Technology

Introducing NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com provides access to the news articles from the New York Times newspaper on any computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection. NYTimes.com is offered in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Introducing MagnusCards

Oakville Public Library is happy to announce that we are now a part of MagnusCards – an app that helps individuals with cognitive special needs move through their communities with confidence and independence.

To learn more about the library’s MagnusCards, download the app on your Apple or Android device and search for Oakville, or visit the website here.

Online Account Updates

If you have logged in to your library account recently, you may have noticed that there have been some changes to the look of your online account. Here is an outline of those changes. Please feel free to click any image on this page in order to enlarge it.

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Calibre Softwear and OverDrive

Calibre softwear is not compatible with OverDrive DRM (Digital Rights Management). If you try to read OverDrive eBooks on Calibre it will give you an error message reading something like “Copy not allowed”. In order to read eBooks through OverDrive you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions Softwear, available for free through OPL.

Calibre Software and OverDrive

Calibre softwear is not compatible with OverDrive DRM (Digital Rights Management). If you try to read OverDrive eBooks on Calibre it will give you an error message reading something like “Copy not allowed”. In order to read eBooks through OverDrive you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions Software, available for free through OPL.

FAQ: Printing with Zinio

Currently there is no option to print a magazine from the web browser view. In order to print portions of a magazine, please use the Zinio Reader 4 for your desktop. Please keep in mind that using the Zinio Reader 4 does require a Zinio.com account. If you have not yet created one, please go to Zinio.com and create an account using the same email address that is associated with library’s RBdigital account.

To install Zinio Reader 4 for your desktop, please visit this page http://www.zinio.com/www/apps/desktop.jsp. For additional information on Zinio Reader 4 compatibility, please visit their website directly at http://imgs.zinio.com/faq/zr4.htm.

Please keep in mind that the magazine publishers determine whether or not their materials are able to be printed.  While some publishers will allow printing of individual pages, very few will allow you to print the entire magazine.

 

RBDigital: FAQs

RBDigital is Oakville Public Library’s digital magazine service, available to Oakville Public Library cardholders. There are nearly 100 up-to-date magazines available for your enjoyment! Questions? Take a look at our FAQ below.

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RBDigital: A User Guide

This step-by-step user guide will help you get started with Oakville Public Library’s RBDigital digital magazine collection.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lynda.com

Q: What do I need in order to use Lynda.com?

A: You need an active Oakville Public Library (OPL) card and PIN. Your PIN is typically the last four digits of your telephone number.

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Kobo Glo + Kobo Aura Authorization Troubleshooting

This appears to be an issue with Adobe 4.0. You get an ADE error message when attempting to move books from ADE to the KOBO. The solution is to use an older version of ADE. That means undoing everything done to set up the device, set up ADE and download and move books. The slate must be wiped clean and then all setup done again from the beginning, as before, but with Adobe 3.0 this time. The following steps should accomplish that. Read the rest of this entry »

Downloading eBooks and transferring to a Kobo/Sony Reader/Pandigital eReader

If you are using a Sony Reader Wi-Fi, please see Downloading eBooks from OverDrive/Libraries on the Go to a Sony Reader Wi-Fi.

1.  Without plugging the eReader into the computer, go to http://librariesonthego.library.on.ca and download Adobe Digital Editions software (located on right side column of webpage).

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Can’t find a specific non-print title? Q & A:

Q: Why can’t I find some of my favorite titles in eBook format?

A. While Oakville Public Library is able to purchase most book titles in print, eBook availability is more limited. Not all publishers are currently selling digital copies to Canadian public libraries. This means that Oakville Public Library may have the hardcover or paperback edition of a book but not the eBook edition. Some eBooks made available to public libraries in the United States are not available to public libraries in Canada.

