Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events :: February 2018

Southern California & Statewide Literacy & Library Events
February 2018

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

Feb. 01      Literacy Action Week
Feb. 01      Harry Potter Book Night
Feb. 01      World Read Aloud Day 
Feb. 01+    California School Library Conference Tenaya Lodge Yosemite
Feb. 02+    CARS+ Convention Ontario
Feb. 07      Global School Play Day
Feb. 12+    Overview of Dyslexia Screening Cyberspace
Feb. 12+    Overview of Orton Gillingham Approach Cyberspace
Feb. 14      Book Giving Day
Feb. 15      Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences Within Differences UCLA Luskin Conf Ctr
Feb. 16+    Southern California Writers' Conference San Diego
Feb. 21      Mother Language Day
Feb. 22      Digital Learning Day
Feb. 22+    Bridging the Gap: Bringing DIBELS Dublin
Feb. 24+    Riverside Dickens Festival Riverside
Feb. 26      Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Sunday, January 28, 2018

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: February 2018

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: February 2018

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

Trivia Challenge Glendora Library Literacy Feb 24 2p

Feb. 01      Adult Literacy Tutor Training Burbank Library 6p
Feb. 01      Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation South Bay Literacy Torrance Library 7p
Feb. 03      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Rialto 9a
Feb. 03      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Luis Obispo Library 10a
Feb. 03      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Hesperia 3p
Feb. 06      Adult Literacy Tutor Training READ/San Diego Central Library 10a
Feb. 07      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Fontana 5p
Feb. 10      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library 29 Palms 9a
Feb. 10      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Yucaipa 10a
Feb. 10      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Adelanto 12N
Feb. 10      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Barstow 3:30p
Feb. 14      Adult Literacy Tutor Training Santa Barbara Library 12N
Feb. 15      Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Huntington Beach Library 6p
Feb. 16      Adult Literacy Learner Training San Diego Co Library El Cajon 12:30p
Feb. 20      Adult Literacy Tutor Training Huntington Beach Library 6p
Feb. 20      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Highland 5p
Feb. 24      Trivia Challenge Glendora Library Literacy 2p
Feb. 24      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Yucca Valley 1p
Feb. 24      Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Apple Valley 10a
Feb. 26      Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Placentia Library 6p
Feb. 26      Adult Literacy Volunteer Orientation Corona 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

Friday, January 26, 2018

12 Ways to Thank Donors Will Keep Them from Saying Goodbye :: via NonProfit Hub

These 12 Ways to Thank Donors Will Keep Them from Saying Goodbye
NonProfitHub: 11.18.2013 by Marc Koenig

I never understood the point of thank-you letters.

My mom would insist. “You’ve got to send a thank-you letter!”

Three weeks after my birthday: “Have you written your thank-you letter yet?”

Four weeks after my birthday: “You’re grounded if you haven’t sent that letter by this afternoon.”

“What’s the point?” I thought. My relatives KNOW I’m thankful! I’ll tell them next time I see them. Ugh, and I’m so busy playing video games.

Ridiculous right? Thankfully I wised up in my later years. I figured out that if I wrote a really great, sincere and funny thank-you letter (usually with hand-drawn illustrations of the gift’s potential applications), my relatives not only appreciated it… but they’d actually put the letter up on the fridge and leave it there for months. Seriously, guys?

The secret of the great thank-you note: if you do it right, the givers are actually happier giving to you than they were before they gave the gift. It’s not an obligation to give a gift any more—it’s a privilege!
Here are 12 ways to start thanking your donors today:

1. Offer a Next Step
The hours, days and weeks after a donation are the time when your donor will be most excited about your cause, and most likely to remember you. Offer them a next step before their passion cools. (Note: You do NOT say “Please donate more!” See below for why not.) The next step can be as simple as “You can join our email list for [X cool benefit, updates, etc.]!” or “We’re throwing this free event for new donors in your area” or “check out our website to see watch X video on what you’re making possible.” What’s the next step?

