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New edition: Teaching adults: a literacy resource book

New in the library! Teaching adults: a literacy resource book. ProLiteracy America. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2013. This updated version of a classic is “designed to provide tutors and teachers with knowledge and instructional tools to meet the diverse needs of learners. It pulls together many of the best instructional strategies that have been… Read more

Video games and young children

Playing video games can be a controversial topic, with opinions both for and against them. Just like other media (books, movies, TV), an age-appropriate approach with parent involvement helps promote a positive experience. Read: What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. James Paul Gee. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. A scholarly… Read more

New book: Too big to know

New in the library! Too big to know: rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room. David Weinberger. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Internet philosopher Weinberger shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to… Read more

March is Nutrition Month

Today’s blog post is a nod to Nutrition Month, which is celebrated in March of every year. This year’s theme is Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy! And the focus is on grocery shopping, where a lot of healthy eating begins. Recently, for Family Literacy Week, we had a post on grocery shopping with… Read more

Today is World Book Day: Check out these new books!

New in the library! The Agatha Christie series from Collins English readers is a series of adapted versions of popular Agatha Christie mysteries. The stories are shorter than the original, with notes on characters, cultural and historical notes, and a glossary of the more difficult words. Each book is accompanied by a CD containing a… Read more

Multicultural books for children

Books are mirrors and windows – they can reflect our experience or they can introduce us to something new.  Multicultural books can do both, revealing common experiences and interesting differences.  Multicultural books give all children a better understanding of the world. And, they help more children see themselves represented in books. Read: RAPP: the multicultural… Read more

New book: Storytelling for grantseekers

We’re finishing the week with a Friday post on another new Library resource literacy organizations may find very useful. Looking to get a little creative with your grant proposals? This item may have some good ideas for you! New in the library! Storytelling for grantseekers: a guide to creative nonprofit fundraising. 2nd ed. Cheryl Clarke…. Read more

New book: Step-by-step guide to effective proposal writing

Continuing this week’s theme of resources for non-profits, check out one of our newest resources: New in the library! Step-by-step guide to effective proposal writing for non-profit organizations. Joanne Kaattari. Barrie, Ont.: Community Literacy of Ontario, 2012. This resource is a concise guide to writing an effective proposal for funding. To borrow this book, email

Workplace Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013: Marketing ourselves

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, where we connect you to resources linking literacy with business, industry, and the workplace. Today’s item continues our week’s theme of resources for non-profits: Marketing ourselves: a resource guide for Ontario’s community literacy agencies. Karen W. Farrar. Barrie, Ont.: Community Literacy of Ontario, 2008. Also available online at www.nald.ca/clo/resource/marketing/marketing.pdf This resource… Read more

New book: Forces for good: the six practices of high-impact nonprofits

Hi, everyone! This week, we’re highlighting some resources the Decoda Library has recently acquired which focus on non-profits. Every item we feature may be useful to practitioners and others in non-profit organizations, dealing with topics such as grant and proposal writing, best practices, and marketing. New in the library! Forces for good: the six practices… Read more