Oakville Public Library staff and affiliated professional bodies such the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and the Canadian Library Association are advocating to improve access to eBooks for all Canadian libraries, and progress is being made. We hope that you continue to enjoy the nearly 17,000 titles available to you now through our OverDrive service and encourage you to stay tuned for updates because the eBook marketplace is constantly evolving.

The Library keeps a record of all requested eBook and digital audiobook titles. If you do not see your request added to our online shelves, it may be due to the reasons above. Please continue to forward your suggestions here.

Online Technology Tutorials

Looking for technology-related help? Try an online tutorial to start:

In addition to educational programs such as ‘Tech Talks’ and free ‘Book a Tech Coach’ sessions, Oakville Public Library provides access to many technology-related resources. If you’re a visual learner, an online tutorial may be helpful!
GCFLearnFree.org provides free online tutorials suitable for learners of all abilities. You can use them to learn computer basics, brush up on Microsoft Office skills, become a savvy internet/social media user and gain new career skills.
Available 24/7, GCFLearnFree.org provides more than 90 tutorials and 1,000 lessons and videos, absolutely free. Examples include Apple products, Microsoft Office, Google, Internet Safety, Social Media and much more.

Start your online learning now  at  www.opl.ca Select ‘Interests’ and Online Tutorials.

Hoopla: Mobile Device User Guide

Register for Hoopla

  • Download the Hoopla Digital app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play
  • Open the app and press Sign Up, then select Oakville Public Library and enter your library card and your PIN number
  • Provide your e-mail address and a password

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Hoopla: Computer User Guide

Register for Hoopla

  • Visit www.hoopladigital.com and click Sign Up
  • Select Oakville Public Library and enter your library card and your PIN number
  • Provide your e-mail address and a password

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Hoopla: FAQ

What is hoopla?

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows customers to access movies, television shows, audiobooks, and music online. It is streaming and downloadable, and customers can borrow up to 5 titles per month.

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Zinio: FAQs

Zinio is Oakville Public Library’s digital magazine service, available to Oakville Public Library cardholders. There are nearly 100 up-to-date magazines available for your enjoyment! Questions? Take a look at our FAQ below.

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Apps for Back to School

There are so many apps out there – it’s overwhelming. How can you possibly find the best ones for your child? With this list, we have tried to do some of that work for you. Created by one of our star Information Assistants in the Central Children’s Department, this list includes apps for Pre-School / Kindergarten and Grade School. You can find them in the iTunes App Store and / or the Google Play Store, as specified. Enjoy!

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Freegal: FAQ & Troubleshooting

What is Freegal?

Freegal is a free downloadable music service with over 3 million songs from the Sony music catalogue (which includes over 10,000 record labels). Freegal allows every Oakville Public Library customer to download up to seven songs per week. It is available on personal computers (Windows or Mac), Android mobile devices, and Apple mobile devices.

How do I get the Freegal app?

The Freegal app is available on the iTunes App Store as well as the Google Play store. The app is free.

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Freegal 4.0 FAQ

Freegal has recently made some changes to the interface, including the addition of music videos and the ability to build an individual wishlist. Take a look at our new and updated Freegal FAQ for more details.

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OPL to Go FAQ

What is OPL to Go?

OPL to Go is Oakville Public Library’s free app – the best way to access Oakville Public Library from your Apple or Android device. You can log in, view your account, place and edit holds, locate materials and branches, and even use it as your library card!

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OverDrive & Windows 8

OverDrive has provided a step-by-step of how Overdrive’s apps work with Windows 8. Read the rest of this entry »

OverDrive Media Console App for BlackBerry PlayBook Now Available

The OverDrive Media Console App for BlackBerry PlayBook is now available in BlackBerry App World. Be sure to install the PlayBook’s operating system update OS2.0; do this from the PlayBook’s Settings feature and select ‘Software Updates’ and then ‘Check for Updates’. Use the OverDrive Media Console App for BlackBerry Playbook to download eBooks and audiobooks from Oakville Public Library’s Libraries on the Go website for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook.  BlackBerry smartphones are compatible with OverDrive using the OverDrive Media Console App for BlackBerry. Read the rest of this entry »

Kobo Vox: Google Play Software Upgrade and OverDrive Media Console App

A software upgrade is now available so that Google Play and its 500,000+ Android apps may be accessible on the Kobo Vox. This includes the ability to easily install the free OverDrive Media Console app necessary to borrow library eBooks and audiobooks from Oakville Public Library’s Libraries on the Go service. 

