Learning can happen anywhere: Our favorite how-to books & resources

Want to learn sign language? How to fix anything? How to play chess? There’s a book or an online resource for that! If you find yourself staying a bit closer to home this summer, now is the perfect time to develop a new skill, start a new hobby, or to learn for the fun of it.

And learning can happen anywhere with these how-to books and online resources, available with your Oak Park library card.

How-to books

Check out some of our favorite how-to books for all ages.

For adults & teens


For kids


Online resources

Your Oak Park Public Library card and PIN give you access to the how-to online resources listed here.

  • Auto Repair Source: Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.
  • Creativebug: An inspirational resource for DIY, crafters, and makers with more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center: Detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas for hobby enthusiasts of all kinds, with full-text articles from leading hobby and craft magazines.
  • Lynda.com: Online learning platform with video tutorials to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Mango Languages: Reach conversational proficiency in more than 70 languages, including English as a Second Language, good for tourists or beginners.
  • Muzzy: Language program for children with games and learning activities.
  • Pressbooks: Easy-to-use book writing software that creates a book in all the formats needed to publish, in print and digitally.

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