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.

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


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!