2. Thank You… for Being YOU
What’s infinitely more valuable than a donation? The person who gave it. The donation happens once. The donor could be around for life. So thank them… for being THEM! The kind of person who gives to important causes. That’s what they’re buying with their donation: confirming their identity as someone who not only cares, but cares enough to take action. Thank me for being me, not for “my donation of [form-filled donation amount].”

3. Send a Handwritten Note
This is one of the coolest things you can receive in our digital age. If you’re a small nonprofit trying to grow your donor base, this is where it’s at. Sure, it won’t scale forever, but right now, that’s not important. Save it for your most committed donors once you’re really big. But do this. Thank-you note writing is a great activity for board member fundraising too—it’s low pressure, with a big return on the time invested. Don’t underestimate the handwritten thank-you like Young Marc did.

First time donors who get a PERSONAL thank you within 48 hours are 4 times more likely to get a 2nd gift – @thattomahern #afpcongress
— Rory Green (@RoryJMGreen) November 18, 2013

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: READ OC :: READ SD :: Sonoma Co :: Oceanside

Literacy Library Jobs – California

Facilitate the daily operations of one or more homework centers in the San Diego Public Library system by providing homework help to students and their families +

Literacy Program (OC READ) – FT

provides support for the Adult Literacy Services programs, and performs related duties as required.

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Carlsbad Library :: Adult Literacy Highlights Powerful Pairs !

Adult Literacy Highlights Powerful Pairs!
Learning Connection: Jan/Feb 2018

Every week, twice a week for an hour and a half each session, adult literacy pairs meet at the Carlsbad Library Learning Center. Volunteer tutor and learner pairs work to improve reading and writing skills, gain general knowledge and apply these skills in everyday life. Here are some pairs who shared tutor tips, how to stay motivated, and what makes them a successful pair. Thank you to the 65+ active and hard-working pairs who are dedicated and engaged in learning throughout the year!

❝ My best tutor tip is to listen to my learner and then create a challenging lesson that addresses his desires. Supply enough praise and encouragement to instill the rewards of knowledge and hard work.  ~ Tutor Mark E.

❝ I stay motivated because Mark is a great teacher, has so much to offer, and I really want to better myself. We are a good pair because he keeps me on track, I want to learn, and he’s willing to teach me.  ~ Learner Michael M.

❝ I strongly feel that any person willing to work on becoming literate in English deserves respect and assistance. I feel it is important to enjoy the partner that you work with, and I certainly do feel lucky to get to work with Echo.  ~ Tutor Joan B.

❝ The first reason which I love to come is it’s really helpful for me. I learned lots of things from here. Second, this program is one to one, so I feel comfortable with this. Third, I still want to improve my English (it’s not easy for me). Last, not the least, I have a great time with my teacher every class.  ~ Learner Echo Z.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Essential Tips for Reaching Out to Potential Donors :: Lodestar ASU:

Essential Tips for Reaching Out to Potential Donors
Lodestar ASU: 1.16.2018 by Chris Giarratana

Working for nonprofit organizations comes along with many exciting things. It’s one of the few jobs that can keep you motivated especially because you’re making a difference in people’s lives. However, the job has its challenges as well, and one of them is reaching out to potential donors.

Raising funds or getting potential donors’ attention can be one of the most exhausting or perhaps discouraging situations faced by many nonprofit marketers. This may be caused by lack of enough resources, budget, or time.
1. Build A Strong Social Media Community

As a non-profit marketer, building a social media platform with followers who believe and support your job is quite imperative.

If you use Facebook, it helps a lot to include a “Donate Now” tab on your Facebook page to make it easier for people to donate. When the potential donors click the tab, they should be directed to the donation site. For Twitter, you may run a contest such as a person who likes a tweet first or retweet it would get a reward such as a t-shirt. This will increase your followers.

2. Use Compelling Images

Use of infographics is one good way which proves to be effective as well as entertaining in presenting the message you want to communicate.

3. Compelling Videos

Even in for-profit businesses, marketers have turned into video ads instead of images as they are more visual.

According to Think With Google, about 57 percent of people donate after watching a video of your nonprofit. READ MORE >>

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Redlands Library :: Learners in Redlands Adult Literacy Program use their skills to help the community

Learners in Redlands Adult Literacy Program use their skills to help the community
Redlands Daily Facts: 1.13.2018 by Diane Shimota, Adult Literacy Coordinator-A.K. Smiley Library

Learners who participate in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program gain reading and writing skills that change their lives. The changes in their individual lives create a ripple effect felt throughout the community of Redlands.

