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 …

Program Profile of the Month: Everyone A Reader

*Note:  Zoom was used for this interview during this time of heightened health precautions.  Cindy Dunlevy is the coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education’s “Everyone a Reader” Program. She has been working with Everyone a Reader for 15 years.  The program started in 1995 and works with about 3,000 kids every year.  “That’s about 75,000 kids that …

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Festival of Books 2020!

  The San Diego Council on Literacy is honored to be the non-profit beneficiary of proceeds from the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books event!  Leading up to the Festival of Books, the San Diego Union-Tribune is featuring virtual events including children’s storytimes, virtual Q&As, and a virtual book club.  These events celebrate reading in San Diego and help instill …

Pages and Pieces: Book & Puzzle Drive for Kids in Need

Alexis Shenkiryk is a 16-year-old student at Pacific Ridge School in San Diego.  She started the Pages and Pieces project this past March. While doing spring cleaning at the start of the Covid 19 isolation period, she realized that she had a lot of books. She also knew that there were kids who were learning at home and that some …

Program Profile of the Month: International Rescue Committee in San Diego

*Note:       This visit with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego was back in early February, before health precautions were necessary.  The International Rescue Committee in San Diego currently has limited opportunities to get involved and support the program.  See their website for more details at https://www.rescue.org/volunteer-opportunities/san-diego-ca      On a Wednesday morning participants are gathered in the Vocational ESL …