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Media Smart Citizens: Your Voice, Your Power

Your Voice, Your Power

A story is how we understand ourselves, other people, and the world around us. It tells us how past events have shaped our lives to be what it is today. When we tell our stories, we give ourselves a chance to tell our truths and validate our experiences. We are all connected by the millions of stories we hear, tell, and live every day. By empowering ourselves through storytelling, we can empower others in our communities. It’s important to trust in the power of your voice. By doing this, you may inspire others around you to speak their truths as well. 

When we share our stories, we offer ourselves a chance to connect deeply with others and the world. Explore The New York Public Library's collection of books, databases, and credible online resources on the power of your voice.

"Your Voice, Your Power" is episode two of “Express Your Power”, a four-part, nationally-recognized media and information literacy learning video series produced by Media Smart Citizens in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library.



The New York Public Library offers a number of digitized collections of current and historic newspapers and magazines from all across the world. Explore the Library's extensive collection of databases relating to News, Media, Journalism, and Publishing, as well as searchable full-text and page images of Magazines, Journals, and Serials.

With your NYPL library card, you can also access popular magazines through Flipster and current newspapers from around the world through Press Reader.

See below for a selection of databases that are accessible with a New York Public Library card.

Live From NYPL

Stand with Salman: Defend the Freedom to Write

Writers worldwide stand in solidarity with Salman Rushdie and celebrate his extraordinary literary accomplishments, undaunted courage, and tireless advocacy for the freedom of expression and the plight of imperiled writers everywhere. Presented in partnership with PEN America and House of SpeakEasy. To learn more, please visit the event page.

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund, and the support of Library patrons and friends.

Video premiered August 19, 2022.

Read Banned Books: Toni Morrison Tribute

Few books have inspired, moved, and changed readers more than Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Few books have also been more challenged by those who would seek to censor and ban works of art. To honor its creator—a Library Lion and Lifetime Trustee—an all-star lineup of writers, actors, and thinkers returned to Morrison’s indelible work with readings, performances, and conversations.

Produced in partnership with LIVE from NYPL and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. To learn more, please visit the event page.

Video premiered September 22, 2022.

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