The Re(a)d Zone Grant Program

PLP is pleased to announce The Re(a)d Zone Grant Program  which is funded by the  50 Legacy Fund of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to provide our members opportunities to promote literacy initiatives and programming in your communities this fall.  The grant cover letter and application form are provided through the links below.  Please email Terry Jackson at with any questions.

Click here for:   Read Zone Grant Letter

Click here for:   Read Zone Grant Application

The Re(a)d Zone

As this press release indicates, 50 Fund Announcement_TheReadZone) PLP is a proud partner in The Re(a)d Zone, the Bay Area Early Literacy Initiative to increase third grade reading proficiency, spearheaded by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

The_Read_Zone_Logo-SMWe have just received permission to use The Re(a)d Zone logo and I encourage you to display  it on your website. We will also be producing clings with the logo for you to place at your library entrances.

A grant program is being developed to provide libraries with funding from the 50 Legacy Fund of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to promote  literacy initiatives and programming in your community this fall.   Application details to follow very soon!

As we have shared with you earlier, we have received the first of the deliverables as part of THE RE(A)D Zone; the Bay Area Early Literacy Initiative which is a partnership between the 50 Fund, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy.  Attached please find the implementation guide which outlines the book and digital learning activities that have been made available to libraries in PLP.  The Campaign refers to these as program assurances. The 50 Fund and The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading have partnered with the companies identified in the program assurances.  They are asking libraries to explore and use these products.  Please work to utilize these products.  We know that there will be a wide range of interest and need and we are hoping to hire someone to help us work with libraries to implement these tools.

The Community Partner Implementation Guide is available here,  along with the press release:
Community Partner Implementation Guide
Click  here to download The Re(a)d Zone logo

I look forward to all of your participation in this exciting venture!

Susan Hildreth

One Million Readers Tweets for Libraries

For adults about kids

SRC LogoPublic library summer reading programs are a great way to keep kids engaged during summer. Visit your library for info! #onemillionreaders

Help your kids set and meet reading goals this summer. Join a public library summer reading program! #onemillionreaders

Want your kids to learn and have fun this summer? Visit your local library and sign up for summer reading! #onemillionreaders

Libraries help kids explore a world of reading! Visit your local library to start your summer reading adventure! #onemillionreaders

Visit your library for summer reading and summer fun all summer long! #onemillionreaders

Parents! Model healthy reading habits for your kids & join a public library summer reading program this year. #onemillionreaders

Public library summer reading programs help prevent learning loss. Visit your library this summer #onemillionreaders

For summer learning/enrichment/camp staff

Public libraries are great summer partners! Visit your local library to find out about summer reading and other programs! #onemillionreaders

Sign up your students for a public library summer reading program and help them set and meet reading goals this summer! #onemillionreaders

For teens

Public libraries are great places to hang out! Stop by, ask about summer reading and programs, and bring your friends. #onemillionreaders

Bored of the mall? Get to your library for free programs, books, and prizes! #onemillionreaders

What do Divergent, Maze Runner and TFIOS have in common? They started out as books! Check out your library this summer #onemillionreaders

For adults about adults

Summer reading isn’t just for kids! Join the adult summer reading program @ your library! #onemillionreaders

Public libraries connect you with books all summer long! Visit your local library to find out more! #onemillionreaders

Still time to sign up for the One Million Readers Challenge


Dear colleagues,

It’s not too late to let CLA know that you’re taking part in California’s One Million Readers summer reading challenge.

Participating libraries have committed to creating partnerships and conducting outreach to increase their summer reading participation this year.

Are you doing this? Use our online form before the end of July to let us know that you’re part of the challenge!

Join over 100 public libraries and state and local partners in pledging your support to increase the number of children, teens, and adults who take part in California’s public library summer reading programs.

State Librarian, Greg Lucas, says: “Summer reading programs help prevent “summer slide.” They close the opportunity gap. They offer learning opportunities for all ages and build communities. So how incredible would it be to help 1 million Californians fall deeper in love with reading?” Read full message from Greg Lucas.

We hope you will join us in encouraging more children, teens, and adults to benefit from California’s summer reading programs!

Division Manager – San José Public Library

Job Title: Division Manager – San José Public Library 

Salary Range: $90,515 – $138,249

Closing Date:  July 27, 2015

Apply online:

Contact Information: Heidi Dolamore, Assistant Director at or at (650) 515-2356.

About the Position

A Division Manager is part of the San José Public Library System’s seven-member Library Management Team, responsible for providing leadership and direction in ensuring quality service to best meet the needs of the customer. Division Managers direct major library divisions, such as branch management, King Library oversight, staff development, joint facilities, early education, adult literacy, training, and youth services. The ideal candidate will have strong, demonstrated skills in leadership, management, communication, teamwork, planning and problem solving; have knowledge of current automation technology and trends; be aware of and support, practice and promote the Mission, Vision and Value statement of the City of San Jose and the San José  Public Library, including the principles and strategies for improving customer service. We are looking for bright, energetic, innovative, risk-taking, thoughtful, idea-filled and dedicated candidates who are interested in working to improve library services to a very diverse city.

About SJPL

San José Public Library, located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country’s 10th largest city, SJPL focuses its efforts on knowledge access, community learning and public technology. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit

Minimum Qualifications 

Education: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university.

Experience: Six years of progressively responsible experience, including three years of supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.