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Filming Interaction to Nurture Development

Filming Interaction to Nurture Development (FIND) is an innovative intervention supporting parents’ positive interactions with their children.  In common with many family literacy programs, it uses a strengths-based approach to building parents’ skills.  Created by Children’s Home Society of Washington in partnership with researchers at the University of Oregon and Oregon Social Learning Center, this… Read more


NewToBC is an initiative that was created to support public libraries in Metro Vancouver to help people who are new to BC.  Public libraries are an important resource for immigrants, and this project promotes the programs, services and resources available to newcomers in their community. While this project was designed for libraries in Metro Vancouver… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Strengthening Rural Canada

Decoda Literacy Solutions has partnered with Essential Skills Ontario, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC) in Strengthening Rural Canada, a study of human and social capital of rural and remote communities in Canada. The initiative will examine the socio, cultural, economic and… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Social Media Etiquette Guide

Want to maintain a professional social media presence?  Here’s advice on social media etiquette for business. For more resources to learn about social media, email library@decoda.ca. If you’d like to download lesson plans for basic social media use, please click here.

Drop Everything and Read BC

Today is the Drop Everything and Read BC 2014 challenge. You are encouraged to stop whatever you’re doing at 11 a.m. and read for 20 minutes. Why? “Because the love of reading is a beautiful, valuable, lifelong habit that everyone should enjoy, every day.” In British Columbia this day is sponsored by the BC Teacher-Librarians’… Read more

Executive Function

Executive function and self-regulation are skills that are important for learning and development.  They allow us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, set priorities and apply different rules in different settings. We aren’t born with these skills; they develop over time.  And while they develop from birth through early adulthood, dramatic growth occurs between the… Read more

The Golden Oak Award 2015 nominees

The Ontario Library Association has announced the nominees for their 2014-2015 Forest of Reading readers’ choice awards.  This popular reading program includes the Golden Oak Award, an opportunity for new adult readers to read books chosen specifically for them by librarians and literacy specialists. This year’s nominees are: The Clear-out by Deborah Ellis * Every… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Economic benefits of literacy

Research has confirmed the economic benefits of literacy for individuals and for national economies.  But these benefits may not be immediately apparent.  A keynote address by Steve Reder at the recent Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference reported that it can take 10 years to realize the economic benefits of improved reading and writing skills. … Read more

Tech Tuesday: DigitalLearn.org

DigitalLearn.org is an online learning hub for digital literacy support and training.  This project of the Public Library Association in the United States includes a collection of self-directed tutorials for improving digital literacy.  To see the lessons they have, click here. Thanks to the AlphaPlus Blog for writing about this site, and recommending it as… Read more

Coming to a library near you?

Have you visited your public library lately?  Why not discover something new about the library during Canadian Library Month? Libraries offer an amazing variety of services.  It’s not just about books.  All public libraries have expert assistance from librarians.  Many public libraries have free access to computers and the Internet, e-books loans, DVDs and audio discs… Read more