Tech Tips: How to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable Connectivity Program: Helping Families Connect

By Digital Learning Librarian Amy Hofmockel & Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is an FCC benefit program to help people afford internet services. If you qualify, the ACP can help pay for monthly internet service and even provide a one-time discount for an internet-capable device. The ACP is an expanded and modified … Read more

Tech Tips: How to listen to audiobooks in Libby

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo In an earlier Tech Tips post, I shared tips and tricks on how to read ebooks and digital magazines on Libby with your smartphone or tablet. But did you know you also can listen to thousands of digital audiobooks on the Libby app too? Let’s get started! First, let’s discuss the … Read more

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 2)

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As mentioned in my first post in this series, Google is a great resource of information and can be a useful first source when researching for school projects. But did you know that there are many subscription-based library resources that can be accessed online with your Oak Park library card? … Read more

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 1)

Two grade school students using a laptop to study outside

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam Many people use Google to search for information on the internet. Google is a powerful tool for research. It is fast and convenient and can help you access lots of useful information. But is Google always the best research tool for everyone? Often Google is not a good tool to … Read more

Tech Tips: How to read ebooks & magazines in Libby

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Did you know that as an Oak Park Public Library cardholder you can access tens of thousands of ebooks and digital audiobooks, and thousands of digital magazines on your smartphone or tablet? In upcoming Tech Tips posts, I’ll be sharing tips and tricks on how to do just that! Meet Libby … Read more

Tech Tips: Computer Basics 101: The mouse

Diagram of a mouse

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Using a mouse seems simple, but did you know there are shortcuts built into many computer mice? In this post, you’ll discover the different parts of the mouse, how to use the mouse, and what the mouse can do. Anatomy of a computer mouse What do the buttons do? Let’s … Read more

Tech Tips: How to connect to a wireless network

Person using a laptop outside

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel You may be in a cafe, out in Scoville Park, or at the library trying to access a public WiFi network, or connecting with a mobile WiFi hotspot that you have checked out from the library. But how do you know you are connecting to the right network? Using your laptop … Read more

Tech Tips: How to find a digital newspaper or magazine

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Your Oak Park Public Library card gives you access to thousands of digital newspapers and magazines. Different streaming apps like PressReader, Flipster, and Libby all provide access to digital newspapers and magazines. So what is the best way to start when you’re looking for your favorites? The questions below will help … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #3): Troubleshooting common issues

T-Mobile Hotspot

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Having issues with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot you borrowed from the Oak Park Public Library? Sometimes you can have trouble despite having followed all the directions! Below, find some common issues other people have had and how to fix them. And check out the other posts in this three-part Tech … Read more

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