Tutors witness the impact when learners are able to use their literacy skills to apply for jobs, learn about current events, help their children with homework or volunteer in the community. The ability to read is a foundation for success in today’s society and literacy’s benefits flow through families, the workplace and the community. Two stories illustrate these bbenefits [sic] of adult literacy.

Maria Moreno learned about the literacy program from a friend. She appeared one day at the door of the adult literacy program at Lugonia Elementary School and asked for help. Since that time she has read multiple books, written journal messages to her granddaughters and invited friends and family to join the adult literacy program.

Jan 29 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation 6p

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Governor Releases 2018-19 Proposed State Budget :: Includes $9.5 Million to Enhance Public Library Programs

Governor Releases 2018-19 Proposed State Budget
Includes $9.5 Million to Enhance Public Library Programs
CLA News: 1.10.2018 by Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

This morning Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his final state Budget proposal, as he completes the last year of his term in office.  As part of the Budget package, CLA is pleased to report that the Governor has decided to include some significant funding -$9.5 million in new money - for public libraries in the proposal.  This funding seeks to benefit libraries that need to connect to high-speed broadband or those that wish to increase existing speed, local literacy programs, and creative ways of sharing and delivering library materials.

The Governor’s Director of Finance, Michael Cohen then addressed the press corps and noted that the state Budget is proposed as $131.7 billion this year and that revenues are up $4.7 billion from last June.  However, he cautioned that the “unknown is the federal tax implications” which Director Cohen said his Department would be actively working to assess in the coming months.

The Governor’s 2018-19 Budget proposes the following:

Augmentation for Literacy Program – An increase of $2.5 million General Fund ongoing to expand the existing California Library Literacy Services program.”

One-Time Funding for Broadband Grants - $5 million General Fund one-time for broadband equipment grants, with the expectation that $2 million would support connection for public libraries who lack access to the broadband network and $3 million would expand capacity for libraries already connected.”

One-Time Funding for Online Service System - $1.5 million General Fund one-time for online systems for use by public libraries to support efficient access to resources.”

$500,000 is also provided for a combination of State Library staffing and taxes related to the CENIC project.

With regard to the library-specific funding in the 2018-19 Budget, the negotiations regarding these particular components in the Budget package were the result of a collective effort between CLA, the Department of Finance, the State Library, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) during the Fall months.  READ MORE >>

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Winter Reading Challenge :: Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban Pledges $35,000 To Global Reading Challenge For First Book and Libraries and Their Communities
First Book: 11.15.2017 by Melanie Boyer

Billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban has announced his sponsorship of the inaugural Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge in support of local libraries. Cuban has challenged close to 100 libraries all over the country and South Korea, to meet a collective goal of reading at least 1.3 million minutes and 55,000 books during the month of January. If achieved, Cuban pledges to donate $25,000 to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. He will also give $10,000 for top-performing libraries to use for their community programs or donate to nonprofit organizations in their area.

Participating libraries will use Beanstack, an innovative software that facilitates reading programs for schools and libraries, and makes it easy to track the amount of time and books read. “After doing a storytime for my local library, Dallas Public Library, I became increasingly inspired by the work libraries do for their communities,” says Cuban. “Growing up, my mom used to give me a quarter for every book I read. Through reading programs libraries run with Beanstack, they are providing these kinds of incentives for readers throughout the community. I love the idea that we will encourage readers through a shared, ambitious goal, and that the prize for everyone will be to pay it forward to an awesome organization focused on literacy and access to books.”

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Monterey Park Library :: LAMP Tutor Recognition 2017

MPK LAMP Tutor Recognition 2017
MontParkTV: 1.03.2018

Annual event to recognize the volunteer tutors and Tutor of the Year of Monterey Park's library's literacy program. Featuring Jose Garcia, Norma Arvizu, Mike Eng, and Sam Fechenbach. Recorded December 16, 2017