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Library Services | Quick Start Guides | Technology for Child Caregivers Series | Genealogy | Word, Excel Spreadsheets, and Typing | iPhone and iPad | Google Services and Applications | Streaming Videos and Entertainment | Social Media and Video Conferencing | Job Search | Special Topics

Library services

Libby eBooks and eAudiobooks
You can use your Lincolnwood Library card to access the ebooks we share with the Digital Library of Illinois with its mobile app Libby. This class video takes you through what Libby is, how to install it, signing in with your Library card, its interface, searching for eBooks and placing holds, checking out and reading eBooks and eAudiobooks, and more.

Overdrive eBooks
Amazon Kindle Fire devices can download Overdrive from the Amazon App Store to use your Lincolnwood Library card to access Digital Library of Illinois ebooks. (We hope that our eBook partner company Overdrive will update its Libby app to support Amazon Kindle Fire devices. Until they do, you can download this app or use the Libby web application in your Silk web browser to access Library ebooks.)

This video covers the basics of using Overdrive. Overdrive may appear slightly differently on your device, but its general use and interface should be similar. This class video covers signing in, your account and notifications, searching, ebook formats, and more. The Android tablet section most closely replicates the Amazon Kindle Fire experience.

Mango Languages
Use your Lincolnwood Library card to log in to this language learning application. This class video covers Mango’s learning model, how to access Mango and sign up, and the basics of using it on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Click here to get started!

Using Creativebug
Use your Lincolnwood Library card for Joann Fabrics’ online video lessons service to nurture your creative side with thousands of classes on painting, knitting, sewing, crafting, and more. This class video covers what Creativebug is, how you can access it and sign up, logging in, browsing and searching Creativebug, and playing its videos. Have your library card ready and click here to get started.

Library of Things (available items as of February 2021)
Lincolnwood residents with their library cards can check out more than books! This video covers the Library of Things items we had available as of February 2021. Watch out for more as you come into the Library or as we post shorter explainer videos on our social media.

Items covered include:
Rokus for streaming media
projector and projector screen
over-the-air antenna for free TV
Google Chromecast for streaming media
Canon Rebel T7 DSLR camera
GoPro Hero action camera and accessories
H5 Handy Recorder and XLR microphone cables for audio recordings
Wi-Fi Hotspots for on-the-go Internet
-Chromebook basic laptops (laptop only or a kit with a hotspot)
Amazon Echo Dot smart home device
CD/DVD drive
Kodak Scanza and Wolverine Film2digital MovieMaker for converting media to digital


Quick Start Guides

Watch these brief class videos to get an overview of a topic. Reach out to the Library at (847) 677-5277 asd@lincolnwoodlibrary.org or (224) 233-1841 for the Adult Services Desk for more help.

How to Print Wirelessly
Learn how to use the Library’s wireless printing system to have your prints ready when you come in. Your iPad, iPhone, or Android system “print” option won’t work, but the options here should! Lincolnwood residents get $15 of free printing each year, so you can take advantage printing from your email or from your laptop, and more.

How to Stream Netflix
Curious about streaming movies or shows? This quick class video goes through the basics of Netflix, one of the top streaming video services with many hit movies and TV shows. You can even stream Netflix for free using one of the Library Rokus – learn more about Rokus here.

Using a Playaway
Lincolnwood Library circulates playaways, which are all-in-one eAudiobook players. All you need to supply is a set of headphones!

NoveList Quick Start Guide
Quickly learn the features of Novelist Plus to help you find something to read. This quick class video covers recommendations, appeals behind books, and more. You can access NoveList Plus with your Lincolnwood Library card by clicking this link.

Technology for Child Caregivers series

Setting Expectations
Leading off our series of technology lessons for parents and caregivers of kids, we start with setting expectations for how you and your family will use technology together responsibly with some things for you to think about, questions to ask yourself, and tools and resources to consult for more information.

Selecting Media
Selecting what our families and children watch is important to learning, and in this class video we take you through using library resources and technology to be able to select the best books, movies, TV shows, and more for those you are caring for. We also talk about resources and sources like Lexiles, Common Sense Media, and Goodreads to help you evaluate content.

Digital Citizenship
Kids and parents share the technological world, so it’s important to make it a positive environment. Join us as we go through the basics of digital citizenship from defining what it is generally to specific topics like consent, information privacy and doxxing, when raiding is appropriate, defeating bots and trolls, and more.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Many libraries including Lincolnwood encourage parents to read their children at least 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and in this video we discuss that program, and demo how to use the Library Beanstack website or its apps (Apple iOS, Google Android) to track your reading.

Genealogy

Google Books
Join Lincolnwood Library genealogy expert Kate as she discusses how you can use Google’s $0.00 free Google Books service for your genealogy and family history research.

Genealogy resources from home
Use your Lincolnwood Library card to log in to Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and the Chicago Tribune’s historical collection in the library or at home.