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Downloading eBooks from OverDrive/Libraries on the Go to a Sony Reader Wi-Fi

OverDrive eBooks may be downloaded directly onto a Sony Reader Wi-Fi. Be sure to have the Reader connected to a wireless network.

  1. Use the Home button to open the Home Screen.
  2. Tap the arrow in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the ‘Public Library’ button.
  4. Search for Oakville Public Library using the on-screen keyboard and find Libraries on the Go.
  5. Browse for an eBook, add it to your cart, check it out and download it to the device.

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Downloading eBooks Onto Your Kobo Arc

The Kobo Arc, unlike other Kobos, is more of an android tablet than a basic eReader. Though you can access eBooks on both, the ways you access them are very different. These are the instructions on how to use Libraries on the Go with the Kobo Arc.

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Kobo Vox and eBooks and Audiobooks from Libraries on the Go / OverDrive

Want to download and read eBooks or listen to audiobooks from Oakville Public Library’s Libraries on the Go / OverDrive service on your Kobo Vox?  You first need to install the OverDrive Media Console app.  Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

Listen to Streaming Music Free from Oakville Public Library

Create a Naxos Music Library account from the library’s online Naxos Music Library database, download the free Naxos Music Library app from either the iTunes Store or the Android Market and enjoy free streaming music on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch or Android smartphone.  Here’s how… Read the rest of this entry »

File Association errors with OverDrive

On occasion, customers will have problems downloading ePubs and eAudio successfully because Adobe Digital Editions does not recognize the type of file being used. This isn’t a huge problem anymore, but here are the instructions for ODM file association errors and ACSM errors. These are readily available on the OverDrive HELP page or by conducting a Google search.

 

Tech Help

Bring your tablet, smartphone, or laptop and receive help with basic computer skills. We can assist with email, sharing photos, messaging, Microsoft Word, downloading library apps, and more.

  • Tuesday, March 19
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Monday, March 25
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Monday, April 29
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, May 14
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, May 27
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, June 11
    3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, June 24
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Monday, July 8
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Friday, July 26
    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, July 29
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, August 13
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Thursday, August 22
    5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Monday, August 26
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium

Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Ozobots Jr.

Meet Ozobot, a tiny robot, and learn about computer science and coding.

  • Saturday, March 23
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 245185
  • Thursday, August 1
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 245268

Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $7
Age: 5Y-7Y

RoboRobo(TM) Robotics

Join us for a RoboRobo(TM) Robotics Program that allows young engineers the opportunity to Build, Program & Play while learning the basics of robotics. The Lego-style building blocks contain special circuits that will help students make their own custom-built robot move in different patterns through a card-reader system with colourful programming cards. Each child will enjoy the excitement of building a moving robot and easy programming without a computer.

  • Saturday, April 6
    Course Code: 245204
  • Saturday, May 25
    Course Code: 245205
  • Saturday, June 15
    Course Code: 245206
  • Saturday, July 20
    Course Code: 245276
  • Saturday, August 17
    Course Code: 245277

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free
Age: 6Y-9Y

Bloxels Sr.

Bloxels are a hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Join us and build your own video game with Bloxels!

  • Saturday, April 6
    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Clearview Branch
    Course Code: 245160
  • Saturday, April 27
    2:30 p.m. -4 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 245159
  • Thursday, July 18
    3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 245237
  • Thursday, August 29
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 245238

Cost: $7
Age: 8Y-12Y

Stop Motion Creation

Do you have a passion for storytelling? Come express yourself using games and technology designed for creating stories. Combine your narrative skills with some creativity, imagination, and teamwork to create your very own stop motion film.

