Make a fun and free New Year’s resolution with Mango Languages

A screenshot of the calendar for Mango’s 31 Days of Language challenge. You can also follow Mango on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive the challenges each day.

If you’re looking for a fun, free, and achievable New Year’s resolution, consider checking out Mango Languages and taking their 31 Days of Language challenge. Mango is encouraging its users to start learning a new language and complete an activity in the language they’re learning each day in the month of January.

We’re already a few days into the New Year, but it’s not too late to start. You can access Mango from our website under the Databases A-Z page or simply click this link. After authenticating with your library card number, you can access Mango anywhere.

Mango Languages is a language learning service provided by the Stark County District Library to its patrons free-of-charge. It offers courses designed to help build conversational skills in 72 different languages. You can find more information about the 31 Days of Language challenge on Mango’s blog.


How to watch YouTube videos on your TV

YouTube is one of the most popular websites for videos on the internet. There’s a lot of high-quality content on the site—and best of all, it’s free.  YouTube can be accessed via web browser on a computer or mobile device, but did you know you can also watch YouTube videos on your TV? Here are three simple ways to watch YouTube videos on the big screen.

Access the YouTube app on your streaming media player, smart TV, or game console

If you already have a streaming media player (like a Roku), smart TV, or a video game console, you can simply install and launch the YouTube app to watch videos on your TV. Go to your device’s app/channel store and search for YouTube, then download and install the app. Now you’ll have quick access to YouTube and can use a remote or game controller to browse for videos.

Cast videos from your phone to a streaming media player

Another way to play YouTube videos on your TV is to “cast” them from a smartphone or tablet to your TV. To do this, you’ll need a device like a Chromecast or Roku plugged into your TV. Launch the YouTube app on your mobile device and select a video to play it. At the top of the video, you’ll see a cast button. Press it and you should see your device/TV in the list of available devices. Select the correct one and watch as the video is sent from your mobile device to your TV. You can then control playback from your smartphone/tablet.

Connect your computer via HDMI

Even if you don’t have a streaming media player or smart TV, you’re not out of luck! One of the easiest ways to display a YouTube video on a TV screen is to simply plug your PC into your TV using an HDMI cable. When plugged in, a TV functions as a second display for a computer, so you can drag the window for the YouTube video onto your TV screen. You can also duplicate the display on your computer to see the same thing on both screens.

Recommended to Library on Ohio Digital Library

Hi Everyone,

There is a new feature on the Ohio Digital Library catalog: Recommended to Library. It allows our patrons to recommend titles to their library for purchasing.

To recommend a title for purchase:

Sign into the Ohio Digital Library using your SCDL library card. Don’t have a card? Use our online form to apply today.

Search for an item using a title, author, or keyword search. I searched for Day One by Nate Keyon and discovered it wasn’t in the collection.

I then scrolled to the bottom of the page to discover a list of item.

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Since I see my title, I can select the RECOMMEND option.

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I can place my name on the wait list and then get an email notifying me that my hold is available. Or I can recommend the purchase but not placed on a wait list for the item.

Notice there isn’t a guarantee that the item can be purchased.

I wanted to be place on the wait list and then be notified. I then selected RECOMMEND.

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I was offered other selections from the catalog while I waited. I decided to wait and selected the X to close the window.

I was taken back to the page where I started and discovered that my request title has now changed status to RECOMMENDED.

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This was too easy! I think I look for more of my favorite titles.

Happy reading!



eBooks are a Great Resource for Job Hunters

Recently I created a display for Resumes and Job Hunting. When I was doing this, I decided to also showcase eBooks. I was surprised at the resources found in Hoopla and Ohio eBooks (Libby). That is why I decided to include this in this blog post.

Hoopla was the biggest surprise to me. A year ago, there weren’t very many books on Hoopla, and the books were difficult to read. Today, Hoopla has added a lot more books, and the format is easy to open and read. They also have a lot more books on jobs and Resumes than Ohio Overdrive.

