Media Literacy Week at APL

The first week of November is Media Literacy Week.
The Albany Public Library has a range of #MediaLitWk events for all ages.

With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, media literacy education and awareness is more important than ever. If you want to learn more about this topic, why not attend one of the Albany Public Library’s Media Literacy Week events?

Sunday 11/4  (1pm-4pm)- Fake News, Real Teens: Problems and Possibilities (Washington Ave Branch)

Set over two meetings this innovative program will explore the issue of fake news and it’s impact on and interaction with teenagers. Participants of all ages are welcome, and there will be opportunity for discussion as well as several expert speakers from different fields – including print and broadcast journalists. This program is also a gateway to a larger, media-related opportunity for teenagers, scheduled to take place in 2019.

This program is made possible by an Action Grant from Humanities New York, as well as the donors to the APLF Annual Appeal.

Monday 11/5 (6pm-8pm) – Social Justice Film Series – ‘Election Day’ (Howe Branch)

The ever-eclectic monthly films series offers a showing of ‘Election Day’ (2007) in recognition of Media Literacy Week. This well-received documentary follows a tapestry of 11 people during the last day of their election journey in 2004. The screening is directed towards adults, and as with all of the Social Justice Film Series there will be discussion of the movie afterwards.

This program is offered in partnership with the Center for Law & Justice, WMHT, Equivisible, and other community organizations.

Tuesday 11/6 (4pm-5pm) –  South End: Then and Now (Howe Branch)

This tween and teen program provides the opportunity for participants to interview local members of the community, as well as to research into their own histories and neighborhoods. In this special meeting participants will get the chance to meet with Dr. Alice Green – Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice, founder of ‘The South End Scene’ newspaper, and one of APL Foundation’s Literary Legends of 2018. Participants will look through old issues of the paper, and learn about the process of creating, editing, and distributing the publication from the woman who helped to create it.

This program was created in partnership with the Rapp Road Historical Association.

Wednesday 11/7 (6pm-8pm) – Using the Community Loan Fund (Howe Branch)

Learn all about the Community Loan Fund in this meeting; an organization which strives to provide loans, investment, and training to improve the local community on many levels. Members will explain how the loan fund works, and provide previous examples of projects the Loan Fund has helped with – including funding assistance for local youth media organizations and more.

Thursday 11/8 (4pm-5pm) Mystery Lab:Media Literacy Edition (Howe Branch)

Aimed at ages 5-17, this weeks’ Mystery Lab challenges the participants to identify fake news, as well as learning more about what it takes to report on a story. This is done through a range of methods including video games, research challenges, and hands on activities.

Friday 11/9 (12.30pm-3pm) Howe Midday Matinee – ‘All the President’s Men (Howe Branch)

In recognition of Media Literacy Week, the Midday Matinee is screening ‘All the President’s Men’ (1976). This drama  retells the true story of reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein investigation into a 1972 burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which eventually led to the president’s resignation.

Registration is required for all events except for the Midday Matinee & the Mystery Lab – sign up as soon as possible!

The APL Foundation is a proud partner of Media Literacy Week 2018.
U.S Media Literacy Week is a celebration of the efforts by educators and organizers nationwide to prepare youth to live, learn and thrive with media. To learn more, visit MediaLiteracyWeek.US or search #MediaLitWk on social media.

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