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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Bedtime Story Literacy

Here’s a good video with tips for parents.

DEAR – Drop Everything and Read

October 23rd is BC School Library Day. And, it’s also the date for the Drop Everything and Read Challenge. This weekend is a good time to browse through some books and choose something to read next Monday. It’s also a good time to think of one of your usual activities you can replace with 20… Read more


Newsela is a free nonfiction reading website and an app where students can read about current events at different reading levels. The news articles are from several sources, including the Washington Post, Scientific American, the Smithsonian and PBS News Hour.  They’ve been rewritten at 5 different reading levels (measured by Lexile score), from approximately Grade… Read more

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 3

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and each week has a theme. This week’s theme is Privacy Protection and the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnected devices that share information online. Some of these are everyday items, including smart phones, fitness trackers, and smart cars. This week, Cybersecurity Awareness Month… Read more

Fostering Literacy – a Personal Story

Congratulations to Winnie Chien for her winning entry in our Literacy is Life contest! Contestants were asked to tell about a time they fostered literacy in their home or community. Winnie is a LINC 6 student at Educacentre College in Vancouver. Here’s her story: How I Helped My Parents Use a Smart Phone My parents… Read more

Plain Language in Business

Today is International Plain Language Day. The theme is “Improving Customer Relations“. Try the following plain language quiz from Grammarly, Can You Translate Business Jargon to Plain Language? (Click the image to go to the quiz.) You can find information on applying plain language principles to business writing in Writing at Work: how to write… Read more

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. It’s a good time to learn more about learning disabilities. The following posters from the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario illustrate what learning disabilities can be like for adults. Thanks to the LD and Whole Life Learning Project of Literacy BC, the Decoda Library has a substantial collection of… Read more

International Day of the Girl Child

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is “EmPOWER Girls: before, during and after crises“. Did you know: Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. Adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90 per cent more likely to be out of school when… Read more

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 2

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and each week has a theme. This week’s theme is Cyber security in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business. Public Safety Canada has written a Get Cybersafe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses that contains more detailed information, strategies and tips for organizations and employees that will keep people and information… Read more

Mental Health in the Workplace

Today is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is “Mental Health in the Workplace“. Click here for an information sheet on mental health at work. The following infographic summarizes some of the negative effects of mental health problems at work and offers suggestions about what employers and employees can do to help. (Click the… Read more

Can a Children’s Book Change the World?

“In order to find yourself in a book, you first must lose yourself in a book.” – Linda Sue Park Can books help make readers better human beings? Children’s author Linda Sue Park talks about how books provide practice at responding to unfairness, and how empathy for a book’s characters can lead to engagement in… Read more

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