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

Teens on Smart Phones

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

Tech Tips: Navigating Google search results, spotting ads

Google Search

By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Advertisements are all over the internet these days, and while some are helpful, some add clutter, and others can link to scams and websites that can’t be trusted. Ads also are present in Google searches; sometimes displaying above the results you want to see. Ad placement in search results can create … Read more

Tech Tips: Getting started with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning on laptop

By Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee In recent Tech Tip posts, we’ve shared Lynda.com video tutorials that provide you with step-by-step instructions on using different programs and online tools. And this week we have exciting news about this online learning platform: Lynda.com has been upgraded and rebranded as LinkedIn Learning! Lynda.com has been a part … Read more

Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning on a laptop screen

Updated Tuesday, February 9: Lynda.com has been upgraded to LinkedIn Learning. Check out the new look and continue learning » Starting Monday, February 8, Lynda.com will be upgraded and rebranded as LinkedIn Learning. You’ll still have access to all of the quality, expert courses available from Lynda.com, but with a new look that’s easier to … Read more

Tech Tips: Refining your Google search using domain suffixes

Google suffix search

By Adult Services Specialist John Gargiulo Searching the internet for trustworthy information can feel exhausting at times. With seemingly endless results, it’s often tempting to just click on the first or second option. But is the first result the most useful or the most accurate? Maybe, but not necessarily.  One easy way to narrow the scope of … Read more

New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

Wooden chess board with two players

With the explosion of interest in chess fueled by Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit last fall, library resource BrainFuse HelpNow has responded by offering live chess tutoring with expert coaches. Expert chess tutors are available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9 pm CT. Tutors have certifiable qualifications such as high Elo ratings (2000+), chess coaching … Read more

Tech Tips: Cutting the cable cord

Remote pointing at TV

By Rose Barnes, Adult Digital Learning Librarian We’ve all been spending more time at home this year, and maybe during that time you’ve been watching more television. Maybe you’ve heard about a new show on a streaming service instead of cable. There are so many options for streaming nowadays and more people are opting out … Read more

Tech Tips: Google Drive basics

By Adult Services Specialist John Gargiulo Do you have a Gmail account? Gmail provides you with access to Google apps like Docs, Slides, and Drive. If you have used Docs and Slides before, you may have noticed that all of those files are stored in Google Drive. So what is Google Drive? Cloud-based storage: Files are autosaved and … Read more

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

Middle schoolers, high schoolers, and their families may need extra support and someone to talk to during these stressful times. Below, find resources for mental health and learning—along with some ideas for ways to connect, have fun, and stay active while practicing safe physical distancing. Counselors, social workers, remote learning & more From Oak Park … Read more

Tech Tips: Safer online shopping

Woman with laptop and gift bags

By Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee Shopping online more this holiday season? Do it safely, and avoid becoming a victim of online scams, with these resources and tips! ‘Beware amazing deals’: 15 tips from Norton LifeLock “Beware amazing deals,” especially on social media. That’s one of the 15 tips from Norton LifeLock, a company known … Read more

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