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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Read for the Record a success at County libraries

read for the record 3read for the record 1All San Bernardino County Library branches participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a global campaign which generates public support for high quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in the world’s largest shared reading experience.

All of the 32 San Bernardino County branches held storytime and introduced the Read for the Record program to 1,386 children across the county. Liz Smith, who works for the County Library said many of the branches also incorporated arts and crafts into the Read for the Record events.

This year was the 10-year anniversary of the campaign and the book highlighted by the campaign this year was “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.


First 5 San Bernardino seeks pediatricians for Reach Out and Read

fbpostreachoutandreadFirst 5 San Bernardino and American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 have partnered to bring an early literacy initiative to pediatric care waiting rooms.

Reach Out & Read® is a national program that distributes books through pediatricians to connect reading as a vital practice for quality early childhood development. While in the waiting room, volunteer readers or parents themselves are provided books to read to their children, increasing the child’s interaction and exposure to words. Parents of children ages 5 and under will able to take prescribed books home to build their child’s library and early literacy capacity.

“This partnership leverages the timing of well-child check-ups to reinforce reading as a critical activity for brain development in the first five years of life,” says Karen E. Scott, Executive Director of First 5 San Bernardino. “A partnership with our local pediatricians through this program is timely as our county acknowledges the needs of literacy programs through the Vision2Read campaign. We hope to find pediatricians that are interested offering this added benefit of developmental support to their patients.”

Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, Vice President of American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 says, “Reach Out and Read is an opportunity to address the holistic well-being of our developing patients and cultivate bonding activities with their parents. The results from this program implementation across the nation are impressive and we’re looking to have that same impact on children in San Bernardino County.”

First 5 San Bernardino in partnership with American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 is hosting an informational dinner for pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric medical representatives to introduce the program and gain interest from the local medical community. The first event, ROAR & Explore the Possibilities!, is set for Thursday, Nov. 5, at the office of First 5 San Bernardino located at 735 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 150 in San Bernardino from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Details on an additional dinner targeting the High Desert region are forthcoming.

For more information on this initiative in San Bernardino County or to register and RSVP for the informational dinner, visit or call (909) 386-7706. For information on the national program, visit

CRY-ROP chosen to work on youth leadership development project


The CRY-ROP YouthACT Team includes Fernando Olivarez, Youth Leader; Nicole Drazin, CRY-ROP Employment Placement Specialist and Adult Leader; and Branley Acevedo, Youth Leader

The Colton Redlands Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (CRY-ROP) was awarded a federal cooperative agreement with the Institute for Educational Leadership under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to operate a National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) project.

Nationwide, there were only four new awardees chosen for the project.

The agreement is to support two youth and an adult partner as a team to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). The YouthACT is a national leadership development initiative designed to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for young people to succeed.

The NCWD/Youth uses the term “youth transition” is used to describe the process and period of change young people go through between the ages of 12 and 25 that involves developing the full range of competencies they need to succeed in adult life including employment, postsecondary education, and independent and community living. While many organizations and government agencies are responsible for helping youth transition to adulthood, young people rarely have a voice in the decisions these agencies and organizations make about the programs, services, and policies that affect them. Increasing youth voice in organization and agency decision making and policy making is important to ensure youth receive the opportunities, services, and support they need during the transition to adulthood.

The first step of the project is for the CRY-ROP YouthACT team to travel to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29 to 31 to meet with the other teams from across the country for leadership training.

Tell us about the book that changed your life

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALVision2Read, a year-long campaign designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs, is well underway.

On Sept. 19, Vision2Read launched at the Family Reading Rally held at Cal State San Bernardino where 5,000 books donated by the Molina Foundation were given to children who attended.

Vision2Read is a project of the Countywide Vision, which seeks to support the success of every child from cradle to career. Experts say a key milestone in achieving that success is reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

About 69 percent of San Bernardino County third graders do not meet new California English language arts/literacy standards on the 2015 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests, which is lower than their peers in neighboring counties.

I invite you to join the Vision2Read campaign – whether you can help someone learn to read or if you or someone you know needs help reading. Visit for resources and information.

Literacy changes lives and inspires people to do great things. Watch this video and tell us what book changed your life using #Vision2Read on Twitter or Instagram @SBCVision or Facebook at San Bernardino Countywide Vision.

Thank you,

Robert A. Lovingood, Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

San Bernardino County Library hosts Baker’s Book Club

Baker's Reading Program PosterThe San Bernardino County Library is pleased to announce continued partnership with Baker’s Drive Thru to help promote reading during the Baker’s Book Club reading for rewards program.

The Baker’s Book Club, offered exclusively through the San Bernardino County Library system, encourages children and teens to read for rewards through Nov. 21.

To participate in the Book Club, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries and sign up. Participants must be ages 4 to 17 and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge a student’s reading progress. Participants may reach three levels of reading goals by reading and logging the number of pages read during the rewards program. 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 burger, fries and more. Every child and teenager who reaches all three levels of reading goals will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, also provided by Baker’s Drive Thru.

In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read initiative, this program will help improve literacy among children ages 4 to17, 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 call (909) 387-2220.

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