New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

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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 … Read more

Tech Tips: Cutting the cable cord

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By Rose Barnes, Adult Digital Learning Librarian We’ve all been spending more time at home this year, and maybe during that time you’ve been watching more television. Maybe you’ve heard about a new show on a streaming service instead of cable. There are so many options for streaming nowadays and more people are opting out … Read more

Tech Tips: Google Drive Basics

By Adult Services Specialist John Gargiulo Do you have a Gmail account? Gmail provides you with access to Google apps like Docs, Slides, and Drive. If you have used Docs and Slides before, you may have noticed that all of those files are stored in Google Drive. So what is Google Drive? Cloud-based storage: Files are autosaved and … Read more

Tech Tips: Safer online shopping

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By Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee Shopping online more this holiday season? Do it safely, and avoid becoming a victim of online scams, with these resources and tips! ‘Beware amazing deals’: 15 tips from Norton LifeLock “Beware amazing deals,” especially on social media. That’s one of the 15 tips from Norton LifeLock, a company known … Read more

Tech Tips: Installing apps on iPhone & Android

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By Rose Barnes, Adult Digital Learning Librarian Smartphones have changed the way we communicate and interact with the world around us. Beyond acting as a telephone, smartphones allow us to have instant access to quick and useful tools called apps. What are apps for? Simply put, an app is a type of software that allows … Read more

Tech Tips: Google Docs basics

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By Adult Services Specialist John Gargiulo Do you have a Gmail account? Gmail provides you with access to Google apps like Docs, Drive, and Slides. If you have used programs like Microsoft Word before, Google Docs will feel very familiar to you. ‘A more streamlined feel’ Google Docs is a text editor program with a more streamlined … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Code, create, design, play & learn digitally

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By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Learn about new tech information in a safe manner with digital titles available in your digital library, create-on-your-own websites, and tech news sources for kids! Check out these digital titles The Fake News Phenomenon by Duchess Harris Snap It! Snapchat Projects for the Real World by Carolyn Bernhardt The Robot … Read more

Tech Tips: Attach & download files with Gmail

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By Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee Are you a Gmail user? Here are some tips and tricks for working with attachments, including photos. Watch how-to videos from your library Lynda.com is a wonderful library resource available to all cardholders. It’s full of high-quality video tutorials to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve … Read more

New! Read all about it: Access 5 of the most popular U.S. national & regional newspapers

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In an effort to keep our patrons and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, physical newspapers are unavailable at the Main Library. Read more about our plans » Introducing two new ways to access news digitally on all your devices from anywhere: Global Newsstream and Historical U.S. Major Dailies. When you log in with your Oak Park card and … Read more

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