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

San Diego Public Library :: 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 Co 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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Redlands Library :: Why is the Redlands Adult Literacy Program Important?

Why is the Redlands Adult Literacy Program Important?
Here’s What Some Donors Say
Redlands Daily Facts: 11.11.2017 by Diane Shimota, Adult Literacy Coordinator-A.K. Smiley Library

As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving, those involved with the Redlands Adult Literacy Program wish to express their gratitude to the Redlands community, which supports the program’s mission to help adults improve their reading and writing.

We contacted donors, some of whom also volunteer as tutors, to hear the reasons they thought adult literacy was a core service of the A.K. Smiley Public Library and how it benefited the community. We would like to share some of their responses, as they reflect the importance of adult literacy.

Redlands Mayor Pro Tem Paul Barich said he supports the adult literacy program because he believes “a city that has people who can read is a city that is prepared to make better decisions.”

Robert Dawes, the city’s treasurer, said, “In an age of greed and selfishness, the A.K Smiley Public Library’s adult literacy program stands as an enduring monument to the values of cooperation and sharing. Volunteers with nothing to gain but the satisfaction of helping people in need demonstrate astonishing selfless service. That’s why I donate to the adult literacy program.

“We are so lucky to live in Redlands and have both a great library and an adult literacy program that helps open the doors of the library to every citizen,” Dawes said. “The library is Albert Smiley’s gift to our town, and the adult literacy program is a way for Redlands citizens to prove ourselves worthy of Albert’s gift.”

Kate Pretorius, A.K. Smiley Public Library trustee, said, “We all need help from others at different times in our lives. The potential learners … are people who are taking the initiative in improving their lives and I want to encourage that in any way that I can.  READ MORE >>

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ventura Co Library :: Trivia Challenge Literacy FUNdraiser :: Nov 15

29th Annual Trivia Challenge
READ Ventura County Library
Adult Literacy Program
November 15, 6 pm 
Wedgewood Banquet Center
5880 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura

Are you a trivia whiz?
How smart are you?
Find out at the annual Trivia Challenge
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10.00
There will be appetizers, a no-host bar and an opportunity drawing

Sign up, sponsor a team or just come to watch
Donations for our youth teams are very welcome

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.
Our administrative costs are included in the Ventura County Library's budget.
Additional funding comes from partnerships with other agencies, state grants and donations from businesses and service organizations.

Tutoring Sites
Instruction takes place in library, school, community and jail facilities throughout Ventura County.
These sites are managed by part-time professional educators, referred to as site supervisors.
Site supervisors are available during specified times to assess learner's reading levels, interview tutors, match students with tutors, recommend teaching materials and provide support for learning partners.

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Redlands Library :: Adult Literacy Program in the Spotlight at Fidelis Iota Retired Teachers’ Meeting

Redlands Adult Literacy Program in the spotlight at Fidelis Iota retired teachers’ meeting

Diane Shimota, coordinator of the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, presented the program at the October meeting of the Fidelis Iota chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa.

ADK is an honorary organization for women educators, and Fidelis Iota is the retired teachers’ chapter.

Shimota has been coordinator of the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, based at the A.K. Smiley Public Library, since 2016 and was a tutor for four years.

She said there are 109 learners who meet one and a half hours a week with their tutors. The free program is possible because of volunteer tutors who gave more than 6,000 service hours last year, according to a press release.
Shimota said the volunteer tutors get enrichment, make friends, and watch their learners achieve their goals.

Some learners are mothers whose children have started school. Others are retired and finally have time to work on their literacy goals. Some come to the program because there are changes at work that they want to be able to address.

Learners build confidence and gain independence in the program in addition to learning to read and write, Shimota said.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Placentia Library - Literacy Reads: The One and Only Ivan

Literacy Reads: The One and Only Ivan

Join us for Literacy Reads, a book club for beginning adult readers and English language learners! Practice your reading and speaking skills, learn new words, and meet others in this fun and informal book club. Book selections will include a variety of reading levels. The Library will provide extra copies of the selected titles for checkout prior to the discussion. A light snack will be provided. No registration is required.

November 8th: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
February 7th: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Kongisburg.

This program is generously sponsored by the Placentia Library Friends Foundation.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

CLA Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award 2017 :: Ned Branch, Blanchard Community Library

Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award
CLA: 2017

Ned Branch, Blanchard Community Library

Four years ago, when the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula, California, found itself in the midst of legal, financial, and administrative difficulties, the Board of Trustees hired Ned Branch to turn around the library.

Previously, he worked in private post-secondary education for 27 years, having been affiliated with institutions in Northern and Southern California and Oregon.  During that time, he also frequently served as a member of accreditation review teams and worked extensively with state education agencies. His experience enabled him to put the library on solid financial foundation and to build a team of dedicated people to provide for the library’s future success. During the most recent school year, he initiated a partnership among the local school district, First Five of California, and the library to provide daytime ESL classes for parents and preschool instruction for children while the parents were in class. The district, First Five, and the library recently agreed to continue the program in the 2017-18 school year.

Last year the Santa Paula Latino Town Hall honored the library with its annual Community Service award, and this year the local Chamber of Commerce designated the library as the 2016 Non-Profit of the Year. Throughout his career, Ned has endeavored to help individuals change their lives for the better through education.  His commitment to adult literacy stems from his belief that literacy changes not only the life of the learner but also the learner’s children and, in turn, their children.

CLA's Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award recognizes a librarian who has demonstrated passion, excellence and dedication in support of adult literacy. One award is given each year and the recipient is honored at the CLA annual conference.

Past award recipients
Heather Pizzuto, Carlsbad City Library (2016) 
Jayanti Addleman, Monterey County Free Libraries (2015) 
Natasha Casteel, Roseville Public Library (2014) 
Patricia Noa, OC Public Libraries (2013)
Christy Aguirre, Sacramento Public Library (2012)
Patricia Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library (2011)
Anne Cain, Contra Costa County Library (2010)
Derek Wolfgram, Santa Clara County Library (2009)
Jean Hofacket, Alameda County Library (2008)
Carol Starr, Marin County Free Library (2007)
John M. Adams, Orange County Public Library (2006)
Sofia Bellos, Oxnard Public Library (2005)
Leslie McGinnis, Oakland Public Library (2004)
Chuck Aston, Redwood City Public Library (2003)

Sponsored by the Library of Congress Literacy AwardsBALitSCLLN, and NCLC

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Newport Beach Library :: International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day :: Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy
Literally Speaking: July/August 2017

More than 780 million people worldwide (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read and write. International Literacy Day, traditionally observed each year on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs.

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy hosts an International Literacy Day (ILD) event at the Newport Beach Public Library, highlighting the tremendous strides our adult learners have made in reaching their goals. It is a day of celebration as tutors, learners and special guests share dishes from their home countries and come together to honor literacy program participants.

The adult leaner who exemplifies the mission of the program, is honored as the Rochelle Hoffman Memorial Award winner. This award, established in memory of Rochelle Hoffman, a dedicated tutor who passed away in 2004, is presented each year by Rochelle Hoffman’s daughters, Renee and Risa.

Another special part of the day is the presentation of the book In Our Own Words, which is a collection of stories, essays and poems written by the learners of the program.

It is our way of recognizing the efforts of volunteers and the progress of our adult learners. By improving literacy skills, we strengthen our community, and what better way is there to applaud these dedicated people than by supporting their efforts!  READ MORE @