Reading Social Media: Fake News Event

Orland Park, IL – More people than ever are getting their news online. But how do you spot a fake story? Orland Park Public Library is hosting a special panel on Monday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss how people can be more responsible news consumers and recognize whether a link leads to a credible news story or just click-bait.

Most people have seen a blatantly incorrect news story advertising a celebrity death that has not occurred, a scandal that does not exist, or a new cure to a disease that has not been scientifically proven. Consuming and sharing unreliable news can be dangerous when it is widely shared and acted upon, but libraries are here to help sort the facts from the fiction.

“Librarians, educators and newspapers are positioned to respond to this growing trend through unbiased collections, actual statistics, and fact checking,” said Diane Srebro, Assistant Head of Adult Services at Orland Park Public Library. “Experts will share practical tactics to instruct students of all ages in sorting through an overload of information.”

Panelists will be encouraging those attending the event to consider the source of their information, to read beyond the headlines, to check the author of the material they are reading, and to find supporting sources for information. Some fact checking websites that will be mentioned during the panel discussion include,, and Additionally, panelists will be encouraging those attending to always ask an expert when they are in doubt about a story’s authenticity.

Panelists include Editor Joe Biesk, of the Daily Southtown; School Media Librarian Amy Hamernick, of Orland Park District 135; Head Librarian Deirdre Rawls, of Robert Morris University; and Laura Lauzen-Collins PhD, of the psychology faculty at Moraine Valley Community College.

An interesting scientific study that complements this event is a Stanford University study released in November 2016 that discussed students’ inability to recognize inaccurate information sources. An executive summary of this study can be found here:

This study analyzed 7,804 student responses across 12 states and found that middle school students, high school students, and college students are unable to differentiate between opinion articles and credible news. Additionally, they have trouble recognizing that a source may be biased. Students even saw ads for articles as credible news when the words “Sponsored Content” were added to the ad.

For more information about the library, visit or call 708-428-5100. The Orland Park Public Library is located at 14921 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


ACTIVATE transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings.

Art. Music. People. Alleys.

ACTIVATE is not a festival. It’s an interactive exhibition of art and culture that takes place over the course of five nights from June through September.

The best things in life are free, and so is ACTIVATE. You don’t have to pay to get in, and we’ve kept beer and wine prices affordable.

The 2017 ACTIVATE theme, Off Street, invites the public to explore the pulse of daily life that the alley embodies. Art and programming will focus on a different aspect of alley life for each event. The first event in the summer series, Playground – The Rec Room of the Block, explores the alley as a play space. Far more than a piece of infrastructure that serves practical functions, the alley is a gathering place—the “rec room of the block,” as architect Dan Weese says. Curators Missy Perkins and John Ibarra with Que4 Radio have created a lineup of activities and installations that evoke summertime alley fun:

  • A breakdancing battle presented by Power Style Radio with mixmaster DJs Moz Definite and Illanoiz, emceed by Power Style Radio founder and host Kid Jungle
  • Interactive black light mural and projection mapping art installation by Jane Georges
  • Professional ping-pong players (body painted by Hatek) ready to challenge the audience, courtesy of SPIN Chicago
  • A pop-up barber shop with Rico Sepeda from Joe’s Hair Studio
  • A skate jam hosted by skater and youth mentor Junebug and Bucktown’s Uprise Skateshop

The event will also feature music by Ifficial Reggae Movement and the Four Star Brass Band; DJ and muralist Roho Garcia; Bare Strokes body painting with Dwight White, Marcus Sumrall, and Barrett Keithley; and murals painted by Chris Orta, Jose Quezada, and Raul Ra. 

The event will take place on June 15, 2017 and is free for admission. For more information, visit: