At the Oak Park Public Library, our hearts go out to the innocent people on all sides who are directly and indirectly affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including those in our community who may have family, friends, and loved ones back home.
Get access to timely & relevant resources
Being a public library means we are committed to sharing resources to educate everyone against fake news and to use multiple perspectives to develop more critical thinking.
- World news resources live here. Read international papers for news from around the world.
- Librarians curated this specific title list for adults and teens. These books and articles help highlight the history of conflict, what it has cost us, and what it has taught us.
- Children’s librarians can recommend titles based on age and topic. Please ask us now or on your next library visit.
- Friends at the Collaboration of Early Childhood put together these resources to help parents and caregivers talk to their children about the news »
In the news: It’s vital to verify before you share
Evaluating what you see and what you read—especially before you share it on social media—is essential to limit the spread of misinformation.
- Fake News Survival Guide (pdf), a comprehensive resource created by the Seattle Public Library, is a few years old but has a lot of helpful information.
- Fast facts: How you can spot and help slow the spread of fake news »
- Read this School Library Journal story: “President of the Ukrainian Library Association to the World: ‘We Are at the Forefront of the Fight Against Fakes, Misinformation, and Cyber Threats’“
- See this New York Times opinion piece: “We Can’t Trust Everything We See About the Livestreamed War” (get full web access with your library card)
- NPR’s March 9 report: “Ukraine’s libraries are offering bomb shelters, camouflage classes, and yes, books“
How you can help the people of Ukraine
These articles list ways to get more involved:
- National Public Radio (NPR): “Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s how you can help“
- Chicago Tribune: “Chicago, here’s how to help Ukraine” (sign in with your Oak Park library card and PIN to access this article)