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Reading Heroes recognized for their contributions to literacy

reading-heroesThirty-five Reading Heroes who raise the bar for literacy throughout San Bernardino County were recognized by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday as part of the Countywide Vision project’s Vision2Read initiative.

In February, the Vision2Read campaign asked the public to identify people in the community who go above and beyond the call of duty to motivate others to read and improve literacy skills and nominate them as Reading Heroes.

“I’m pleased to learn that so many sectors in our community are collaborating to improve literacy in this county,” said James Ramos, chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  “These Reading Heroes come from private business, public schools, libraries, and community organizations. Several of these Reading Heroes are spending their own personal time to make sure our children and adults are learning what they need to succeed in life.”

The Reading Heroes are:

Laurey Aydelotte volunteers in classrooms at Wrightwood and Phelan Elementary and Pinion Mesa Middle schools helping children read.

Carol Baker of Baker’s Drive Thru sponsors the Baker’s Book Club and donated the land for the Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy.

Amber Claflin gets the children of Etiwanda schools excited about reading by implementing a Battle of the Books competition and keeping school libraries open during the summer.

Dawn Coberly created an accelerated reading program at her school in the Snowline School District and works during the evenings to teach literacy to adult learners.

Stacy Diemert is a High Desert Juvenile Court school librarian who works with struggling readers to bring them up to speed and orders books in advance so they don’t have to wait for new material.

Karen Duns volunteers and works overtime to encourage children in Highland to read by helping select books that will pique their interest and connect them to lifelong reading.

Michelle Dusick works with local schools to encourage literacy for people of all ages on their journey to recovery and wellness in San Bernardino County.

Cindy Easterly helps children and adults build valuable literacy skills as a volunteer for the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s public library.

Skylynn Ellison is an 11-year-old from Fontana who is already a published author of the book “Sky’s the Limit: The Drama Queen,” about a girl who stands up to bullies.

Melany Espinoza is a student at Phelan Elementary School who does household chores to fund the purchase of new books to read to her own goats, cows and horses.

Alyssa Gammell is an Oak Hills High School student who encourages friends and classmates to read by writing stories so interesting they want to read more. Her ultimate goal is to become an author.

Dr. Jane Guttman is a teacher librarian for Juvenile Court Schools in San Bernardino County and encourages literacy for incarcerated youth at risk.

Lydia Harjehausen is a library technician at an elementary school in Yucaipa who motives children and young adults to reach each day.

Lisa Hazen dresses up as the Cat in the Hat for children at the Adelanto Branch Library and brings stories to life for children with her enthusiasm.

Linda Holden holds reading competitions and other literacy events for students and parents to motivate even the most unlikely readers to become successful at the Mission Crest Elementary School library in Hesperia.

Niki Jack is an avid reader who completed about six and a half years of adult reading in three months while a student at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School in Lake Arrowhead.

Martha Kennedy is a retired teacher who works with adult literacy learners that meets at Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands.

Cindy Kimble-Pirner inspires her preschoolers in San Bernardino County schools to learn to read in unconventional ways and through reading games such as “popcorn words” and “bubble gum” words.

Brad Letner is a Rotarian who established a literacy program aimed at pre-kindergarten children in the Victor Valley area which pairs community members with a child for an hour, three days a week to improve their literacy skills.

Pamela Martinez leads the successful Young Readers program at the AK Smiley Public Library in Redlands that serves thousands of youth each year.

Kristen Mungcal works with peer advocates and program managers in the county to help develop writing and reading comprehension skills for adults improving their quality of life.

Suzanne Oliver, a retired Victorville librarian, takes her trained therapy dogs to schools and libraries so children can read with them and to them to improve their literacy skills.

Jerry Patterson spends one day every week at Warm Springs Elementary School in San Bernardino reading to classrooms of children. At Christmas time, he provides a book to each student.

Frank Perez founded the Colton nonprofit Rewritten where he works with at-risk youth to empower them through education and literacy.

Denise Perry, a first-grade teacher at Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands, stresses the importance of reading to her students and their parents by encouraging them to read at least 15 minutes a day together.

