Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
A brief introduction to the new staff person with the Reading Program
Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
Online tutoring resources for tutors
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
It's Summer Reading time at the library!
Get inspired. Find cool books. Sign up for prizes. Here are some fun ideas to get you motivated...
Read a biography about a famous person.
Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
Hi, I am Lorena. I am one of the 2.5 Literacy Program Specialists for SCCLD and am in Gilroy fulltime. I started working in the field of adult literacy four years ago, but I have been working in education for about ten years.ã
What is your professional background?
Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
While I was waiting to meet with a tutor yesterday, another student-tutor pair stopped to ask for a recommendation. The student specifically wanted to listen to dialogues between two people while reading the text, and this approach would help her improve her speaking and listening skills at the same time. She asked a great question, so I am happy to share this resource with other ESL students.
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
Do you have 2 hours a week to help a wonderful person improve his or her speaking, reading and writing skills? The Reading Program seeks volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with adult students at the Campbell, Cupertino, and Saratoga Libraries. Instruction times are flexible, and all tutoring occurs at the library.
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
Last weekend, Reading Program staff, Stephanie and I, delivered an in-service to volunteer tutors related to teaching tips and tecniques for ESL students. During the workshop, participants were asked to share some of their favorite lessons. Here are some exciting ideas...
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
On Friday, Mark and I traveled to LA to meet with staff at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). We were interested in learning more about their innovative citizenship and online high school programs, and I was eager to talk about the literacy program too. It was all very official library business, of course. No play allowed.
Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
I have been working with my colleague, Stephanie, to develop a short training segment to help tutors work with their students to overcome specific ESL (English as a Second Language) challenges.
Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by cupertino_manager
Volunteers NeededIf you were naughty last year, here’s an exciting opportunity to be extra nice this year!
Share your skills and make a difference by becoming a volunteer tutor for the library's Reading Program.
Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Brenda Trosin
Have you ever thought of helping someone improve their English?
Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Brenda Trosin
The evenings have been quite chilly, so it's the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book for the holidays. Here are some easy-to-read books from the Adult New Reader collection. These are perfect for sharing with Santa and his elves.
Keep warm and happy reading!
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Brenda Trosin
You can change the life of an adult in your community by becoming a Reading Program tutor. Expert training and ongoing support are provided. Tutors must be 18-years-old, but no previous teaching experience is required. If you are interested in signing up to attend an upcoming orienation and training, please email The Reading Program or call 408-262-1349 for more details.
Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Brenda Trosin
Idioms, idiomatic expressions, and slang pepper most casual conversations, and they are especially frustrating for ESL learners who are trying to master English and speak like an American. If you want to reduce your accent, learn some new expressions, or talk slang with your homies on the block, we love these materials.
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Brenda Trosin
Hi, I’m Stephanie. I am a Literacy Specialist for Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Mountain View Libraries. I started working in the field of adult literacy about seven years ago when I was looking for a second career that would let me combine two lifelong interests – helping people learn and BOOKS.
Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Brenda Trosin
Newbery Books are perfect reads for advanced literacy students and ESL learners; most of these books are written at fifth-grade to eighth-grade levels, so they are perfect for building comprehension skills and reading for pleasure. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most notable American children's book published the previous year.
Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Brenda Trosin
The Adult New Reader (ANR) collection is available to patrons who are building their reading skills. These materials are easy-to-read books written for adults, so they are perfect for beginning readers and English as a Second Language learners.
Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 by
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.
Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by
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.
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by
Kudos to everyone who participated in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge.
Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by
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 week, I selected two books to help building...
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by
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...
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 by Megan Wong
Share your knowledge and make a difference in your community by becoming a volunteer tutor for the library's Reading Program.
The Reading Program offers adult learners free one-on-one tutoring. As a tutor, you will spend two hours per week helping an English-speaking adult improve their reading and writing.
Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by
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.
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by
Get involved and share the gift of reading.
Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by
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.
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by
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.