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School is back in session, and that means it's time for research papers. Where can I look for topic ideas?

The library has two databases, World News Digest and Issues & Controversies, that are great for learning about current events and contemporary political and social topics. World News Digest focuses more on newspaper articles and stories, and allows you to search for pieces by time period (back to the 1940s) and country.

I'm looking for work and need to brush up on my computer skills. How can the library help me?

One option we have for you is a collection of online computer skills tutorials through the Learning Express database. These are self-paced tutorials with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of the most common software products you'll need to know to improve your marketability for a new job, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook, as well as Windows and Mac operating systems.

Freegal Music now available for streaming!

You already may know about the library’s Freegal Music database, which allows you to download 5 free songs a week. Well, now Freegal has an additional feature to offer: streaming music! With streaming, you can listen to your favorite songs for free, as long as you have an internet connection and are logged into the database. Best of all, the songs you stream don’t count against your 5 weekly downloads, so there’s no limit to how many songs you stream.

I'm interested in helping someone learn to read. How do I apply to become a literacy tutor at the library?

Recent statistics indicate that approximately 1 in 6 adults in Oklahoma perform at the most basic or below basic literacy levels. The Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service, located at 29th & Harvard, promotes literacy across the lifespan through emergent and family literacy outreach initiatives and adult basic and English language instruction.

3D Printing at the Library

3D printing is now available for customers and staff use. We currently have an Ultimaker2 and are in the process acquiring a 3D carver (CNC Mill) for customer use, as well. 

What is 3D printing? 3D printing is a process by which solid 3 dimensional objects are created from a programmed digital model. Users can design an object on the computer, and the printer builds the design into a solid piece or pieces using a plastic filament. 

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