Lynette Ramirez launched the Ready4Reading Book Club in the High Desert to collect books so underprivileged children, often transients, could have access to literacy.

Sharon Regalado, a retired teacher, works with adult literacy learners that meets at Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands

Ashenden Salazar tutors and reads at the STEM Charter School in Barstow helping other students achieve their goals.

Courtney Saldana implemented KinderGo which puts a library card in the hands of every Ontario kindergartner and holds the Ontario Teen Book fest where teens can meet their favorite authors in person.

Kenneth Thomas, an elementary school student who reads at a 12th grade level, constantly has a book in his hand and encourages his sister, his friends and classmates to read.

Jim and Judy Watson funded the Watson and Associates Literacy Center at Cal State San Bernardino, a tutoring facility designed to help students struggling to reach grade-level proficiency.

Diane and Paul Williams helped create the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library and they raise funds for Friends of the Library which pays for books and literacy programs.

Chris Wilson, a second grade teacher at Fairfax Elementary in San Bernardino, built a Reading Room in his classroom and filled it with donated books.

Vision2Read, an initiative of the Countywide Vision project, aims to raise the bar on literacy in our county by focusing on the importance of reading, connecting people who need help or who can help to literacy resources. Sixty-three percent of San Bernardino County third graders did not meet 2016 California English language arts and literacy standards and 32 million adults nationwide can’t read.

Literacy has an impact on a number of elements in our community such as jobs and the economy, education, public safety and wellness. When literacy skills are nurtured and encouraged, children and adults can reach their potential, the local economy can continue to prosper and the county will have a more educated workforce to attract employers to the region.

Visit Vision2Read.com for additional information about the campaign and literacy resources.

Healthy Fontana program recognized for improving lives

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Michael Wright and Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren

The National League of Cities recently recognized the City of Fontana along with more than 30 other cities for their efforts to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in their communities during the National League of Cities’ City Summit in Pittsburg on November 17, 2016. The City of Fontana was recognized for their Healthy Fontana Program and its work to enhance the goals of the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Campaign. See goals.  City of Fontana Community Services Manager Michael Wright and Mayor Acquanetta Warren attended the event and picked up the award on behalf of the dedicated city staff that is working to ensure the health and well-being of young people today and that of future generations.

Healthy Fontana is a community-based, award-winning program that promotes a healthy lifestyle, teaches smart nutrition choices and assists in creating an active, livable community to improve the quality of life for Fontana residents. Community Services Manager Michael Wright praised his team for the recognition.“This honor is only possible through great leadership, the vision from our Mayor and City Council, great management team and dedicated employees that have the community of Fontana in their best interest,” said Community Services Manager Michael Wright. ” The Fontana team has a passion for making residents lives better, and creating and implementing programs that eradicate obesity rates of children is just one way we develop healthier lives and a Healthy Fontana.”

The Healthy Fontana program was developed in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative encouraging communities to design programs to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. More than 500 cities, towns and counties participate in Let’s Move! Cities, Town and Counties. Other California cities that were recognized for their efforts included Glendale, Rialto, Riverside and San Pablo.  Medals were awarded to communities based on their achievements in improving access to healthy, affordable food and promoting physical activity.

Thirty-two communities received recognition at the ceremony:

  • Ammon, Idaho
  • Barre, Vermont
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Cambridge, Maryland
  • Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Decatur, Indiana
  • Delray Beach, Florida
  • Everett, Massachusetts
  • Forest Heights, Maryland
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Glendale, California
  • Greene County, Tennessee
  • Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Hopewell, Virginia
  • Lakewood, Colorado
  • Linden, New Jersey
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Orange Township, New Jersey
  • Ottawa, Kansas
  • Piqua, Ohio
  • Portland, Maine
  • Rialto, California
  • Riverside, California
  • San Pablo, California
  • Sierra Vista, Arizona
  • Suffolk, Virginia
  • Warrenton, Virginia

