Digital media for preschoolers: Educational app recommendations (part 2)

Child and adult playing with phone in bed

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As we spend time at home this winter, many families are likely dedicating more time to screens—playing games and watching videos, movies, and television shows. Time on screens can provide positive experiences for families—a way to relax and have fun, connect, and share experiences together. This time also can provide … Read more

Tech Tips: How to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable Connectivity Program: Helping Families Connect

By Digital Learning Librarian Amy Hofmockel & Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo 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 modified … Read more

We suggest: Celebrity book picks, January 2022

Celebrity Book Clubs: Read with the Stars

by Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Since Oprah’s first book club pick in 1996, we have been reading as the celebrities do, falling in love with—or hating—characters with our fellow book club readers. Book clubs offer an opportunity to be in community with others, even if we’re not together in person.  Other celebrities who love … Read more

Celebrating Betty White: Books, TV shows & more

Betty White smiling on the red carpet

Betty White was a television powerhouse. With a career that spanned over 70 years and included roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland, Betty White has touched the lives of generations. Born right here in Oak Park in 1922, Betty would have been 100 years old on January … Read more

Meet Rose, your Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services. “I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, baking, … Read more

We suggest: New year, new you 2022

New Year, New You 2022: Feel better, do better, play better, age better with fireworks and starburst graphics

Happy New Year, Oak Park! Each new year offers a fresh chance to start anew, but after two years of living in a pandemic, committing to a new challenge might feel like a bit much right now. We feel you. What about making a commitment to feel better, do better, play better, and/or age better … Read more

Digital media for preschoolers: Recommendations & resources (Part 1)

Young child using laptop while parents look on

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As families wrap up their holiday shopping, parents and caregivers of preschool-aged children may be thinking about purchasing a tablet for their child. Some may have recently purchased a tablet and are now wondering which apps they should download. Some may also be wondering how much screen time is appropriate … 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

Holidays Around the World

A collage of library staff and family members celebrating the holidays

Our annual event is virtual! Library staff members have recorded videos and written stories to share their holiday traditions and memories with you, plus there are fun books, crafts, games, videos, and more for families to explore. Want more? Try these activities View an in-library display: Throughout December, see a special Holidays Around the World … Read more

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