Saturday, May 26, 2018

Oceanside Library :: Earn an Accredited High School Diploma


Earn an Accredited High School Diploma at the Oceanside Public Library
Oceanside News: 5.25.2018

Oceanside Public Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma, and credentialed career certificate, through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a Cengage company. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults, bringing them back into the education system and preparing them for entry into post-secondary education or vocational training, to advance in the workforce. Currently, one in seven adults in Oceanside lacks a high school degree or equivalent.

“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” says Library Director Sherri Cosby. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”

“We’re delighted to partner with Oceanside Public Library to offer Career Online High School and give residents access to education and the potential to change their lives,” says Paul Gazzolo, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Gale.

Oceanside Public Library, in partnership with the California State Library and Oceanside Public Library Foundation, will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers.  READ MORE >>

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




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Azusa Library :: Cathay Reta Hands Torch to Arlene Calderon


Cathay Reta Hands Torch to Arlene Calderon
Literacy Updates: Sep/Oct 2017

As the Azusa City Library staff transitions into fall, The Literacy Program is preparing for a shift from one Literacy Coordinator to another. The Literacy program is saying goodbye and thank you to its long time coordinator Cathay Reta.

Cathay began working as the Adult Literacy Coordinator for the Azusa City Library in 2011. Her grassroots ESL program went hand and hand with the Azusa community, in which a large majority of it’s residents claim they have difficulty with English in their everyday household. The program was formed in the fall of 2013 with seven community partner sites around the city willing to collaborate.

In 2014, Cathay expanded the library’s services by introducing a citizenship program that specializes in tutoring and access to information for those desiring to become U.S. citizens. Through collaborations and events with local businesses, the residents of the community have benefitted greatly from the positive impact of these newly provided services.

Despite all the progress the programs have made over the past couple of years, Cathay Reta decided it was, “time for a new chapter in her life.” She recently moved on from her position as Literacy Coordinator and is now involved with consulting work for literacy programs across the nation. Cathay Reta leaves a strong legacy behind as well as many goals accomplished.

Reta will be handing her head of literacy program duties over to Arlene Calderon.  READ MORE >>

Monday, May 21, 2018

Carlsbad Library :: Carlsbad Learners Rise to the Challenge :: Writer to Writer


Carlsbad Learners Rise to the Challenge!
Learning Connection: May/June 2018

The Writer to Writer Challenge winners were recognized at the Southern California Library Literacy Network Conference in Buena Park on April 14. Seven Carlsbad learners entered the challenge this year. A total of 86 letters were entered from 14 literacy programs in Southern California. Carlsbad learners Carmen C. and Nyla H. won the Emerging and Beginning Writers categories, respectively. Angelica G. was a runner-up in the Advanced category.

Thanks to the tutors and learners for their participation. It’s not too early to pick your book and plan for next year’s Writer to Writer Challenge!

Library Learning Center staff, tutors and learners attended SCLLN Conference workshops, including a Writer to Writer Panel—Learner Workshop presented by learners Carmen C. and Nyla H. and a Writer to Writer Tips for Tutors workshop presented by Carrie Scott, Community Outreach Supervisor.  READ MORE >>



Emerging Category :: Winner
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Beginning Category :: Winner
First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones

Advanced Category :: Runner-Up
Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Literacy Library Jobs – California :: Salinas :: San Mateo Co


Literacy Library Jobs – California

responsible for planning and delivering adult programming from classes/workshops on important health topics, legal rights and arts/culture, to supporting adult learning and literacy

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



Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 21, 2018 :: Last Day to Register to Vote in This Election


May 21, 2018
Last day to register to vote in this election

May 21, 2018
Last day to register to vote in this election

May 29, 2018
Last day to request a “vote by mail” ballot

June 5, 2018 :: ELECTION DAY

Your polling place is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Missed the May 21 voter registration deadline?
You can still vote in this election!
If you missed the deadline:
go to your County Elections Office or other special location
You will be able to register and vote on the same day - all the way up
through Election Day.

3 simple steps you can complete in one visit
1. Register to vote.
2  Vote.
3. Seal your ballot in a special envelope and sign it.

Get the facts about the candidates and propositions before you vote.

