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September is a month all about new beginnings, and perhaps we all need a fresh start. Traditionally, we think of the return to school, but this month is also a great month for Literacy. Literacy is more than just knowing how to read and write. There are many Essential Skills that help us live full, socially integrated lives. These skills are: reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communications, working with others, thinking, digital technology and continuous learning.
Literacy is important: According to the Project Read Literacy Network, 1 in 4 adults in Waterloo-Wellington 16 years and over fall in the lowest levels of literacy. This means they have trouble understanding credit and debit platforms, reading no-name food labels, or following the directions on prescriptions. Try to imagine what that might feel like day to day.
Here are just some of the reasons to celebrate this month:
- This month is Library Card Sign Up Month
- September 8 is International Literacy Day. Join us online at 7pm for Literary Trivia.
- September 20 is Essential Skills Day
- Sept 21-27 is Science Literacy Week. Check out their library of materials related to BioDiversity
- September 24 is our One Book, One Community Youtube Live Event
- September 28 is International Day for Universal Access to Information
- September 30 is International Translation Day
As always, the content shared below is all digital. Simply use your library card to login and be taken directly to these articles. (Your device should remember platform logins for the future). We hope you enjoy exploring information on censorship, science and libraries’ roles in Literacy.
P.S. Need a Library Card? Signing up for a library card (at any library in the region) is free for residents of the Region of Waterloo. You can start with a digital card to gain immediate access to online collections (like the ones below), then visit your nearest location with an approved piece of address ID to receive the full card.
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