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Monthly Archives: September 2016

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.

Donate a book at the Sept. 11 High Desert Mavericks game

CAO_Book DriveHelp promote literacy in your community and donate a book at the Sunday, Sept. 11 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.

A previous Aug. 18 book drive was canceled due to the Blue Cut Fire, but people have still donated more than 800 books so far.

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

The game begins at 5:05 p.m. at 12000 Stadium Way in Adelanto.

 

New Book Festival returns to Chino Hills Branch Library

CHS_NBF_posterThe San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Library for the 2nd Annual New Book Festival.  Once again, we will be unveiling thousands of new books, available for our patrons for the very first time.  Join us and be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles.  Come and celebrate literacy as you get the chance to meet and greet Princess Belle, Princess Snow White, Princess Tiana and Prince Charming!  Lego Movie characters will also be here, as well as Batman and Superman.  Don’t forget your cameras!  Have you ever wanted to see the Batmobile, DeLorean Time Machine, or unique H-Wing Car Fighter up close?  Here is your chance!  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 2nd Annual Chino Hills New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m.  Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns you an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives!  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The James S. Thalman Chino Hills Library is located at 14020 City Center Drive.

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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