UPDATE: Remote access to Ancestry Library Edition stopped 12/31/2021. You can now come in to the Lincolnwood Library and log on with a laptop or one of our desktop computers to access this great genealogy resource.

Word, Excel spreadsheets, and typing

Microsoft Word Basics
Learn how to use Microsoft Word for typing documents! This class video covers versions and how you can access Word, opening it up, its tabbed Ribbon interface (2007 on), typing, formatting and layout, inserting pictures, saving, closing, reopening documents, print preview and printing, help and search, and more.

Beginning Microsoft Excel
Excel Level 1: Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel from opening it up to navigating its rows, columns, cells and worksheets to entering and editing data, autocomplete, and more.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel
Excel Level 2: Learn to work with formulas, data filtering, and basic tables in Microsoft Excel. Follow along with the example file shown by clicking this link.

Microsoft Excel: Working with Data
Excel Level 3: Learn how to use Microsoft Excel to process, format, and chart data. Use tables and conditional formatting to organize data, reformat and present data with PivotTables and PivotCharts, and use HLoopup and VLookup to find data in large tables.

Microsoft Excel: Creating Formulas
Excel Level 4: Learn how to create formulas and functions from scratch! This class starts at the basics and goes to more complex functions – SUM, AVERAGE, COUNTIF, IF, SUMIF, all the way to INDEX and MATCH and much more (almost 40 different functions!). To follow along, download the class main exercise file by clicking this link. You can also download an example file for linking workbooks by clicking this link.

iPhone and iPad

iPhone and iPad Basics
Learn the basics of using an iPad or iPhone from turning them on and off to waking them up, typing, answering calls, connecting to WiFi, browsing the web, settings, the camera, and more.

This video was recorded using an older version of Apple’s iOS and iPadOS mobile operating system. Some features may now be different. However many fundamentals of the system have stayed the same.

Intermediate iPhone and iPad
Go more in-depth on “hidden features” of iOS and iPadOS 14 like editing the home screen, using widgets, searching your device, Control Center, settings, Notification Center, advanced keyboard functions, the Siri digital assistant, the App Store, and more.

This video was recorded using an older version of Apple’s iOS and iPadOS mobile operating system. Some features may now be different. However many fundamentals of the system have stayed the same.

iPhone and iPad Accessibility
Make your iPhone or iPad more accessible with settings you can change and hidden features you can take advantage of. We’ll go through many options for customizing your devices and making them work for you. This class was not recorded, but you can download handouts given to attendees:

More iPhone and iPad help resources:
iPhone support
iPad support
iOS operating system (iPhone)
iPadOS operating system
iPad user guide
iPhone user guide

Google services and applications

Create and then sign in to a Google account to get the most of these class videos.

Google Drive and Apps
Your $0.00 free Google account includes a variety of online applications that Google is always working to keep fresh and up-to-date with new features to help you be productive.

This class video covers:
-Creating a Google Account
Google Drive – the hub of your non-email Google content
Google Docs for creating documents
Google Sheets for spreadsheets
Google Slides for presentations
Gmail for email
Google Calendar for scheduling and tasks
Google Keep for lists and to-dos
Google Meet for video conferencing
Google Photos for backup, sharing, and organization of pictures and videos
Google Forms and Google Sites for creating fillable forms and full free publicly accessible websites

Google Android Basics
If you’re not using an iPhone or an iPad, you’re probably using a device loaded with some version of Google’s Android system. This class video explores features of Google Android phones and tablets so you can be productive on the go. Topics covered include what Android is, Android hardware, turning devices on, the lock screen, the home screen and customizing, apps, uninstalling apps, settings, accounts, notifications, sharing, the Google Play Store, and more.

Create a Free Website with Google Sites
Join Google Certified Trainer Victoria Wilson and Lincolnwood Library staff to learn how to use the $0.00 free Google Sites within Google Drive to create a publicly accessible website. Have your Google email address and password ready!

Create a Resume in Google Docs (LIVE)
Recorded as a live technology class, this lesson shows you how to use the free Google Docs to make a resume. It briefly covers signing up for a Google Account and Google Drive but then dives into using Google Docs for creating cover letters and resumes.

Streaming video, media, and entertainment

Streaming Video and Cutting the Cable
Cable TV is often too expensive and inflexible for many people. In these classes (one scripted, the other live to tape) we talk about how you can save money cutting cable and using over the air antennas and Internet-enabled entertainment services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, Hulu, YouTube TV, HBO Max, library services Hoopla and Kanopy, and many more.

April 2022 in-person class version: Download handout

How to Stream Netflix
Curious about streaming movies or shows? This quick class video goes through the basics of Netflix, one of the top streaming video services with many hit movies and TV shows. You can even stream Netflix for free using one of the Library Rokus – learn more about Rokus here.

