Wednesday, September 30, 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events :: October 2015

National & International Literacy & Library Events: October 2015

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

Oct. 1    BOOK IT! Day  Oct 1st-Mar 31st
Oct. 1+ Young Child West Coast Expo, Spokane WA
Oct. 2+ Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations
Oct. 2    Health Literacy Coalition Conference: Helen Osborne, Univ Colorado Hospital
Oct. 2    Health Literacy Conference - San Antonio TX
Oct. 2+ National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough TN   #storyfest
Oct. 3    Picture Book Summit, Cyber Space 11a   #PBSummit15
Oct. 5    Global Read Aloud CHOPSTICKS    #gra15
Oct. 5+ American Association of School Librarians Conf, Columbus OH
Oct. 7    Health Literacy Summit, University of Louisville KY
Oct. 8+ Comic Con - New York
Oct. 10  Star Wars Reads Day
Oct. 11  Day of the Girl   #DayOfTheGirl
Oct. 12    Global Read Aloud Duck Rabbit    #gra15
Oct. 13    Plain Language Day   #IPLAINDAY
Oct. 14+ Alliance for Children and Families Conference, St Louis MO
Oct. 14+ Closing the Gap Conference, Minneapolis MN   #CTG2015
Oct. 14+ Natl Coun for Workforce Education Conf, Portland OR
Oct. 14   The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities   #TDS15
Oct. 15+ ProLiteracy Conference, Charleston SC
Oct. 16    Dictionary Day
Oct. 16+ IBBY Regional Conference, Leman Manhattan Preparatory School NY
Oct. 16    LitCrawl, London
Oct. 17    Lit Crawl, Austin TX
Oct. 17    AMC Sensory Friendly Films – PAN 10a
Oct. 18+ Teen Read Week   #TRW15
Oct. 19    Read Across the Globe
Oct. 19    Global Read Aloud It's Not Fair    #gra15
Oct. 19+ Conference of the Book, Vancouver Canada
Oct. 20    Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference   #library20
Oct. 22    Read For The Record: NOT NORMAN   #ReadfortheRecord
Oct. 22    Lit Crawl, Seattle WA
Oct. 22+ National Black Book Festival, Houston TX
Oct. 24    Make A Difference Day   #MDDay
Oct. 26    Global Read Aloud Exclamation Mark    #gra15
Oct. 26+ Internet Librarian, Monterey CA   
Oct. 28+ Leaders Parterning for Success Urban Libraries Council, San Diego CA

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Literacy – Spanning the US: Chicago IL :: Palm Beach Co FL :: Oklahoma :: San Bernardino CA

International Literacy Day,UNESCO

Palm Beach County Library System

“Here at home, in our own community, we know that 31 percent of adults experience literacy issues in their lives. Literacy helps families be healthier and safer and provides people sustainable opportunities to support themselves through work, contributing ultimately to the economic growth of our region and our country.”  READ MORE !

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Libraries Transform: Adult Education and Family Literacy - ALA News

Libraries Transform: Adult Education and Family Literacy
ALA News: 9.25.2015 by Kristin Lahurd, Literacy Officer
Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

As we mark national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The need is great. In the U.S. low literacy is a reality for one in six adults, while one in 10 speaks limited English, and nearly 30 million adults lack a high school diploma. Whether native or foreign born, these Americans struggle not only with low literacy and its associated issues—worse health outcomes, lower wages and higher unemployment—but also with challenges to accessing services. At the same time, a parent’s literacy has direct implications for children: The number one predictor of a child’s success in school is the mother’s reading ability. With committed staff and volunteers, libraries are helping to meet these myriad needs through their adult and family literacy services.

With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy are working with three public libraries to pilot online training and supporting resources that will better equip libraries to serve adult learners. The three pilot sites are the City of Santa Monica Public Library in Santa Monica, California, Rawlings Pueblo City-County Library in Pueblo, Colorado and Halifax County Library System in Halifax, North Carolina. With support that includes an advisory group of adult literacy leaders, the libraries will launch new initiatives by putting into practice priorities outlined in Adult Literacy through Libraries: an Action Agenda, a previous project of ProLiteracy, ALA and Onondaga County Public Library.

