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Fake News, Internet Rumor, and The Onion

Fake News information

We’ve all been hearing a lot about “fake news” these days, but misinformation on the Internet is nothing new. Fact-checking is near and dear to our hearts, and it matters! Back in the early 2000s, we worried about bogus email chains and Internet urban rumors. These days, we have new names for untrue content. All content deserves a critical eye. Before you start believing The Onion, take a minute to look at the source with a few easy steps:

Read it: Recent studies by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute found that 60% of the time readers comment or share Facebook stories without opening the link to the full story. The best way to combat fake news? Read the story itself! Find out if something in the story doesn’t quite make sense. Satire and jokes come across our feeds as often as misinformation. A great example: you know that hilarious text chain between Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman that your friend shared with you? Try to find out where it came from.

Verify it: Spend some time looking to verify any numbers, quotes, or stated facts in stories. So much of our Internet rumors don’t give the full story. Verifying information sources ends up being a great way to learn more about the world. Sources like FactCheck.org are great for finding updates on the rapid world of Internet myths.

Date it: Just because something was true in 2013 doesn’t mean it’s true now. We’re used to our social media posts being up-to-the-minute, and we don’t train our eyes to look for date stamps on posts. You’ll rarely find false info with a date, but even training yourself to look more carefully for a date will help you be a more critical consumer of information.


What’s New in Teen MakerLAB

Teen MakerLAB

Teen MakerLAB is a fun group that allows teens to explore technology under the guidance of tech mentors. MakerLAB started at the Morse Institute Library as a pop-up technology petting zoo, giving teens the chance to learn and play with technology tools like Arduino, Little Bits, and Makey Makey. Since the program began in 2015 teen participants have gained significant tech skills and have taken on larger scale projects including a group build of a pinball machine (using Arduino to add sound effects) and a Sweet Potato Derby that challenged teens to use their engineering, physics, and building skills.

New this year in the MakerLAB will be Cubelets, robot blocks that connect to create new robotic devices and can be coded. We have been so lucky to partner with MathWorks in bringing MakerLAB programs to Natick teens. Two generous grants from MathWorks have allowed us to purchase great tech tools and toys, and MathWorks volunteers have been serving as tech mentors.

Want to join the fun? Teen MakerLAB meets Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:00 in the Innovation Studio. The MakerLAB is open to teens ages 11-18 and registration is required. Call or email Teen Librarian Robin at 508-647-6400 x1546 or .


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Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book 2017Find love in unexpected pages by going on a blind date…with a book! During the month of February, choose your “date” from the display of specially wrapped books, and check it out at the circulation desk. Hopefully it’s love at first sight! If not, simply return it, we promise the book’s feeling won’t be hurt.

Inside each book is a “Rate Your Date” card. Let us know if you enjoyed your date, or if it was not the right literary match for you. Each card you turn in will earn you a treat from your blind date, with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the month!


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Love Letters for the Library

Love Letters for your LibraryThis February, show your library some love! We’re collecting love letters for the library, to share all the great programs, books, and features that YOU love.

Your Valentines will help raise awareness about the value of libraries with local and state officials. Stop by and write a love letter here in the library, tag us on social media with the hashtag #LibraryLovers, or write a note at LoveMassLibraries.com. Thanks, and we love you too!


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Share Your Morse Memories

Share Your Morse Memories

On April 8th, 2017, the library will be hosting a day-long celebration of the library’s 20th anniversary of our major renovation. We’re looking for photos of the library over the years. Do you have a great photo of the library’s book brigade back in 1997? Interesting photos of the library pre-renovation? Bookmobile photos from years gone by? We’d love to see them! Contact Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or with photos or questions.


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Tour the Library

Tour and Tea Monday, January 30 at 3pm

What really happens behind the scenes at the library? Come find out during our new monthly tours. Tour and Tea will give you a chance to see how the library really works as well a time to chat with library staff and administration. We’re excited to share more about the library with the community and equally excited to hear your questions and suggestions for us. Please join assistant director Jason Homer for our first Tour and Tea on Monday, January 30th at 3:00pm.


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Let’s Be Friends!

Friends of the Morse Institute Library

Our dedicated supporters, the Friends of the Morse Institute Library, are such an important part of our success. Our Friends support Speed Reads, our adventure passes, the large print collection for the Bookmobile, library programs for all ages, and make many other significant contributions to the library.

Have you been looking for a way to support the library programs and collections you love? Consider getting involved with the Friends of the Library! The Friends are always looking for volunteers to help with the Book Nook, the Book and Bake Sales, and so much more. Find out more at www.morsefriends.org. Thank you so much for your support!


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Ready, Set, Read!

Ready Set Read

Are Reading Goals on your New Year’s list this year? Many readers challenge themselves to read more by setting a Reading Goal each year. Set a goal that works for you; want to read more, challenge yourself to 100 books for 2017. Want to add more non-fiction or classics to your reading mix? Try shooting for 20 non-fiction titles a year. Whether you jot down goals in a notebook or use a Reading Goals tracking app like GoodReads, we’d love to hear about your reading goals! Tell us on Facebook or leave a note in our library comment box.


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Artists & Exhibits: January 2017

The Gateway Camera ClubGateway Camera Club

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Gateway Camera Club‘s goals are to share ideas, knowledge, and insight, to help improve the skills and abilities of our members, and to have some fun while enjoying photography.


Adventure Girls by Jason Cheeseman-MeyerJason Cheeseman-Meyer

Right Gallery, first floor

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer is presenting paintings from his series Adventure Girls. Filled with fantastic scenes, Adventure Girls celebrates human creativity, drive, and inquisitiveness. Each large oil painting hints at a story but doesn’t dictate what the story should be. Viewers are invited to read between the lines and craft their own adventures.


Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute LibrarySound & Spirit Choir: Vines, Upcycled Materials

Atrium Stairwell

The Sound & Spirit Choir of Natick created the installation “Vines” using upcycled materials to represent their collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.


Henry WilsonThe Education of Henry Wilson

Historical Exhibit Case, first floor

An exhibit by the Natick Historical Society.


Our Year in Review, Part 3

Evan and the e-NABLE prosthetic hand

Thanks to a grant from the Cognex Corporation we added a 3D printer to our services this past year. 3D printing puts manufacturing into the hands of all. In a year of 3D printing we have completed over 1000 hours of print jobs and used over 900 meters of material – that’s over 3x the length of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2! We’ve accepted 20 print jobs from the community, making everything from a ham radio case to prototype robotics parts.

Of the projects we’ve helped facilitate at the library, Librarian Dave Bartos has been most excited to work with Evan Sepe, a local Boy Scout who has been printing and assembling prosthetic hands for his Eagle Scout project. These hands will be donated to refugee camps through the Enabling the Future network of volunteers.

Want to learn more about personal manufacturing at the library? Check it out at morseinstitute.org/3d and start making things for yourself!


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