Happy International Literacy Day!

Happy International Literacy Day…from the San Diego Council on Literacy! (September 8th is International Literacy Day and September is Literacy Month!) Since 1967, International Literacy Day celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and …

Little Free Library

We are grateful to the County of San Diego and Supervisor Nora Vargas for new funding being provided towards more Little Free Library stand-ups in the San Diego region. Funding in the amount of $20,000 was recently approved to purchase 40 new Little Free Library sites. Little libraries are mailbox like structures put up in communities to create neighborhood book …

Imagination Library

The San Diego Council on Literacy is a proud coordinator of Dolly Parton’s “Imagination Library” program. This program results in books being mailed, every month, to the homes of low-income children, ages 0-5, in selected local zip codes. For $25.00 a year, a child receives 12 books.   Currently being served are children residing in these zip codes: 92102, 92105, …

11 Ways to Support Literacy in the San Diego Region

46% of third graders in the San Diego Unified School District do not meet the standard for language arts (reading/writing).  20-25% of adults in San Diego County read prose at the lowest level of literacy (grade level equivalent of 0-4). We need your help to achieve our vision of Literacy for All! Here are 11 things you can do today, …

The UPS Store Book Giveaway

On May 1st, a school bus filled with books traveled to three locations across San Diego County to distribute books to children. The UPS Store’s donation of 55,000 books, in partnership with Toys for Tots and the San Diego Council on Literacy, made this possible. Jenny Robinson, head of public relations and social media for The UPS Store, shared why …

5 Ways to Celebrate Read Across America Day

Happy Read Across America Day! Read Across America Day falls on Dr. Seuss’ birthday and is a day to encourage kids to get excited about reading. Below are 5 ways you can celebrate reading today. Read a book. Crack open a new book or an old favorite. Share the joy by reading a book aloud to a friend or family …

Project Literacy

  ABC 10 News recently put the spotlight on local literacy efforts in their “Project Literacy” special. The news segment emphasizes the need for literacy programming, noting that 560,000 adults in San Diego County read at an elementary school level or not at all. Among the featured literacy organizations are San Diego Council on Literacy, Words Alive, Oceanside Public Library, …

Program Profile of the Month: Words Alive!

*Note:  This narrative is based upon a San Diego Council on Literacy virtual visit to Words Alive, via Zoom! This past June Vichittra Chaleune M.A., Read Aloud Program Manager, Words Alive, gave the San Diego Council on Literacy a tour of the “Novel Ideas: Words Alive’s Interactive Online Gallery of Student Voices”.   This exciting project features artists Jennifer Frost Moreno …

The Great San Diego Book Giveaway!

Three freight trucks with 106,000 children’s books arrived in San Diego on July 1, 2020 for the San Diego Council on Literacy’s (SDCOL) The Great San Diego Book Giveaway /  La Gran Entrega de Libros de San Diego, a multi-agency effort to get books into the hands of San Diego kids this summer. The Molina Foundation’s generous donation of $1 …