017 by Donald Cohen

January. The outskirts of Philadelphia. 23 degrees. It’s hard to imagine anyone buying Rita’s Italian ice.

But Argosy did just that earlier this year.

Specializing in acquiring companies, cutting costs, and selling them for a profit, the Pennsylvania-based private equity firm added the frozen dessert chain Rita’s to its portfolio of investments, which includes a prison phone company and a handful of Pizza Hut franchises, among others.

And now they’re eyeing the library in Escondido, California. That’s right, a public library.

Well, not exactly. Argosy owns Library Systems & Services (LS&S), the country’s largest library management company, which is trying to sell its services to the small city north of San Diego. LS&S is using the same rap—that privatization saves taxpayer money by bringing “optimization” and “efficiency”—that it’s used to gobble up 83 libraries across the country.

While the Escondido City Council seems to have bought in—they voted last month to outsource to LS&S but have yet to sign the contract—taxpayers aren’t having it. The library’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously against privatization and thousands of residents have signed a petition to keep the library public.

Even the American Library Association has weighed in, writing that after privatization the “community will not know how its taxpayer dollars are being spent.”  READ MORE >>

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ventura County Library :: New Library Director Named for Ventura County System

New library director named for Ventura County system
VC Star: 11.15.2017 by Kathleen Wilson

A new director for the Ventura County library system has been appointed.

Nancy Schram, 48, succeeds Jackie Griffin, who has decided to retire in mid-December. Schram, who is Griffin’s top deputy, was selected after a nationwide search.

She was approved Tuesday in a unanimous vote by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

Schram joined the library system as deputy director last year after nine years as the Thousand Oaks library deputy director. She previously worked for the Los Angeles County library system and holds a master’s degree in library and information science.

In her new job, Schram plans to stress services tied directly to the library system’s mission of education, literacy and lifelong learning. She wants to find innovative ways to deliver those services, expand them and ensure equal access to libraries.

Also on her list is streamlining operations to ensure the best use of funds and resources.

Schram is credited with implementing the advanced technology for the Hill Road library, initiating a training academy for library staff and starting a program to work with homeless patrons at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura.  READ MORE >>

The READ Program trains volunteers to provide free one-to-one reading and writing instruction.
The Ventura County Library has been offering this program since 1984.
Become a volunteer
Display a READ Program poster at work
Include READ Program information in your office or church newsletter.
Invite READ Program staff to speak at your meetings.

For more information about how you can support literacy and make a difference in someone's life, call (805) 677-7160.