14 December 2012

Tahoe Reading Coach Training!

Attention Friends! A New Reading Coach Training has been scheduled for the Tahoe area!

Saturday, January 5th
9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center
100 North Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA

Email PALS@PlacerLibrary.org or call 530 886-4530 if you would like to sign up to become a Reading Coach. You CAN help make a difference in someone's life.

26 November 2012

A Post from Paula...

Why is literacy important? Literacy is the foundation of learning. Literacy empowers adults to make a better life and world for themselves and their families. Adults who read raise children who read, do better in school and life. Literacy helps families be healthier, support themselves through work, become better citizens, and create a more fair and just society. The Placer Adult Literacy Service provides people with the tools to change their lives by giving them the reading, writing, and basic math skills they need to earn a living, stay healthy, and improve our community.

We are happy to announce that Style Magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards have been published and PALS placed 2nd in the category of Favorite Tutoring Service.  We are truly honored to have been nominated and thank you to everyone who voted!

The last few months have been a busy time for the Placer Adult Literacy Service! We are excited to have begun revitalizing our program services in the Lake Tahoe area, specifically Kings Beach and Tahoe City. With enthusiastic assistance from Anne Greenwood, Kings Beach Library Branch Manager, we have generated a great deal of volunteer reading coach interest and have our first training scheduled for this month. Then will come the exciting process of spreading the word to potential adult learners!

Down the hill, nine new eager reading coaches were trained at the Auburn Library this fall and we hope to have them matched with learners soon! The speed at which new learners come into the program dictates how long that may take. So for some of you that have been waiting, don’t be discouraged! Your time will come! And remember there are other volunteer opportunities that anyone can take advantage of…just ask if you want to get busy sooner!

Thank you to all of our amazing people who work tirelessly on behalf of adult learners in Placer County: the Literacy Support Council of Placer County, PALS Reading Coaches, Library Administration, and Library staff!

Paula Westeren, Library Literacy Specialist

15 November 2011

A Tribute

    As we previously posted, the PALS program and all who knew him suffered a huge loss last week with the passing of Dick Cushman.  He leaves behind a rich legacy, as can be read in this loving obituary penned by his family: 
    Richard David Cushman was born February 14, 1929 in Norwich, New York. He graduated from Wilbur G. Lynch High School in 1946 and went on to earn a B.A in Liberal Arts from Columbia College of New York in 1950 and an M.B.A. in Accounting from City College of New York in 1960. Drafted into the Army, he served from December 1952 - June 1954, receiving an honorable discharge as a First Lieutenant in the Finance Corps. He remained on Reserve Duty with the Army till 1964.
    In 1957, he began a 28 year career with Diamond International Corporation, eventually retiring as Vice President and General Manager of Western Retail Division. In 1988, he began a second career as a volunteer with the Tax Aid Program, helping seniors fill out their tax forms. After a year, he became the program coordinator.
    That same year, his love of reading led him to the Literacy Support Council. He not only worked as a tutor, but used his business skills to help the program achieve non-profit status, acquire grants, and set up a budget. Through the years, he served on the board in various positions. For his work with the Literacy Support Council, Richard was named the 962nd Point of Light by President George Bush in 1992.
    Richard passed away quietly, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was 82 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Pamela Joanne Cushman, his daughters Cynthia Louise Hickman and Melissa Cushman Banczak, his sisters Sara Bouchonville and Cynthia Whited, and his grandchildren Danielle, Brandy, Codie, Richard and Kenneth.
    In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Literacy Support Council, P.O. Box 5291, Auburn, Ca 95604 - 5291. Please leave your remembrances of Dick or post your sympathies to the family at http://tributes.com/show/Richard-Cushman-92721605.

11 November 2011

A Tremendous Loss

It is with a heavy heart that we report Richard "Dick" Cushman passed away unexpectedly on November 9th. Dick was one of the founding members of the Literacy Support Council and a staunch supporter of the PALS program.  His passing leaves a void that won't soon be filled. A memorial service has been scheduled for Dick at Lassila Funeral Chapels in Auburn on Thursday, Nov. 17th at 2:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Literacy Support Council, P.O. Box 5291, Auburn, CA 95604-5291.

