Tomorrow’s (September 20th) Community Meeting is Postponed

We apologize, but due to unexpected circumstances, tomorrow’s (September 20th) Community Update Meeting is postponed. Potential dates are in late October. If you are interested in more information or in attending, email director@townofulsterlibrary.org.

See you soon at the library!

Take a chance on our Library Fundraiser Raffle! Just $10 per ticket

… and over 30 chances to win, new prizes added weekly and bonus drawings! Limit 10 tickets per customer.  We pull a ticket Monday-Saturday in October. Fridays are a $75 cash prize and Saturdays are a Mystery Prize! Grand Prize is $150! Thank you for your support!

You can buy tickets at the library 🙂

Print a PDF of the flyer here.

 

 

How to Fact Check! Part 10: Wikipedia?!

This week, for our ongoing series on digital literacy, we’re going to take a look at the fact-checking power of Wikipedia!

We know what your English teachers are saying, but hear us out: Wikipedia may not be a viable source for academic papers, but when it comes to quickly checking the credibility of a claim or reading laterally to evaluate a website, it’s a good place to start.

Wikipedia has come a long way since its founding to become a reliable source of information. Its editors follow a strict protocol of neutral writing and sourcing for all articles. The quality of individual articles will still vary, however, so make sure to follow the sources they provide at the bottom of any page to investigate further.

As with the other resources we’ve shown off, Wikipedia should not be the only source you use. Reading laterally means, well, reading laterally. Use a breadth of sources in your quest for greater understanding. If you’re looking for more information, remember to check the Web Literacy for Student Factcheckers handbook. They’ve got a great section on the benefits of using Wikipedia.

Simple Dinners for Busy Days- Tuesday, September 11th 6PM

Tomorrow: Join Holly of Nourishing Wisdom Nutrition for a fun workshop on ideas for healty, delicous meal ideas for busy days! Do you find yourself wondering what to make for dinner each day?
Join Holly Shelowitz, Nutritional Educator and Chef, for this informative cooking class. She will show you how to make some simple dinners, sure to satisfy everyone at the table.

Culinary Nutrition Counselor and Real Food Educator
Holly Shelowitz

How to Fact Check! Part 9: Checking website bias

So we’ve figured out how to check an individual claim, but we haven’t really touched on the idea of media bias. Luckily for us, Media Bias Fact Check is here to help!

Media bias fact check is a website that ranks other websites based on their tendency for biased reporting. For example, snopes.com is considered to be mostly non-biased. If you’re curious about their conclusions, here’s their Methodology.

It’s important to note that a website’s bias is not necessarily indicative of their article’s accuracy. Reality is complex. There are many sides to every story. Two articles can cover the same event, tell different stories, and still both be factual. Everyone has an opinion. Media Bias Fact Check, like many of the other websites we’ve provided over the last few weeks, is a tool to help you make informed decisions online and should be used in conjunction with claim-checking sites to get a full picture of a website’s veracity.

 

Town of Ulster Library Budget passed 48 Yes/10 No

Town of Ulster Library Budget passed, 48/10
Bruce Engholm was reelected to 3 year term (44 votes)
People that received write-in votes for the remaining two full terms will be contacted to confirm their willingness.

How to Fact Check! Part 8: Going Upstream

So we’ve talked about reading laterally, but there’s another dimension to check out when you’re looking for the facts behind a claim: Up!

The best thing to do when checking a claim is to go straight to the source.  Going “upstream,” as it were, is a foundational skill in fact-checking because many news websites are mostly just “reporting on reporting,” which means that they’re just repeating things other news outlets have said. Figuring out the credibility of the hosting site does nothing, as they’re just parroting somebody else.

Our advice is this: Pay close attention to key phrases like “According to…”  “[This news site] reported…” “In a report…” or something similar. Then, check out those sources and use the resources we’ve discussed (like Snopes or PolitiFact) to check the credibility of the claims!

Don’t waste your time on a wild goose chase! You can never go wrong checking the source of any dubious claim you come across. As a final note: if the site won’t provide sources, you’re looking at the wrong websites for information.

Meet the Candidates

Proposed Budget Meeting, ‘Meet the Candidates’ Night Takes Place

Monday, August 27th

6-6:30 PM.

How to Fact Check! Part 7: WHOIS

Who runs the sites you go to? A quick way to find out is to run an ICANN WHOIS search!

ICANN WHOIS is a site dedicated to cataloging the owner of a website and when the website was first established. These pieces of information are vital for figuring out the reliability of a website’s content: you wouldn’t trust a new website run by a company in favor of abolishing vegetables to provide unbiased information on the health benefits of vegetables, for example.

ICANN WHOIS will not always work; many sites are run through proxies, which obscures the actual owner of a website. Still, the date of registration is always available, and it’s a good first step toward learning who is providing the information you’re finding online.

Thank You for GREAT Summer Reading 2018!

We had a great time at our Summer Reading Program Finale. The children were presented with certificates for completing their reading logs. Stewart’s Shops generously donated ice cream cone gift certificates to give as prizes for reading. Thank you to Mr. Chips and Milo, the DJs. They played great music! There was a photo booth with rock and roll props. The Salvation Army was very kind to loan us some of the props. The families also enjoyed snacks and beverages.