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International Literacy Day

Every year on September 8 UNESCO marks the day with an International Literacy Day; which is to raise awareness on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy around the world.

This day was first held in 1966. In conjunction with International Literacy Day, UNESCO also announces its International Literacy Awards.

Here at the library we have an amazing range of books that pertain to literacy.


One area that is full of helpful resources to help parents with developing literacy in their children is the Parenting collection.

The books range from talking, to reading, to writing, so that parents can decide on their child's needs. Reading aloud to your child every day is one of the best ways to improve their literacy, it is also fun which makes what they have learned remain in their memory for longer. If you are interested in helping your child develop their literacy skills then we recommend these books.


Another area of the library with a focus on materials and resources for adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills is the Adult Learning collection.

The Adult Learning collection includes a range of materials at different reading levels. We have simplified readers marked out in 4 categories: green, red, blue and yellow.

Simplified Reader series in the catalogue include:

  • Scholastic Readers
  • Ladybird Readers
  • Iversen Publishing
  • Macmillan Readers
  • TAFE
  • Quick Reads
  • Penguin Readers
  • Cambridge English Readers

In addition to the easy readers, there are resources to develop English language skills. Much of this is of interest to ESOL students. Check out resources to develop skills in:

  • reading
  • writing
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • vocabulary

Check out our IELTS resources, including our digital subscription Road to IELTS, and Mango Languages.

The Adult Learning collection also includes resources for tutors of adult literacy.

International Literacy Day

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Road to IELTS (General Training)

Preparation and practice resources for learning English, for people to gain citizenship.

Road to IELTS is organised into four skill areas, one for each paper in IELTS. In each skill area learners can prepare effectively for their test by reading information about each paper, getting advice from IELTS experts on video, and practising specific question types using the interactive practice exercises and the mock papers.

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Mango Languages

Learn a language, with more than 70 foreign language courses available (including English).

Mango utilises an engaging interface, and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for new languages. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations.

You need to create a profile, and then link to our Library with your library card for free access to all Mango lessons.

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Animated talking picture books for children. Fiction, Non-fiction and foreign language titles, plus maths and read-alongs.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.

International Literacy Day