Tech Tips: How to use the SWAN Libraries App

SWAN app on phone on stack of books

By Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology John Gargiulo Did you know that there is an app you can use to search for library materials, place holds, and manage your checkouts all in one place? The SWAN Libraries App makes finding and requesting items easy.  Let’s review a few basics of how to use the SWAN Libraries App Log … Read more

Library Card Sign-Up Month: New ways to use your library

Librarian Rose holding a library card

By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Happy September! I hope you’re enjoying the slow cool down from summer and are ready to put your library card to good use this autumn. Did you know that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? During the month of September, all over the country, libraries work to … Read more

Hispanic Heritage books, events, videos & more

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Your public library is here to connect you with books, events, learning experiences, and online resources that celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture this month and all year long. On this page, you can: This commemorative month (held September 15-October 15) was officially designated as Hispanic Heritage Month by the U.S. Congress in 1968. Learn more at … Read more

BingePass: A new way to explore online content on Hoopla

New! Hoopla BingePass with an icon featuring two tickets on a starbust background

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

We hear you: Listening session feedback

Child and adult at the library's A Day In Our Village booth

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas at our listening sessions! More than 250 individuals participated, with in-person conversations and feedback forms completed in April, May, and June. Here’s more about the nine public listening sessions hosted by Executive Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon and additional library staff: What you told us about … Read more

Cooking resources & programs at your library

Older adult and child cooking

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian As August winds down and we hang on to the last hot days of summer, I often find myself thinking about hearty fall produce and seasonal recipes. I am someone who relishes summer and takes advantage of the longer days by gardening or grilling outside, but towards … Read more

Get the most from adult summer reading

Graphics of a movie projector, book, conversation bubbles, and headphones and a beachy background

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian It’s July, and summer is in full swing! If you’re like me you might relish the longer days and warm summer nights. You also might find that you’re out and about more this summer after the past few years when it was imperative to limit social interaction … Read more

Disability Pride books, a display & supported events

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Your public library is here to connect you with books, learning experiences, events, and online resources that celebrate people with disabilities and disability as an identity in July and all year long. On this page, you can: What is Disability Pride Month? Disability Pride celebrates people with disabilities and disability as an identity, honoring the … Read more

Tech Tips: How to use keyboard shortcuts (beyond cut, copy & paste)

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By Amelia, Digital Learning Specialist You might be familiar with the keyboard shortcuts to copy, cut, and paste (and if you’re not, check step-by-step instructions on how to use these shortcuts in Microsoft Word and on your smartphone). But did you know that there are more keyboard shortcuts you can use to navigate your computer … Read more

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