Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Camarena Library :: Tips to Improve Reading by Using the Internet


Tips to Improve Reading by Using the Internet

1. Find websites that offer visual and auditory support: Not everyone learns the same way. Many may learn through seeing visuals or listening to audio. Find websites that offer these kinds of activities. This way, you get to see and hear vocabulary in a way that will help you understand better.

2. Get into the habit of reading out loud: When you read online, make sure you are not doing so silently, so that you can hear yourself saying the words aloud. This helps with pronunciation and your memorization of the word.

3. Try different links: NaturalReader, TextAloudMp3, and StoryPlace are a few of the websites that can help your reading improve. These links can help you download books on tape, download news and weather, activities and reading lists. All these links help you listen to how vocabulary is properly said and helps you gain a better understanding of what you read.

4. Quizzes: Through the use of grammar and vocabulary skills and understanding, a variety of websites may offer quizzes and games that enhance the skills.

5. Exposure: Remember new vocabulary words must be practiced often and the more you come across new words, the better your reading will become. Website resources also include help with misspelled words, grammar, and provide puzzles and games for ESL students and native English speakers wishing to improve their comprehension, reading skills, and written language skills.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: 2 San Mateo Co :: So San Francisco :: Shasta Co :: Sonoma Co


Literacy Library Jobs – California

be college students or recent college graduates who are passionate about supporting the core mission of the Adult Literacy Program: to empower and encourage adults as they improve their reading and writing skills, in order to promote success in their personal, work, community and/or family lives.

manages the implementation of literacy and education-related programs, the recruitment of volunteers and library operations in the absence of senior staff

improve students' literacy skills to help them become part of a literate, confident, and creative community of life-long learners. We offer literacy enrichment, homework help, and mentoring in a safe after school environment

responsible for all aspects of the Adult Literacy Program

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



Sunday, February 18, 2018

Glendora Library :: Great Trivia Challenge :: Feb 24


Great Trivia Challenge 26
Glendora Library
February 24, 2018

Dessert Bar, Giveaways & Trivia Game
Azusa Pacific University
Felix Event Center
710 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa



For information call (626) 852-4894 or email GPL Friends Foundation

Teach someone to read. Help change a life.

Attend a Tutor Training Workshop for an introduction to the characteristics of adult learners, as well as methods, materials, and strategies for teaching adult learners.

We will match you with an adult learner who is available when you are.

Attend an individual tutor training for specific information about your learner and the materials you will use with your learner.

Meet at the library with your learner one or two times a week for about 1½ hours each session.

Call (626) 852-4897 or e-mail

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: So San Francisco :: San Mateo Co :: Shasta Co :: Sonoma Co


Literacy Library Jobs – California

manages the implementation of literacy and education-related programs, the recruitment of volunteers and library operations in the absence of senior staff

improve students' literacy skills to help them become part of a literate, confident, and creative community of life-long learners. We offer literacy enrichment, homework help, and mentoring in a safe after school environment

responsible for all aspects of the Adult Literacy Program

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



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Huntington Beach Library :: Self-Help Workshops


Self-Help Workshops :: Huntington Beach Library Literacy

The board has scheduled two events this spring you won't want to miss.  These workshops are sponsored by Literacy Volunteers-HBPL and will be held at Central Library. All monies collected will be used to support the Literacy Program.

First up, a Self-Defense Workshop on Sunday, February 25. During this 2-hour workshop, you will learn basic "street" self-defense techniques. Sensei Anthony Tran is a blackbelt in Shorinryu karate, black belt in shotokan karate and purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is bilingual in English and Vietnamese, and has traveled abroad and been to 20 states. He has a personal goal of doing JiuJitsu as a guest in all 50 states before he gets his black belt in Jiu Jitsu.

Then in March, plan to attend a Yoga/Pilates class led by Devra Swiger, a Literacy tutor and board member.  Devra has been a movement instructor for nearly 25 years, studying dance, yoga, and Pilates; she currently runs a Pilates studio out of her Huntington Beach home. She has worked with everyone from dancers and celebrities to your ordinary person who wishes to get into shape. Devra is certified by several organizations and has been teaching Pilates and stretching since 1999. READ MORE >>


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Imperial County Library :: Connie Barrington 1951-2018

Mary Constance ‘Connie’ Barrington 1951-2018
Legacy: 2.09.2018

Mary Constance "Connie" Barrington, of El Centro died at her home January 22, 2018. Upon moving to the valley, Connie pursued teaching as a career, receiving an award for Student Teacher of the Year from San Diego State University. She went on to teach at Westmorland Elementary and Brawley Union High School. 

