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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Request for Florida Adult Library Literacy Contacts



As the Bureau of Library Development consultant responsible for providing technical assistance and training on adult library literacy programs and related community partnerships, I am collecting contact information from Florida public library staff who work with instructional or support programs geared toward adult literacy.

Examples of adult educational services provided in Florida include:

·         Volunteers and classes that help adults learn to read better

·         Instructional programs (online or otherwise) that help adults get their high school diploma

·         Collections and classes that help adults pass the GED test

·         Citizenship instruction

·         Small groups and tutors that help non-English speaking adults learn to speak, read or write better English

·         Collections and educational programs tailored to the interests and aspirations of adult learners

·         Partnerships with adult basic education schools and community providers
 
If your public library has staff members or lead volunteers responsible for any adult literacy services, please send me their contact information, including:

·         Name

·         Title

·         Library name

·         Email address

·         Phone number
 
Feel free to contact me with any questions. Sandy Newell Sandy.Newell@dos.myflorida.com
850.245.6624

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Grant for Public Libraries Due November 15


Grant applications for round five of American Dream @ Your Library are due November 15, 2016. The $5,000 to $10,000 grants are for public libraries for adult English Language Learner services.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Apply by Nov 4--first draft for application for grant for Adult Volunteer Literacy Programs

Reminder: Send in a draft application by November 4--Final application is due January 31.


If you apply by Friday, November 4, you get 20 extra points and grant writing advice to improve your draft before the January 31 deadline
 
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Announcement 

I am pleased to announce that for another year, Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida, (VALF) will be awarding one or more grants for up to $500 to one of our members. Go here to get the application. The VALF membership application is at the end of the application.

VALF  uses a two-step process for taking applications.  A draft application is due November 4. The VALF board will review the draft and provide the applicant feedback on how to improve the application. Applicants have the chance to rewrite  the application with the final application due January 31. This two-step process allows VALF to provide the value added service of giving  technical assistance to our members on how to improve the grant. This helps our members improve their grant writing skills.

The winner of the grant is announced at the VALF Annual meeting held during the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) Conference in spring 2017.

VALF is an all-volunteer organization. Grants are funded by donations from board members and others.

For more information, email or call Sandy Newell sandy.newell@dos.myflorida.com or 850.245.6624.

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Voter Registration Tips Ahead of October 11 Deadline


Secretary Detzner Shares Voter Registration Tips Ahead of October 11 Deadline

 

TALLAHASSEE— Secretary of State Ken Detzner released the following statement and shared the following voter registration tips ahead of tomorrow’s voter registration deadline. Individuals not already registered to vote in the State of Florida must submit a complete voter registration application by Tuesday, October 11, in order to participate in the General Election.

 

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, said, “There is still time for Floridians to register to vote for the General Election. Floridians who have been impacted, or have had to evacuate, during Hurricane Matthew should know they have the option to fill out and/or submit their voter registration application at any Supervisor of Elections office or approved voter registration agency, even if it’s outside their county of residence. Voter registration applications sent by mail to any Supervisor of Elections office, voter registration agency, or the Division of Elections in Tallahassee will be accepted for the upcoming General Election as long as they are postmarked by October 11.

 

“Voters who are unsure of their registration status can visit YourVoteFlorida.com and find links to use the state’s Voter Information Lookup Tool or contact their local Supervisor of Elections office. Voters can also call the state’s main Voter Assistance Hotline at: 1.866.308.6739.”

 

Secretary Detzner is sharing the following tips with Floridians ahead of the upcoming October 11 deadline to register to vote for the General Election:

 

·         If you are unsure of your voter registration status in Florida, check your status using the state’s Voter Information Lookup Tool. You can also call your local Supervisor of Elections office or the state’s main Voter Assistance Hotline at: 1.866.308.6739.

 

·         Fill out the Florida Voter Registration Application, which is available in both English and Spanish (English PDF / EspaƱol PDF), on the Division of Elections' website. Print, sign and mail, or hand deliver, the application to a county Supervisor of Elections office, voter registration agency, or the Florida Division of Elections in Tallahassee. Voter registration applications sent by mail and post-marked by October 11 will be accepted.

