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Tech Tuesday: Literacy blogs from BC

A blog is a personal website or web page on which a person records thoughts, opinions, and links to other web resources on a regular basis. There are a number of adult literacy blogs to follow. Here’s a sample of a few made in BC blogs. Their variety shows the breadth and depth of adult… Read more

St. Patrick’s Day

To commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, today we’re highlighting short novels from bestselling Irish authors. All these titles are available in the Decoda Library. An Accident Waiting to Happen by Vincent Banville (2002) Private detective John Blaine is back treading Dublin’s mean streets. With his marriage now on track, and little baby Emily to keep his… Read more

Pi Day

Since today is Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (3.14), we’re taking a look at math resources for children and families. Family math fun. Kate Nonesuch. Duncan, BC: Vancouver Island University, 2008. Also available online at This manual of fun family numeracy activities includes patterns, recipes, and hand-outs for the… Read more

The Tenant Survival Guide

The Tenant Survival Guide produced by Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC) is designed to give tenants a basic understanding of their rights in British Columbia. Now in it’s 11th edition, it has been a popular resource and is now available online as a Clicklaw Wikibook. The online version is fully searchable, and hyperlinked to… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Skills at Work

Skills at Work is an online Essential Skills learning program that covers oral communications, working with others, continuous learning, and thinking skills. Offered by ASPECT, BC’s Association of Service Providers for Employability and Training, it’s free to use and students can access the 4 interactive modules at their convenience. There’s a separate facilitator’s login with… Read more

Science Fun

If you’re looking for science activities for preschool to high school, take a look at Science World’s website. There are resources for parents and early learning professionals, for elementary school teachers, and for high school teachers – and a great resource for anyone wanting to organize a family science event. Big Science for Little Hands… Read more

International Women’s Day – March 8th

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a time to celebrate women’s social, economic and political achievements. It’s also a time to reflect on areas for further action. The theme for this year is Inspiring Change. Here is a sample of books in the library on women making achievements in literacy: Changing paths: a literacy and… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Job Success

New in the library! Job success. Gail Terp, editor. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2013. Written at a 4-6 grade reading level, this resource covers the skills and knowledge needed to help adult learners transition from school to work. Readings and activities cover topics such as workplace policies, conflict resolution, customer service, performance reviews, and… Read more

World Read Aloud Day

Today is World Read Aloud Day. In celebration of this day, here’s a video of author/illustrator Barbara Reid reading her book Perfect Snow. For more videos of authors reading from their books for World Read Aloud Day, visit the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Facebook page.

Tech Tuesday: YouTube

There are a lot of videos on YouTube and some of them, for example the Khan Academy videos, are useful for presentations and lessons. If you’re new to using YouTube, the YouTube Help Center is a good place to start. If you’ve found a number of videos on a topic that you’d like to keep… Read more