Her extensive volunteer work in literacy inspired her to pursue her Masters of Library Science from the University of Arizona. She worked at Brawley Public Library and Camrena Memorial Library, before becoming the Head Librarian for the Imperial County Library. During her tenure as County Librarian, she received numerous awards for her work, including the Celebrate Literacy Award awarded by the International Reading Association. After her retirement in 2016, her passion for reading led her to continue her work as a volunteer.

County Librarian set to retire after 15 years
Imperial Valley Press: 2.11.2016 by Edwin Delgado

After serving Imperial Valley for more than 20 years, the last 15 as the County Librarian, Connie Barrington is now set to retire. The new county librarian will begin on March 4.

“It was hard to make the decision, I really enjoyed it,” Barrington said. “It’s time for someone young with a new vision to continue to expand on what we have.”

Barrington who is from Chicago came into the valley with her husband in the 1980s after he convinced her to come and experience living in the Valley.

She held several positions early in her career, before getting appointed as the county librarian Barrington was an assistant to the director of the Brawley Library where she began to get involved with the Adult Literacy Program in 1989.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

IMLS Report: State Library Funding Still Suffering :: California :: Last - $1.05 per capita


IMLS Report: State Library Funding Still Suffering
Library Journal: 1.23.2018 by Lisa Peet

State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) across the country have largely still not recovered from the major decreases in revenue and staffing they experienced during the economic recession, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) biennial State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey, conducted in FY16.

California :: Long-Term Decline

“The SLAA report shows how many of the nation’s libraries continue to be financially challenged by the effects of the recession as they strive to maintain valued community services,” IMLS director Kathryn K. Matthew told LJ.

The report, the eighth such cooperative effort of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), IMLS, and American Institutes for Research, offers a look at long-term trends across the country, as well as contrasting the ways that different agencies have responded to decreases in funding as their public-facing work has grown. It tracks three sets of indicators: revenues and expenditures; workforce; and services provided.

Over the past 12 years SLAA revenues declined by over a fifth, with expenditures falling by 22 percent, according to the report. SLAAs rebounded slightly in 2014 but that didn’t last—as of FY16, both metrics are at their lowest levels since 2004. Revenues and expenditures of funds through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) decreased by 20 percent from 2004­–16.

In FY16, SLAA revenues totaled more than $1 billion across federal, state, and other revenue sources; 82 percent from states and 15 percent from federal sources. Expenditures came in at only slightly less, with two-thirds spent on financial assistance to libraries and a third going to operations.  READ MORE >>

California :: Last @ $1.05 per capita


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: San Mateo Co :: Shasta Co :: Sonoma Co :: READ OC :: READ San Diego

Literacy Library Jobs – California

improve students' literacy skills to help them become part of a literate, confident, and creative community of life-long learners. We offer literacy enrichment, homework help, and mentoring in a safe after school environment


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



Monday, February 5, 2018

Career Online High School Diploma :: SCLLN Libraries

Opportunity Knocking At Beaumont Library: Career Online H.S.
An innovative program allows adults over 19 to earn an accredited high school diploma, a career certificate, and prepare for college.
Patch: 1.29.2018 by Renee Schiavone


Opportunity knocked when Edwin Romero visited his hometown library. As his daughters sat quietly reading, Romero spotted a brochure about 'Career Online High School.'

"I'm 46 years old," Romero thought to himself. "But it's never too late to start."

Ten months later, Romero had earned a scholarship and become the first graduate of the Career Online High School program through the Beaumont Library.

Since graduating in 2017, Romero, a cable company installer, has set his sights on becoming a cybersecurity expert.

The Career Online High School program is also offered across the Inland Empire at branches of the Riverside County Library System and the San Bernardino County Library.

The innovative program allows adults over 19 years of age with a library card to earn an accredited high school diploma, a career certificate, and prepare for college.

Students learn in an online environment available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They're paired with an academic coach and a coordinator at the Beaumont Library.

Students may enroll year-round, scholarships are available, and while students work at their own pace, the program must be completed in 18 months.  READ MORE >>

For other SCLLN libraries offering the Career Online HS program,
check the member list on the SCLLN Blog



Thursday, February 1, 2018