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Read to Catch ‘em All at County Libraries

pokemonThe San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us in September for our first ever Read to Catch ‘em All event.  Mysterious Pokemon characters have invaded our libraries and are just waiting for you to catch them, hiding in their very own Pokeballs.  They love to read, so the best way to lure them out is to show them how much you love to read, too!  The more books you take home, the more characters you take home.  You may even find a jumbo Pikachu by your side!  Can you catch ‘em all?

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  The Read to Catch ‘em All event will continue through the month of September and occur in all San Bernardino County Library branches.  Every 30 items checked out earns a Pokeball with a mystery Pokémon character inside, as well as an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win a jumbo plush Pikachu!

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.

Join us for a Block Party at the Hesperia Branch Library

block party hesperia libraryThe San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at the Hesperia Branch Library as we let our constructive imaginations run wild at this Block Party event!  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. The Block Party event will take place on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns you 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 Hesperia Branch Library is located at 9650 7th Avenue.

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.

POSTPONED due to fire: Donate a book at the Aug. 18 High Desert Mavericks game

CAO_Book DriveDue to the Blue Cut Fire the book drive will be postponed to another date to be announced!

Help promote literacy in your community and donate a book at the Thursday, Aug. 18 High Desert Mavericks game in Adelanto.

The books will go to the Ready4Reading Book Club, a nonprofit that provides books to needy children in the High Desert. The Ready4Reading Book Club was recently recognized as a Reading Hero by First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood as part of the Vision2Read literacy campaign.

Tickets to the High Desert Mavericks game vs. the Lancaster Jethawks are available at hdmavs.com.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at 12000 Stadium Way in Adelanto.

 

Registration open for 2016 Fatherhood Conference

Jaiya John, author, poet and spoken word artist is the keynote speaker.

Jaiya John, author, poet and spoken word artist is the keynote speaker.

Inland Empire men will be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the 2016 Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 20 conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College, 701. S. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino, will feature workshops. There will be Spanish translation available. Jaiya John, a renowned author, poet and spoken word artist, is the keynote speaker at the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC) event. John, the author of “Father to Son: Ode to Black Boys,” will do a meet-and-greet and sign several of his books following his remarks. To register for the conference, visit  www.iefathers.org/conference

“One of the most consequential social trends of our time is father absenteeism,” said Lesford Duncan of the County Children’s Network, who serves as co-chair of the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC). “The absence of a father increases a child’s risk of experiencing a host of poor outcomes in the short and long term, such as poverty, poor school performance, child abuse and neglect, emotional and behavioral problems, and incarceration.”

Now in its second year, the conference is a collaboration by the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC), a group of community-based organizations, county agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals from various professions working to reduce father absenteeism and the negative images of fatherlessness. The mission of the IEFIC is to encourage healthy child development by promoting the involvement, necessity, and value of the role of fathers in the family and community. Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Children and Family Services, Preschool Services Department, First 5 San Bernardino, Child Support Services, Department of Behavioral Health, Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Probation.

Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network and the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition are doing their part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found atwww.sbcounty.gov/vision

Join us Under The Sea at the Fontana Branch Library

Under_The_Sea_PosterThe San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at the Lewis Library & Technology Center in Fontana as we slip beneath the waves for an Under The Sea fun filled family event!  Dive with us into a celebration of literacy as we invite Princess Ariel, Prince Eric, Ursula and Captain Jack Sparrow to be part of the festivities!  Don’t forget your camera!  Enjoy the Oceans Rock show and participate in an ocean dig for your very own seashell or fossil.  Join us for a variety of fun crafts, face painting, balloon artists, a live DJ and more!

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Under The Sea event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out earns you an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives.  Thirty items earns you two tickets plus a special reward.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Fontana Lewis Library and Technology Center is at 8437 Sierra Avenue.

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.

Save the date! Colton college & career fair on Oct. 4

Vendor applications now are being accepted for the First Annual Colton Joint Unified School District College and Career Fair, to be held from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Avenue in Colton.

This event is a collaborative effort of the Colton Joint Unified School District and City of Colton with sponsorship from Kaiser Permanente, the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, OmniTrans, and the Alliance for Education.career fair

“We are extremely excited about our First Annual CJUSD College and Career Fair,” noted CJUSD Superintendent Jerry Almendarez. “It’s amazing to see the collaboration between our district and community with the focused objective of helping our students to find their own best path to success. This truly is a wonderful example of collective impact.”

