Literacy

Family literacy activities at the HomeSafe Domestic Shelter

Ellin Klor, literacy volunteer extraordinaire, wrote up a piece about her work at the HomeSafe domestic violence shelter and their October activity. But, it is during dinner that the real high point of the evening occurs. We have brought our apple peeler corer slicer tools, and everyone gets to peel their own apple. It’s old […]

November is Family Literacy Month

November is Family Literacy Month

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends funds family literacy programs through grants and donations. This is a short update from our literacy coordinator about what’s going on this month! We can be proud of all that we do to help families discover the joy of reading. Here are a few glimpses from our […]

Congrats to the Read Santa Clara Leaders in Training!

Congrats to the Read Santa Clara Leaders in Training!

Sixteen adult learners successfully completed Read Santa Clara’s first Leaders in Training (LIT) program held from August 26-28 at the Mission Library. The workshops for adult learners, facilitated by ReJoyce Ross and Marilyn Dippell, included hands-on learning through group activities, and discussion on topics such as self-esteem, leadership, public speaking, goal setting and advocacy. The […]

Congratulations to Ellin Klor

Congratulations to Ellin Klor

This is so exciting! Ellin Klor, family literacy librarian with Read Santa Clara, has been named runner-up for the 2016 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award! With the award comes a $5,000 grant to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends to support Read Santa Clara, the Santa Clara City Library’s adult […]

Elizabeth Morris, Mireya Calderon, Steve Bono, Betsy Megas, and Tracy Wingrove at the 49ers Community Quarterback Lunch celebration.

Congrats to Betsy Megas!

We are incredibly proud to announce that the 49ers selected Betsy Megas, long time literacy tutor with Read Santa Clara and former head of the Library Board of Trustees, as a winner of the Community Quarterback award! Betsy has done valuable and fabulous work tutoring adult English-language learners, supporting the library, as well as lots […]

Inspiring Women at the Library

Assemblymember Kansen Chu honored two of Santa Clara City Library’s best last month. Shanti Bhaskaran and Karen Masada were recognized as Inspirational Women on March 10th. They are two key people in Read Santa Clara, the library’s adult literacy program. Without them, events like In Our Own Words would not be possible. They do great things […]

Reading books to kids virtually

Reading books to kids virtually

Have you heard of Franklin’s AnyBook Readers? These are amazing little devices that allow low-literacy families to read books together. We put special stickers on each page in a book. A volunteer touches the Reader to each sticker and records the text on that page. Then, a child comes along and touches the Reader to the sticker, […]

Celebrating New Readers

Celebrating New Readers

It was so heartwarming to see all the new adult readers perform on Saturday afternoon – to read things that they’ve written. We are so proud of them and all their hard work!  

In Our Own Words

In Our Own Words

  Publishing In Our Own Words every year is almost a rite of passage. We fund it every year through your donations. What is it? Read Santa Clara is the library’s Adult Literacy Program. In Our Own Words is a book of short works written by people who are in the program. We’ll celebrate the […]

Reading the world

Reading the world

This was a great TED talk about how finding books from around the world brought out the best in people. If you’re trying to find a book, translated into English, to read from Indonesia or Nigeria or Sao Tome (a small Portugese-speaking island off the coast of Africa), where do you start looking? This sounds like a […]