Creative Studio open for staff-led digital learning

Creative Studio space under construction

Open now for staff-led digital learning events is a shiny new Creative Studio on the Main Library’s third floor. Offering 3D printers and laptops today, we expect to introduce a laser cutter, a large-format printer for posters and other oversize print jobs, a sound booth for professional-quality audio and video content creation, and digital preservation equipment … Read more

BingePass: A new way to explore online content on Hoopla

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With Hoopla‘s new BingePass and your Oak Park library card, you can get unlimited streaming for seven days with a single borrow! Let’s get started… How do I use BingePass? Watch the video below for an overview of how to use BingePass. Please note: The video shows how to access BingePass using an iPhone. For … Read more

Tech Tips: How to use Consumer Reports

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By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian Are you thinking about buying a new car, appliance, gadget, or literally anything else, but feeling overwhelmed or not sure where to start? Consumer Reports is designed to help you navigate all of the options and narrow down products based on consumer tests and reviews. Their goal … Read more

Tech Tips: How to get started with PressReader

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By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology Interested in a convenient way to read newspapers on your phone? With access to more than 7,000 publications from around the world in their original language and format, PressReader is a helpful tool. This post will cover some basics that will help you get started with PressReader. Here are five … Read more

Tech Tips: Basic digital security: How to create a strong password

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By Amy Hofmockel, Digital Learning Librarian It’s so important to create strong passwords—and frequently update them—even though most websites have security measures in place to keep your personal information private. Let’s go over a few of the most basic—but most important—ways to keep your digital data safe, starting with how to: Create strong passwords, Remember … Read more

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 3)

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As the school year starts and school projects are assigned, know that the library is here to help! In addition to books, your Oak Park library card gives you access to a number of subscription-based resources that you can use to help you with your research. In my previous posts in … Read more

Library Card Sign-Up Month: 6 fun & useful items to check out with your Oak Park library card

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By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and to celebrate we are featuring some fun and useful items that you may not know you can check out with your library card. Need a card? Let’s get started » Check out these 6 things to check out 1. Book Club Kit What … Read more

Tech Tips: How to find a digital newspaper or magazine

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By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology 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? Want to just browse? Check … Read more

Tech Tips: How to copy & paste on your smartphone

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By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology You have likely used the copy and paste functions to move text on your computer, within a document or email, or from one application to another. (If you haven’t, check out these copy and paste shortcut instructions you can use on your computer.) But how do you complete … Read more

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