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Civics for Adults, St. Helens Public Library

St Helens Public Library will be hosting a series of Community Workshops on Civics for Adults.  The Moderator for the workshops will be Donna L. Cohen, a Teacher and Librarian.  This Thursday will be the first of three planned workshops.


Misinformation, Fake News,and Political Propaganda
Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Saint Helens Library
We are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources, and other media. Learn to distinguish truth from fiction using critical thinking strategies. The workshop uses real world examples of political ads, news headlines, logical fallacies, graphs/charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data, and other types of information in a “what do you see here?/what is missing?” type of format. The last part is about finding accurate information. The goal is to help people become their own “factchecker.”

Citizen Activism 101—Making Change Happen
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Library
Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change and more: Examples of successful advocacy Brief historical perspective Choosing your battles What matters to you? Who makes the rules? Getting heard: tools for change “Tracking” civic/political issues State legislature is in session. Discuss what is going on and how to make your mark.

The Influence of the Constitution on Political Conversation
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Library
By looking back at the creation of the Constitution we puncture some myths and develop a broader perspective on its significance – perspective that helps us evaluate current political events more thoughtfully.