Governor – The highest elected official in California:
Oversees most state departments and agencies.
Prepares annual state budget.
Approves or rejects new state laws.
Lieutenant Governor – Next in line:
Becomes Governor if the elected Governor leaves office.
Has a tie-breaking vote in the State Senate.
Secretary of State – Head of elections and record keeping:
Coordinates statewide elections and oversees election laws.
Also keeps records about new corporations and businesses and other state databases.
Controller – The state’s bookkeeper:
Keeps track of how the state’s money is spent.
Issues most checks from the state and manages collection of money due to the state. Reports on finances of state and local governments.
Treasurer – The state’s banker:
Manages the state’s investments and assets.
Coordinates the sale of state bonds.
Attorney General – The state’s top lawyer:
Makes sure laws are enforced the same way across the state.
Manages the state Department of Justice.
Oversees sheriffs and district attorneys.
Insurance Commissioner – Insurance overseer:
Manages the state Department of Insurance.
Enforces laws that insurance companies must follow.
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Head of public schools:
Manages the state Department of Education.
Provides leadership and assistance to all public schools in California.
Enforces education regulations.

U.S. Senator (6-Year term)
State Senator (4-Year term; even-numbered districts will be voted on in this election)
State Assembly Member (2-Year term)
State Board of Equalization (state tax commission; 4-Year term)

Propositions

Produced for statewide elections in California since 1994, the Easy Voter Guide is a collaboration of the League of Women Voters® of California Education Fund and the California State Library.

The Easy Voter's Guide was started when a group of public library adult literacy students [ Bay Area New Readers Council ] felt that there was a lack of nonpartisan voter information accessible to adults still working on their reading skills.

Voter’s Edge California – Find information about your local as well as statewide candidates and measures along with a polling place look up feature.
CAvotes – Website of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
The California State Library and Library Literacy Services – a partner and co-founder of the Easy Voter Guide project
Common Knowledge – co-founder of the Easy Voter Guide project

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Redlands Library :: Adult Literacy Learners Gain Leadership Skills at ‘Boot Camp’ in Redlands


Adult literacy learners gain leadership skills at ‘boot camp’ in Redlands
Redlands Daily Facts: 5.12.2018 by Diane Shimota, Literacy Coord - A.K. Smiley Library


The Adult Learner Leadership Institute (ALLI) is a training program designed for adult learners and sponsored by the California Library Literacy Services, a division of the California State Library. ALLI gives advanced adult literacy learners the opportunity to improve their leadership skills.

This year the Southern California ALLI boot camp was hosted by the Redlands Adult Literacy Program at A.K. Smiley Public Library.

Five adult learners with the Redlands Adult Literacy Program have attended past ALLI boot camps. They have used their leadership skills in the Redlands community by speaking to the City Council, representing the adult literacy program at community events, sharing their experience with new tutors and encouraging new adult learners to improve their reading and writing. ALLI graduates in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program serve as leaders in the community and at the library.

Nineteen adult learners, including five from the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, attended this year’s ALLI boot camp. The program included sessions led by ALLI graduates, including four adult learners from the Redlands Adult Literacy Program.

Session topics included leadership, self-esteem, advocacy, networking, goal setting and public speaking. The attendees had many opportunities to work in teams and to express their thoughts and ideas. Each attendee drafted, edited, practiced and presented a speech about literacy or leadership. For most, it was their first experience speaking in front of a group.

One ALLI facilitator, Ana Alcantar from the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, said she was amazed at how much the attendees had learned over the weekend. She was impressed by their speeches and enthusiasm for helping adult literacy programs in their communities.  READ MORE >>

Monday, May 14, 2018

Santa Monica Library :: Congrats to LEAF Program Participants :: Writer to Writer


Congrats to LEAF Program Participants
The Library: May 2018

On April 14, two of the Library’s adult literacy learners were presented awards for their Writer to Writer submissions at the Southern California Library Literacy Network Conference.


Bella Grib and Mohammad Mousavi were honored for the letters they wrote to authors whose books inspired them.

A big congratulations to them and their tutors, Glenna Dumey and Laura Buhl!


Beginning Category
Runner-Up
Mohammad Mousavi, Santa Monica Public Library

Advanced Category
Runner-Up
Unlimited Power, Anthony Robbins

Friday, May 11, 2018

Learning Spanish First :: California Libraries Pilot Unique Literacy Program - Cathay Reta : American Libraries


Learning Spanish First
California libraries pilot unique literacy program
American Libraries: 5.01.2018 by Cathay Reta

At age 7, Efren Sanchez got separated from his mother in the crowd at a Mexico City festival and wound up living on the streets. He never went to school or learned to read. In his early 30s he moved to the US. Now, at age 52, Sanchez has learned to read and write in Spanish. He was one of the first adults to enroll in the Leamos course at the Louis Robidoux branch of the Riverside County (Calif.) Library System.

Leamos is a licensed online course geared to adult learners. Typically, learners need assistance logging into the course but, with practice using the mouse, they soon become adept using it alone. A virtual instructor takes them through 46 lessons to learn how to read and write basic Spanish. Some libraries set class times in their computer labs, some provide volunteer tutors to work with learners, and others involve library staff to provide needed support. Learners can also study at home or anywhere that has internet access after becoming comfortable with the course.
Leamos @ the Library was developed with two goals: to teach basic literacy skills to Spanish speakers, and to explore its effectiveness as a tool to reach nonlibrary users. The results? We reached 117 adult learners, more than half of whom (66 individuals) got their first library card when they enrolled in the program. Many became regular patrons and began to use other library services, as we had hoped. For example, since Santa Monica Public Library patron Maria C. (last name withheld) learned to read, she can hardly put a book down. When her brother-in-law asked, “What happened to your house? It’s not as clean as it used to be,” she replied, “Oh, now I’m reading!” In the summer of 2017, she read 20 books and received a Summer Reading Program certificate of completion.

While success stories like these have been repeated across the state, they have not come easily, and they have not happened in every community.  READ MORE >>

Thursday, May 10, 2018

READ / San Diego :: Tutor Conference :: June 9


READ/San Diego’s 28th Annual
Tutor Conference
June 9, 2018
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr. Maryanne Wolf
How the Reading Brain Changes
Our Understanding of Instruction, Dyslexia, and the Digital Culture

READ/San Diego hosts an annual tutor conference open to all volunteer tutors as well as professional adult teachers at the University of San Diego. This exciting event is full of workshops and lectures given by literacy experts at major leading institutions around the country. This year our keynote speaker is Dr. Maryann Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.


STRAND 1 8:30-9:45 a.m.
1Smartphones Meet Literacy: Engage your Learners with an App!
2 The Understanding that Grew from Tupac: Poetry as a Bridge to Reading
Comprehension - Double Session
3 So that’s why there is a in sign, in two and we spell every with three syllables! - Double Session
4 Ten Strategies That Support Comprehension - Double Session
5 Systematic Written Instruction from Language Building to Paragraphs
6 Helping Students with Workplace Communication

STRAND 2 10:00-11:15 a.m.
7 How an App Can Accelerate Math Progress ABE to HSE
8 The Understanding that Grew from Tupac: Poetry as a Bridge to Reading Comprehension - Double Session
9 So that’s why there is a in sign, in two and we spell every with three syllables! - Double Session
10 Ten Strategies That Support Comprehension - Double Session
11 23 Sounds First™
12 Helping Students with Workplace Communication - Repeat

STRAND 3 1:45-3:00 p.m.
13 Smartphones Meet Literacy: Engage your Learners with an App! - Repeat
14 Learner as Author: Visual Storytelling as Literacy Tutoring Tool - Double Session
15 Rime Magic: Fast Success for Struggling Readers
16 Ten Strategies That Support Comprehension - Double Session
17 Worth a Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels in Adult Literacy Learning - Double Session
18 Teaching Civics and Citizenship to Immigrants - Double Session

STRAND 4 3:15-4:30 p.m.
19 How an App Can Accelerate Math Progress ABE to HSE - Repeat
20 Learner as Author: Visual Storytelling as Literacy Tutoring Tool - Double Session
21 Rime Magic: Fast Success for Struggling Readers - Repeat
22 Ten Strategies That Support Comprehension - Double Session
23 Worth a Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels in Adult Literacy Learning - Double Session
24 Teaching Civics and Citizenship to Immigrants - Double Session

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Azusa Library :: Celebrates its ‘Literacy Heroes’


Azusa celebrates its ‘Literacy Heroes’
Fume of Sighs: 4.21.2018 by Dena Burroughs

The Adult Literacy Program of the Azusa Library, in conjunction with the Foothill Learning Alliance, celebrated its volunteers on April 21, 2018, with a “Literacy Heroes-Volunteer Recognition Brunch” at the Azusa Greens Country Club.

Fifteen volunteer instructors and coordinators socialized, enjoyed breakfast, and received a Certificate of Appreciation for another year of selfless service to the community, which they offer in the form of ESL lessons, Citizenship classes, and more. These volunteers dedicate an average of 12 hours each month to help others gain literacy. They were also gifted with a copy of Leslie Odom Jr.’s book Failing Up, which he wrote to encourage his readers to pursue their passions while rising over the rejections that usually precede success. Odom is best known for his performance as Aaron Burr in the now famous musical Hamilton.  READ MORE >>


Thursday, May 3, 2018

California Book Festivals & Events :: May 2018


California Book Festivals & Events :: May 2018
Books, Comics, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing and More !


May 04-6 Steinbeck Festival: Salinas
May 19-20 LitFest Pasadena
May 27 LA Zine Fest Pasadena Convention Ctr

Ongoing:
thru May 13