Ardmore Public Library, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has leveraged the Ardmore Literacy Initiative, led by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, to expand access to literacy and English language services in their community.  A key player in the initiative, the library has helped create—and serves as a training center for—the Ardmore Literacy Leadership, an organization of nine local nonprofits. With support from Dollar General and ALA, Ardmore Public Library created a state-of-the-art computer lab that serves adult learners through a TechConnect literacy series, while also offering a wealth of new programming for adults and families, including bilingual story time, online English Language Learner (ELL) instruction and courses in citizenship and GED preparation.

At Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, Illinois, an “ELL Parents University” serves adult immigrants and their children by addressing multiple literacies. In technology literacy sessions, parents are introduced to the same technology equipment that their children use at school. Other sessions promote health and financial literacy, including mental and physical wellbeing and basic personal finances. At a Literacy CAFÉ, participants practice their English reading and conversation skills through discussion of "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. Zion-Benton’s work is supported by a grant from the American Dream starts @ your library program, administered by the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

As we celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and the House and Senate resolutions recognizing it, we laud the work of these and countless other libraries working year round in the service of literacy for adult learners and families.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Literacy – Spanning the US: Wayne Co PA :: Williamson Co TN :: Solano Co CA :: Somerset Co NJ

Learn how to become a volunteer literacy tutor

After being trained as a literacy tutor by LVSC, Strahs immediately began tutoring English as a Second Language students one-on-one. “At the beginning, it’s intimidating. All of a sudden, someone is depending on me to learn to use the English language! But these people come to make a change in their lives.”  READ MORE !

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Citizenship Day :: September 17 | Citizenship Programs at U.S. Libraries

Citizenship Day  ::  September 17
Citizenship Programs at U.S. Libraries
How U.S. Libraries Survive—and Thrive—in the Changing Linguistic Landscape (Part 1)
Transparent Language: 8.24.2015 by Transparent Language in Language Learning, Trends

All 119,000+ libraries in the United States (whether public, academic, or government) share a common goal: to serve their community. As the linguistic landscape of the U.S. shifts, libraries must adapt to better serve their diverse members.

How exactly can libraries respond to meet the needs of recent immigrants, resettled refugees, and non-English speakers in their communities? We asked ourselves the same question and looked to our library customers for inspiration. In the coming weeks we’ll share examples of how our libraries have successfully engaged and encouraged English language learners in their communities, as well as promoted learning of other languages spoken in their communities by native English speakers.

Today, we’ll look at citizenship programs. For many immigrants, the end goal is obtaining U.S. citizenship. But that path can be long, expensive, and complicated. Hopefuls must submit an application, pay a fee, pass an interview (with questions many American citizens can’t answer), and demonstrate English reading and writing abilities. Immigrants often seek legal advice and English tutoring, neither of which comes cheap.

That’s why Hartford Public Library changed the game. Since 2000, the library’s The American Place (TAP) program welcomed immigrants to the community and offered resources to smooth their transition. However, library staff had to refer participants seeking legal advice to local non-profits. That changed in September 2013, when Hartford Public Library became the first public library accredited by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Immigrant Appeals. That’s a fancy way of saying that the library’s accredited staff can now provide immigrants with legal advice and assist with paperwork on their path to citizenship.

An estimated 300 immigrants visit Hartford Public Library each month seeking online access and assistance navigating the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services’ (USCIS) portal.  READ MORE !

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Libraries at the Crossroads :: Pew Research Center

Libraries at the Crossroads
The public is interested in new services and thinks libraries are important to communities
Pew Internet: 9.15.2015 by John B. Horrigan

American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend.

A new survey from Pew Research Center brings this complex situation into stark relief. Many Americans say they want public libraries to:

◾ support local education;
◾ serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants;
◾ help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills;
◾ embrace new technologies such as 3-D printers and provide services to help patrons learn about high-tech gadgetry.

Additionally, two-thirds of Americans (65%) ages 16 and older say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community. Low-income Americans, Hispanics and African Americans are more likely than others to say that a library closing would impact their lives and communities.  READ MORE !