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Fake News: How to Spot It

February 3, 2017 Leave a comment
Maryland’s State Library Resource Center has developed a new web guide for customers interested in how to spot fake news. This is a comprehensive guide that they should find helpful:
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Sharing: 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

June 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Frugal Dad web site shares what they call “the illusion of choice” infographic   Thanks to BusinessInsider for the tip.

Media Consolidation Infographic

Source: Frugal dad

NYT Best Sellers for March 20, 2011

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Get the latest at ACLS from the NYT Best Sellers List.

COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK FICTION

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen. (Algonquin.) After the death of his parents in a car accident, a young veterinary student — and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus.

TOYS, by James Patterson and Neil McMahon. (Little, Brown.) Hays Baker, a top operative for the Agency of Change and a national hero, suddenly finds himself a hunted fugitive who must fight to save humans from extinction.

THE LINCOLN LAWYER, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown.) Routinely doing business from his Lincoln Town Cars, the bottom-feeding attorney Mickey Haller is asked to defend the scion of a wealthy family who might not be guilty of a murderous crime.

SING YOU HOME, by Jodi Picoult. (Simon & Schuster.) Picoult takes on the issue of gay rights in this novel about a music therapist who desperately wants a child.

LOVE YOU MORE, by Lisa Gardner. (Random House.) Detective D. D. Warren must solve the case of a dead husband, a battered wife and a missing child.

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf Doubleday.) The third volume of the Millennium trilogy, about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.

THE JUNGLE, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. (Penguin Group.) Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon undertake rescue operations from Afghanistan to Myanmar.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf Doubleday.) A hacker and a journalist investigate the disappearance of a Swedish heiress 40 years earlier.

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf Doubleday.) In the second volume of the Millennium trilogy, a Swedish hacker becomes a murder suspect.

CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese. (Knopf Doubleday.) Twin brothers, conjoined at birth and then separated, grow up amid the political turmoil of Ethiopia.

TICK TOCK, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. (Little, Brown.) The New York detective Michael Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague to solve a rash of horrifying crimes that are throwing the city into chaos.

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, by Deborah Harkness. (Penguin Group.) The recovery of a lost ancient manuscript in a library at Oxford sets a fantastical underworld stirring.

THE PARIS WIFE, by Paula McLain. (Random House.) Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, narrates this novel set in Paris.

THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Penguin Group.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.

THE TIGER’S WIFE, by Tea Obreht. (Random House.) In an unnamed Balkan country, a young doctor investigates her beloved grandfather’s death.

COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK NONFICTION

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an emergency appendectomy.

UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown.) The story of a woman whose cancer cells were extensively cultured without her permission in 1951.

RED, by Sammy Hagar. (HarperCollins.) Hagar tells of his tear through rock, from his first break with Montrose to his role as the front man of Van Halen

MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN, by Joshua Foer. (Penguin Group.) A journalist who covered a mnemonics championship tries competing himself.

THE SOCIAL ANIMAL, by David Brooks. (Random House.) Brooks creates two imaginary people, Harold and Erica, to illustrate his understanding of the human mind, the wellsprings of action and the causes of success and failure.

DECISION POINTS, by George W. Bush. (Crown.) The former president’s memoir discusses his Christianity and the end of his drinking; his relationships with members of his family; and critical White House decisions on 9/11, Iraq and Katrina.

JESUS OF NAZARETH, by Joseph Ratzinger. (Ignatius Press.) Pope Benedict XVI challenges readers to grapple with the meaning of Jesus’ life.

PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE, by Michio Kaku. (Knopf Doubleday.) An examination of innovative developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics and space travel.

CLEOPATRA, by Stacy Schiff. (Little, Brown.) This biography portrays the Macedonian-Egyptian queen in all her ambition, audacity and formidable intelligence.

INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz. (Simon & Schuster.) What the world is like from a dog’s point of view.

THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls. (Simon & Schuster.) The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from place to place.

BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER, by Gabrielle Hamilton. (Random House.) A memoir by the chef and owner of the Manhattan restaurant Prune.

THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.

THE THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. (HarperCollins.) Aan unlikely Afghan entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban.



Web Site of the Week: Cumberland’s Worst Flood on Whilbr

March 11, 2011 Leave a comment

From Whilbr: Western Maryland’s Historical Library

The 1936 Flood in Cumberland, Hancock, and Williamsport


There had been general rainfall throughout the Potomac River Basin during the first two weeks of March 1936. Snow had also covered much of the watershed in early March. By mid-March, much of this rainfall and thawing snow had begun to find its ways into the region’s streams and creeks. But even with a saturated watershed and relatively high run-off, things were still relatively normal. On March 15th, a major storm which had originated in Texas began to move in a northeasterly direction, resulting in heavy downpours throughout the Middle Atlantic States and the Upper Ohio River Valley. Although the heaviest rainfall occurred on March 17th, the rainfall continued until March 19th with a total rainfall depth during this period of five inches in the Wills Creek and North Branch of the Potomac River areas. (The great Cumberland floods, Feldstein, 2009)

NYT Article Skimmer

March 19, 2009 Leave a comment


Check out the layout of the NYT called the Article Skimmer. A nifty new way to “skim the paper” for the headlines you want. What do you think?

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