Current Events

National News: There are many sources to find information about current events. How do you choose which news outlet from which to get your information? An article from the Pew Research Center for Journalism and Media displays data about Americans’ preference of news sources as it relates to their political preference, as well as where Americans think there might be bias.

National Newspapers (available at the Marion Public Library)

New York Times:
USA Today:
Wall Street Journal:

Local News Stations


Local and Regional Newspapers (available at the Marion Public Library)

The Gazette:
Marion Times:
Iowa City Press Citizen:
Des Moines Register:

Evaluating News Sources is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Watch this YouTube video on how to spot fake news.

University of Texas Libraries: Finding News Research Guide The infographic below can help you evaluate news articles and stories:

How to Spot Fake News

My Rights
National Coalition Against Censorship: NCAC's mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms, including education on First Amendment rights and obligations.
Youth Law Center: Provides free legal advice to youth across the state of Iowa. Offers information on emancipation, abuse and neglect, sex abuse, family problems, school, traffic, homelessness, chemical dependency, delinquency, guardianship/custody, and teen parenting issues.
300 Walnut Street Suite 295
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-244-1172 or 1-800-728-1172
Race & Diversity
African American Museum of Iowa: The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. They educate more than 30,000 people each year.
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
I'll Make Me a World in Iowa: Highlights African-American arts, culture, and contributions through education, awareness, and preservation during an annual celebration and with continual educational outreach.
1620 Pleasant Street Suite 210
Des Moines, IA 50310

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success: Instills pride in and understanding of African American culture, encourages academic achievement and community involvement, and offers opportunities for travel outside of Iowa. Serves 25-40 students for six weeks each summer.
PO Box 2842
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

Marion Public Library: Teens ages 13 and up can volunteer at our library! Stop by the front Circulation Desk to pick up an application or fill out a volunteer form online. We are happy to sign any forms you need for volunteer credit.

Questions? Contact Norah Hammond (Volunteer Liason) or Rachel Pollari (Teen Library Assistant):

United Way of East Central Iowa Volunteer Center: Connects those wanting to volunteer their time to a cause or community organization that utilizes their passions and skills.

317 7th Ave SE, Suite 401
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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