Holiday Countdown at the San Bernardino County Library

ca. 2006 --- Christmas Wreath on Red Door --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisThe San Bernardino County Library presents its first ever Holiday Countdown with a cascade of amazing rewards.  From Nov. 1 through Dec. 29, earn an incentive reward for every 30 items checked out. A new reward will be released every two weeks, from colorful drink tumblers to Star Wars key chains. To add to the excitement, there are multiple varieties to earn within each release.  Collect all four drink tumbler colors and match the Yoda key chain with a companion Darth Vader key chain. Don’t miss out because each reward will be available for a limited time only. During this upcoming festive season of activities, the Holiday Countdown keeps the joy of reading front and center.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  Check out 30 items and start earning rewards. There is no limit on how many rewards can be collected but supplies are limited.  Please see the schedule of rewards below.

Nov. 1 – 15: Pez Candy Dispenser, with characters from Frozen, Disney Pixar, Hello Kitty, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Nov. 16 – 30: Library Tumblers in various colors!

Dec. 1 – 15: Star Wars key chains, starring Yoda and Darth Vader!

Dec. 16 – 29: Superhero Brick Characters, featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, and more!

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Get revved up for reading at the Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 29

reading-rally-2016_page_2 reading-rally-2016_page_1Families are invited to attend the Revved Up for Reading Rally at the Auto Club Speedway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students will enjoy free books, face painting, balloons, crafts, snacks and most importantly, literacy workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Speedway is at 9300 Cherry Avenue in Fontana. Transportation reservations for buses to the event has closed, however the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Student Events office may be contacted to see if accommodations can be made at 909-386-2636.

There will be a special performance by the band GClub.

The event supports the Vision2Read literacy campaign.

For more information, contact (909) 386-2636 or email studentevents@sbcss.k12.ca.us

Fall Festival at the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library

fall-leavesThe San Bernardino County Library is celebrating fall with a fun, family-friendly event at the Apple Valley Branch Library!  Come dressed in costume and enjoy great activities including face painting, balloon artists, kid’s crafts and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Fall Festival event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. in the Town of Apple Valley Conference Center Community room with an amazing performance by magician Jay Leslie, followed by crafts and additional activities inside and outside of the library. Be sure to bring a San Bernardino County Library card or sign up for one at the library, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns  an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives!  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Apple Valley Branch Library is at 14901 Dale Evans Parkway.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

Read for the Record at the San Bernardino County Library

read for the record 1The San Bernardino County Library invites the public to join in the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®!  On Thursday, Oct. 27, there will be  a special reading at all branch libraries of Julia Sarcone-Roach’s The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, as the Library attempts to help Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® once again set the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® initiative works to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood preparation for kindergarten.  The Read for the Record® event helps to shed light on the need for reading to and with young children and how important such activities are to a child’s educational success.

The San Bernardino County Library sees this event as a kindred spirit to the Countywide Vision’s literacy program, Vision2Read, which works to focus attention on the importance of early childhood reading as an integral factor to future success and to support every child from cradle to career.

Each of the 32 San Bernardino County branch libraries will be conducting a reading of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich on Oct. 27.  Please check with your local branch for their event’s specific time.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County Library System strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library System, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/or call (909) 387-2220

Block Parties coming to libraries in Chino Hills and Fontana

chs_lego_posterfon_lego_poster The San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us for a pair of Block Parties as we let our constructive imaginations run wild! Build an amazing experience as you get the chance to meet and greet characters from the Lego Movie! Don’t forget your camera! Show off your creativity as you build a Lego car and race against your fellow building block engineers on a custom racetrack. Plus, enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, a balloon artist, and more!

