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Nominate a Safety Hero

Do you know someone who has made an impact on safety and emergency preparedness in their neighborhoods, schools or businesses? If so, consider nominating them as a Safety Hero as part of the Vision4Safety campaign.

A Safety Hero can be a person who has started a neighborhood watch group; a teacher who encourages participation in safe afterschool programs; a business person who encourages employees to learn CPR or other lifesaving techniques in case of an emergency; a child who practices an emergency preparedness plan with their family; or a person who helped law enforcement with a tip that led to an arrest or prevented someone from getting hurt.

Nominate a Safety Hero at Vision4Safety.com or contact Leticia Prieto from San Bernardino County Fire at (909) 918-2231 or lprieto@sbcfire.org. Anonymous nominations of Safety Heroes will also be accepted. Nominations are being accepted until May 31, 2019.

Vision4Safety is a campaign of the Countywide Vision to improve public safety and preparedness in San Bernardino County by encouraging residents to help create safer neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Vision4Safety.com is an interactive resource that provides residents with professional safety tips from law enforcement and fire agencies throughout the county as well as volunteer opportunities to promote neighborhood preparedness.

The Countywide Vision was developed by the community in 2010-11 and adopted by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments Board of Directors in June 2011 to create a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision4Safety is the third public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015 and the Vision2BActive wellness campaign that began in January 2017.

Summer Reading Program participation increases 11 percent

Libraries countywide increased the number of children and adults participating in summer reading programs by 11 percent from 2017 to 2018.

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. During the summer months, libraries offered reading programs that included incentives for meeting reading challenges.

Countywide, 55,327 people participated at all 32 San Bernardino County library branches and the libraries in the cities of Redlands, Colton, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga,  San Bernardino, Upland and Victorville up from 49,821 participants in 2017. The numbers exceed the 50,000 proposed goal set by the Vision2Read literacy campaign.

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. 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 the their potential, the local economy can continue to prosper and the county will have a more educated work force to attract employers to our region.

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

San Bernardino County Libraries host Baker’s Book Club

Join the San Bernardino County Library System, San Bernardino City Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, and the Redlands A.K. Smiley Library as we partner with Baker’s Drive-Thru to promote reading among children and teens throughout San Bernardino County. The Baker’s Book Club program is underway through Saturday, Nov. 17. This program encourages students to read in all communities across the county.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries, San Bernardino City Branch Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, or Redlands A.K. Smiley Library 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 accomplishments. A voucher for a free Baker’s food item will be issued as reading goals are met. Each child and teen may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program.

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

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serve 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.

‘Help Us Soar’ at County Libraries

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to ‘Help Us Soar’ as librarians strive to meet the goal of checking out six million items during this fiscal year.

The San Bernardino County Library system has increased circulation to over five and a half million items in the previous years, and now wants to meet a new milestone of circulating six million items by June 30. The Library’s 650,000 card holders are encouraged to ‘Help Us Soar’ in the following ways:

  • Sign up for a library card during Library Card Sign Up Month. In September, new library card owners will get a limited edition Disney Incredibles sticker while supplies last. Sign up for a traditional library card online or in person at a local County library, or sign up for an eContent card online.
  • Obtain a traditional library card. A library card issued in person from a branch gives the owner access to physical materials, such as books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines at all 32 branch libraries, as well as access to branch public computers and printers. Traditional library card holders will also have access to all electronic resources available to eContent card holders.
  • Get an eContent card on the County Library website www.sbclib.org. The eContent card acquired from the County Library website gives the owner access to electronic materials such as eBooks, audiobooks, music, and digital magazines. This is a great option for residents of California who are unable to visit a physical library location.
  • Download digital resources such as OverDrive and Cloud Library for eBooks and audiobooks, Freegal music, and digital magazines.

The ‘Help Us Soar’ campaign is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  Reading at grade level by the third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential. The San Bernardino County Library system facilitates programs and events at all branch libraries to encourage children to check out books to read.

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.

The New Book Festival Returns to the Chino Hills Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Chino Hills James S. Thalman Library for the Annual New Book Festival.  Once again, thousands of new books will be available to customers for the very first time.  Be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles.  Come and celebrate literacy and meet Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Spider Man. Don’t forget to take pictures.  Visit for a chance to see the Batmobile, a fire engine, or a police car up close. Build memories in our Jumbo Block play area, make fun crafts, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, dance to a live DJ, and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Annual Chino Hills New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Chino Hills Library is at 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

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, www.sbcounty.gov/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.

Reading Rally To Be Held Sept. 7 At Cal State San Bernardino

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools will hold a reading rally on Sept. 7 for pre-kindergartners to third-graders on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino.

The reading rally will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is in support of San Bernardino County’s Vision2Read Initiative, which looks to promote early literacy and support all children from cradle to career.

Cal State San Bernardino is located at 5500 University Parkway in San Bernardino.

For more information about the reading rally, call the County Schools’ Communications office at 909.386.2413.

Party Retro Style at County Libraries

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to boogie on over to the library during the month of September for the first ever Retro Month celebration. Retro Month will be celebrated throughout the month of September and occur in all San Bernardino County Library branches.  Every 30 items checked out earns a choice of a plush Kermit The Frog keychain, Tamagotchi, or Mario themed lanyard (while supplies last), as well as an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win the grand prize: a Classic Nintendo Gaming system.

