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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Stories from Literacy Month

The entries for the Literacy Month 2018 contest gave us a sample of the variety of ways that people celebrate literacy. We’d like to share three of the entries with you today. Tirzah Johnson Each week on Thursday afternoon we enjoy « Poetry and Teatime », with soft music, snack, and sharing a favourite poem,… Read more

Soft Skills at Work

Are you looking for readings about workplace soft skills at a beginning reading level? Earlier this year, Grass Roots Press released Soft Skills at Work, a series that uses contrasting photostories to explore six different soft skills. Titles in the series are: Getting to Work on Time Putting Customers First Standing Up for Yourself Taking… Read more

UP Skills Update

UP Skills for Work is a workforce literacy program from ABC Life Literacy. It will include free workshops and workbooks with introductory information on key employability skills: motivation, attitude, accountability, presentation, teamwork, time management, adaptability, stress management and confidence. Last fall, three of the workplace skills were addressed: motivation, attitude and accountability. This fall, three… Read more

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource: New Strategies for Women Learning English for Better Health is a new curriculum created by Diana Jeffries from The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS). If you work with immigrant and refugee women, this is a resource designed for you. This resource is designed to help teachers and students engage in the… Read more

The Value of Dyslexia

Dyslexic brains have a different way of processing information. This results in a pattern of strengths and challenges that is different for each person with dyslexia.  Although they have challenges with traditional learning such as reading and spelling, dyslexics can excel at other thinking skills, including creativity, critical thinking and communicating. To bring awareness to… Read more

Plain and Clear Language

Tomorrow is International Plain Language Day! The theme is ‘Let’s be clear!’ The following infographic was developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in Ireland. Here are five online resources with more information: Clear Writing and Design: a reader-friendly handbook Making it clear: A Clear Language and design screen and checklist Plain language: a… Read more

Celebrating Literacy in Many Languages

This video was a Literacy Month contest entry from the ISS of BC (Tri Cities) LINC CLB 3 evening class. Our video entry focuses on the variety of languages we speak as our first language, and so we are literate in so many! This is one of the many ways we are celebrating Literacy Month… Read more

International Day of the Girl Child

Today is International Day of the Girl Child.  It’s a day to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This year’s theme is With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, with a focus on preparing girls for a successful transition to work. Today, 600… Read more

Yes I Can: Mental Health Guide for Adult Literacy Facilitators

Yes I Can: A Mental Health Guide for Adult Literacy Facilitators is a unique resource from Project READ Literacy Network. This guide for adult education facilitators provides information and strategies for supporting adult learners living with mental health conditions or disorders. In addition to general information on mental health challenges, it presents information on specific… Read more

Teach Mental Health

New this year, Teach Mental Health is free online, self-paced professional development for teachers to increase their knowledge about mental health and mental illness.  The seven modules are designed to give teachers and teacher candidates a foundation of mental health literacy, including effective strategies to use with students and in your own life. The seven… Read more

Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World

Today is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. Did you know that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated? To learn more, read the World Health Organization’s Adolescent mental health fact sheet. In… Read more

Data Privacy and the Internet of Things at Home

The Internet of Things refers to the “smart” or “connected” devices that connect to each other via the Internet. They collect and share information, including your personal information (sometimes more than you realize), and that can introduce cyber security risks. While many are aware of the risks to devices at work, there are devices at… Read more

Literacy Month 2018 Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our Literacy Month 2018 contest. All the entries deserve congratulations for the things they did to foster literacy in September. A random draw was made on October 1st for the prize winners. In the class category (new for this year), the ISS of BC (Tri Cities) LINC CLB 2/3 day… Read more

Unexpected Libraries

Have you been to a library in a phone booth?  Have you borrowed from a mobile camel library? Have you seen a library on the beach? To learn about these and other unexpected libraries, read The Weirdest Libraries Around the World.

Decoda Library Draw

October is Canadian Library Month! It’s a time to celebrate the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. This year’s theme is A Visit Will Get You Thinking. Libraries have books, but they offer so much more. Here are two recent articles on the importance of libraries – one with a wider, cultural perspective and… Read more