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March 15, 2011 > Alameda County Library News: The Best Deal in Town - Your Alameda County Libraries

Alameda County Library News: The Best Deal in Town - Your Alameda County Libraries


If you are looking to stretch your dollars and ways to improve your life, check out the opportunities at your local library. One of your local libraries is your Alameda County Bookmobile. The big white BUS (made by the same folks who make many school buses, Bluebird) is out and about in Alameda County five days a week.

In the mornings, the Bookmobile visits preschools and day care centers. Bookmobile staff develop a love of reading in young children by sharing wonderful songs, stories and finger plays. Teachers come onto the Bookmobile with their students. Children are so excited to visit The Bus and check-out books to take back to their classrooms. In the afternoons the Bookmobile visits senior living centers, schools and neighborhoods throughout the county. Just last week a young boy came on for his first visit; he breathed deeply and said, "This place smells like a dream!" To find the Bookmobile, check our website for the schedule:

Write to Read

If you or an adult you know would like to brush-up on phonics, spelling, writing, meeting your job seeking goals, learn about computers and spelling or writing resources, call the Write To Read Program; An Adult Literacy Program at (510) 745-1480. This program has been going strong for 25 years and has so much to offer and all programs are FREE. Write to Read has welcoming and dedicated staff who want all adults to succeed and meet their lifelong learning goals. The Write to Read program offers:
* Reading Clubs at the various Alameda County Libraries. Meet new friends and together practice your pronunciation, vocabulary and comprehension. The group reads a book together and at each meeting discusses what they have learned, talk about new words and new concepts.
* One-to-one tutoring: adults wanting to improve their writing, reading and English speaking skills in a supportive and caring setting, may be matched with a volunteer tutor.
* Classes in writing, reading and selling. Practice and improve your English language skills in a small group setting with the support of a teacher and the other learners in your class.
* Computer labs at several locations in Alameda County. Lab users will learn basic computer skills and can use our software to improve writing, spelling and comprehension.
* Volunteer opportunities: if you are at least 18 years old, comfortable with reading and writing in English, are patient, empathetic and willing to learn, take a look at our volunteer application on our Library website at:
* Call 510 745-1480 for more information about Write To Read programs and register.

Literacy/life Skills

You may not know the Alameda County Library provides service to our county detention facilities. Alameda County Library provides library service and literacy/life skills instruction to the more than 4,000 men and women held in County jails. Over 75% of the materials circulated each year are donated by members of the community. Bestsellers, westerns, poetry, African-American fiction and non-fiction as well as books focused on self-help and recovery are all very popular. We bring in paperbacks only; no hardbacks are allowed. If you have paperbacks or recent issues of popular magazines in good condition that you would like to donate, please phone (510) 745-1485.

Reading for Life

If you are interested in tutoring in a jail setting, read on about our Reading for Life program. Why tutor in a jail... because the uneducated go to jail more than anyone else. Conservative national statistics suggest that 2/3 of inmates in this country don't read and write well enough to manage their daily lives. These people are released into our communities without the skills to carry out everyday tasks that most of us take for granted, like reading a bus schedule or prescription label, filling out a job application, using a phone book, or writing a note to the teacher of a school-aged child. Inmates who can read and write have a greater chance of staying out of trouble when they get out of jail. As a volunteer tutor you can provide inmates with tangible skills to prepare them for life after jail. Call (510) 745-1490 for more information.

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