Tech Tips: 5 resources for spotting misinformation

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo In today’s media landscape, it can be challenging to sort through the constant flow of information and evaluate the accuracy of news articles and social media posts. The fast pace, sensational headlines, and frequent layout changes of social media can make it challenging to assess what you are reading. These 5 … Read more

Exploring social-emotional learning: A new virtual tutorial for caregivers & early learners

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By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris At the library, we often hear from parents, teachers, and other caregivers that social-emotional learning (SEL) is important to you. What exactly is SEL? Let’s take a brief look and then dig in below. What is social-emotional learning? Social-emotional learning is a learning approach that helps people understand their emotions, feel … Read more

Titles honoring Malcolm X

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Learn more about the life of Malcolm X with these nonfiction and fiction materials—as we celebrate what would have been his 97th birthday on May 19. Materials about Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X Why you should try it: Consistently making lists of the best … Read more

Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage: Books, an in-library display, videos & more

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming in-person events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming … Read more

Tech Tips: How to sign up for a Learning Lab

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By Digital Learning Librarian Amy Hofmockel Looking for one-on-one help with a specific digital learning or technical topic? Sign up for an in-person Learning Lab appointment—available at all three library locations—and get a focused 30-minute session with a Learning Lab instructor. You can request an appointment by filling out our Learning Lab Appointment Request form, but before … Read more

Mothers and Others for Peace

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Celebrated the second Sunday each May (this year on May 8), Mother’s Day was first proposed by abolitionist and poet Julia Ward Howe. In her 1872 “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” Howe suggested that people observe Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace and supported the importance of coming together during challenging times. In honor of these … Read more

Take care of your body at any age: Chair yoga sessions, books, videos & more

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By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Yoga is a mind and body practice with many benefits such as increased flexibility, strength, and balance. It can help: Reduce stress and anxiety, Develop inner awareness and focus, and Improve cognitive skills such as memory and understanding. Essentially, it’s a wonderful way to help take care of … Read more

April is Autism Acceptance Month

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By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Did you know that April is Autism Acceptance Month? This month devoted to celebrating autistic people and autistic experiences was created 11 years ago by advocate Paula C. Durbin-Westby. In this interview, Durbin-Westby explains, “The word ‘acceptance’ is much stronger than ‘tolerance,’ especially the begrudging sort of tolerance I saw … Read more

Explore self-expression through play: Pronoun Discovery Kits for grade schoolers

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By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott Interested in facilitating conversations about self-expression and gender identity? Check out these two Discovery Kits about pronouns designed to help kids explore self-expression through play. Playing with Pronouns kit Wellness & Life Skills: Playing with Pronouns kit includes two dolls, They, She, He, Easy as ABC, and a game called … Read more

Books we suggest for Money Smart Week 2022

20th Anniversary Money Smart Week, April 9-16, 2022:

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Money Smart Week turns 20! What is it? Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, this national education program is designed to “empower people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions.” This year it will be held April 9-16. Want to improve your financial … Read more

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