Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #3): Troubleshooting common issues

T-Mobile Hotspot

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Having issues with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot you borrowed from the Oak Park Public Library? Sometimes you can have trouble despite having followed all the directions! Below, find some common issues other people have had and how to fix them. And check out the other posts in this three-part Tech … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #2): How to use a mobile hotspot

T-Mobile Hotspot

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel If you don’t have an internet connection at home you can borrow a mobile hotspot from the library! It will get you connected to the internet without incurring data charges. Need help getting your mobile hotspot set up? Follow the steps below and contact us with questions. And check out … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #1): What is a mobile hotspot?

T-Mobile Hotspot

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Don’t have an internet connection at home? Want to use your mobile devices—smartphones, laptops, and more—on the go without incurring data charges? A mobile WiFi hotspot can be used to provide a strong, fast, and secure online connection for your mobile devices anywhere cellular services are available. So if your … Read more

Tech Tips: How to find the menu in an app

Phone screen showing an app menu

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel When using apps and programs it can sometimes be hard to figure out how to access the menu. It can seem like the icons you need to tap to open the menu are constantly changing, even between app updates! While apps are always updating, some basics will stay the same.  … 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

Tech Tips: Navigating Google search results, spotting ads

Google Search

By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Advertisements are all over the internet these days, and while some are helpful, some add clutter, and others can link to scams and websites that can’t be trusted. Ads also are present in Google searches; sometimes displaying above the results you want to see. Ad placement in search results can create … Read more

Tech Tips: Getting started with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning on laptop

By Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee In recent Tech Tip posts, we’ve shared video tutorials that provide you with step-by-step instructions on using different programs and online tools. And this week we have exciting news about this online learning platform: has been upgraded and rebranded as LinkedIn Learning! has been a part … Read more is now LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning on a laptop screen

Updated Tuesday, February 9: has been upgraded to LinkedIn Learning. Check out the new look and continue learning » Starting Monday, February 8, will be upgraded and rebranded as LinkedIn Learning. You’ll still have access to all of the quality, expert courses available from, but with a new look that’s easier to … Read more

Tech Tips: Refining your Google search using domain suffixes

Google suffix search

By Adult Services Specialist John Gargiulo Searching the internet for trustworthy information can feel exhausting at times. With seemingly endless results, it’s often tempting to just click on the first or second option. But is the first result the most useful or the most accurate? Maybe, but not necessarily.  One easy way to narrow the scope of … Read more

New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

Wooden chess board with two players

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

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