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

Discover Your Bias: allows you take a quiz and discover your own biases, compare them to other Americans, and find a party that aligns with your values. 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.

Interactive Media Bias Chart: Ad Fontes Media provides static and interactive media bias charts. focuses on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy. is the oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers. It is an independent publication by Snopes Media Group. The infographic below can help you evaluate news articles and stories:

How to Spot Fake News

My Rights

Immigration and Refugee Information: The Catherine McAuley Center provides support services for immigrant and refugee populations in the Cedar Rapids area.

866 Fourth Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

Iowa Legal Aid: This organization has legal resources for families that meet income and asset guidelines. Check here for information on family and juvenile issues.
Iowa Legal Aid Cedar Rapids Regional Office 
317 7th Ave. SE
Suite 404
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
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.
Your Federal Representatives: Your federal representatives can help you navigate federal agencies like the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Citizenship Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Senators from Iowa:

Senator Joni Ernst
111 Seventh Avenue SE
Suite 480
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 365-4504

Senator Chuck Grassley
111 7th Avenue SE, Box 13
Suite 6800
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 363-6832

U.S. Representative from Iowa:

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
308 3rd St SE
Suite 200

Cedar RapidsIA 52401
(319) 364-2288

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
Anti-Racism Resources:
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
Intercultural Center of Iowa: A nonprofit organization that provides the platform to which our community cultural differences and commonalities in values, expectations, beliefs, and practices are effectively bridged.
3255 Williams Blvd. SW
Suite 2
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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
Teens with Disabilities
Disability Rights Iowa: Helps people with disabilities, including mental illness, deal with discrimination. 
Health and Human Sevices: Resources for youth with disabilities including finding providers and advocacy groups.

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 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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