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? This 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 for more information on how to spot fake news.

University of Texas Libraries: Guide to Evaluating News Sources The image below is a handy quick-reference tool when evaluating a news source and explains how you can help prevent the spread of false information.

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. As Iowa’s leading educational resource on the topic, they educate more than 30,000 people each year.
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Diversity Focus: A non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the diversity of the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. 
222 2nd Street 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 enrichment celebration and with continual educational outreach.
1620 Pleasant Street Suite 210
Des Moines, IA 50310

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 one out online. We are happy to sign any forms you need for volunteer credit; however, we cannot always guarantee we will have as many hours as you request.

Questions? Contact Sandy Ransier (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
319-398-5372 (extension 822)

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