23 March 2011

Remembering Anne Jewett

A celebration of the life Anne Allumbaugh Jewett was held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at her home in Meadow Vista. Visitors reminisced at their leisure with family members and friends and selected a Dalmatian collectible to take home with them to forever remind them of Anne's love and affection. Anne passed away on March 15, 2011. She was born to Dorothy and Willard Fay Allumbaugh on July 3, 1931 in Eugene, Oregon. She was a tomboy and always lived life to the fullest. She was a positive influence and mentor to her younger sister, Helen. Anne graduated from Oregon State University in 1953 with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She was a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association. She enjoyed many trips to the Oregon Coast with her sorority sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Other travel included a safari in Kenya, a delightful trip to Hawaii, several trips to the Grand Teton National Park, and repeat visits to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Anne's careers included Laboratory Technician for various medical facilities, Colfax High School Career Center Counselor, and Placer County Adult Education Aide. Anne was an active member and past President of the Literacy Support Council of Placer County and was a dedicated reading coach with the Placer Adult Literacy Service for many years. She was a long-time member of the Audubon Society, and her backyard was a sanctuary for many species of birds that she lovingly fed each day. Anne was first elected to the Meadow Vista Water District Board in 1981, was re-elected four times, and served until she retired in 2011. She was well known in Meadow Vista, not only for her service on the water board, but for her lengthy walks throughout the community with her colorful Dalmatians. Over the past two decades, Anne rescued four Dalmatians from animal shelters and loved them dearly. In her younger years, Anne raised Quarter Horses on a ranch in Weimar and showed horses with the Auburn Sierra Rangers. Anne married George Jewett in 1956. Although they divorced, they were blessed with three children: Cynthia Anne (husband Calvin), Lorraine Elizabeth, and Mark Alan. Anne adored her two grandchildren: Kristin and Jared. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Mark. Anne passed away at her home in Meadow Vista, where she had lived for more than 35 years. She received loving care provided by family members and caregivers from "Assist You." In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice.

04 January 2011

Reading Coach Inservice!

Ramp Up Your Resources!
Presented by Stephanie Allen

Are you looking for ways to jazz up your tutoring sessions? Wishing you had additional resources and some new ideas? Then this is the workshop for you! This hands-on workshop will feature a variety of supplemental tutoring resources, including books, materials, online resources, tutoring techniques, and games to add interest and variety to your tutoring sessions.

About Stephanie:
Currently the Literacy / Homework Center Supervisor at Sacramento Public Library. She was the Literacy Coordinator at Lodi Public Library for nine years from 2000 – 2008. Stephanie holds a BA in English, Multiple Subject and Single Subject (English) teaching credentials, as well as an advanced certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Her past work experience includes teaching at the elementary through adult school levels.

Saturday, February 5th
10:00 ~ 12:00 pm
Rocklin Library ~ New Location

4890 Granite Drive ~ Rocklin 95677

All coaches are welcome whether or not you are currently paired with a learner! You can never have enough tools in your tool belt, so make it a priority to attend.

Also new for 2011...all active coaches must attend at least one inservice this year to remain active! Upcoming inservices will be held in June and October...content is still being planned.

Register Now for the Spring Reading Coach Training!

Make a difference in someone's life...be an adult literacy volunteer reading coach!! No special skills are required...just patience, compassion, and a genuine desire to help an adult improve his or her reading skills!

An Informational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00pm at the new location of the Rocklin Library, 4890 Granite Drive. Please make it a priority to attend this meeting as program related information will be discussed that won't be covered during the training.

The two-day summer training will be conducted at the Rocklin Library on Friday, March 11th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and Saturday, March 12th from 9:00am - 5:00 pm. Participants must attend BOTH days of the training in order to become a reading coach.

Pre-registration is required to ensure that adequate materials are supplied. Deadline to register is noon on Tuesday, March 1st.

Light refeshments will be served at the training on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Participants must bring their lunch as time will not allow to go off-site.

For more information, contact Paula Westeren at 530 886-4530 or pals@placerlibrary.org.