Reading Program

A Story of Perseverance, Self-Confidence, and Friendship

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 by Amanda Lee

Adult literacy is about opening doors and changing lives. Just ask Leticia.

The New Literacy Specialist, Amanda

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Amanda Lee

The New Literacy Specialist, Amanda Hi, I’m Amanda and I am the Literacy Specialist for the North County libraries (Milpitas, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Altos, and Saratoga) within Santa Clara County Library District. I have been teaching English for the last 10 years and have been working in the adult literacy field for the last 6 years. I currently live with my husband in San Jose, CA.

FREE ESL Classes at the Campbell and Gilroy Libraries

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2016 by Gail Mason

FREE ESL Classes at the Campbell and Gilroy Libraries FREE ESL Classes at the Campbell and Gilroy Libraries

Journey to Citizenship

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Nathalie Jackson

Journey to Citizenship I am a tutor with the Reading Program for the Santa Clara County Library system and have been tutoring Angelica for close to four years.  Several years ago, Angelica began to talk about becoming a citizen.  I gave her several resources that might help her in the process.  About a year ago in April, she went to a meeting that she had heard about where she could receive free help...

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?

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
Email: readingprogram@sccl.org