Learn with Lynda: Courses on remote work, job searching & more

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Need help managing stress and staying productive while working from home? New to working remotely? Looking for a new job?  Get help navigating these challenges with courses from Lynda.com, available with your Oak Park library account. Explore courses specifically designed for teachers, small business owners, sales reps, leaders, and more. To get started: Learn how … Read more

Updated: Local business and COVID-19

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“The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there’s so much information out there,” says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some state and local resources for clarification and further help. The latest Illinois state plans and orders Read the May 5 plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker: Restore Illinois: A Public Health … Read more

How to Library video series: How to use Lynda.com

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Need help getting started with your digital library? We’ve got a video series for that! Check out our new “How to Library” videos, created to help you get the most out of your public library. In our second video, discover how to use Lynda.com. This online learning platform features video tutorials to help you learn business, … Read more

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Book covers for T is for Transformation by Shaun T; Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten T. Hansen; Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin; Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try by Srini Pillay, M.D.; and The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good With Money by Chelsea Fagan

Happy New Year, Oak Park! Did you resolve to be kinder, more mindful, healthier? Do you want to explore your creative side, make smarter financial decisions, land a new job, or get a promotion? Your public library can help you find the inspiration and develop the skills you need to reach your goals in 2020! … Read more

Lively & the library: A story of growth

Librarian and store owner at Lively Athletics

Lively Athletics didn’t always sell kids’ shoes. In 2014, Anne Pezalla opened the store at 109 N. Oak Park Ave. with her sister Kate, selling women’s athletic clothing and shoes. In 2016, she started kicking around the idea of adding shoes for kids. She was participating in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at … Read more

5 ways libraries support entrepreneurs, small business owners

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Did you know your library can be a great business partner? “I don’t think a lot of small business owners or entrepreneurs even know what an amazing resource the library can be,” said Anne Pezalla, co-owner of Oak Park store Lively Athletics. This National Entrepreneurship Week, February 16-23, we’re showcasing five ways the library supports … Read more

‘Catalyst’ grant connects mentors with youth bound for college and career

Emerging Leaders Network

As an 18-month grant-funded initiative to empower youth for college and career builds to a finish at the Main Library, those involved are calling it a “community catalyst” for the way it’s sparking opportunities, strengthening relationships, and energizing young people, families, and those who work with young people. “To catalyze something means you can walk … Read more

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