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Fact or Fabrication in Today’s News

fakeThe Williamstown and North Adams Public Libraries are co-sponsoring a public forum on media literacy at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School Street, in Williamstown, MA on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m.  Moderator and State Representative Gailanne Cariddi will lead a seven member panel of educators and reporters in a spirited discussion of news reporting in the pressurized digital age. Librarian Krista McLeod will also be on hand to talk about the role of librarians in helping students and ordinary citizens verify their news sources before committing to a potentially false narrative. We hope the audience will bring plenty of questions and comments about the current state of news in all its formats. For more information contact Pat McLeod at 458-5369 or  Mindy Hackner at 662-3133

Pioneer Valley Ballet Storytime Playback on Channel 16

Thanks to the generous support our Friends of the Library, the Pioneer Valley Ballet visited the library over February school vacation and presented a dance-themed storytime complete with a fairy godmother!  Joanne Hulburt from Channel 16 taped our fun fairy adventures that day and playback is available during the following times in March:

Tuesday the 7th @ 5pm

Friday the 10th @ 7pm

Sunday the 12th @ 3pm

Wednesday the 15th @ 6pm

Saturday the 18th @ 10:30am

Monday the 20th @ 4pm

Thursday night in winter

Are you at a loss for something fun to do on a Thursday evening? We have some new games for you to try. We also have coloring pages for meditative fun. So, bring your family and friends down to the library for a relaxing evening. While you’re here you can check out some of our new books and movies. Remember new materials are all located in our
beautiful main reading room.

State funding for libraries at 1998 levels

We are setting up a letter-writing station in the library for interested patrons to contact their state legislators about the importance of their public library.  Whether you love inter-library loan, movies, programs, reliable information, Internet access, or just the democratic principle of the thing  — your public libraries are working through decreasing funding and increasing costs. The state mandated minimum wage increase is expected to increase delivery costs by 39%. The result will be longer wait times for your requested materials and possible cuts to the delivery schedule. Training opportunities for library staff have been scaled back and most libraries have reduced hours and services.  Here is a link to the iBerkshire article covering the recent breakfast in Stockbridge that laid out a bleak picture despite the slight 1% increase in overall funding in Gov. Baker’s budget.

http://www.iberkshires.com/story/53820/Berkshire-Delegation-Supports-State-Library-Funding.html

Introducing e-content from American Graphics Institute

Local school and educational publisher American Graphics Institute provides library patrons with access to their books and curriculum for self-paced learning. The books teach many popular design technology topics ranging from Adobe software applications, digital video editing tools, web design and coding skills, and office applications.  The collection serves as self-paced training resources and also include training videos created by the authors as well as lesson files. More than one million of these books are in print, and library patrons and staff can access current and past digital versions of these book titles while on the library’s network.Adobe-Training-AGIAccess the American Graphics Institute digital book collection here.

Please note that AGI e-content is currently available only at the library, not for home use.