Check in at LPL: The April Library Newsletter

Our Mission: The Lafayette Public Library brings community, information, and ideas together to inspire literacy, learning, and discovery.

Library Closures in April

  • Library is closed Sunday, April 16.  Happy Easter! Book drops close on 4/15 
    at 5 pm, reopen on 4/17 at 8:30 am. No books due when book drops are closed.
  • Library is closed on Friday, April 21 for Staff Training Day. Book drops remain open!

To Do at the Library
Homework Center
Melissa Hisel, Library Director

From the Director
Bringing community, information, and ideas together!

April is a busy month here at the library—we will be celebrating National Library Week and the great services provided by our nation’s public libraries. We’re taking the month to highlight one important aspect of library service; access to quality information and assistance in evaluating the seemingly endless stream of "information" we encounter in our daily lives. With this in mind, we present two important programs for your consideration:
  • Laurie Chin Sayres, Director of Media Literacy at Labragirl Media will be providing a presentation for parents on April 17th called "Seeing Without Believing". This interactive talk empowers parents to walk away with an understanding of how to rise above the manipulative language of the media, with new approaches on how to make decoding media messages fun and meaningful.
  • On April 24th, Andrew Calabrese presents "Can We Fight Fake News?" What defenses do we have when public figures use social media to mobilize their agenda through deception and manipulation? “Fake news” is nothing new, but the speed and scale at which false or misleading information travels is unprecedented. What forms of media literacy and civic competence are needed to engage with this new reality?
    Calabrese is a professor of a professor of media studies in the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communication and Information. His research and publishing focus on media and citizenship, media literacy, media policy, and uses of digital media for social justice activism and nonviolent civil disobedience.

Finally, we’ll be stepping away from news and media for Lafayette naturalist Martin Ogle’s presentation of Getting Kids Outdoors: a Primer for Parents on April 26th, as part of our "Lafayette READS!" community read program, focusing on "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv. Encouraging our children to spend time in the natural world allows them the space to breathe, away from misinformation and manipulation, creating stronger citizens for our community.
Join us this month in celebrating the treasures we have in our community: our environment, our citizen scholars and volunteers, and our library.

What we do at Lafayette Libray

Libraries Transform! National Library Week, April 9-15

Celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries! From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

What We Do
More than "just" books, we are a place of information, offering people free access to a wealth of information that they often can't find elsewhere, whether online, in print or in person.

We Build Community
In addition to connecting people to information, we also connect people to people. We are a safe haven for kids when school is not in session, we offer after school homework help, games and book clubs. We offer computer classes and coaching, enabling older adults stay engaged in a digital world.

Lafayette Library - we provide access

We Provide Access

We level the playing field. We serve people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and we provide the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work.

We Promote Literacy
We are committed to helping children and adults develop the skills they need to survive and thrive in a global information society: the ability to read and use computers.

Libraries Transform

We Protect Your Rights

We are advocates for your right to read and your right to reader privacy.

We are a hub for community engagement, a platform for great minds to come together, and a great place to be!

         Celebrate with us and for us during National Library Week, April 9 - 15!
Volunteer and dog with kids

Remembering our Library Volunteers

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received-only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.” - Francis of Assisi

This month we recognize and share our gratitude for all our library volunteers - all 270 of them! They tell stories, deliver books to the homebound, answer computer questions (again . . . and again . . . and patiently!), share their dogs with us, tutor children and teens, help with our circulation, with displays and special projects, raise money for our programs, and generally create a lively and vibrant community.
If you could put a monetary value on their services (which we can’t), it would total at least $132,962. That’s a lotta hours - a lotta work - and a whole lotta love. Find all the details in our latest Volunteer Report. Want to join our volunteer family? Apply now - we have many jobs!

Thank you volunteers, especially during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29!

April is National Poetry Month

How to Spot Fake News

Fact or Fiction:

How to Spot Fake News

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” Neil Gaiman, Author

How can phony “facts” be distinguished from real ones? Reliable sources give attribution for things they say - they make it a point to let us know where the information came from so that we can check it for ourselves.

Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda

The quantity of information available online is staggering! However, not all of that information is credible, useful, or accurate. Whether you are doing research for school or personal research (political, medical, travel, etc.), being able to evaluate information is an important skill!

One evaluation tool is the C.A.R.S. Checklist created by Robert Harris and adapted by Andy Spinks.  According to the authors, we should ask ourselves the following questions about each site and try to use only those that have the best evidence of credibility, accuracy, reasonableness, and support.

  • Credibility: is the source created by a person or organization who knows the subject and who cares about its quality?
  • Accuracy:  does the source contain information that is current, complete, and correct?
  • Reasonableness: is the source truthful and unbiased?
  • Support: does the source have information that can be verified?

For more detailed information, check out the C.A.R.S. Checklist for Evaluating Websites and Andy Spink’s companion website.
Find it fast, but find the true version!

Spanish Library Services
Teen Summer Volunteer
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So much to do at the Library!

Each month we offer programs and events for a wide variety of interests. We've highlighted a few below, but check out ALL of our programs this month, on our To Do page.

Computer Help
Reading Buddies Playdates
Lafayette Reads - Richard Louv
Library Services Beyond its Walls

Beyond the Library Walls - Our Offsite Services

Did you know the library provides services BEYOND the library walls? We provide a range of outreach services, such as Lafayette Kids Ready to Read, bringing story times and library materials to early childhood care facilities around town; and Homebound Delivery Service volunteers who bring library materials to folks who can't make it to the library due to illness or other situations.
We also schedule regular visits to Josephine Commons and other Lafayette neighborhoods, and we support our “Little Libraries” at Waneka Lake and Lamont Does Park.  Do you have an idea for library outreach? Contact our outreach librarian to share your ideas!

Art at the Library, Marie Vaughan and Lafayette Historical Society
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