A.K. Smiley Public Library to get full-time adult literacy coordinator

From Redlands Daily Facts

“The A.K. Smiley Public Library is getting a full-time adult literacy coordinator to supervise the growing adult literacy program.The library has been awarded an annual $52,000 grant from the California State Library to expand the part-time coordinator position to full-time through June 2018.”


Redlands: A.K. Smiley Public Library receives grant for Adult Literacy Program

Redlands Daily Facts

” The California State Library has awarded A.K. Smiley Public Library $52,000 to fund staffing for the Redlands Adult Literacy Program for the fiscal year that began July 1.The California State Library welcomed A.K. Smiley Public Library into the California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program (CLLS), which includes 102 library jurisdictions throughout the state.”


Redlands Adult Literacy Program helps people gain skills

from the Redlands Daily Facts

“For the past four years, Diane Shimota has been volunteering at the A.K. Smiley Public Library for the Redlands Adult Literacy Program. She dedicates some of her time each week to help those in the community who struggle with basic reading, writing and technology skills. Someone has called Shimota the ‘renaissance woman’ of adult literacy. And once you get to know her, it becomes clear that there is truth in that description.”


Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library receives award

from the Redlands Daily Facts

“The Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands was one of two winners of the 2014 National Friends of Libraries Week awards. The award was announced by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.”


Redlands: Association has building for historical museum

from the Press Enterprise

“After 15 years of waiting and searching, the Redlands Historical Museum Association has bought a building to showcase its growing collection of Redlands-area memorabilia. The Redlands Daily Facts newspaper building at 700 Brookside Ave. will become the museum’s home, where the 2,700 items that association has collected over the years will be displayed…The search for a museum building began in 2000. The Redlands City Council formed a committee to study the feasibility of creating a historical museum in Redlands. Before their first meeting, the committee met with Bill Hardy, president of the A.K. Smiley Public Library Board of Trustees, and then-library Director Larry Burgess to discuss the possibilities. The council later directed that the museum would operate under the library’s jurisdiction, much as the Lincoln Memorial Shrine does.”