Roku Streaming
If you’ve cut cable TV entertainment, you may still have Internet access and want to stream entertainment over the Internet. Rokus are inexpensive devices that help your TV access services like Netflix, YouTube, library streaming services Hoopla and Kanopy, and many more. This class video covers what Rokus are, creating your Roku account, setting up your Roku, the Roku remote, using the Roku interface, connecting to WiFi, its application (channel) store, organizing your channels, and more.

See more information about Rokus you can check out from the Library by clicking here. Or go directly to our catalog to check one out by clicking here.

Podcasts 101
Explore podcasts, modern Internet-accessible radio shows that are available on your device. This class video covers what podcasts are, their history, how they’re made, how you can listen to podcasts including demos, and examples and librarian recommended podcasts.

See Lincolnwood SD74’s “Living Lincolnwood” podcast here in Spotify’s free section.

Libby eBooks and eAudiobooks
You can use your Lincolnwood Library card to access the ebooks we share with the Digital Library of Illinois with its mobile app Libby. This class video takes you through what Libby is, how to install it, signing in with your Library card, its interface, searching for eBooks and placing holds, checking out and reading eBooks and eAudiobooks, and more.

Overdrive eBooks
Amazon Kindle Fire devices can download Overdrive from the Amazon App Store to use your Lincolnwood Library card to access Digital Library of Illinois eBooks. (We hope that our ebook partner company Overdrive will update its Libby app to support Amazon Kindle Fire devices. But until they do, you can download this app or use the Libby web application in your Silk web browser to access Library ebooks.)

This video covers the basics of using Overdrive. Overdrive may appear slightly differently on your device, but its general use and interface should be similar. This class video covers signing in, your account and notifications, searching, ebook formats, and more. The Android tablet section most closely replicates the Amazon Kindle Fire experience.

Social media and video conferencing

Nextdoor
Use the hyperlocal Nextdoor social network to know and participate in what’s going on in your local online community.

Reddit
From its /r/askreddit questions and answers forum to “stonks” on /r/wallstreetbets and its many other popular micro-communities called “subreddits”, explore this link sharing and discussion social network from signing up to navigating it, joining subreddit communities, posts, commenting, and more.

Video conferencing
Explore options for video conferencing from Zoom to Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, Apple FaceTime, and many more.

Zoom
Zoom has become one of the top video conferencing apps and has been a go to service both for business and personal use during the COVID-19 pandemic. This class video takes you through what it is, how to access it, its plans and pricing, signing up for an account, using the Zoom website, scheduling a meeting, Zoom applications, starting a meeting, joining audio, settings, joining a meeting from a link, and includes example Zoom meetings.

Job search

Indeed Job Search
Indeed.com is one of the top job search engines online and a great way to find a new opportunity or a better fit for you and your career. This class video covers what Indeed is, how to access it, searching its posts, evaluating job postings, setting up alerts, uploading your resume, creating an Indeed account, and the basics of applying for jobs.

Create a Resume in Google Docs (LIVE)
Recorded as a live technology class, this lesson shows you how to use the free Google Docs to make a resume. It briefly covers signing up for a Google Account and Google Drive but then dives into using Google Docs for creating cover letters and resumes.

Special topics

In-depth videos that go beyond our average classes.

Shop Savvy with Consumer Reports
Use your Lincolnwood Library card to access Consumer Reports, a trusted resource for product reviews, ratings, specifications, guides, and other information. Become more confident in your shopping decisions with expert vetted information from Consumer Reports. Learn how to find what you’re looking for on their website and evaluate their information and suggestions before making important purchases.

Google Android Basics
If you’re not using an iPhone or an iPad, you’re probably using a device loaded with some version of Google’s Android system. This class video explores features of Google Android phones and tablets so you can be productive on the go. Topics covered include what Android is, Android hardware, turning devices on, the lock screen, the home screen and customizing, apps, uninstalling apps, settings, accounts, notifications, sharing, the Google Play Store, and more.

Library of Things (available items as of February 2021)
Lincolnwood residents with their Library cards can check out more than books! This video covers the Library of Things items we had available as of February 2021. Watch out for more as you come into the Library or as we post shorter explainer videos on our social media.

Items covered include:
Rokus for streaming media
projector and projector screen
over-the-air antenna for free TV
Google Chromecast for streaming media
Canon Rebel T7 DSLR camera
GoPro Hero action camera and accessories
H5 Handy Recorder and XLR microphone cables for audio recordings
Wi-Fi Hotspots for on-the-go Internet
-Chromebook basic laptops (laptop only or a kit with a hotspot)
Amazon Echo Dot smart home device
CD/DVD drive
Kodak Scanza and Wolverine Film2digital MovieMaker for converting media to digital

Backing Up Your Files
Learn how to keep your digital assets safely backed up! This class video covers options from Amazon, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive to backup online. And learn about offline manual backups too to be extra safe.

Create a Free Website with Google Sites
Join Google Certified Trainer Victoria Wilson and Lincolnwood Library staff to learn how to use the $0.00 free Google Sites within Google Drive to create a publicly accessible website. Have your Google email address and password ready!