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Tech Tuesday: Reading e-books vs. physical books

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. While there are differing opinions and preferences when it comes to e-books vs. physical books, their respective advantages and disadvantages are still being researched and debated. Here are a few articles that consider some of the pro’s and con’s. The Advantages of eBooks… Read more

Drop Everything and Read

Today is Drop Everything and Read in BC. The challenge is to read for 20 minutes today, and every day. Here’s what the people at Decoda are reading today: Brenda – The Postmistress (by Sarah Blake) Deborah – Dear Life (by Alice Munro) Diana – Taft (by Ann Plachett) Esther – Hare with the Amber Eyes… Read more

Drop Everything and Read next Monday

October 28, 2013 has now been proclaimed BC School Library Day. This coming Monday, the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association, the British Columbia Library Association, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, the Library & Literacy Branch of the Ministry of Education, and the British Columbia School Trustees Association would like to invite everyone in British Columbia to… Read more

Facts about reading

Here’s a newly created infographic on the benefits of reading from the National Reading Campaign. For facts on reading, including those used in this infographic (and the research to support those facts), look at this fact sheet.

Workplace Wednesday: Workers’ rights

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Two clear language resources from Vancouver’s People’s Law School help to explain workers’ rights and responsibilities. Learning about the Law: Working in BC, Renting a Home (11th ed.)(2013) Half of this booklet focuses on the basics of how the… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Cyber Security Awareness Month

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources that discuss literacy, technology, and the digital world. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Here are Public Safety Canada’s ten simple steps for making cyber space safer: 1. Protect your identity. 2. Turn on your firewall. 3. Use anti-virus software. 4. Block spyware attacks. 5. Install the latest operating system… Read more

Inspiring talk and stories

Author Neil Gaiman recently delivered the annual Reading Agency lecture on libraries and reading. Among other things, he makes the case for the importance of reading and libraries for imagination and the future. It’s a timely read during Canadian Library Month. Here’s an excerpt from the edited version: I believe we have an obligation to… Read more

Cyber security and children

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Going online is an everyday occurrence for parents and their children. But, there are concerns about children’s risk online. Cyber security: special issues for young children – Briefly outlines the concerns for children from 2 to 12. Cyber security: special issues for teens What can parents do? Here are… Read more

New book: A course in English language teaching

New in the library! A course in English language teaching. 2nd ed. Penny Ur. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. “This book provides a comprehensive introduction to English language teaching, and is suitable for teachers in a variety of educational settings, including compulsory education. It has been completely revised and updated to include essential new… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Career-Life-Work

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. New in the library! The NWT Literacy Council has created 10 job readiness resources for adult literacy students. They include four instructor manuals and six accompanying workbooks. These resources are also available online. Personal Management Skills Instructional Resource Communication… Read more