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New in the Decoda Library! May 2019

The Decoda Literacy Library continuously adds titles to the collection. Here’s a sample of the newest additions: Find a list of all the newly added titles here. The Decoda Library is open to all adults in BC. We will mail the loans to you for free. Register to borrow here. To request any of the… Read more

IPALS: Eden’s story

Eden’s family came to Canada a year ago as refugees from Eritrea. They had experienced hardship and trauma before coming to Canada. Eden was concerned how Melaher, her four-year-old-daughter, would adapt to learning in a new country. She was looking for ways to support her daughter when she heard about Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters… Read more

Fostering Literacy: Donors give hope to a mother whose child struggles with reading

Jane* is a mother whose young son struggles with reading. You can imagine her worry. Children who fall behind in school often have a hard life. They may not graduate high school or find a good job. They may not lead a happy and healthy life. Mothers want the best for their children. Children should… Read more

New Workplace Curricula

Are you involved in workplace or workforce training? Check out these new publications from Community Literacy of Ontario! Last year, CLO received funding to support curriculum enhancements for Literacy and Basic Skills agencies. They identified occupational curriculum as an important topic with high interest from learners and practitioners. Working with four community-based literacy agencies in… Read more

Safety and Health Week

May 4th to 11th is Safety and Health Week (also known as NAOSH Week)! Celebrated in Canada, Mexico and the United States, this week focuses on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. You can find an article about the week in the May issue of… Read more

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week starts tomorrow! This annual event celebrates Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. This year’s theme, Readers are Dreamers, underlines the magical escape that books give us. Thirty Canadian children’s authors, illustrator and storytellers will be doing readings in schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada.  Even if… Read more

Canadian Mental Health Week

CMHA Mental Health Week is May 6th to 12th. Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all have good mental health. It is about having a sense of purpose, strong relationships,… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – May 2019

The May issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It contains articles about Safety and Health Week, a skunk being freed from a plastic cup, planting a herb garden, and more… You can find the Teacher’s Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive… Read more

BC Books and Authors

Today is BC Book Day! It’s a day to celebrate BC books and authors. Reading a book by a BC author is a great way to celebrate the day. Did you know that several of the short novels in the Good Reads series from Grass Roots Press and Rapid Reads series from Orca Books were… Read more

Screen-Free Week

It’s Screen-Free Week! Families, schools and communities are invited to put away entertainment screens for seven days. The focus is not on doing without – it’s on what you can do instead. Reading and outdoor activities can replace screen entertainment for the whole family. And, Device Free Dinners are always a good idea. Get more… Read more