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Dear Friends of the Alameda County Library and Write to Read,

You may have heard on the news that the governor’s proposed state budget for 2011-2012 eliminates funding for public library and literacy funding. This would have a dramatic impact on libraries in Alameda County and on our literacy program.

The Governor’s Budget proposes a decrease to libraries of $30.4 million in fiscal year 2011-12, resulting in the elimination of General Fund for the following programs: The Public Library Foundation, California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services, and the California Library Services Act.



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Do you need a an easy and quick guide to the November 2, 2010 elections? Are you puzzled about the different propositions and what they mean? Click  here to open a copy of the Easy Voter Guide. The Guide is available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Learn more about voting and this election at:




Important dates:

October 18, 2010 – Last day to register to vote

October 26, 2010 – Last Day for your county elections office to receive your written request for the “vote by mail” ballot

November 2, 2010 – ELECTION DAY – Polls open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The nonpartisan Easy Voter Guide is produced by the Easy Voter Guide Project in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and the California State Library.

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The Write to Read Adult Literacy Fall 2010 session starts on September 13. An expanded offering of classes, computer labs, tutoring, life skills and job-seeking classes for adult literacy learners are available at more library sites than ever – Fremont, Centerville, Newark, Union City, Castro Valley, Dublin, Albany and at community sites including Mercy Housing Apartments in Ashland.

Classes include basic skills in reading, writing, spelling, coversation practice for second language learners, and life skills and job seeking skills. Computer labs for literacy students will continue at Fremont’s Van Doorn Room, and at Mercy Housing locations. Please refer participants to the literacy program by completing a referral formlocated at your information desk (red literacy folder) or by calling Rachel with the learner’s name and phone number so we can call them back.

Call Write to Read at (510) 745-1484.

To view the Fall 2010 schedule for:

Reading Clubs (second language learners) click HERE.

Basic Adult classes (native English speakers) click HERE.

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International Literacy Day

UNESCO established September 8th as International Literacy Day to promote literacy worldwide.  It is estimated that 875 million of the world’s adults do not know how to read or write (nearly two-thirds are women), and that more than 110 million children lack access to education. We are celebrating this special day on Tuesday, September 7th.

Please join us for an evening celebrating International Literacy Day, and come share a favorite passage from a book you love.  This is a free public event. Everyone is welcome to read a favorite passage


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Fukaya Room A, Fremont Main Library

2450 Stevenson blvd., Fremont

For information call: (510) 745-1480

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The May – June Edition of the Discoveries Newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.

The newsletter includes information on the 25th Anniversary celebration, the publication of Learning Together, an Anthology of Students Writing from the last 25 years with works by Juvenile Hall youth, tutor developed lesson plan, sample student writing, how to write an elevator speech from the Job-Readiness and computer class at Bermuda Gardens in Ashland, and a June-September 2010 calendar of events. The calendar includes learner orientation dates, tutor training schedule, fall session dates and the International Literacy Day Celebration. Enjoy.

For information on the Write to Read program, please call us at (510) 745-1480.

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Alameda County Library’s WRITE TO READ ADULT LITERACY Program Celebrates 25 Years of Serving the Community 


Believing that limited literacy skills prevent individuals from full social, political and social involvement, the Library’s Adult Literacy program has served the county for 25 years with a wide range of educational services.  Programs based at both the library and in neighborhoods within the community extend the library’s outreach effort to the underserved population throughout Alameda County.  Residents benefit from FREE one-on-one and group tutoring, reading clubs for second language learners, and computer labs.  Specific classes target Life Skills and Job Readiness skills in addition to reading, writing and spelling.

Students often express their appreciation for these classes.  One learner told us: “Thank you for your help.  I have improved my reading and writing with my family.”  Another commented: “This program has helped so much.  I feel happy inside my heart because of it.”

Critical to these learner-centered offerings are our trained tutors.  Mostly volunteers, they treat people from all cultural backgrounds with respect.  Instructing students to read, write and think critically, they have helped more than five thousand adults over the years.  With the aid of these smart, dedicated tutors the Library continues its work to reduce the presence of poverty, unemployment, low literacy and education levels in Alameda County.

Former learners, tutors and staff are welcomed to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration to share their Write to Read stories on May 12th at the Fremont Main Library. Please call us at (510) 745-1484.

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Winter 2010 session

The popular reading groups are lead by experienced tutors at Alameda County Library branches and community locations. They are a great place for English speaking second language learners to practice conversation, reading, vocabulary, writing, and to meet new friends from around the world.

Click here for a schedule and location of reading groups

Join a Window to the World reading club, Call first to register.

(510) 745-1480

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