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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.