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Take the time to celebrate Media Literacy Week

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US Media Literacy Week, sponsored by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), will take place October 25-30. According to NAMLE, media literacy is the ability to access all forms of communication, to analyze, evaluate, shape and act.

In the simplest sense, media literacy builds on the foundation of traditional literacy and offers new forms of reading and writing. Media literacy enables people to be critical thinkers and doers, 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 on Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Delaware Main Library, as well as opportunities to evaluate and fact-check what is in can be found in the media.

The Delaware County County 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 reliable news sources on a wide variety of topics and issues. The library also provides free, full access to the online content of 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 in stock in all of our branches, like your own Delaware Gazette.

For more Media Literacy Week resources, please visit www.medialiteracyweek.us and check out some of the resources available for your own use, your children to explore, or your classroom.

Halloween is coming up soon. Are you reading something scary for vacation? In case you need help finding a scary title, this is where you can find the latest horror readings. If you like things a little more cheerful and less scary, check out a DCDL location this week for a librarian recommendation for your reading tastes.

• “Revelator” by Daryl Gregory. In the 1930s in Cades Cove, TN, young Stella Birch Wallace communicated with Ghostdaddy, the mountain god her family worships. When she learns of the mysterious being’s dark plans, she flees. When Stella returned home in 1948 after the death of her grandmother, she had to grapple with her family’s past and put an end to their destructive religious practices. For fans of Southern Gothic stories with strong female characters.

• “When the reckoning comes” by LaTanya McQueen. Back in her small hometown in North Carolina for a friend’s childhood friend’s plantation wedding, black high school teacher Mira reluctantly steps onto the same site where she once encountered the ghost of an enslaved person. With the antebellum-themed wedding, the spirits of the enslaved begin to take revenge on the descendants of their tormentors, and it is up to Mira to face the plantation’s haunted history and her own connection if she is to survive.

• “Getaway” by Zoje Stage. Getaway presents a threatening mix of horror and psychological tension with three women on an unfortunate hike in the Grand Canyon. What begins as a tense effort to mend the trio’s friendship turns into an unmatched battle for their lives against a relentless stalker in this slow-burning nightmare of Baby Teeth and Wonderland writer Zoje Stage. For fans of girls’ trips that went wrong.

• “My Heart Is A Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones. The misanthropic Blackfeet teenager Jade Daniels lives her life like in a slasher movie – and she has long suspected that her fast-growing city of Idaho is the perfect setting. When a string of weird deaths hit the local news, Jade puts all her hopes on the new-to-town Letha being the “last girl” to save her community from an impending massacre. This gory meta-horror novel by Stephen Graham Jones (“The Only Good Indians”) blends scorching social commentary with a thought-provoking subversion of the genre’s worn tropes.

If you have a question we would like answered in this column, send 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 to the library website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at nfowles@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we are always happy to receive your inquiry!

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