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New Tech Training Classes @ Your Library

In the past, the Library offered one-on-one computer tutorials for anyone interested in improving their computer skills. We are trying a different format with our new Tech Training Classes, which offer broader subjects taught in a classroom-like atmosphere. Here are some of our new offerings:

  • Intro to Computers: A basic "how-to" class which covers powering up; logging in; opening programs; creating, saving and finding files; and a review of the keyboard and its functions.
  • Desktop Publishing 101: Learn how to create simple greeting cards, signs, and other visual projects using Microsoft Publisher.
  • Intro to Kindle eReaders: Learn how to navigate your Kindle, organize contents, download eMediaLibrary content, manually add books to your Kindle from a computer, and find other eBook resources.
  • Intro to Tablets: Learn about the differences between tablet brands, touchscreen gestures, modifying settings, wifi connectivity, app store downloads and FPPLD Digital Library resources. An assortment of tablets will be provided for students to try.
  • Intro to Google: Explore Google Maps, Translate, create an account for 5G of "cloud storage" and then upload files to your own secure "drive."
  • Pinterest 101: Learn how to set up an account and find out the basics of pinning! Existing email account required.

New topics are always being considered on community need and demand. Contact the Info Desk (call 847-455-6016 ext. 2 or email info@fppld.org) for available class subjects and times.

Tech Help Drop-In Offered On Mondays

If you need assistance with technology-related tasks such as email, ebooks, e-anything, and aren't sure where to begin, Information & Digital Services staff and volunteers are here to help!

Drop-ins are on Monday evenings, and are first come, first served. Check with the Info Desk for availability. Learn more about Tech Help Drop-In.

Attention Family Historians!

Are you interested in finding out more about your family’s history?

Your library subscribes to Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online; both are digital resources best suited for expanding your family history search and building your family tree. It can take some time getting used to these resources, and our Head of Local History, Karen Gurski, is here to offer her expertise. She is available for free, one-on-one, hour-long tutorials to guide you in using these genealogy tools.

If you’re interested in signing up for a genealogy tutorial, contact Karen at 847-455-6016, ext. 234 or email her at kgurski@fppld.org.

Your Library, 24/7

download ebooksDid you receive your very own tablet, smartphone, ereader or computer as a present over the holidays? If so, there are many ways you can take advantage of your library's resources:

  • Download and install our free apps, try texting to manage your library account, use wireless printing to print to your library's printers, and much more.
  • Peruse our Digital Library, which offers reputable resources and online classes all day and night with your Franklin Park Library card.
  • Browse and download ebooks and audiobooks with eMediaLibrary, our online collection of ebooks and audiobooks available even when your library is closed.

Questions? Ask at the Info Desk for more info, give us a call at 847-455-6016, ext. 2 or email info@fppld.org.

Free Apps From Your Library

Did you know that your library offers a variety of free apps to download? See our current offerings below. While our apps are free, data fees from your carrier may apply.
LibAnywhere

  • Online Catalog & Library Info - Our main library app lets you search our online catalog, place holds, renew items, look up library info and more. Search for "LibAnywhere" in your app store. You may also view our mobile website without installing the app.
  • eBooks & Audiobooks - Enjoy discovering new books and revisiting classic titles with your mobile device and eMediaLibrary. Download the Overdrive app here or from your app store.
  • Article Search - Search for articles using our EBSCOhost app. Look for "EBSCOhost" in your app store and follow the steps for activation.
  • Data Search - Find business and residential data from ReferenceUSA. For iPad only.
  • Learn a Language - Keep up with your language learning on the go and the Byki app. First, create a Transparent Language account. Search for "Byki" in your app store, and follow the instructions.
  • Worldwide Library Holdings - Worldcat is an online catalog that displays library holdings worldwide. Access their mobile catalog here, and check out a variety of free apps powered by Worldcat.

Librarians are always ready to help you learn how to use your new device @ the Reference Desk. For further info and more ways to utilize your mobile device, see our Mobile Resources page.

New App for Nook Owners

eMediaLibraryDownloading from eMediaLibrary, our digital library of eBooks and audiobooks, is now even easier for Nook owners. If you have a Nook Color, Tablet, HD or HD+, visit the Nook Store to download the free Overdrive Media Console app. Read here for more info.

If you need help using your Nook or installing the app, get in touch with us or come to our next Tech Help Drop-In session (Monday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm).

Maximizing Your eBook & Audiobook Checkouts

eMediaLibraryeBooks and audiobooks from eMediaLibrary can now be borrowed for up to 21 days. The new option is listed when you go to checkout an item. (14 is the default, and 7 is the other option).

While you may enjoy the longer checkout period for certain items, you may want to return finished items sooner depending on your device and the content type. You can use your device's app, Adobe Digital Editions and/or Overdrive Media Console to return items. Usually this is done by clicking or tapping on an item, and then choosing to return and/or delete.

For more info, ask a trusty librarian or find your device on the Overdrive help page.

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