What is Digital Literacy?

Digital literacy is having the knowledge, skills and confidence to keep up with changes in technology.
Computers are increasingly part of everyday life. They’ve changed how we do things, and they’re going to keep changing how we do things.
To keep up, we need to keep learning so that we can continue to thrive at home, at work and in the community.
Being digitally literate means being able to adapt to the changes brought about by computers in ways that make sense to your life.

What is Life Literacy?

Life literacy signals the importance of lifelong and life-wide literacy and learning. It’s the literacy skills you need to live your life full and the new skills you need to acquire throughout your life.
Workplace, family and community are important areas in your life where developing your essential skills can result in a more productive and more successful life experience.
Having adequate literacy skills means being able to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts. It also means being able to participate in society, achieve your goals, and develop your knowledge and potential.
Research shows that adults who have inadequate literacy skills are more likely to have poorer overall health, lower salaries, and lower levels of participation in their community.

Interested in local history?

If you’re interested in learning about Stirling-Rawdon’s history, check out our local history database, Stirling-Rawdon Past & Present, and follow us on our library Facebook page for Throwback Thursday posts every Thursday for fun little tidbits about Stirling’s history, like the following…


After nearly 100 years Train No. 93 made its last run from Belleville to Toronto via Stirling and Peterborough in 1962. At the height of the railway’s popularity in Stirling in the 1930s there were 4 passenger trains arriving each day, operating between Belleville and Lindsay. ~Stirling News Argus, February 6, 1962

What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy focusses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family.
By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills.
Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning.
Without adult support and a strong foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged in school.