New! Library backgrounds for your next Zoom meeting

Miss visiting your public library? We sure do! Now you can put yourself inside the library virtually with custom Oak Park Public Library backgrounds for your next Zoom meeting! Watch the video below to learn how to upload your own virtual background in Zoom. Download library-themed backgrounds Right click on the image and choose “Save … Read more

‘Not connecting isn’t an option’: Library staff continue to serve community during crisis

We are living in uncertain times with a lot of fear and suffering. As library employees, we recognize this reality for ourselves, our households, our communities, and our world. And yet, even as library buildings are closed during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we’re striving to connect, collaborate, and make a positive impact.  Now more than … Read more

How to Library video series: How to use Lynda.com

Lynda.com on iPad screen

Need help getting started with your digital library? We’ve got a video series for that! Check out our new “How to Library” videos, created to help you get the most out of your public library. In our second video, discover how to use Lynda.com. This online learning platform features video tutorials to help you learn business, … 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. Virtual interviews (lasting about 1-1.5 hours) will be scheduled … Read more

Four ways to celebrate Earth Day (April 22)

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Happy 50th anniversary, Earth Day! Held every year on April 22, this year’s theme is climate action. Looking for easy, fun, and meaningful ways to celebrate at home? Here are four suggestions! New! Need a card? Sign up for a digital-only account » Questions about PINs? Read more about resetting PINs » Need help? Have a question? Contact us » … Read more

Explore your creativity with Creativebug

Collage of weaving, envelope making, and a cupcake

Interested in learning how to do something new? How about trying a new hobby or craft? Creativebug offers fun, easy-to-follow video classes on baking, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, drawing, jewelry making, and more. New classes are released daily, and the site also features downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes. Choose from more than 1,000 award-winning art … Read more

How to Library video series: How to use Hoopla

Hoopla on laptop screen

Need help getting started with your digital library? We’ve got a new video series for that! Check out the first video in a new series called “How to Library,” created to help you get the most out of your public library. In the first video, discover how to instantly access thousands of ebooks, digital audiobooks, … Read more

Hoopla error message? Try adding your PIN

Hoopla on tablet being held over a table with winter greenery

As part of ongoing efforts to increase online security and data privacy, Hoopla now requires all users to provide their library Personal Identification Number (PIN) to borrow and stream. Please note: the PIN does not replace the password you have already created to log in to your Hoopla account. You will still need to use … 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

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