Celebrate the pursuit of truth at the library


The Elihu Burritt Library at Central Connecticut State University will host Pursue the Truth Day on Tuesday, April 16, from 3to 6 p.m. The event aims to celebrate the truth through a variety of lenses, including books, politics, journalism, art, music, film and even virtual reality.

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Professor Kate Farrish will interview Len Besthoff, the chief investigative reporter for NBC Connecticut, about how he pursues the truth through his work. It will take place in the Special Collections room on the second floor.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be staffing a table about how to use the state Freedom of Information Act to obtain access to public records and public meetings. Russell Blair, the director of education and communication for the FOI Commission, will be with us from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Farrish will interview Andrew Brown, an investigative journalist for the CT Mirror in the Special Collections room on the second floor.

Throughout the afternoon, puppeteer Michael J. Wilson and Carol Glynn from the Connecticut Storytelling Center will entertain adults and children visiting the library. Filmmaker Christopher Brown, a Hartford native, will be on hand to discuss his documentary short, "Thoughts Are Things," about libraries, and visitors will be able to watch the film using virtual reality headsets from the Central XR Lab.

Other tables will feature challenged books, information about spotting misinformation and disinformation online this election year, and Central Professor Emerita Kathy Hermes will discuss her magazine, "Connecticut Explored." There will also be a scavenger hunt and prizes.