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Fighting Misinformation: Programs and Discussion Questions. Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we have become increasingly familiar with the universe of fake news and its proliferation and persistence in print, visual and social media.

Fighting Misinformation: Programs and Discussion Questions

Misinformation, disinformation and fake news lend themselves well to a series of programs, with each focusing on one problem or point. Specifically, the conversations have rightfully turned toward the main components of fake news: misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. Researcher Claire Wardle and her think tank organization, First Draft, define these terms as follows: Misinformation is when false information is shared, but no harm is meant.Disinformation is when false information is knowingly shared to cause harm.Malinformation is when genuine information is shared to cause harm, often by moving information designed to stay private into the public sphere.

Calendar of Events & Celebrations. Teen Programming Archives - Ideas & Inspiration from Demco. Activity Calendar Archives - Ideas & Inspiration from Demco. How To Build An Escape Room on a Shoestring Budget. Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Home Page.

FREE Features These features originally appeared on the features blog.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Home Page

The features highlight resources and ideas related to holidays, awareness months, anniversaries and seasonal topics. January February March April May June July August. Steal this idea: Best of lists. January 2, 2019 The NoveList team recently hosted a webinar about promoting your library’s collection to engage readers.

Steal this idea: Best of lists

Each panelist shared examples of the creative ways they are increasing interest in their collections. We are continuing the conversation with examples from two libraries that use “best of” lists to keep their collections relevant and seen by their patrons. Everyone loves lists. Just look at any magazine cover, Pinterest feed or popular blog post. I chatted recently with two libraries that are creating book lists and book displays based on lists like this. Sarah Wegley, Marketing and Programming Coordinator, Crete Public Library District, Crete, Illinois: Inspired by a LibraryAware presentation on library merchandising tips, I was curious to know for myself what the most popular fiction books of 2017 were among my library's patrons.

Three (Cheap) Ways to Market Your School Library. Marketing can be tough in any library, but in a school library, where we are often solo librarians, it can be particularly difficult to fit it in.

Three (Cheap) Ways to Market Your School Library

Here are three easy and cheap ways to market your school library and let everyone know about the fantastic things you’re doing! Table tents A table tent is an easy and inexpensive way to let students know what's going on at their library. People come in and out of a school library all day long, whether for classes, events or some study time, but posters on doors and walls can get lost in the noise. A table tent puts your ads right in front of them at the table where they sit. Activity Calendar Archives.

Reaching Teens Subversively through Passive Programming. Looking for a way to implement programming at your library, but strapped for cash, staff or time?

Reaching Teens Subversively through Passive Programming

Want an easy—and maybe even subversive—way to reach teens? Passive programming is the answer. Defining passive programming Passive programming engages teens in the library without requiring much from staff in terms of supervision. It can be applied by those of all experience and comfort levels, making it an ideal solution for those who aren’t necessarily teen experts or when staff is simply spread too thin. DIY Roll-Up Jigsaw Puzzle Mat. This post was created in partnership with Waverly Inspirations.

DIY Roll-Up Jigsaw Puzzle Mat

Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site! What shows your love for someone more than something handmade by you? Today I am sharing a tutorial for an easy no-sew DIY Roll-Up Jigsaw Puzzle Mat that I created for my family. This mat makes it easy to relocate your puzzle projects when you need to use your table and it’s made with just a few inexpensive materials! Are you addicted to jigsaw puzzles like us? My kids are at a fun age right now where we are really enjoying playing board games and assembling puzzles together. Even after our kids have headed to bed, the hubby and I spend time together listening to podcasts or good music, while piecing together puzzles. Events & Celebrations. Community Poet-Tree. A basket of paper leaves with a sign that reads "add to our Poet-Tree" with instructions on how to add a poem.

Community Poet-Tree

Picture of tree in library with paper leaves hanging Patrons hang paper leaves on the Poet-tree Adult shows child a piece of paper in the poetry workshop Colorful leaves hanging from the Poet-tree Young patrons write during the poetry workshop. The Amazing Library Race. It seemed like just yesterday that the excitement of getting out of school for the summer was upon us.

The Amazing Library Race

And now it’s over! Fall is in the air. School supplies are on the shelves, and students are getting ready to come back to the school libraries. We've found a creative, competition-based way to introduce our new students to the library, and it's a format that also works for professional development. Of course, nothing says "fall" like ninth-grade orientation. The Amazing Library Race You know "The Amazing Race" as the fast-paced reality television show where contestants jet around the world completing tasks and trying to beat the clock. For the last few years, our ninth-grade orientation has been in the form of an Amazing Race — an idea that we borrowed from another high school librarian in our school district.