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

Read The Wall Street Journal & The Washington Post from anywhere, anytime

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Your public library is committed to connecting you to timely, credible news sources from around the globe. The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post are two of the latest online subscriptions added to your library’s credible collection of more than 7,000 news publications.  Let’s get started In addition to the full-text versions of both papers, now Oak Park … Read more

Tech Tips: 5 resources for spotting misinformation

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By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology 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 … Read more

Tech Tips: How to sign up for a Learning Lab

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By Amy Hofmockel, Digital Learning Librarian 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

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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

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By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology 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 … Read more

Tech Tips: How to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable Connectivity Program: Helping Families Connect

By Amy Hofmockel, Digital Learning Librarian & John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology 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 … Read more

Tech Tips: How to listen to audiobooks in Libby

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By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology 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 … Read more

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