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns 10 minutes of playtime in our Jumbo Block Building Room and an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives! All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Chino Hills Block Party Event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. The James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library is at 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

The Fontana Library Block Party Event will take place Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. The Fontana Lewis Library and Technology Center is at 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

County Library hosts Baker’s Book Club

bakers-reading-program-posterJoin the San Bernardino County Library as we once again partner with Baker’s Drive Thru for the 3rd Annual Baker’s Book Club, a joint initiative to help promote reading among children and teens this fall. This reading for rewards program will begin on Monday, Oct. 3 and will run through the weekend of Nov. 19. We are excited to continue this unique partnership with Baker’s Drive Thru by offering the Baker’s Book Club reading program exclusively at all of our San Bernardino County branch libraries. The Baker’s Book Club will encourage the youth in all county communities to read and is perfectly timed to support students returning to school and to help them get back into their school routines.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County branch libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 17, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading progress. Participants will be able to reach three levels of reading goals by reading and logging the number of pages read. Each reading goal met is paired with a reward provided by Baker’s Drive Thru such as certificates for free Hand Dipped Real Ice Cream Milkshakes, bean burritos, Single Baker Burgers, fries and more. Even better, every child and teenager who reaches the level 3 reading goal will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A, also provided by Baker’s Drive Thru.

In support and celebration of the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, this program will strive to help improve literacy among children aged 4-17, with the help of incentives, by inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievable goals, and encouraging a reading routine at home.

The San Bernardino County Library system is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County Library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220

Summer reading program participation increases by 28 percent

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALLibraries countywide increased the number of children and adults participating in summer reading programs by 28 percent, exceeding the 15 percent goal they set in support of the Vision2Read campaign.

In May, libraries throughout San Bernardino County encouraged people to sign up for library cards and join summer reading programs to help avoid a loss of reading skills that can occur during breaks in the academic school year. Throughout the summer, libraries offered reading programs and activities that included giving away rewards for meeting reading challenges.

Countywide, 47,632 people participated in summer reading programs. The top three libraries in the county with the most signups in summer reading programs were:

 

  • Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center – 7,525 signups
  • Rancho Cucamonga City Library – 4,519 signups
  • Hesperia Branch Library – 3,971 signups

 

“Reading throughout the year is important, but we know keeping our kids engaged during the summer months improves their academic performance,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “I’m pleased to see that summer reading programs throughout the county are continuing to get more people signed up and helping them achieve their literacy goals.”

Vision2Read, a literacy initiative of the Countywide Vision project, aims to raise the bar on literacy in our county by focusing on the importance of reading and connecting people who need help or who can help to literacy resources. Only 37 percent of San Bernardino County third graders met or exceeded California English language arts and literacy testing standards in 2016 and 32 million adults nationwide can’t read.

Literacy has an impact on a number of elements in our community such as jobs and the economy, education, public safety and wellness. When literacy skills are nurtured and encouraged, children and adults can reach their potential, the local economy can continue to prosper and the county will have a more educated workforce to attract employers to the region.

Visit Vision2Read.com for additional information about the campaign, literacy resources and a listing of all libraries countywide.

Nonprofits encouraged to register for Give BIG

givebiglogoThe Community Foundation serving the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside is currently accepting online applications from nonprofits that would like to participate in Give BIG San Bernardino County. Give BIG San Bernardino County is an exciting 24-hour event to increase philanthropy in San Bernardino County through online giving on Nov. 29. The goal of the campaign is to raise much-needed funds for nonprofits serving the residents of, and visitors to, San Bernardino County.

Nonprofit requirements include one year of nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, have a physical location within the County of San Bernardino zip codes, or provide itinerant services in the County of San Bernardino. National nonprofits are welcome if a local chapter serves the County of San Bernardino.

To submit an application, please visit www.givebigsbcounty.org. To learn more about the campaign and upcoming training, visit Give BIG San Bernardino County on Facebook (GiveBigSanBernardinoCounty), Twitter@GiveBigSBCounty, or visit our website at www.givebigsbcounty.org. For assistance, call The Community Foundation at 909.644.6221.
Thanks to funding and support from the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors and the contributions of generous sponsors, Give Big San Bernardino County is providing valuable training to nonprofits in the use of social media, cultivating relationships with donors, developing a communications plan, and raising much-needed funds from online donors. These online donations provide critical funding to help nonprofits in San Bernardino County not only address poverty but also other challenges the county residents face in the areas of education, health, the environment, public safety, family and youth services. Give BIG San Bernardino County also provides donors with an online giving platform, whose donations help to improve the quality of life for all through recreation, the arts, and more.

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