The great news is that Overdrive (Libby) and Hoopla are both free with a Library Card, and are easily accessible. They both have a great selection of books for the Job Hunter and for the everyday reader. Capture.PNG eBooks







3 ways to stay safe when shopping online

Black Friday is right around the corner, and a lot of shoppers will be turning to the internet for deals. If you’re planning on shopping online in the coming weeks, there are a few easy steps you can take to protect your money and personal information.

Look before you click links

When searching for deals, you’ll find yourself clicking on a lot of links. Remember to pause for a moment when clicking links in search results to make sure the link is actually taking you where you think you’re going.

If you hover over a link in a web browser, you’ll see a preview of the address the link will take you to at the bottom of the screen. Keep an eye on this, especially in search results where you could be clicking on ads designed to look like legitimate links. Sometimes these can take you to malicious websites or scams, which would be evident if the URL at the bottom of the screen is strange or suspicious.

Shop on secure sites

It’s also important to make sure the sites you’re shopping on are secure. If you’re on a secure site, your connection is encrypted and anyone snooping on your traffic won’t be able to steal any passwords or credit card numbers you enter. In Chrome and other browsers, you’ll see a green lock icon indicating you’re visiting a secure site. This green lock will only appear if the site you’re on is using the https:// protocol, which is also visible in the address bar.

If you’re ready to checkout and notice you’re on a page that’s not secure—if the lock icon is red or if you see the plain http:// protocol (without the s) in the address bar—don’t enter any personal or financial information. Legitimate retailers will always use https:// to secure their websites.

Use an alternate payment method

If you’re hesitant to directly give a retailer your credit card information, you can use a service like PayPal. Basically, PayPal acts as a middle-man between you and the retailer—you provide the retailer with your PayPal account and PayPal handles the payment processing. In theory, this gives you an extra layer of protection in the event you experience a problem with a retailer. Many major online stores support checking out using a PayPal account, and there are other options as well, like Amazon Payments.

Improvements for Kindle users in Ohio Digital Library

If you’re a Kindle lover like me, then I have some good news for you. On October 30th, Overdrive made several changes to improve the user experience specifically for Kindle users. The first of these changes can be found on the Loans page. The Kindle option is now the first format presented to borrowers as seen in the grey box below. You can simply click this link to be taken to Amazon to download your book.

The second change allows readers to select Kindle as their preferred format. To do this, go to your Settings page and scroll down to Content Preferences. Once there, you will see where it says Kindle Preference. Click to check mark the box and save Kindle as your preferred reading method. This will set it so you will only be shown the Kindle option for your borrowed ebooks.


This setting can also be changed when you filter a search by Kindle Book or when you borrow a Kindle Book. A box will pop up and ask you if you want to select Kindle as your preferred reading method going forward. Simply click on the red box as seen below to do this. This preference can be changed at any time from the Settings page.

The final change you will notice is a Kindle Books link in the Navigation menu. This will generate a search for all Kindle Books in the library’s collection, sorted by date added. This is just another way to browse Kindle Books.

I think these are great new features for us Kindle users and hopefully they will improve your experience and help you find your next favorite book even faster.

iOS 11: 3 new features to check out on your iPad

iOS 11 was recently released for iPhone and iPad owners. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system includes some useful new features that allow you to multitask easier, especially on the iPad.

If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 11 yet, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad. If you have an older iPad, your device may not be compatible with the latest update—check out this list of iPad models compatible with iOS 11 (scroll to bottom of page for list).

The Dock

iOS 11’s biggest innovation is bringing the Dock to mobile devices. If you’ve ever used a Mac, you’ll be familiar with the taskbar at the bottom of the screen that allows you to quickly switch between different apps. The Dock has made its way to iOS, and it behaves very similarly to its desktop counterpart—most notably, it can be accessed even while you’re using another app.

To reveal the Dock from any running app, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On the left, you’ll see your favorite apps you’ve pinned to the Dock. On the right, you’ll see several recent or suggested apps you can quickly switch back to. You can add apps to the left side of the Dock by going to the home screen and dragging apps onto the Dock.

Control Center

Control Center has been redesigned in iOS 11. To open it from the home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. If you’re already in an app, do the same thing, but keep swiping after the Dock is revealed until the Control Center appears. (Alternately, you can do a short swipe once to reveal the Dock, then swipe again to reveal Control Center.)

