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Canadian Library Month 2017

October is Canadian Library Month. This year’s theme is A Visit Will Get You Thinking. It’s a time for libraries and library partners to raise awareness of the value of libraries. An easy way for to show support for your library is to use the library. Because of the multiple roles that libraries now play,… Read more

Are Our Jobs Changing Our Literacy Skills?

Analysis of data from international literacy surveys reveals that: Although education levels have increased over the years, average skill levels did not rise as expected. While adults of all backgrounds gain and lose literacy skills over time, the general trend is a decline in an individual’s skills as they get older. The cognitive demands of… Read more

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2017 – Week 1

Cybersecurity Awareness Month started on October 1st and there’s a theme for every week. This week’s theme is Get Cyber Safe and STOP.THINK.CONNECT. : Simple Steps to Online Safety. Public Safety Canada has compiled a collection of tips on staying safe online.  A colourful PDF version can be found here. Here’s a snip from it:… Read more

Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month. In Canada health literacy is defined as “the ability to access, comprehend, evaluate and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course.” Health literacy is an essential life skill. In Canada, 60% of adults and 88% of seniors have… Read more

Orange Shirt Day

Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day. It’s a time to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. It’s a time to honour survivors and remember those who didn’t survive. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together… Read more

Sample Policies and Procedures

When your organization is developing or reviewing its policies and procedures, you might want to take a look at Community Literacy of Ontario’s Sample Policies and Procedures for Community-Based Literacy Organizations. This document contains sample policies that can be adapted and customized. The selection is based on requests from Ontario’s community literacy agencies and includes:… Read more

UP Skills Workbooks

UP Skills for Work has introduced three workbooks on soft skills for work. The downloadable workbooks are the first three in a series, focussed on nine key employability skills identified by hiring managers. The workbooks can be downloaded for free. The initial workbooks are: Motivation Attitude Accountability  

Digital photography and memory

Technology has revolutionized how we capture images. It’s so easy to take photos and the results are available immediately. Many of us take photos now of things we’d like to remember – things we’ve made, people and places we’ve visited, food we’ve eaten, books we want to read, anything that captures our attention. Do these… Read more

Math Storytelling Day

Today is Math Storytelling Day. Celebrate by reading mathematical stories. Looking for math stories? Take a look at Math with Living Books for lists of books for toddlers through high school and beyond. Or borrow How Many Ways Can You Make Five from the Decoda library. These books are good any time, not just today…. Read more

Sensory Storytime

Did you read Inclusive sensory storytime program builds literacy skills through books and hands-on play in the Vancouver Sun? This Raise-a-Reader article describes a storytime at the Vancouver Public Library that is designed for children who aren’t comfortable in a large group setting, including children with autism. In a small group setting, children enjoy stories,… Read more