Gettin’ crafty with it: How-to books & resources

Want to learn how to make it, sew it, fix it, grow it, cook it, or build it? Develop a new skill, start a new hobby, and learn for the fun of it with these how-to books and resources that our librarians love.

How-to books

How-to resources from your digital library

Browse how-to ebooks, videos, and other resources available digitally with your Oak Park Public Library card and PIN:

Ebooks & digital audiobooks


Online resources

  • Auto Repair Source: Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.
  • Creativebug: An inspirational resource for DIY, crafters, and makers with more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
  • Hobbies & Crafts Source: Detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas for hobby enthusiasts of all kinds, with full-text articles from leading hobby and craft magazines.
  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Online learning platform with video tutorials to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Mango Languages: Reach conversational proficiency in more than 70 languages, including English as a Second Language, good for tourists or beginners.
  • Muzzy: Language program for children with games and learning activities.
  • Pressbooks: Easy-to-use book writing software that creates a book in all the formats needed to publish, in print and digitally.