Saturday, April 23, 2011

National Adult Literacy Database

Today, I discovered a data source whose focus is at the heart of many public libraries: adult literacy. The National Adult Literacy Database (a Canadian non-profit registered charity located at is an Internet-based source for information on literacy and essential skills in Canada. Here, you will find links to Canadian research in adult literacy, information on adult literacy training, and current adult literacy event information.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ALSC help question results

Recently, I put out a question to the ALSC listserv, asking:

"Can you recommend a science fiction book at grade four reading level?

It has to have aliens. The vocab can't be too difficult, as the student is in ESL (though the reading level she is around the fourth grade). The student really likes art."

The ALSC community came through, and I have created a new page on this blog, above the post, displaying the results. Happy Reading!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The hidden agenda of bedtime stories -

An excellent article on why we should read to children before bedtime. Night-time reading has a variety of benefits for children, including the development of cognitive skills, learning language, and understanding issues that they face day-to-day. To find out more, visit: The hidden agenda of bedtime stories -

A few recommended reading lists from public libraries: