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December 16, 2011 > Literacy Manager Honored

Literacy Manager Honored

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa

Earlier this month, at the California Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference in Pasadena, Santa Clara County Library District Literacy Manager Patricia Lorenzo was presented with the CLA 2011 Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award.

"This honor reflects Patricia and The Reading Program's commitment to our patrons," said Melinda Cervantes, Santa Clara County Library District Executive Director and County Librarian. "We are grateful the good work of our Library is recognized statewide."

For the past year and a half, Lorenzo has managed The Reading Program, the Santa Clara County Library District's literacy program that has helped adults learn to improve their reading and writing skills since 1985.

"Reading is such a rewarding activity because books can be faithful companions and teachers," said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss, Delegate of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority. "We celebrate this recognition and the effort it represents - developing basic skills that overcome barriers and open new doors."

The CLA 2011 Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award credited Lorenzo's leadership, positive can-do attitude, and unwavering sense of purpose to ensure the success of the literacy program.

"We could not be more proud of Patricia's contributions to The Reading Program and its services for members of our community," added Derek Wolfgram, Deputy County Librarian for Santa Clara County Library District and President-Elect of the California Library Association. "Patricia has guided the program through a transition that included hiring all new staff, relocating program offices, creating new promotional materials, and developing partnerships with other community agencies."

"Thanks to the Library's literacy program each year hundreds of tutor-learner pairs averaging 250 instructional hours per month successfully helps residents learn to read," said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wassermann, Delegate of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority. "We commend Patricia and The Reading Program staff and volunteers for making a significant difference in the lives of many of our residents."

"I thank all the members of our adult literacy staff for their diligence and commitment, and our dedicated volunteer tutors for their many hours of service," said Patricia Lorenzo in response to the award. "It has been a pleasure and a true professional privilege to work with all of these talented and enthusiastic individuals! It is incredibly satisfying to be involved in a program with such amazing transformative power to create significant positive changes in the lives of those who participate and persevere."

The Reading Program pairs adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills with volunteer tutors who commit to at least two hours of tutoring per week. To learn more about becoming either a learner or a tutor for The Reading Program, visit www.sccl.org/literacy or call (408) 262-1349.

Visit Santa Clara County Library District at www.santaclaracountylib.org

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