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October 29 Read to Succeed Conference Addresses Early Literacy

October 29 Read to Succeed Conference Addresses Early Literacy

The Yolo County Library is again partnering with the Yolo County Office of Education, the Woodland Public Library, United Way and others to bring attention and action to the issue of low literacy and the related achievement gap with a Read to Succeed Conference on October 29, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, located at 2001 East Street in Woodland.  The conference is a follow up to the April 29 symposium which focused on early literacy.

“The April 29 Symposium got people to the table and talking,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “The Read to Succeed Conference will provide businesses, practitioners and the community methods in which they can address early literacy in their arenas.”

The conference will provide a variety of model approaches to address early literacy issues identified in the April 29 symposium by showcasing the following local and regional programs:

Discussion and Star Gazing at the Yolo Branch Library October 16

Discussion and Star Gazing at the Yolo Branch Library October 16

Join the Yolo County Library and the Astronomy Club of UC Davis on Friday, October 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a Star Party at the Yolo Branch Library, located at 37750 Sacramento Street in Yolo.

The party will begin with a discussion by Dr. Matt Richter from the UC Davis Department of Physics on how a modified Boeing 747 helps scientists with astronomy, and how it is the largest airborne observatory in the world.  After the discussion, volunteers from The Astronomy Club at UC Davis will bring telescopes out for guests to look through while talking about objects in the night sky and answering questions about astronomy in general. 

Community Volunteer Fairs in Davis and West Sacramento

Community Volunteer Fairs in Davis and West Sacramento

Have you ever wanted to volunteer but didn’t know where to go or how to start? Come join the Yolo County Library at one, or both, of the Community Volunteer Fairs being held on October 7 in Davis or October 22 in West Sacramento to learn how you can get connected to your community.

Community Volunteer Fairs will be held on the following days from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.:

  • October 7 at the Davis Arts Center, located at 1919 F Street in Davis
  • October 22 at the Civic Center Galleria, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento

Find volunteer opportunities in your area, network with local organizations and learn how to support great efforts in your community.  Organizations participating in the Community Volunteer Fairs include:

Learn about the Constitution at Davis Branch Library

Learn about the Constitution at Davis Branch Library

As part of national Constitution Week, come watch a special screening of “Making a Nation: The Untold Story of the Declaration of Independence (1776)” on September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library.

This 70 minute episode, based on factual information, is the first in the series, “Inventing America: Conversations with the Founders”.  The episode will highlight the origins of the Declaration of Independence through an imagined retrospective panel interview of key players that shaped America; Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, as well as John Dickinson, a delegate who refused to sign revealing conflict behind the historic event.  The writer and executive producer will also discuss the production of this and upcoming episodes.

‘Lucky Day’ Arrives at Yolo County Libraries

‘Lucky Day’ Arrives at Yolo County Libraries

On September 15, the Lucky Day collection – popular books that often have a long hold or wait list – arrives at all Yolo County Library branches, with the exception of the Marguerite Montgomery Elementary satellite location.

This new collection of popular titles will be displayed on designated shelves with exclusive labels.  The Lucky Day collection will be available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be renewed or put on hold.  Yolo County Library card holders will be able to borrow two books from the collection for seven days, ensuring a quick turnover of books.  Lucky Day items that are returned late will incur the usual fine of $0.20 a day from the day the material was due, with a maximum charge of $5.00 per item.

Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

There’s no fancy party planned to celebrate Community Business Bank’s 10th anniversary. Instead, the West Sacramento-headquartered community bank plans to give away $10,000 to one lucky not-for-profit making a difference in Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin or Solano counties.

“For the past decade, it’s been our honor to help meet the needs of small businesses and not-for-profits in our communities,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “Our $10,000 give away contest is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to a local not-for-profit that is working hard every day to help those in need.” In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a full-page ad in thePartners in Philanthropyedition of the Sacramento Business Journal.

Entry period for all nominations is September 1-30, 2015. Here are two ways to nominate your favorite not-for-profit: