Knowing the News: 2021 Media Literacy Week

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Media literacy is about accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating, and engaging with information. Whether news comes from a print newspaper, an online story, a social media post, a radio program or podcast, a video presentation, or other formats or channels, being able to critically evaluate sources and information is essential to being a well-rounded citizen.  

During U.S. Media Literacy Week (October 25 – 29, 2021), organizations across the country promote the importance of media literacy education. The Library offers a number of resources and programs that provide insights and access to the ways we gather, report, and respond to information about our world.  



Explore a collection of books, films, and resources that highlight journalism, newsmakers, and the ways our society shares and processes news and information.

Mis- and Disinformation
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How to Speak Up Without Starting a Showdown
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Critical Thinking and Fact Finding
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Misinformation Games

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Want to become a better news consumer? From understanding the workings of Wikipedia to determining how to think critically about what you read, watch, or listen to, this series of daily online Media Literacy Week programs celebrates five core components: Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, and Act.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2021  |  Noon 
Mis- and Disinformation 101



Wednesday, October 27, 2021  |  Noon 
Civic Online Reasoning – Three Questions to Evaluate Online Information



Thursday, October 28, 2021  |  Noon 
Creating and Editing in Wikipedia



Friday, October 29, 2021  |  Noon 
How to Speak Up Without Starting a Showdown



 Navigate the News with PressReader 
Looking for more ways to stay informed about what’s happening in your community, nation, and the world? PressReader is a digital service that gives you one place to view the news – whether it’s from local, national, or international sources. Your Kansas City Public Library card gets you unlimited access to over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world, in 60-plus languages – no subscription required. 
The New York Times Digital Pass 
You can enjoy FREE digital access to The New York Times, courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library. Your library card lets you sign up for a renewable 72-hour complete access pass to -- no paywalls.
  • Access from any Library location, from your home, or from other sites. 

  • No cost. No limit on the number of articles you can click and read. 

  • Read the latest news on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. 

  • Works with existing accounts and new registrations.  

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More News Resources From Your Library 


The Library offers a number of news databases and access to the digital collections of many local and national newspapers and magazines.  

Browse these publications’ digital archives for past issues: 

  • Kansas City Star:  

Image Edition (archives available back to 2013) 

Text Edition (archives available back to 1991)