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Getting Started on Twitter

Twitter has fast become ubiquitous – a powerful social media tool, it is (arguably) usurping Facebook as the place to connect a young and diverse generation of Canadians. Do you feel like you’ve been left behind – grounded while others take off into the ‘Twitterverse?’ We can help! Let us guide you through the basics… Read more

Friday Fun: Punctuation

Punctuation gives meaning to what you’re trying to communicate. Have you ever thought of which kind of punctuation mark captures your personality?  Try one (or both) of these punctuation personality tests to see if you’re a comma, period, question mark, or other punctuation mark. - Which punctuation mark are you? by Oxford Dictionaries - Punctuation Personality Quiz from… Read more

Commonly Misunderstood Words

Sometimes words don’t mean what you think they mean.  The following infographic shows 12 commonly misunderstood words with their meanings. Any surprises? Spelling can be tricky, too.  Here’s a Check Your Spelling test from Oxford Dictionaries.  Hint: There’s a list of common misspellings on the same page to consult for help. To learn more about… Read more

Things to Know about How Your Brain Learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns. We take in information better when it’s visual. We remember the big picture better than the details. Sleep largely affects learning… Read more

Learn Some New Google Search Tricks

Google is the most popular search engine on the World Wide Web.  It handles over three billion searches per day (here’s the source). Here are 13 tips to help you search more effectively (click on the graphic for all 13!). Want to learn more? Decoda provides access to a range of computer and social media lesson… Read more

Get Involved! National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week 2015 takes place from April 12th to 18th.  It’s a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canadian volunteers. Literacy work in British Columbia benefits greatly from the hard work of volunteers in many capacities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, Carol and Theresa for their assistance in… Read more

Happy Adult Learners’ Week!

Adult Learners’ Week begins this week! Click on the graphic below to view a useful infographic about the principles of Adult Learning:   An adult learner is any adult engaged in a learning process, whether it is formal education, non-formal education or informal education.  For an explanation of how these differ, read Sarah Elaine Eaton’s Formal, Non-formal… Read more

Adult Learners’ Week 2015

Adult Learners’ Week  in Canada starts tomorrow, April 11th.  It’s a time to increase awareness of the importance of adult literacy, raise the profile of lifelong learning, and promote access to education that meets diverse needs. As a recently published infographic of adult skills in Canada reveals, there is still a lot of room for… Read more

Mathematics Awareness Month

April is Mathematics Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Math Drives Careers. While advanced math skills are essential for some jobs, basic math skills are important for almost all types of work. The library has a variety of materials to help adults learn workplace math skills. Click here for a sample list.  To request any… Read more

Making a Big Impact in a Small Community!

Charmead Schella believes that Literacy is Life. As a literacy outreach coordinator in Port Alberni and the Executive Director for the Literacy Alberni Society, she is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Charmead is just one of 102 literacy outreach coordinators who do amazing work across B.C. to support her community’s efforts to address literacy priorities and affect… Read more