Civic Lab

Civic Lab at JCPL logoThe Civic Lab at JCPL offers information, activities, and discussion on issues facing our community.

We’ll feature different topics each month. Download the information packets and activities below, or stop by the display in the main library. For each activity you submit, you’ll be entered to win a $75.00 Amazon gift card.

We also invite you to join our monthly article discussion group, where you can engage in friendly conversation with other community members.


November: Hunger in Kentucky

This month’s Civic Lab focuses on hunger and food insecurity in Kentucky.

Download the Hunger in Kentucky handout.

Events

Civic Lab Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 pm
We’ll discuss three short articles on hunger in Kentucky. Pick up copies of the articles at the Ask a Librarian Desk. The library will provide light refreshments. Registration is required.


October: Your Vote Counts

With the midterm election coming up on November 6, October’s Civic Lab explores the topic of voting. (DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR ACTIVITIES IS EXTENDED TO NOV. 6!) What are your voting rights? How do you decide who to vote for? How important is high voter turnout?

Download the Your Vote Counts handout

Events

Civic Lab Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:30 pm
We’ll discuss the article “On the Sidelines of Democracy: Exploring Why So Many Americans Don’t Vote.” The library will provide light refreshments. Registration is required.


September: Fake News and Media Bias

For September, we’ll explore fake news and media bias. What is fake news? How do you spot it? How do you decide what news sources to trust?

Download the Fake News handout
Download the Fact Checking the News handout
Download the Media Bias handout

Events

How to Spot Fake News
Thursday, September 20, 6:30 pm
Learn how to separate fact from fiction and stop getting taken by fake news and social media messages. In this hands-on class, you’ll practice checking the facts using librarian-approved resources. Registration is required.

Civic Lab Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm
We’ll discuss the article “The (Almost) Complete History of Fake News.” Pick up a printed copy of the article at the Ask a Librarian Desk. Registration is required.

Thanks to the Skokie Public Library for the idea for this program!