Creative Studio coming soon, plus more ways to use our public spaces now

Creative Studio space under construction

Some physical library spaces were closed due to the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. We used that time to apply for state and federal grants and to make big collections shifts and improvements. The result? New, creative ways for us all to get more value out of our public library spaces. Coming soon to the … Read more

Tech Tips: 5 resources for spotting misinformation

News website display on a laptop

By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo In today’s media landscape, it can be challenging to sort through the constant flow of information and evaluate the accuracy of news articles and social media posts. The fast pace, sensational headlines, and frequent layout changes of social media can make it challenging to assess what you are reading. These 5 … Read more

Tech Tips: How to sign up for a Learning Lab

Two people wearing masks and working on a laptop

By Digital Learning Librarian Amy Hofmockel Looking for one-on-one help with a specific digital learning or technical topic? Sign up for an in-person Learning Lab appointment—available at all three library locations—and get a focused 30-minute session with a Learning Lab instructor. You can request an appointment by filling out our Learning Lab Appointment Request form, but before … Read more

New on Kanopy: Upgraded web experience & Oak Park’s top films & shows

Screenshot of updated Kanopy homepage

Noticed a new design on the Kanopy website this week? Earlier this month, Kanopy rolled out an upgraded streaming experience available in your web browser that’s more intuitive, responsive, and user-centered. Wondering what to watch next? Check out what Oak Parkers are streaming below » What’s new in the Kanopy web browser There’s nothing you … Read more

Tech Tips: How to use Burbio to find Oak Park events

Burbio website displayed on laptop

By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Looking for more ways to keep track of community events? Burbio.com is a free website and mobile app that puts multiple local government agencies and community organizations—including your public library—in one combined online calendar. In this Tech Tip, we’re going to review how you can use this tool to find community … Read more

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

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