Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit is the Decoda Literacy Library blog.

Look here for the latest news on what’s new in the library, useful links from around the web, and fun facts and contests.

Posts featuring books or resources are intended to highlight items we have recently acquired or accessed, and which we would like to share with our readership. They do not represent an endorsement.

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Foundational Skills in the Service Sector

Drawing on PIAAC data, the National Skills Coalition in the United States has produced a new document, Foundational Skills in the Service Sector: Understanding and addressing the impact of limited math, reading, and technology proficiency on workers and employers. “Across the United States, millions of men and women with limited reading, math, or digital problem-solving… Read more

Library Holidays

The Decoda Literacy Library will be closed for staff holidays from March 27th to April 10th. Please request resources by Thursday, March 23rd. Returns and requests after that day will be processed when the library reopens. Thanks!

What makes a poem … a poem?

Just in time for World Poetry Day 2017, here’s a new TED Ed lesson on What makes a poem … a poem? For the full lesson, click here.

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day! It’s a day to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry, promote the reading, writing and teaching or poetry, and raise the visibility of poetry. Take a quiz to test your understanding of poetry terms. For more of a challenge, try Can you match these famous first lines to the… Read more

VESL Tutor Tips

The Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project of Calgary supports the professional development of volunteer ESL tutors. It is a collaborative effort of Bow Valley College, the Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. It has produced a VESL (Volunteering with ESL Learners) Tutor Tips guide. This 50 page document was created y ELL… Read more

Family Time with Apps

Family Time with Apps: a Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids was created in 2014 to help parents find and use apps in ways that support healthy child development. This popular resource is now also available as a 2 page guide for libraries and community organizations to distribute to parents. You can download the… Read more

Food, Glorious Food

Food, Glorious Food is a series of ESOL food stories on the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program website. The stories are written by students. The first story is accompanied by an online quiz. Another story with a quiz was added recently. Many of these stories describe vivid food memories and can be used as writing… Read more

Building Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations

Road to Excellence: Research and Resources to Build Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations is a recent report from Community Literacy of Ontario. It shares best practices, innovative ideas and practical tools and resources for capacity building in the non-profit sector. It includes board governance, volunteer management, human resources management, and financial management. Click here for this… Read more

Knitting and Math

As anyone who has created or modified a knitting pattern knows, knitting involves math. Now, textile arts such as knitting are being explored as a way to teach math and interest young people in STEM. A new article, Girls Knit Their Way to a Math Career, summarizes some of the projects that are underway.  

Pi Day

Today (and every March 14th) is Pi Day! Did you know that pi appears in more than circles? Click the image below to go to a clip from NOVA’s The Great Math Mystery about Pi & The Fibonacci Sequence to see how pi and the Fibonacci sequence are found in the physical world.

Working with Immigrant and Refugee Students

Are you tutoring immigrant or refugee adults? Here are some helpful online resources: Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma – from LISTN ESL Toolkit: Tips, Hints, Links & Resources for Volunteer Tutors – particularly for introductory English and low-beginning literacy and language skills; designed for the Refugee Response Team –… Read more

Stuffed Animals Can Promote Reading

We know that reading aloud to dogs can help children who are struggling. New research from Okayama University, Kanazawa University, Osaka Institute of Technology and Kyushu University in Japan shows that stuffed animals can also be an effective way of getting children to read. The experiment and what they discovered is described in Sleepovers with… Read more

Three Myths About “Reading Levels”

How do you choose reading material for your students? How do you determine if a text is too easy or too difficult? Reading levels, for both students and texts, can be a helpful tool. But, sometimes matching reading levels of students and reading material doesn’t work as well as you hope. Three Myths About “Reading… Read more

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in achieving gender equality. The theme in Canada is Equality Matters. Literacy is an important factor in gender equality. To test your knowledge of women’s literacy and gender equality globally, click here to take the ProLiteracy’s… Read more

Council of the Federation Literacy Award Nominations

The Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy Awards recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Thirteen awards are presented annually, one for each province and territory. This year, the Province of British Columbia will present the COF Literacy Award to an organization providing leadership in the field, through partnerships and collaborations, demonstrating outstanding… Read more