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Tech Tuesday: Social media statistics 2014

Here’s an interactive infographic on social media statistics in 2014. Any surprises? Isn’t loading? Try this

Culinary Literacy Center

Combining food, literacy and community partners is a recipe for success. Last week, the Free Library of Philadelphia opened its Culinary Literacy Center, an innovative approach to supporting literacy while promoting healthy cooking and better nutrition. The Center is housed in a well appointed, new demonstration kitchen in the central library and will offer cooking… Read more

2014 Report Card on physical activity of children and youth

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual assessment of the physical activity of children and youth in Canada. This year’s report, Is Canada in the Running?, found that while there are policies, programs and places for physical activity for children, Canadian children are sitting more and moving less. “To increase daily physical activity… Read more

Tutoring Aboriginal literacy students

New in the library! Tutoring aboriginal literacy students: a practical guide. Nancy Cooper. Southampton, Ont.: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2014. Written for volunteer tutors and college students, this concise guide gives a practical framework to assist First Nation college students with understanding the post-secondary environment, and developing time management, presentation and essay writing skills. To borrow… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Sitting at work

A sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health. And, many of us spend a lot of time sitting at work. What can you do about it? (Click the image to enlarge.) Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. For more information on the effects of prolonged sitting… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Online searching

Have you ever done an online search and the information you wanted was buried in a really large number of irrelevant results? There is online help to improve your search results. Here are a couple of sites with very good lessons on online searching skills: Search Better – These lessons from GCF Learn Free cover… Read more

The Write to Read Project

The Write to Read Project is a successful, community-based initiative for improving aboriginal literacy in British Columbia. Founded by former Lt. Governor Steven Point, this project has created libraries in First Nations communities. More recently, Lt. Governor Judy Guichon has replaced Steven Point as patron of the Write to Read Project. And the latest library… Read more

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Next Tuesday, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be 45 years old. Here’s a video of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator, reading this children’s classic. This book appears on almost every list of children’s books about food, including Huffington Post’s Food-inspired children’s books: 14 of our favourite classics This beloved picture book has inspired the… Read more

Creative Lifewriting

Picture afternoons with a circle of friends, talking, laughing and spinning creative stories about your life as each person shares new thoughts and memories and inspires the others. This is a lifewriting group, and soon we will settle into a comfortable silence in which we individually craft our stories. New in the library! Creative lifewriting:… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Work, home and stress

Do you feel more stress at work or at home? Many studies reveal that work is a major source of stress for many people. Newly released research from Pennsylvania State University suggests that the conventional wisdom of home as the place to recover from the stress of work might not be the case. Researchers measuring… Read more