New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

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 experience, and current or previous titles (for example, expert/candidate master).

BrainFuse HelpNow, which is committed to learning in many forms, has a roster of services that include live homework help, practice tests for college entrance exams, and expert writing help. The online resource is available with your library card. Access BrainFuse HelpNow »

More ways to learn chess with your library

On-demand video tutorials

Luis Tubens has been teaching chess at the Oak Park Public Library for several years, and now you can learn from him via video lessons! See Chess Lessons With Mr. Luis »

Live virtual Chess Champs workshops

The ongoing Chess Champs workshop series is going strong and continues virtually!

Join us for a chess workshop and open play chess club, led by instructor Luis Tubens. Best for ages 5-13. Register in Zoom for the next workshop on Tuesday, January 26.

Don’t have a chess set? Check out or create your own

If you don’t own a chess set, you can place a hold on a Discovery Kit Chess bag in the library catalog, for contact-free pickup at the Main Library.

Or you can print out a board and pieces, or simply draw your own board and pieces.

Read or listen to books about chess

Browse the kids’ chess books on Hoopla and Media on Demand/Libby.

And if you’re looking to read or listen to the novel that inspired the extremely popular Netflix series, check out The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis on Hoopla (ebook and digital audiobook) and Media on Demand/Libby (ebook).