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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

Tech Tuesday: Digital Spring Cleaning

Do you have digital clutter? You’re not alone. Last week, AlphaPlus posted a reminder that it’s a good time to do some digital spring cleaning. Activities can include: Examining the programs on your computer: updating the ones you use, deleting the ones you don’t use Sorting files on your computer’s hard drive Cleaning up email… Read more

Coming to a library near you?

The Chicago Public Library has something new to borrow – robots. Donated to the library by Google Chicago, Finch Robots are designed to teach the basics of computer coding. They can be coded to move, make noises, light up and even draw. Library borrowers can hook the robots up to their home computer or laptop… Read more

Children, Teens and Reading – a new report

Earlier this month, Common Sense Media released Children, Teens, and Reading, a research review on reading rates and reading achievement of children and teens in the United States. Using data from national surveys and databases on children’s reading habits and reading scores, it looks at trends over time and differences between demographic groups. It includes… Read more

Project Based Learning

This video was commissioned by the Buck Institute for Education. The essential elements of Project Based Learning can be found on their website. To learn more about project based learning and 21st century skills, email library@decoda.ca.

Workplace Wednesday: Make Math Work

Why is math needed for entry level jobs? To help answer this question, Ningwakwe Learning Press has published ten booklets with an accompanying teacher’s guide. Make Math Work: preparing Indigenous students for apprenticeship and employment, by Robert Animikii Horton and Miranda Miller, is a new series exploring math that is needed at work. Each booklet… Read more