  • Saturday, May 25
    10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
    Clearview Branch
    Course Code: 245215
  • Friday, June 7
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 245214
  • Wednesday, August 7
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 245285

Cost: $7
Age: 8Y-12Y

OzoBlockly

Join us to learn about computer science and coding with Ozobots. We will show you how to code using OzoBlockly, then give you a coding challenge!

  • Monday, May 27
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 245184
  • Tuesday, July 16
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Course Code: 245266
  • Tuesday, August 27
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Course Code: 245267

Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $7
Age: 8Y-12Y

Two-Hour Tinker

Check out our new Two-Hour Tinker Loanable Tech Toys:

Visit Iroquois branch of Oakville Public Library to explore new technologies and creation. With your FREE library card you can sign out and play with a Code-A-Pillar, Ozobot, Cubelets, Snap Circuits and much more. The length of sign out is two-hours with most of the tech toys to be used in the Creation Zone at the Branch.

Where: Iroquois Ridge Branch, 1051 Glenashton Dr., Oakville, L6H 6Z4

When: During library hours

 

Teen Film Festival

In this four-part workshop series, participants will learn the necessary steps to produce a short film from concept to the screen. At our last session, friends and family can join us as we hold a Teen Film Festival to showcase the works made during our program.

  • Thursday, July 11
  • Thursday, July 25
  • Thursday, August 8
  • Thursday, August 22

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/4 classes
Age: 12Y-18Y
Course Code: 245286

This program happens every 2 weeks.

Lights! Camera! Green Screen Magic!

Love movies? Then you’ll love exploring how green screens bring the ‘magic’ to movies with our very own tech-loving staff. Together we’ll create a short video – just bring your imagination!

  • Friday, July 12 & 19
    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 245249
  • Saturday, August 10 & 24
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 245248

Cost: $14/2 Classes
Age: 8Y-12Y

Virtual Reality Drop-in

Drop-in to the Iroquois Ridge branch to try out Virtual Reality and learn more about this cool technology.

  • Friday, July 26
  • Friday, August 23

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 8Y-12Y

FIRST LEGO® League Jr.

Guided by coaches, teams will explore a real-world scientific problem. Then they will construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO® and showcase it with a poster at the end of the three-day session.

Monday, July 29
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $21/3 classes
Age: 8Y-12Y
Course Code: 245243

This program is held over three consecutive days.

Learning with Lynda.com – Excel

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel with the various resources available to you through Lynda.com in this hands-on workshop.

Monday August 19
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch

Cost:  Free/1 class
Age:  16Y+
Course Code:  245247

Please bring you own laptop.

RoboRobo™ Robotics

Join us for a RoboRoboTM Robotics Program that allows young engineers the opportunity to Build, Program & Play while learning the basics of robotics. The Lego style building blocks contain special circuits that will help students make their own custom-built robot move in different patterns through a card-reader system with colourful programing cards. Each child will enjoy the excitement of building a moving robot and easy programming without a computer.

  • Saturday, January 12
    10:00 – 11:30a.m.
    Course Code: 245081
  • Saturday, February 23
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Course Code: 245082

Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free
Age: 6Y-9Y

 

Love My OPL-Intro to Digital Resources

Did you know the library has downloadable movies, music and more? We also have databases with health, business and consumer information. Make the most of your free library card by joining us for this hands-on session.

  • Friday, March 29
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 245229
  • Tuesday, June 4**
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium 
    Course Code: 245230
  • Friday,July 5 **
  • Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 245251
  • Thursday, August 15
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 245252
  • Friday, August 23
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 245250

Cost: Free/1 class

Age: 16Y+

**Program Cancelled


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