Literacy

One of the Read Santa Clara tutors is now a published author

One of the Read Santa Clara tutors is now a published author

What does Chicken Soup have to do with Read Santa Clara? Well, we learned that a Read Santa Clara tutor had her story, Back to Basics, published in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book! It’s based on her tutoring experience, and shows how tutoring helps both people learn. Congratulations to this amazing tutor!

Learning to read

So much of what we do goes toward literacy, especially family literacy. The above video shows how not being able to read affects someone’s life. That’s why Read Santa Clara is so important. September is National Literacy Month – help us celebrate everyone’s ability to read.

ESL Potluck

ESL Potluck

Last week, Central Library’s ESL Book Club had a potluck lunch to bid farewell to one of their long-term volunteers. She graduated college and is starting her full time career! Look at these bright, shining faces. Everyone loves cake! The focus is on the salad, but look at those egg rolls. Mmm, egg rolls…. Potato […]

Thanks to Union Pacific Foundation!

We don’t have photos of this one, but we’re so happy to announce that we received $5000 from Union Pacific Foundation to help fund literacy outreach programs at Scott Lane Preschool. This wouldn’t have happened without all the excellent work our literacy folks have already done; we’re so happy they’re allowing us to continue and […]

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Celebrating Ruth Colvin and Adult Literacy

Read Santa Clara co-hosted a celebration of Ruth Colvin to help promote adult literacy in mid-March. It was a wonderful event – so heartwarming! Ruth is 100 and is an impressive woman. “Being brought up in a one-parent family during tough times, she taught me that all jobs big and small must be done in […]

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 […]