The new Control Center shows your running apps as well as provides you with quick access to commonly used settings. You can hold down on some settings to expand them and see more options. If you want to customize what buttons appear in Control Center, go to Settings > Control Center.

You can close out of apps from the Control Center by swiping them vertically. If you tap on an empty space in the Control Center, you’ll be taken back to the home screen.

Split View & Slide Over

Another new feature introduced in iOS 11 is the ability to view two apps at once in a split-screen view. To use Split View, open one app, then open the Dock and drag the other app you’d like to view to either the right or left side of the screen. The second app will expand and take up roughly a third of the screen.

Drag the bar in the middle of the two apps to adjust the proportions of the Split View. If you want to remove an app from Split View, just drag the slider toward one side of the screen until the app disappears.

Certain apps also support running as a small window on top of other apps as a Slide Over. To create a Slide Over, drag an app above the Dock and release it. You can move the app’s position by dragging the small bar at the top to the right or left. Drag the app down and then to either side of the screen to create a Split View, or drag the app off the screen to the right to dismiss it. The Slide Over app can be reopened by swiping in from the right side of the screen.

Both Split View and Slide Over seem to be limited to apps located on your Dock, so it’s probably a good idea to put frequently used apps there.

Hoopla adds Pimsleur and Little Pim for Children!

Have you always wanted to learn Mandarin?  Perhaps Russian? Both along with 30+ additional languages are now on Hoopla! Learn your language of choice while driving or walking your dog. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Children can also enjoy mastering a new language with Little Pim. Each lesson contains 60 plus vocabulary words and phrases for them to practice at home.

To locate the list of 30+ languages use the keyword search “Pimsleur” or “Little Pim” in Hoopla’s search box.


The search will reveal all of the language courses available to borrow using your Hoopla account and an SCDL library card.

To borrow an item from Hoopla, select the item to open.

Tap on the Borrow button to add the item to your Hoopla account.


To locate borrowed item tap on the My Hoopla option at the top of the page.


Locate the item in your list of borrowed items and then select item cover to open.

Select the Play button to begin learning a new language.


Learn more about Hoopla and other SCDL digital collections by contacting your local SCDL location or visit online.

Need assistance? Set up an appointment with one of our Digital Trainers.


Book an Expert @ SCDL

Help with mobile tech devices, Microsoft, Google, Macs, Internet and more is available for you at your nearest SCDL location. Whether you’re a novice learning a new device or a power user looking to make the most of your technology, our trained tech librarians can help. You may set up a 55 minute appointment with a trained librarian at an SCDL location closest to you.


Need additional time for learning, or are you someone that would like to take a technology class? Join one of our many technology classes that range from basic skills for beginners to more advanced classes in Facebook for Small Business or Creating Websites: Google Sites. Need office skills? Join us for our Job Skills Training Series in Microsoft and Google products.

To learn more about our Technology Training classes contact your local SCDL location to speak with a Technology Trainer or visit SCDL Computer and Technology Training. Registration for all technology classes can be done using our online registration. To register for recent or future classes visit SCDL Events use the search term Technology and expand the Date Range for up to 6 months.


Hoopla: The Great Courses

Hoopla logoAre you a lifelong learner? The Great Courses, now offered on Hoopla, include college-level courses in digital format. Join us on Hoopla and discover the History of the Ancient World or explore Gothic cathedrals in the Cathedral series. Learn a new language or study math and physical science at your own pace. All are just a few clicks away. All you need is a device with Internet access and an SCDL card. Don’t have an SCDL card? Click here to apply today.

To locate the list of 1200+ titles with the keyword search “Great Courses” in Hoopla.

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The search will reveal all Great Course options to borrow.

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To borrow an item from Hoopla, select the item to open.

Tap on the Borrow button to add the item to your Hoopla account.

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To locate borrowed item tap on the My Hoopla option at the top of the page.

Locate the item in your list of borrowed items and then select item cover to open.

Select the Play button to enjoy your Great Course selection.

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Learn more about Hoopla and other SCDL digital collections by contacting your local SCDL location or visit online.

Need assistance? Set up an appointment with one of our Digital Trainers.