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

Virtual library programs connect regulars, draw new participants

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Like so much else these days, our monthly library groups for writers, performers, language learners, and more are now meeting virtually. While all in-person programs are canceled through August, these online programs are drawing new participants as well as regulars. For example, Oak Parkers who joined the virtual French Conversation Hour in April met new … Read more

Updated! Found online: Virtual ways for kids to learn, stay engaged, have fun

Your digital library has a ton of resources to help your kids learn virtually, including streaming video, ebooks, databases, and more. And in these unprecedented times, we’re loving all the creative ways people and institutions around the world are stepping up and offering virtual lessons, classes, projects, and tours. Especially for kids with disabilities, recommended … Read more

Updated! Resources especially for teens, tweens & their families during COVID-19

Texting and calling your friends is not the same as hanging out in person, and a Zoom prom is not the same as a real prom (Jimmy Fallon agrees). Gov. J.B. Pritzker, himself a parent of two teenagers, acknowledged this reality when he directly addressed students at the end of his March 31 press conference. … Read more

New! Library backgrounds for your next Zoom meeting

Miss visiting your public library? We sure do! Now you can put yourself inside the library virtually with custom Oak Park Public Library backgrounds for your next Zoom meeting! Watch the video below to learn how to upload your own virtual background in Zoom. Download library-themed backgrounds Right click on the image and choose “Save … Read more

‘Not connecting isn’t an option’: Library staff continue to serve community during crisis

We are living in uncertain times with a lot of fear and suffering. As library employees, we recognize this reality for ourselves, our households, our communities, and our world. And yet, even as library buildings are closed during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we’re striving to connect, collaborate, and make a positive impact.  Now more than … 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

Teens invited to share their voice on managing stress and anxiety, creating new app

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The library is partnering with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), on a project to design new smartphone apps that help teens better understand and manage their emotions, stress, and anxiety. Teens ages 12-17 are invited to get involved in this research project. Virtual interviews (lasting about 1-1.5 hours) will be scheduled … Read more

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