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What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.

Here are some other helpful steps to analyze news sources and tools for fact checking.

Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency—Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance—Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy—Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority—Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose—Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
 
Is it true? Check out these unbiased fact-checking websites:
Snopes
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
 
Factcheck
Non-partisan, non-profit which acts as a consumer advocate for voters. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
 
Politifact
Independent fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. PolitiFact has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
 
Where does the bias lie in the media?
Check out this study from the Pew Research Institute
 
Other resources and articles about Fake News
When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines

Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Librarian at questions@ahml.info.
 
 


Proving we're never too old for picture books, more than 225 Arlington Heights adults and children filled the Hendrickson Room Wednesday, April 12 to hear New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown. During his 90-minute appearance, Brown entertained his audience talking about how he grew from being a creative, little guy into a big guy who makes picture books for a living. He shared books he made as a child and offered a glimpse into his world as the creator of The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and The Wild Robot. He  also demonstrated his signature drawing that earned him a Caldecott Honor in 2013 as the illustrator of Creepy Carrots!
 

In addition to his library appearance, the Brooklyn-based author traveled to eleven area elementary schools where he held writing and drawing workshops over the course of four days, April 10-13. During this Friends of the Library-sponsored tour, more than 3,400 Arlington Heights students had the opportunity to meet the award-winning author including those in Districts 25, 21 and 59 and at two private schools.

 
Read more about Brown's visit in The Chicago Tribune.


Adults

Shared reading is the best way to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the important early literacy skills they need to learn how to read independently later on. The more books children ages 0–5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. It’s never too early to start.
 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for young children. Although 1000 books sounds like a lot, it’s only three shared reading sessions a day for a year. Here's how it works:

Register here or in Kids’ World.
• Start reading and counting!
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes.
 

Helping your child develop early literacy begins with cuddling up and sharing a good book. Research shows that children become readers on the lap of a caring adult. Join us as we reach for 1000!

 


Kids' World

Library users living in the northern part of Arlington Heights now have the added convenience of returning their library items at book drops located at Camelot and Frontier Parks. In partnership with the Arlington Heights Park District, this program will continue to provide library service in this area.  It was initiated to take advantage of the high traffic at the parks during the summer swim season and to save busy families from having to make an extra trip to the library.

All library items can be returned at our book drop outside at Camelot Park, located at 1005 E. Suffield, or Frontier Park at 1933 N. Kennicott.
 
 


Library News

Following a six-month pilot period, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. The cost for the library’s extended hours will be managed within the library’s currently approved budget.
 
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
 
The pilot program was based upon a recent survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
 
"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”
 



The library was bustling with activity this weekend with a record-breaking number of visitors coming to see the amazing one-of-a-kind creations of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club on exhibit in the Hendrickson Room. More than 6,200 guests visited the exhibit Saturday and Sunday. Eleven train club members spent six hours assembling the main display. In addition to the Hendrickson exhibit, the library offered LEGO Club in the Marketplace, with large crowds on both days making models then displaying them at the library. Thanks to everyone who stopped by for all the LEGO fun! More photos in our Facebook gallery here. 


 
Need help with car diagnostics? Check out an Innova scanner from the library. The library has two Innova brand auto scanners available for checkout. These auto scanners are the same as those used by mechanics to diagnose problems that set off your check engine light. How does it work? Just plug in the scanner then turn on your car to find out whether it’s an O2 sensor, a faulty gas cap, or something else. Both scanners can be used on cars that have OBD2 technology (1996 & newer). The 3140 scanner can also scan older cars that have OBD1 technology. The 3160 can also diagnose ABS (anti-lock braking systems) and SRS (supplemental restraint systems) errors. 
 
Reserve a scanner by searching for the following items' availability in the library catalog:
 
Once you've logged into your account, you can place a hold on any item in our collection. 
 


 
AHML is ready for the snow! We now have snow brushes available for check out. They are on the rack with the umbrellas near the Express Reserve shelves. Like the umbrellas, the loan period is one week.  


 
For the ninth consecutive year, Arlington Heights Memorial Library has received a five-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. Five stars is the highest rating that a library can receive. Star ratings are based on the annual number of library visits, circulation, program attendance, public Internet computer use and circulation of electronic materials.
 
In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. This year there are 260 Star Libraries, each receiving three-star, four-star, or five-star designations.
 
Nineteen libraries in Illinois have been named Star Libraries for 2016, and out of these 19 libraries, Arlington Heights Memorial Library was one of just three public libraries in the state to earn a top five-star rating.
 

This is an honor for not only our staff and the Board of Library Trustees, but also for you, our customers. Thank you for making us a five-star library once again. Read more about Library Journal's 2016 index of America's Star Libraries here.

 


 
Arlington Heights cardholders can schedule a one-hour appointment to have their resumes reviewed. Maximum of two reviews within a six-month period or three reviews in a one-year period.
 
Date and time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesdays afternoons
Location: Appointment Room next to the Shackley Room
 


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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
 
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
 
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
 
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
 
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
 
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
 
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
 
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
 
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy