Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and thanks to a micro grant from the International Dyslexia Association Ontario and its Read October campaign we have been able to add “decodable books” to our children’s collection! The Petawawa Public Library is happy to help raise awareness of dyslexia and the resources available in our own library.

What is Dyslexia?

“Individuals with dyslexia often have difficulty with phonological processing, which refers to the ability to process sounds in spoken language. This can make it challenging to break down words into their component sounds and match them to letters or letter combinations when reading or spelling. As a result, people with dyslexia may experience difficulties in accurately decoding words, recognizing familiar words, and spelling correctly.”

International Dyslexia Assosication Ontario

The International Dyslexia Association of Ontario provides support to people with dyslexia, their families and their communities.

What are decodable books?

Decodable books are designed to focus on specific letter sounds and spelling patterns to help young readers become skilled readers. They are especially helpful for people with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

To find decodable books at the library, look for this sticker.

Decodable books will have a red sticker with white accents attached to the spines of the books.

What is the library doing to raise awareness?

After Thanksgiving, look for our display featuring the new decodable books and some helpful tools you can find at the library.

  • For example, did you know that you can turn on the OpenDyslexic Font in the Libby App?
  • Did you know we have a scanning pen (for in-library use) which can scan text in a document and read it aloud?
  • Of course, our library catalogue provides access to books, eBooks, and audiobooks about living with dyslexia or supporting someone with dyslexia.

Coming Soon

We’ll be adding French decodable books too!

Published by Petawawa Public Library

The history of the Petawawa Public Library can be traced back to 1973 when what is now known as the Town of Petawawa consisted of two separate municipalities: the Village of Petawawa and the Township of Petawawa. In 1997, with the amalgamation of the Township and Village, the new Town of Petawawa became home to the “Petawawa Public Library”. Today, the Petawawa Public Library continues to grow. It employs full-time and part-time staff and continues to rely on the help of loyal volunteers to serve over 7000 active members.

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