Check out our flyers below on all of our events for the Summer Reading Program! This summer we are having events for teens on Tuesdays, and on Thursdays we have event for kids of all ages. Sign ups are still open so come by the library if you want to join in!
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place: San Benito County Free Library Barbara Room
Share your stories, successes, and techniques with other tutors, learn about the latest materials and resources available to you and your learner, and see new tutor training videos now available on our websites.
Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Lucy or Rosa at the library or email Rosa at email@example.com.
On Mondays until April 9th a group of volunteers will be at the library providing free tax assistance! Please see the flyers below for more information:
by Richard James Salta Lopez
Join us for Harry Potter Trivia Night on October 28, 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.! Participating Muggles will be sorted into either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw, and will work with their houses to defeat the others as their knowledge of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is put to the ultimate test.
This program is designed for ages 11-14, and players are encouraged to come dressed up! Participation in the program will be limited to the first 30 sign-ups.
The library is also looking for teens who would be interested in volunteering for the program.
Individuals interested in participating as players or volunteers are encouraged to visit the library’s front desk, or they can contact us at either (831) 636-4107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy tutors at San Benito County Free Library change lives
“You Are Giving Your Student A Gift For Life—The Key To Success And Personal Growth,” said Rebecca Salinas, Adult Literacy Tutor for the San Benito County Free Library.
Many of us take our reading skills for granted. We think nothing of reading a menu at a restaurant or reading a bus schedule posted at the bus stop but what if you couldn’t read? How would you use the most basic services such as ordering at a restaurant or using mass transit? According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy completed in 2003, 14 percent of adult Americans demonstrated a below basic literacy level in 2003. California has approximately 3.4 million adults with below basic literacy skills. In San Benito County 19 percent of adults have below basic literacy levels. The effect on our communities is profound.
Public libraries are committed to literacy and have stepped into bridge the educational gap. For more than 30 years, the San Benito County Free Library’s Adult Literacy Program has been helping community members achieve their literacy goals.
In January 2007, the library received a grant from the California Library Literacy Services (CLLS), a program of the California State Library. The program had been changing lives both for the volunteer tutors and learners since its inception. Rebecca Salinas, a longtime Hollister resident and retired educator, has been a tutor for six years.
“I love to teach and I wanted to experience teaching adults, since I had only taught in the elementary grades,” she said. “I believe education is the key to the door of opportunity and personal growth; therefore, reading is fundamental. I was fortunate that someone helped me get my education. Tutoring is a small way I can help someone as I was helped.”
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The San Benito County Free Library is pleased to announce the debut of Universal Class, an electronic resource presented in partnership with Recorded Books that offers continuing education courses online. Designed for public library patrons, Universal Class features a catalog of more than 500 courses containing a little something for everyone.
Among the hundreds of offerings included are those in Computers and Technology, Job Assistance, Parenting and Family, Cooking, Home and Garden Care, Homeschooling, Pet and Animal Care, and Exercise and Fitness. These classes are led by real instructors and are video-based, and students can even obtain certificates and continuing education credits for selected courses.
Patrons only need a library card to access Universal Class, and since these classes are offered online, they can be enjoyed from the comforts of one’s own home. Universal Class can be accessed through the library’s Articles & Databases page at http://sbcfl.org/research/, but patrons are also encouraged to speak with the friendly staff at the San Benito County Free Library if they would like more information on this new resource.
Interested patrons can also call the library at (831) 636-4107 or send an email email@example.com.
Originally Posted to BenitoLink.com by Richard Lopez, Young Adult Services Librarian
Read eBooks for free at the San Benito County Free Library!
The San Benito County Free Library would like to invite county residents to take advantage of its eBook collections offered through OverDrive, Enki, and Project Gutenberg. Borrowing eBooks using these services is free with a library card, and each collection offers something for different tastes.
OverDrive features popular titles including bestselling fiction such as The Martian by Andy Weir and bestselling nonfiction such as The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
Enki offers eBooks from smaller and independent publishers, while Project Gutenberg’s collections link patrons to eBooks available in the public domain, such as works by Shakespeare.
Many of these collections also contain titles in other languages like Spanish, and the library’s OverDrive collection will specifically be adding more materials in Japanese in the near future. The library’s eBook collections can be accessed from most internet-connected mobile devices, and because borrowed titles will automatically expire when their lending period is over, there are no late fees.
Those who need help with using eBooks can take advantage of free technical assistance offered through the library. Appointments can be made by calling the library at (831) 636-4107.
Enjoy the San Benito County Free Library’s eBook collections today by visiting http://sbcfl.org/for-you/ebook-collections/.
Originally Posted on BentioLink.com
Call for Literacy Tutors!
The San Benito County Free Library’s Adult Literacy Program is searching for tutors to support, empower and encourage adult learners to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. No prior experience is required other than a desire to help others.
Volunteers should have knowledge of basic English spelling and grammar, must be 18 years of age, and willing to commit at least one-and-a-half hours per week for six months. We will provide training, materials and professional support staff for you and your learner.
Choose to make a commitment to positive change today — a learner is waiting for you to expand their world.
For more information on how you can make a difference in your community, contact Library Assistant Rosa Garcia at (831) 636-4107 ext. 20 or Betty Mason, literacy coordinator at ext. 18.
Originally posted on BenitoLink.com
You can give the gift of reading through San Benito County Free Library’s Adult Literacy program. No experience is necessary, just a love of reading and a willingness to make a difference in the life of another adult.
Check out these videos to discover why low adult literacy is a challenge our community can overcome together:
Contact us for more information.