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Community conversations

New in the library! Community Conversations by Paul Born looks at the building blocks of community conversations that explore the common goals of a diverse array of people with different backgrounds and needs. It offers 10 techniques for encouraging community conversations. To borrow this book, email

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to organizational/community change that looks at strengths and how to build on them. If you’re interested in learning more about Appreciative Inquiry and how you might use it in your work, there are two new titles in the library that can help: Appreciative inquiry handbook: for leaders of change (2nd… Read more

Active Reader Foundation & 1

Two more new resources in the library from Grass Roots Press – Active Reader Foundation Active Reader 1 These new additions to the Active Reader series are designed for early readers (readability Grade 1).  The foundation level Active Reader has photo stories and activities that develop foundational skills.  Active Reader 1 has 12 units with reading passages… Read more

Popular reading for adult learners

If you’re looking for reading materials for adults learning to read, or adults looking for easy reading material, take a look at our Popular Reading Materials for Learners list. There’s fiction and non-fiction, and novels are organized by reading level – something to interest almost everyone. To borrow any items on the list email

Finding words

For those of you looking for new words to enter the library draw, the game Free Rice is a fun source.  Our thanks to Rosemary Craig for the suggestion.  Here’s what she has to say: ” I have shown this website to literacy-level adults, ESL learners, and literacy practitioners.  Everyone just finds a level and… Read more

Rapid Reads non-fiction

New in the library! Two non-fiction titles in the Orca Books Rapid Reads series: Generation Us: the challenge of global warming explains in clear, accessible language what global warming is, how it may impact the future, and possible solutions.  Ortona Street Fight is a dramatic account of Canada’s first major triumph of World War II. To borrow either… Read more

International Literacy Day today!

Today is International Literacy Day and to celebrate Decoda Literacy Solutions took on the ABC Life Literacy challenge of learning a new word.  Here’s what we learned.  Definitions are provided just in case these words are new to you, too. Anand Karaj: the name given to the Sikh marriage ceremony. ‘Anand’ literally means bliss. ‘Karaj’,… Read more

Adult Basic Education & Literacy journal

For the past 5 years, COABE and ProLiteracy have jointly published the Adult Basic Education & Literacy journal.  They have announced that this publication will be discontinued with the final issue scheduled for November 2011.

Adult literacy practitioner blog

Wendell Dryden, a literacy practitioner from Saint John, New Brunswick writes a blog called qualities – communities – literacies  – interesting entries from someone who reflects on the meaning as well as the reality of his work.  It’s worth a browse.

Essential Digital Skills

Defining Essential Digital Skills in the Canadian Workplace proposes a digital skills framework for Canadian workers that includes four skills clusters: foundational skills, transversal skills, technical digital skills and digital information processing skills. It recognizes that digital literacy involves both technical and cognitive skills.  This report also examines tools and procedures for assessing digital skills.