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

Tech Tips: 5 resources for spotting misinformation

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo 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 5 … Read more

Tech Tips: How to sign up for a Learning Lab

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By Digital Learning Librarian Amy Hofmockel 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

Tech Tips: How to use Burbio to find Oak Park events

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo 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 community … 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

Tech Tips: How to listen to audiobooks in Libby

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo 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 the … Read more

Tech Tips: How to read ebooks & magazines in Libby

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Did you know that as an Oak Park Public Library cardholder you can access tens of thousands of ebooks and digital audiobooks, and thousands of digital magazines on your smartphone or tablet? In upcoming Tech Tips posts, I’ll be sharing tips and tricks on how to do just that! Meet Libby … Read more

Tech Tips: Computer Basics 101: The mouse

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By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Using a mouse seems simple, but did you know there are shortcuts built into many computer mice? In this post, you’ll discover the different parts of the mouse, how to use the mouse, and what the mouse can do. Anatomy of a computer mouse What do the buttons do? Let’s … Read more

Tech Tips: How to connect to a wireless network

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By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel You may be in a cafe, out in Scoville Park, or at the library trying to access a public WiFi network, or connecting with a mobile WiFi hotspot that you have checked out from the library. But how do you know you are connecting to the right network? Using your laptop … Read more

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