How to listen to music with your library card

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By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian There are so many benefits to having an Oak Park library card, and checking out digital music on Hoopla is one of my favorites. Part of your digital library, Hoopla features ebooks, digital audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and more that you can check out instantly—no holds, no … Read more

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 3)

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By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian  As the school year starts and school projects are assigned, know that the library is here to help! In addition to books, your Oak Park library card gives you access to a number of subscription-based resources that you can use to help you with your research. In my previous posts … Read more

How to watch movies with your library card

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By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian As the nights get longer and the temperature starts to really drop, I love to stay home and get cozy. One of my favorite winter activities that I’ve embraced since the start of the pandemic is watching movies while I work on puzzles. While there are so … Read more

Especially for older adults: Get ready for the holidays with help from your library

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By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian Somehow, it’s November! Which means that the holidays are quickly approaching. If you’re like me you haven’t even started to think about shopping, cooking, and gathering. But, hopefully, you’re a little more on top of things than I am. Either way, the library has a lot of … Read more

Tech Tips: How to use Consumer Reports

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By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian Are you thinking about buying a new car, appliance, gadget, or literally anything else, but feeling overwhelmed or not sure where to start? Consumer Reports is designed to help you navigate all of the options and narrow down products based on consumer tests and reviews. Their goal … Read more

4 ways to keep summer reading fun going all year long

Summer Reading June 1-August 31: Oceans of Possibilities with two children reading and listening with headphones while riding a fish

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian Summer reading is almost over—be sure to log your reading and activities in Beanstack by August 31—but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Here are four ways you can keep enjoying reading all year long! 1. Sign up for a library card! With your own library card, you … Read more

Learn for the fun of it: How-to, hobby & craft books, magazines & more

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Dive deep into a hobby you love, develop a new skill, or expand your knowledge on a topic you’ve always wanted to explore with these how-to books and resources 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 library card … Read more

Read The Wall Street Journal & The Washington Post from anywhere, anytime

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Your public library is committed to connecting you to timely, credible news sources from around the globe. The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post are two of the latest online subscriptions added to your library’s credible collection of more than 7,000 news publications.  Let’s get started In addition to the full-text versions of both papers, now Oak Park … Read more

New on Kanopy: Upgraded web experience & Oak Park’s top films & shows

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Noticed a new design on the Kanopy website this week? Earlier this month, Kanopy rolled out an upgraded streaming experience available in your web browser that’s more intuitive, responsive, and user-centered. Wondering what to watch next? Check out what Oak Parkers are streaming below » What’s new in the Kanopy web browser There’s nothing you … Read more

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