Throughout the month, there are also special events and storytimes at various library locations.

These events are another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.

The San Bernardino County Library Retro Parties will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia.
  • Sep. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., Lewis Library & Technology Center, 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana.
  • Sep. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., Newton T. Bass Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley.
  • Sep. 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Running Springs Branch Library, 2677 Whispering Pines in Running Springs.
  • Sep. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m., Adelanto Branch Library, 11497 Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto
  • Sep. 29 from 12 to 2 p.m., Chino Branch Library, 13180 Central Avenue in Chino.

The San Bernardino Library Retro Storytimes will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 6 from 12 to 1 p.m., Rialto Branch Library, 251 West 1st Street in Rialto.
  • Sep. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center, 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

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 Schools Superintendent to hold 2018 State of Education address

San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre will deliver the annual State of Education address on Sept. 27 in San Bernardino and Oct. 19 in Victorville.

Both events begin at 3:30 p.m. with a reception following.

Alejandre will provide updates on the positive developments taking place in our public schools and collective impact efforts as part of the Countywide Vision.

He will also be showcasing outstanding students and programs for San Bernardino County Schools and the 33 school districts in our county.

To register, visit soe.sbcss.k12.ca.us. For more information, call (909) 386-2413.

Community Vital Signs launches redesigned wellness website

The San Bernardino County Community Vital Signs Initiative is excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Community Vital Signs works in partnership with sectors across the county to support the wellness element of the Countywide Vision.

The redesign, which further reflects the vibrancy of San Bernardino County and its residents, is now easier to navigate, with improved functionality across all platforms and browsers. Visitors will experience a better user interface with intuitive streamlined menu operations that will direct visitors to community efforts, data, and information to keep them informed of the progress and the efforts of the initiative.

New features include:

  • Defined Priority Areas, Goals, and Strategies – to support the Community Transformation Plan
  • Access to Data Portal – to measure and track performance and to provide perspective
  • Interactive Community Events Calendar – to engage and mobilize community support and action
  • Better defined Quick Links – to enhance learning and to support knowledge acquirement

There are several entry points allowing residents to participate in helping make San Bernardino County a better place to live, work, and play. Users can begin by visiting the website at www.CommunityVitalSigns.org and take advantage of the site’s new features and benefits.

Board of Supervisors endorses Vision4Safety initiative

The Board of Supervisors today adopted Vision4Safety, a new campaign that aims to improve safety and emergency preparedness in San Bernardino County by connecting people to community policing, emergency response and disaster planning programs and encouraging them to follow professional tips to keep their families safe.

“We know that safe communities attract investment and opportunity to San Bernardino County and that’s why we support Vision4Safety,” said Robert Lovingood, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I encourage residents to get to know their neighbors and form watch groups – in person or online, volunteer for community emergency response teams and make sure you and your family are prepared for disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes, which are all too common in San Bernardino County.”

The Vision4Safety campaign officially kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 7 on National Night Out, a community-building event that promotes partnerships between communities and police and emergency services. A listing of National Night Out events in San Bernardino County can be found at www.Vision4Safety.com. Participants in the Vision4Safety campaign are encouraged to post a photo or video or livestream on social media using #Vision4Safety. Posts will be shared on Facebook at San Bernardino Countywide Vision or on Twitter and Instagram @SBCVision.

The community-driven Countywide Vision project is focused on creating a safe, healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work, play and otherwise invest in the county. Public safety has a direct and profound impact on several elements of the “complete community” the public desires, especially jobs and the economy, education and wellness. Several studies have shown a correlation between a reduction in violent crimes and an increase in housing values. Such studies also find that exposure to violence and crime at school, home or in a neighborhood can impact a child’s emotional and cognitive development and cause depression, violent behavior and poor performance in school. According to a 2006 survey of more than 600 California youth ages 12 to 17 commissioned by “Fight Crime:  Invest in Kids,” teens left unsupervised three or more days per week are twice as likely to spend time with gang members after school and three times more likely to engage in criminal behavior than teens who are supervised.

Crime is not the only factor impacting the safety of the county. Earthquakes, wildfires and floods also occur in the county with the potential to disrupt communities and cause damage and casualties. While the public safety agencies are responding to an emergency, citizens are expected to provide for their own needs for at least 72 hours following a catastrophic event. It is important that every household and business have an emergency preparedness plan and supplies, and regularly practice the plan. A 2015 survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that only about 40 percent of American adults say they have developed an emergency preparedness plan for their home, discussed it with their household, or practiced a plan at home or work in the past year.

Throughout the campaign, www.Vision4Safety.com will serve as a resource and provide residents with information about connecting with all the law enforcement and fire agencies in San Bernardino County, how to get involved in neighborhood watch groups, volunteering for emergency response and disaster planning programs, and signing up for local after-school programs.

The site will also serve as a one-stop shop for videos on emergency preparedness planning and safety tips for families and businesses. Links to download the Ready SB app are also available at www.Vision4Safety.com.

The Countywide Vision was adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments in partnership with the community in order to develop a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision4Safety is the third public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2BActive physical fitness initiative that began in December 2016 and the Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015.

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