Literacy

Math classes and kits at Scott Lane preschool

A big thanks to the Santa Clara Weekly for writing up the math classes that our Literacy team is conducting! Each family received a complimentary math kit so they could continue to help their child build math skills at home. Items inside the kit included colored pasta in different shapes for sorting, playing cards, dominoes, […]

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Come and celebrate Ruth Colvin on Saturday March 18th at the Santa Clara Senior Center! Ruth is an amazing woman who has had a huge impact on the adult literacy movement. She’s the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is a member of the National Women’s Hall […]

Math with grapes and cards and dominos

Math with grapes and cards and dominos

Our family literacy classes aren’t always focused on reading. Sometimes, we teach math skills too. Our family literacy librarian and others are explaining the activity. Really, this photo is for the sign in the background: Be Brave, Be Bright, Be Bold Batman is determined to count all those dots. Shapes with grapes! How many spades […]

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, […]