In this section, we have gathered up some literacy resources that we hope you will find interesting and helpful including:
- Links to literacy organizations and resources
- Recommended readings (volunteers and staff)
- Adult literacy resources
- Parkdale community resources
Links to literacy organizations and resources:
National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) is a comprehensive and easily accessible database of adult literacy programs, resources, services and activities across Canada. It also links with other services and databases in North America and overseas.
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) is an organization where people interested in literacy come together to talk about, learn about, and act on issues common to the literacy movement. Their site includes resources, literacy links and upcoming events.
Recommended readings (staff & volunteers):
- Almeida, C. (1986) “Reflections on One-to-One” in Literacy/Alphabetisation, Vol. 11, No. 2.
- Czerny, M. and Swift, J. (1984) Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada. Toronto: Between the Lines.
- Freire, P. and Macedo, D. (1987) Literacy: Reading the word and the world. Massachusetts: Begin and Garvey.
- Gaber-Katz, E. (1983) “The Politics of Literacy: Educating for Continuity” in Out of the Shadows. TVO
- Gaber-Katz, E. and Watson, G. (1991) The Land that I Dream Of: Community Based Literacy. Toronto: OISE Press.
- Hewitt, P. (1998) “Educating Priscilla” in Canadian Women’s Studies, Special issue: Women and Literacy. Vol. 3 & 4, Fall and Winter.
- Horsman, J. (2000) Too Scared To Learn. Toronto: McGilligan Books
- Horsman, J. (1990) Something in my mind besides the everyday: Women and literacy. Toronto: Women’s Press.
- McKnight, J. (1986) “Regenerating Community” in From Consumer to Citizen. Canadian Mental Health Association.
- Statistics Canada (1996) International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) published as Reading the Future: A Portrait of Literacy in Canada. Ottawa: Human Resources Development Canada and The National Literacy Secretariat.
Adult Literacy Resources
The Golden Oak Awards Adult Book Club introduces adult literacy learners to Canadian fiction and non-fiction. It is an interactive electronic forum for adult learners to voice their opinions about the books they read and gives learners a chance to select the books that will receive the awards.
Parkdale Community Resources
- Parkdale Community Information Centre
1303 Queen St. West (upstairs in the Parkdale Library)
Monday to Friday 10 – 6
Services: Community information and referrals of all kinds; assistance in filling out forms; calls to government agencies; odd job registry; housing registry.
- Parkdale Public Library
1303 Queen St. West
Services: Loan of books and records, children’s reading program, Tai Chi for seniors, afternoon films.
- Parkdale Community Legal Services
165 Dufferin St. (south of King St. West)
Services: Free legal services to low income people living in Parkdale (primarily landlord/tenant, immigration, mental health, workers’ rights, welfare benefits and pension issues).
- Parkdale Community Health Centre
1257 Queen St. West
Services: Health centre and general medical services to Parkdale residents; 24-hour on call doctor; pre-natal classes; parent-child program; senior’s health program; domestic violence program; counselling.
- Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre
220 Cowan Ave. (across from the Parkdale Library)
Services: Free recreational programs for all ages.
- Sistering II
220 Cowan Ave. (in Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre)
Services: Drop-ins, meals, recreation for socially-isolated women.
- Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre (PARC)
1499B Queen St. West
Services: Crafts, cooking, films, games, discussions and coffee for socially-isolated adults and ex-psychiatric patients. Lifetime membership is $1.
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Services: 24-hour, 7 day-a-week telephone support, information, counselling and referrals.