The Reading Program - A Staff Bio

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Reading_Program

The Reading Program is a unique department in the library because we have only 2.5 Literacy Specialists (LS) on staff, and we provide services at 9 libraries including the City of Mountain View Public Library. Currently, one LS is on maternity leave, and one LS is jaunting around Europe. This week I am preparing this blog solo without any input from my colleagues. I decided . . . more »

Out with the old (data) and in with the new (data)

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by Reading_Program

The results are in! The Reading Program just completed its annual number-crunching for 2012-2013. The compiled data goes to the California Library Literacy Services agency for incorporation into the annual report to the legislature on its state-wide literacy campaign. We are very excited to report some great outcomes for students and tutors. Here are highlights from the fiscal year: A total of 220 students participated . . . more »

End of Summer Reading

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Reading_Program

Kudos to everyone who participated in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge. The theme for the contest was Read Across America, and students were encouraged to complete a travel postcard once they finished reading their books or stories. Students also wrote about their favorite parts of the stories. Staff created a display to promote the challenge, and it was fun to see everyone reading together, finding . . . more »

New ESL Resources Appearing on Library Shelves

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Reading_Program

In the past few weeks, I have been spotting lots of new ESL materials, books as well as media, on the shelves in the libraries. These materials can be found in the English as a Second Language section or in the English Language Learning section. If you are not sure where to find these collections in your library, be sure to ask a librarian. This . . . more »

Each One Teach One

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Reading_Program

Each One Teach One is an old proverb which originated in the United States during slavery. Most Africans were denied access to formal education so their reading skills were very, very limited. When a slave learned or was taught to read, it became his or her responsibility to teach someone else. This effort fashioned the phrase "each one teach one," and modern-day literacy programs embrace . . . more »

RP Harvests Bumper Crop of Pairs

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Reading_Program

In September, the staff of The Reading Program matched 24 new tutor-learner pairs! We are excited to support our students, and we appreciate the dedication of their very special volunteers. Currently, there are over 100 tutor-learner pairs actively meeting in the Santa Clara County Library District, and these fabulous students are improving their reading and writing skills every day. What kinds of subjects have Reading . . . more »

1 in 6 people in our county can't read

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Reading_Program

Get involved and share the gift of reading. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 16% of adults (ages 16 and over) in Santa Clara County lack basic literacy skills*. However, you can make a difference by helping adults improve their basic reading, writing and life skills. Someone like you is helping another person unlock the door to greater opportunity at your local library, . . . more »

International Literacy Day

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by Reading_Program

This is a picture of several women practicing their reading and writing skills together. September 8 is International Literacy Day, and it was first celebrated in 1966. The focus of International Literacy Day is to bring awareness to the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills around the world. For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a . . . more »

Give the Gift of Reading

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Reading_Program

Do you want to change a life? If so, give the gift of reading. Help adults improve their basic reading, writing and life skills. If you are interested in this opportunity, then we invite you to attend one of our orientations and trainings. For the dates and locations of these events, please see our website at The Reading Program.