 

  • Apply through any Florida driver's license office or tax collector's office that issues driver's licenses or Florida identification cards; any "voter registration agency" (i.e., any government entity designated by the National Voter Registration Act or state law who must allow you to apply to register, which includes libraries); any supervisor of elections office; or at the Division of Elections in Tallahassee.

 

·         An update to a voter’s signature for the General Election must be submitted no later than the start of the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots (formerly absentee ballots*), which may start as early as October 24, 2016. Signatures on record are used to verify signatures on ballot certificates before counting provisional and vote-by-mail ballots.

 

According to Florida law, (Section 97.055, Florida Statutes), the deadline to register to vote (also referred to as “bookclosing”) to participate in an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. Florida voters may register to vote or update their registration at any time by notifying their local Supervisor of Elections. Additional information is available on YourVoteFlorida.com.

 

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About ‘Get Ready. Get Set. Vote!’

In 2016, the Department of State is leading an effort to help educate voters through its Get Ready. Get Set. Vote! campaign which provides key voting-related information and resources in one central location on YourVoteFlorida.com. The webpage will be updated to communicate key voter registration and voting information throughout the 2016 election cycle and is also available in a Spanish version.

 

About the Division of Elections

The Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections supports the Secretary of State, Florida’s Chief Election Officer, in ensuring that Florida has fair and accurate elections. The Division’s three bureaus; the Bureau of Election Records, Bureau of Voter Registration Services, and Bureau of Voting Systems Certification, have several responsibilities in the areas of legal compliance and elections administration to ensure that Florida’s election laws are uniformly interpreted and implemented. The Division also assists local Supervisors of Elections in their duties, and promotes enhanced public awareness and participation in the electoral process. For more information about Florida’s elections, visit dos.myflorida.com/elections/.

 

*Pursuant to Chapter 2016-37, Laws of Florida, beginning July 1, 2016 the term “Absentee Ballot” has changed to “Vote-by-Mail Ballot” in the State of Florida.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

VALF Grant Opportunity


Hello,

I am pleased to announce that for another year, Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida, (VALF) will be awarding one or more grants for up to $500 to one of our members. Go here to get the application. The VALF membership application is at the end of the application.
 
VALF  uses a two-step process for taking applications.  A draft application is due November 4. The VALF board will review the draft and provide the applicant feedback on how to improve the application. Applicants have the chance to rewrite  the application with the final application due January 31. This two-step process allows VALF to provide the value added service of giving  technical assistance to our members on how to improve the grant. This helps our members improve their grant writing skills.

The winner of the grant is announced at the VALF Annual meeting held during the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) Conference in spring 2017.

VALF is an all-volunteer organization. Grants are funded by donations from board members and others.

For more information, email or call Sandy Newell sandy.newell@dos.myflorida.com or 850.245.6624.

 

Thanks,

VALF Board

Friday, September 23, 2016

Vote by Mail Deadlines


Division of Elections Announces Vote-by-Mail Ballot Deadlines for General Election

 

TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Division of Elections announces the following vote-by-mail (formerly referred to as absentee*) ballot mailing deadlines for the upcoming General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016:

 

·         For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service members and overseas civilians (also known as UOCAVA voters), the deadline for Supervisors of Elections to send ballots is Saturday, September 24, 2016.

 

·         For all non-UOCAVA voters, the window for Supervisors of Elections to mail ballots is October 4 - 11, 2016.

 

Voters who would like to request a vote-by-mail ballot should contact their county Supervisor of Elections office. A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to a voter must be received by the Supervisor of Elections before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The last day for Supervisors of Elections to mail vote-by-mail ballots requested for the General Election received after the initial deadlines listed above is Friday, November 4, 2016. A voter may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the office of their Supervisor of Elections through the day before the election or, if an emergency exists, on the day of the election.

 

The Division of Elections is providing daily vote-by-mail ballot statistics based on reports filed by the supervisors of elections. To access these statistics, click here. For additional information on 2016 elections dates, vote-by-mail ballots, or how to contact Supervisors of Elections, please visit dos.myflorida.com/elections/.