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Featured photograph- a royal visit

After a brief hiatus, we are recommitted to featuring monthly photograph with the aim of showcasing the diverse photographic holdings of the Chung Collection.

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Join UBC Library as it celebrates the freedom to read with an exhibit of banned and controversial books. The exhibition takes place from February 4-14 on the second-floor foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and from February 15 to March 3 on the second floor of Koerner Library.

Come check out the show and find out more about the freedom to read.


LAW LIBRARY level 3: K282 .C87 2011 Deborah Isser, ed., Customary Justice and the Rule of Law in War-Torn Societies (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2011). LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3165 .C428 2011 Grant Huscroft & Bradley W. Miller, eds., The Challenge of Originalism: Theories of Constitutional Interpretation (New York: Cambridge University [...]

Reading at home is the best way to turn around Canada’s poor literacy levels, says reading expert Jan Dupuis.

With four out of every 10 adult Canadians struggling with a sub-standard literacy level, according to a 2005 survey, the most effective way to make sure literacy becomes more widespread is to encourage it in the home, in the family and with children, said Dupuis, literacy outreach co-ordinator with the Victoria Literacy Task Force.

“Their reading levels aren’t good enough, their writing skills aren’t good enough, their computer skills, they might not even have any, and their math skills are very low,” Dupuis said in the lead-up to today’s Family Literacy Day.

The statistics from the 2005 survey are daunting – 900,000 men and women, aged 16 to 65, have a literacy level below that defined as the bare minimum for the modern workplace, Level 3 out of 5 – but the problem can be overcome, Dupuis said.

Just 15 minutes a day spent with a child in an activity to stimulate or encourage reading or literacy can prepare a child for a successful adulthood.

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Source: ABC Life Literacy

By Richard Watts, Times Colonist January 27, 2012

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