Resources especially for teens, tweens and their families during COVID-19

Texting and calling your friends is not the same as hanging out in person, and a Zoom prom is not the same as a real prom (Jimmy Fallon agrees). Gov. J.B. Pritzker, himself a parent of two teenagers, acknowledged this reality when he directly addressed students at the end of his March 31 press conference … Read more

Updated! Found online: Virtual ways for kids to learn, stay engaged, have fun

Your digital library has a ton of resources to help your kids learn virtually, including streaming video, ebooks, databases, and more. And in these unprecedented times, we’re loving all the creative ways people and institutions around the world are stepping up and offering virtual lessons, classes, projects, and tours. New! Daily activity schedules from Common … Read more

The Great Courses: Lifelong learning & enrichment through audio and video

Aimed at lifelong learners, The Great Courses is a series of college-level courses designed to deliver high-quality learning experiences outside of a lecture hall. And you can get them on demand through your digital library! Through digital audio and video, you can pursue lifelong learning and personal enrichment in science, history, literature, religion, and more, … Read more

Watch more on Kanopy: Views increased to 20 a month

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Watch more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─ titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers with Kanopy and your Oak Park card and PIN. And just last week, we temporarily doubled Kanopy checkout limits. Now, you can enjoy 20 … Read more

Discover the riches inside America’s libraries, museums & more digitally from home

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The Oak Park Public Library is a member of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a fantastic resource that connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and … Read more

Exploring your digital library

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While our three library buildings are closed, your library is working remotely to answer your questions and expand digital collections and services. Don’t have a library card yet? We’ve also just added a way for Oak Park residents to get digital-only access remotely. We’re keeping new Title Suggestion Lists, Built by Oak Park Librarians fresh … Read more

Virtual tutoring & academic support for all ages

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Oak Park cardholders now have access to on-demand virtual learning with a new library resource called Brainfuse HelpNow. HelpNow offers real-time help in skill building and test preparation. Learners of all ages can connect directly online with live, vetted tutors every day from 2 to 11 pm. Interactive tutoring & more With Brainfuse HelpNow, you … Read more

Unlimited access to TumbleBooks through August

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Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device with TumbleBooks, through August 31. You don’t have to check anything out, place any holds, or take up space on your device with bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Oak Park Public Library cardholders currently have access to the TumbleBookLibrary for … Read more

Teens invited to share their voice on managing stress and anxiety, creating new app

Teens on Smart Phones

The library is partnering with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), on a project to design new smartphone apps that help teens better understand and manage their emotions, stress, and anxiety. Teens ages 12-17 are invited to get involved in this research project. In-person interviews (lasting about 1-1.5 hours) will be scheduled … Read more

‘Oak Parkers love their digital library’

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“My favorite way to use my Oak Park Library card is using the streaming services … from the comforts of my couch!” —Oak Park cardholder, September 2019 More content being streamed & downloaded More and more Oak Parkers are using the library’s digital collections to stream and download books, movies, music, TV shows, and more. … Read more

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