Need a little boost during finals week?

Check out the winners of the “Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards“!

FLOW ART STATION. “Hilarious Winners of the First Annual ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’.” FLOW ART STATION. 10 May 2017. Web. 22 May 2017. <;



The Great A.I. Awakening

“How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.”


Read more from the New York Times Magazine HERE.


N.a. “The Great A.I. Awakening.” 14 Dec. 2016. Web. 16 May 2017. <;

Fighting Fake News!

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“Did your mother call you to tell you that liberals hate science?  Did your Facebook feed pop up with an article on a new pesticide that’s going to kill us all?  Did one of your friends breathlessly tell you that president-elect Donald Trump was going to pardon mass shooter Dylann Roof?  You might have heard any or all of these stories, but there’s one thread connecting all of them: they’re not true.The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life.  This LibGuide will give you valuable insight in telling fact from fiction online, plus a chance to exercise your newfound skills. Please feel free to share this guide with others.  If you are a librarian, you are welcome to use this guide and its contents for your own purposes.”

“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead wins the National Book Award

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“Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.”

Read more HERE.

“Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real”, Study Finds

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According to an NPR article:

“If the children are the future, the future might be very ill-informed.

That’s one implication of a new study from Stanford researchers that evaluated students’ ability to assess information sources and described the results as “dismaying,” “bleak” and “[a] threat to democracy.”

As content creators and social media platforms grapple with the fake news crisis, the study highlights the other side of the equation: What it looks like when readers are duped.

The researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education have spent more than a year evaluating how well students across the country can evaluate online sources of information.

Middle school, high school and college students in 12 states were asked to evaluate the information presented in tweets, comments and articles. More than 7,800 student responses were collected.

In exercise after exercise, the researchers were “shocked” — their word, not ours — by how many students failed to effectively evaluate the credibility of that information.”

Read more HERE.


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Frustrated by the lack of diversity in children’s and YA literature, We Need Diverse Books was created by authors, readers, parents, teachers, and librarians who wanted ALL children to be able to see themselves in the books that they read.

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