Fact Checking Tools

Factcheck - A non-partisan, non-profit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Politifact - A Pulitzer prize-winning website that researches the claims of politicians and checks their accuracy.

Snopes - One of the oldest debunking sites on the internet. Snopes.com focuses on urban legends, news stories and memes. Most importanly, they also cite their sources at the end of each debunking.

The Washington Post Fact Checker - A resource mainly devoted to political fact checking. 


News Sites

AllSides - A news site that exposes bias by providing various points of view on the same topic.


Other Articles and Resources About Fake News

Librarians vs Fake News - One hour panel discussion sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), and Gail Borden Public Library Districk (Elgin, Illinois)

Help! My News is Fake! - Guide put together by the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Public Library

News Literacy - Guide put together by the Zion-Benton Township High School Library

Understanding Fake News - Blog entry by Bruce Brigell, Skokie Public Library (includes a list of browser plug-ins)

The Brimfield Public Library was awarded a 2019 Project Next Generation Grant from the Illinois State Library for the fourth year in a row. This year, students ages 10-18 have the opportunity to attend mentor-lead workshops, during which they will learn how to build and program robots, film and edit movies, design and print 3D objects, and operate a drone. With PNG grant funds, the library has purchased a variety of equipment, including 3D pens, new 3D printers, a drone, and Adobe Creative Suite licenses. Students can learn more about upcoming workshops by visiting the library's Project Next Generation page, and can register for workshops by contacting the library: 309-446-9575 or khahn@brimfieldlibrary.org. All workshops are developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

You filled out our Fitness Class Survey, and we listened!  Yoga at the Library, with yoga instructor Nancy Shallenberger. Nancy will be teaching classes on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm.  Classes are appropriate for all fitness levels.  To attend, purchase a $20 monthly fitness pass either at the library's front desk, or from Nancy when you come to class.  Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing, and bring your own yoga mat.
Continuation of yoga classes is dependent on continued participation.

There is a large recycle container located on the south side of the library near the alley for all library district residents to use.  This is co-mingle service, so no need to separate anything.  Please check the label on the container for the list of accepted items. Please, NO GLASS, as it will probably get broken and there are people sorting at the Galva plant!

Brimfield Public Library is also proud to sponsor recycling for residents in the Kickapoo area!  There are three large containers located near the Kickapoo Township building just off Rt. 150 in Kickapoo.  Brimfield Public Library sponsors one container, and Kickapoo Township sponsors the other two. This is the same service as in Brimfield, with co-mingle recycling, so no separating is needed.  Check the Community Recycling page, or see signs on the containers for a list of accepted items. 

To insure this awesome service continues in our community, please follow all recycling rules, such as, break down cardboard boxes, make sure your items are on the accepted list, don't overfill the container, close container lids, and never leave items outside the container.  Thanks for your cooperation!  Happy Recycling!!   


Illinois Law requires library staff to adhere to the privacy law regarding your library account information.  This includes registration records, circulation records, and releasing on-hold items.  On-hold items are released only to the person whose card was used to place the hold.  If you want others (spouses, children, etc.) to have access to your account, including picking-up your on-hold items, you will need to sign a permission form for our files.  Forms are available at the circ desk.  Thanks for your cooperation!  

Brimfield Public Library is accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations for the Food Pantry.  For those in need, the Pantry is located in the Union Church (at the corner of Galena Ave. and Clay St.) and open Mondays 2-4, Wednesdays 2-4, and Saturdays 8-10.