Reading Program

Paying It Forward

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 by Nathalie Jackson

Paying It Forward Here I was, the teacher being taught by the student.  I was so thankful that she had the knowledge that I badly needed and was able to communicate it to me.  To me, this was “paying it forward” in grand style.

Meet Elaine, Woman on the Go

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Brenda Trosin

Here is a success story about a Reading Program participant. 

FREE ESL Classes at Milpitas and Gilroy Libraries

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Mark Fink

Sign up for FREE ESL Classes at Milpitas and Gilroy Libraries

Reading Program Tutors Change Lives

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Brenda Trosin

Reading Program Tutors Change Lives Reading Program Tutors Change Lives  

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Brenda Trosin

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Be a Super Hero!

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2015 by Brenda Trosin

Be a Super Hero! The Reading Program seeks volunteers to help ESL students improve their vocabulary, build their comprehension skills, and practice conversation.

Desperately Seeking Thirty-Two!

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Brenda Trosin

The Reading Program needs thirty-two volunteer tutors.

Got time?

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Brenda Trosin

The Reading Program seeks volunteer tutors.

Voices from Literacy Land - The Reading Program

Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015 by Nathalie Jackson

Voices from Literacy Land - The Reading Program Join the Reading Program and help make a difference in someone’s life.  You’ll love it!

What's up at the Reading Program?

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Brenda Trosin

Some Reading Program outcomes for this past ficsal year

Naughty or Nice?

Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

Naughty or Nice? The Reading Program needs volunteer tutors in 2015.

Welcome New Literacy Specialist, Nathalie!

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

A brief introduction to the new staff person with the Reading Program

Tutoring Resources

Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

Online tutoring resources for tutors

Summer Reading Time with The Reading Program

Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

Summer Reading Time with The Reading Program 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.  

What's a Literacy Program Specialist?

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

What's a Literacy Program Specialist? 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.  What is your professional background?

English in Everyday Life

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.

Volunteers Wanted!

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

Volunteers Wanted! 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.

Fun Activities for ESL Learners

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...

I roadtripped for work, and I liked it!

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

I roadtripped for work, and I liked it! 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.

What Are You Reading?

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

What Are You Reading? 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.

Volunteer Tutors Needed

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by cupertino_manager

Volunteer Tutors Needed 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.

Do you want to give back to your community?

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Brenda Trosin

Do you want to give back to your community? Have you ever thought of helping someone improve their English?

Holiday Picks in ANR

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Brenda Trosin

Holiday Picks in ANR 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!

2014 Volunteer Orientation and Training Schedule

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.

A Can of Worms

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Brenda Trosin

A Can of Worms 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.

A Staff Bio

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Brenda Trosin

A Staff Bio 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.

Newbery Books are for Grown-Ups too

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Brenda Trosin

Newbery Books are for Grown-Ups too 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.

Getting Spooky in ANR

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Brenda Trosin

Getting Spooky in ANR Boo! 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.

The Reading Program - A Staff Bio

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 by

The Reading Program - A Staff Bio 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.

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

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by

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

End of Summer Reading

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by

End of Summer Reading Kudos to everyone who participated in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge.

New ESL Resources Appearing on Library Shelves

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...

Each One Teach One

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by

Each One Teach One 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...

Make a Difference!

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 by Megan Wong

Make a Difference!   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.  

RP Harvests Bumper Crop of Pairs

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by

RP Harvests Bumper Crop of Pairs 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.

1 in 6 people in our county can't read

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by

1 in 6 people in our county can't read                   Get involved and share the gift of reading.

International Literacy Day

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by

International Literacy Day 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.

Give the Gift of Reading

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.

Reading Program

The Reading Program

350 W. Sixth Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
Providing free adult literacy services throughout Santa Clara County Library District
Phone: (408) 262-1349