October 25-30 is American Media Literacy Week, sponsored by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). According to NAMLE, media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act using all forms of communication.
In its simplest terms, media education builds on the foundations of traditional literacy and offers new forms of reading and writing. Media literacy enables people to be critical thinkers and decision makers, effective communicators and active citizens.
This week, the Delaware County District Library is celebrating Media Literacy Week with a media literacy workshop for teens and adults, taking place at the Delaware Main Library on Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. time. Participants will learn about the different types of news and disinformation as well as ways to assess and verify what can be found in the media.
The Delaware County District Library owns several news-related subscription websites that are free with a library card. NewsBank and Acceda Noticias, a web-based collection of Spanish-language news, provide a comprehensive collection of trusted news sources covering a wide range of topics and issues. The library also offers free, full access to online content from Columbus Dispatch and The New York Times. Visit www.delawarelibrary.org/research for more information.
Of course, we always have copies and archives of local newspapers on hand at all of our branches, like your own Delaware Gazette.
For more resources on Media Literacy Week, visit www.medialiteracyweek.us and take a look at some of the resources available for your own use, your kids to explore, or your classroom.
Halloween is just around the corner. Are you reading something scary for the holidays? In case you need help finding a scary title, here are the latest horror reads. If you like a little more cheerful and less scary, stop by any DCDL location this week to get a librarian’s recommendation for your reading tastes.
• “Revelator” by Daryl Gregory. In the 1930s in Cades Cove, Tennessee, young Stella Birch Wallace fellowship with Ghostdaddy, the mountain god her family worshiped. Learning of the mysterious entity’s sinister plans, she flees. Returning home after her grandmother’s death in 1948, Stella must consider her family’s past and put an end to their destructive religious practices. For fans of southern gothic stories featuring strong female characters.
• “When Judgment Comes” by LaTanya McQueen. Returning to her small North Carolina hometown for the plantation wedding of a childhood friend, black high school teacher Mira reluctantly walks the same lot where she encountered the ghost of a slave. With the pre-war nuptials underway, the spirits of slaves begin to seek revenge on the descendants of their tormentors, and it’s up to Mira to confront the haunted story of the plantation and her own connection to her if she is. wants to survive.
• “Escapade” by Zoje Stage. “Getaway” presents a menacing mix of horror and psychological suspense featuring three women on an ill-fated hike in the Grand Canyon. What begins as a strained effort to mend the trio’s friendship turns into a matchless fight for their lives against a relentless stalker in this slow-burning nightmare from “Baby Teeth” and “Wonderland” author Zoje Stage. For fans of girl trips gone wrong.
• “My Heart is a Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones. Blackfeet misanthropic teenager Jade Daniels lives her life like she’s in a slasher movie – and she has long suspected that her rapidly burgeoning town of Idaho is the perfect setting for one. When a streak of strange deaths begins to make local news, Jade places all her hopes on the new Letha to be the “last girl” to save their community from an impending slaughter. This bloody meta-horror novel by Stephen Graham Jones (“The Only Good Indians”) mixes searing social commentary with a stimulating subversion of the genre’s well-worn tropes.
If you have a question you would like answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362 -3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!