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Friday, February 27, 2015

Employers who use E-Verify

It is important that job applicants know their rights and responsibilities when they apply to work for an employer who participates in E-Verify. Employers who use E-Verify must follow E-Verify rules and responsibilities and protect the privacy of their employees. 

The E-Verify "Employee Rights and Responsibilities" video has been available in English and Spanish since 2010. It uses reenactment to explain the rights of employees and the process for employees to contest data mismatches. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties have updated the E-Verify "Employee Rights and Responsibilities" video with closed captioning in these six languages:
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Tagalog 
  • Vietnamese 
The six-minute video is available on the following pages:   

NEW! Follow for updates and tips about Form I-9, E-Verify, myE-Verify and more.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Florida Libraries as Workforce Recovery/Social Service Referral January Sessions

Florida Libraries as Workforce Recovery/Social Service Referral

Schedule of online events:

Wednesday, January 7, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
Florida Libraries as Workforce Recovery Using FEL Resources
Description: As part of the Florida Libraries as Workforce Recovery month, this one hour webinar will focus on how Career Transitions and e-books from the Gale Virtual Reference Library can help your library with workforce recovery efforts.
Presenter: Stacey Knibloe, Customer Education Specialist, Cengage Learning

Friday, January 16, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Right Service at the Right Time: Overview, Current Usage, Promotion and Future Development
Description: Right Service at the Right Time is a decision-making website that walks the public through a series of simple questions in order to connect them with the E-Government and social services they need.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Getting Your Literacy Program Ready for the New Year

As your start the new year, it is a good time to step back and take a look at how well you are managing your volunteer literacy program.

Here is a checklist of things to consider:

1. How effective is your initial and ongoing tutor training? What works and what needs improving? What is one change you can easily make to improve the program?

2. After matching, are you spending enough time with tutors and students to ensure all is going well? For example:
Do you have regular contact with matched pairs to see how things are going? Do you have volunteers (former tutors, students, teachers, etc.) calling, emailing or texting each tutor and each student to check in. Students calling students is a good way for students to give back and to really find out how instruction is working?

3. Are you using administrative volunteers? This job is good for those who can't give weekly but can come in a day a month or two or three days every quarter in between their travels.

4. Are your forms up to date? Have you reviewed your program's policies within the last two or three years to see if they are still effective?

5. Are you adding new technologies to your program that will benefit students? Do you have a couple of volunteers who are taking the lead on this? Do you do targeted advertising to find volunteers with specific skills needed in your program?

The Citrus County Public Library is one of our many Florida libraries that provide direct instruction. Take a look at their web page to learn more. They have a handout to help tutors get started. If you program has something similar, please share examples with us. Email the link or the handout to

VALF provides a program management workshop for members. Email if you would like to host a workshop in your area.

Happy New Year to all ....
From the VALF Board...   Thanks for all you do...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Library Grant Opportunity

Grant Opportunity for Innovation
Sparks Ignition Grants are due to the Institute of Museum and Library Services by February 2, 2015. These small grants of $10,000 to $25,000 are to encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations. They can support deployment, testing and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services or organizational practices. Identified problems should be relevant to many libraries and include significant innovation. For more information go to their website and sign up for the webinar on Tuesday, January 6, at 4 pm ET.
Want to know more about IMLS 2015 grant opportunities, read their guide.

We have no idea of what might be considered innovative in the context of adult literacy and libraries, but here are some ideas to help you start thinking

  • Set up a reading better program targeting adult learners who want to be entrepreneurs or who run their own small business. Provide space in your library for their "virtual" office. Provide volunteers and staff to help them learn to read better while establishing their business
  • Find unusual partners, funeral homes, car dealerships, bars and others to recruit volunteer tutors.Take pictures with the staff and ask them to post the pictures with information about your library literacy program on THEIR web page.
  • Develop a tutor training program using smart phones and apps as the technology students and tutors could use for adult basic education lessons.
  • Provide cooking classes for adult learners where they learn to read better by reading recipes and cooking together. Publish a local cookbook with lessons. Have students take their baked goods to your county commision meeting to thank them for funding your adult literacy program. As part of the program, loan out cooking utensils, recruit chiefs to be involved, partner with local farmers and more.

    If you have ideas you consider innovative, share them in comments on our blog.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gadsden Tutor Training Workshop

VALF is providing a free tutor training workshop in Quincy at the Gadsden County Public Library this Saturday.  The follow are assignments for tutor trainees to be completed by the 2nd tutor training day in January. Gadsden County trainees are also asked to view this blog for additional tutoring tips, share their questions and add comments as part of the tutor training.
Basic Reading Tutor Training Assignment

Click on link.

At ProLiteracy Ed Net, click on name of class

Click on Register to this class

Click on Log on

Click on Register now

Optional courses

Succeeding as an Online Learner

Orientation to Volunteering in Literacy

A Way With Words: Strategies for Strengthening Adult Learners' Vocabularies

Unleashing Potential through Multi-Intelligent Literacy Instruction


Required courses  - 3 out of the 5 courses below

Working With Adult Literacy Learners

Principles of Adult Learning 

Phonemic Awareness Instruction for Adult Literacy Learners

Understanding the Reading Process

Before, During and After -- A Reading Comprehension Technique

Suggestion: If you have not done any online courses, do Succeeding as an Online Learner.

If you need help, please email or call Glenda Norvell – or 850-539-6285.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Next VALF Board Meeting Tuesday at 7 pm ET

Our recent VALF retreat will be the main topic for our next board meeting on November 11 at 7 pm. Let Sandy Newell know if you want to come.

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Dear Sandy,

Thank you for placing your Bookmark! By simply taking the time to do this, you are helping bring attention to the literacy issues in our nation.

Did you know? Did you know that in Florida, 64% of children under the age of six have whose parents have less than a high school education live in low-income homes?*

This statistic is alarming. Thankfully, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is working hard to close the social and economic gap caused by low literacy.

By placing your Bookmark, you took an important step in helping bring awareness to this great challenge in America. Now we invite you to share this opportunity with others!

Thank you,
Liza McFadden

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*National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)