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New book on community leadership

New in the library! Everyone leads: building leadership from the community up. 1st ed. by Paul Schmitz (2012). “Based on a proven leadership model, Everybody Leads shows how leadership can be found in uncommon places and reveals how to inspire and cultivate the leadership of those focused on social change. It shows how to take… Read more

New book set: Grammar

New in the library! Basic grammar in use: self-study reference and practice for students of North American English: with answers. 3rd ed. by Raymond Murphy with William R. Smalzer (2011). Designed for beginning to low-intermediate students of English, this book contains 116 units. Each unit is about a different point of English grammar. It is… Read more

New books by Grass Roots Press

Biographies Two new Canadian biographies in the Grass Roots Press Maple Leaf series, both written by Terry Barber. Photo illustrations complement the text in these Fry reading level 2 books. Michaëlle Jean. Michaëlle Jean and her family fled Haiti to escape Duvalier’s regime. She came to Canada as a refugee. Michaëlle worked as a journalist… Read more

New books: PRACE Page turners

New titles in the popular reading series: Red dog. Page turners, series 4. Story by Anne Dunn; pictures by Moira Hanrahan (2009). Red Dog was a real dog who lived in the Australian outback.  He travelled so much, all on his own, that he became famous.  This is his story.  Fry reading level: 1. The… Read more

New in the library – February 2012

The New in the Library page has been updated.  See what’s new in the library for February 2012. To borrow any of these books, email

Graphics for Learning

Find out how to use visuals effectively in the second edition of Graphics for Learning: proven guidelines for planning, designing, and evaluating visuals in training materials by Ruth Colvin Clark and Chopeta Lyons (2011).  The book shows how to implement research in graphics and graphic design  in practice.  It covers how to plan illustrations for… Read more

Social media resources

And, while we’re on the topic of social media, here are some resources recommended by Melinda Johnson, Decoda’s Communications Manager. Useful Websites Network for Good: a fund raising guide for the overworked nonprofit Great free information and webinars on developing website content, running email campaigns, using websites/social media for fundraising and more. Useful tips… Read more

New in the Library – December 2011

The New in the Library page has been updated. Check out our new titles for December. To borrow any of these titles, email

Oxford Picture Dictionary – Canadian edition

New in the library! Oxford Picture Dictionary: second Canadian edition: monolingual. Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Norma Shapiro. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2010. This visual dictionary is theme-based and presents 4,000 words and phrases with meaningful, real-life contexts. The themes include food, clothing, health, housing, community, transportation and work. The library also has the low beginning… Read more

Understand and improve memory

Memory is a thinking skill – one of the Essential Skills. Here are some resources that can help you learn about memory or improve your memory. Mapping the memory: understanding your brain to improve your memory. Rita Carter. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2006. This resource is a clear explanation of memory and brain function, including… Read more