The fair will provide students and families a “one-stop shop” where they can meet representatives from four-year colleges and universities, community colleges and technical/trade schools as well as business professionals who will be on hand to discuss a wide variety of career pathways. Workshops also will be presented to help students with planning for the future.

Although the event is primarily geared toward high school students, programming also will be offered for elementary and middle school students to help them start early on their journey toward success.

A limited number of booths are still available at no charge. Please note that all presenters must showcase materials that are appropriate for school-aged children and intended to help them learn more about possible career and college choices. The district reserves the right to decline vendors or materials if they are deemed inappropriate or in violation of board policies. Businesses, agencies or higher education institutions interested in participating in the event can contact CJUSD Communications Specialist Jacquie Paul at 909-580-6502 or Jacquie_Paul@cjusd.net for more information.

Registration now open for 30th Annual Children’s Network Conference

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Registration is open for the 30th Annual Children’s Network Conference. The Sept. 14  and 15 conference at the Ontario Convention Center is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training eventsfor professionals who work with children.  One of the original Ghostbusters, Ernie Hudson, will be the keynote speaker on Sept. 14. Derek Clark, the“Rapping Dad” and a motivational speaker, will be the Sept. 15 keynote speaker.

The 35 workshops cover a variety of relevant topics including:

Derek Clark, the "Rapping Dad"

Derek Clark, the “Rapping Dad”

  • Mindfulness to human trafficking,
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders to self-compassion
  • Mentoring to Autism Movement Therapy

With more than 80 vendors in the exhibit hall – you will be able to find new resources, connect with old ones, or purchase quality items from others.

The registration book with the descriptions of all of the workshops offered and the registration form can be found here: http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

Under the stars, on the field with Vision2Read and the 66ers

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALBring your tents and sleeping bags for a fun night at the Vision2Read Family Sleepover following the Inland Empire 66ers baseball game on Saturday, July 16.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. Following the game, families are invited to camp overnight in the outfield and watch a movie made from an all-time favorite book, “The Princess Bride.”

Tickets to the game and Family Sleepover may be purchased for $15 at Vision2Read.com.

“This is a great way to spend a fun evening with your family and raise awareness about the importance of reading,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

A hot dog and soda will be provided during the game. Ice cream will be served during the movie. Coffee and light refreshments will be available in the morning. The stadium is at 280 South E Street in San Bernardino. Security will be provided throughout the event.inlandempire66ers

For more information about the Vision2Read Family Sleepover, watch this video.

Vision2Read, a year-long literacy 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-nine percent of San Bernardino County third graders do not meet new 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.

Library card signups increase countywide

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALLibraries countywide successfully participated in Vision2Read’s Summer Reading Challenge to increase library card signups and encourage more children and adults to read this summer.

During the month of May, libraries throughout San Bernardino County increased library card signups by 14.5 percent with 9,036 cards issued in May compared to 7,892 issued in May 2015.

“Reading is the coolest thing you can do this summer so we are thrilled so many more of our residents throughout the county are taking advantage of our libraries and what they have to offer,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Throughout the summer, libraries are offering amazing programs and activities and giving away rewards for meeting reading challenges. Summer reading programs help to avoid a loss of reading skills that can occur during breaks in the academic school year.

For a listing of all libraries countywide, visit Vision2Read.com.

Vision2Read, a year-long literacy 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-nine percent of San Bernardino County third graders do not meet new 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.

County Library meets the High Desert Mavericks

Mavericks_main_logoThe High Desert Mavericks are partnering up with the San Bernardino County Library system to help promote our Summer Reading Program.

For the duration of the Summer Reading Program, all library customers who sign up for the Summer Reading Program at participating branches will receive one complementary ticket voucher for an upper bowl or lower bowl seat during any Mavericks home game between August 15-18. The participating library branches are Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Phelan, and Wrightwood. So head on over to one of these participating branch libraries and sign up today!

In addition to the tickets, there will be a few guest appearances by Mavericks players at the following locations:

• Hesperia Branch Library- on June 14 a Mavericks player will help introduce the first two performances of the day at 10:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m.
• Phelan Memorial Library- on June 14 and on June 28 for storytime at noon.
• Adelanto Branch Library- On June 30 for storytime at noon.

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.

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