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Leveraging Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) Resources for Home Learning
October 28, 2021

Whether you are a concerned parent or student attempting to counter learning loss from the past year’s suspension of face-to-face class room instruction or are a homeschooling family wanting to complement learning objectives with an existing curriculum, the Tennessee Electronic Library is an excellent, cost-free resource to enrich educational attainment. From test prep resources such as ACT and SAT to foreign language programs, and Gale One File for academic journal articles and much, much more, this hour-long webinar will equip students and parents to get the most out of TEL.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!

Oak Ridge: little Known Facts and Hidden Stories
OCtober 20, 2021

World Wise Wednesdays presents Oak Ridge: Little Known Facts and Hidden Stories

Join our local history specialist, Mike Stallo, as he shares true stories and trivial facts about Oak Ridge that have been lost to the ages; from stories of some of the more eccentric and interesting scientists who visited and worked here, to unusual celebrity visits to town, to accounts of crimes that occurred right under the nose of some of the tightest security in the world.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

Watch the interview on our Facebook Page.

adventures in seed saving: How to be a biodiversity hero!
August 18, 2021

We look forward to seed catalogues in the winter and pour over them to plan for spring. Could our own behavior be decreasing the biodiversity of heirloom seed and open-source varieties? By saving seed, we gardeners preserve the past and the future in the present. Learn what type of seeds you can save and different methods to make you successful and self-reliant with your garden for years to come.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

Basic Microsoft Word
May 27, 2021

Learn the fundamentals for Microsoft Word in this introductory class. Discover how basic features work in this word processing program to create basic documents.

Students will gain an understanding of the following:
  • Ribbon
  • Formatting
  • Saving
  • Printing
  • Basic Terminology
This knowledge can improve your understanding of how Microsoft Word functions. Great for beginners and a prerequisite for future classes on Word. Access to a computer with Microsoft Office will be useful for this class. Students can also build on this knowledge by taking LinkedInLearning tutorials from the library.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!
Follow along with these resources:

Canning, Freezing, and Drying: Secrets to Preserving the Flavor of Summer
May 19, 2021

Join UT Extension agent, Laura Clark, in this class to learn evidence-based methods for preserving food safely through canning, drying and freezing and which method will yield the best results for your produce.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!
Download this preservation fact sheet for more information. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

Digital Genealogy resources 101
April 29, 2021

Discover the Digital Genealogy Resources that you have access to through the Oak Ridge Public Library.

Find resources for your genealogy research and learn how to access them including:
  • Heritage Quest, through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)
  • Tennessee Historical Records from Ancestry.com through TEL
  • FamilySearch.com and Family Search Affiliate Library
  • FindaGrave.com
  • NewsBank
  • Obituary Database from ORPL
  • Kingston Demolition Range Photographs

This class focuses on beginning genealogists, but resources may be helpful to more seasoned researchers who are not familiar with all that ORPL has to offer. Tennessee residency and an ORPL library card are required for some resources listed.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!

Additional resources:

library databases and resources 101: What's at the library?
March 25, 2021

Find out what digital resources the library has and how to use them:
  • Learn skills
  • Expand knowledge
  • Utilize tools and resources
  • Enjoy recreational reading and entertainment
With our databases, periodicals, and resources:
  • NewsBank, America’s News 2020, The Oak Ridger, The Knoxville News Sentinel
  • New York Times
  • lynda.com
  • Chilton Library
  • Legal Forms
  • Miss Humblebee's Academy (For children ages 3 – 6)
  • Consumer Reports
  • Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)
  • Libby

This overview will help familiarize you with ORPL’s databases and digital resources to help you learn, grow, and find entertainment at your library. A library card is required to access some of these resources, please apply for a Digital Access Library card here or call us at 865-425-3455 for more information.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!

Additional resources:

march 17, 2021

World Wise Wednesdays presents Gardening for Beginners: A Spring and Summer Planting Guide. 

This spring, garden with confidence! Are you contemplating starting a garden this spring? Whether you are putting out your very first garden, or are a gardener with some experience, you can learn from the experts at Beardsley Farm about what to plant when and how to succeed with a vegetable garden. Beardsley is an urban demonstration garden in Knoxville committed to increasing food security and helping gardeners succeed!

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

FEBRUARY 17, 2021

World Wise Wednesdays presents Don't Leaf Me Out: Tree Identification in Winter. 

Join Althea Manges, a senior recreational forester at the University of Tennessee and local library clerk, in roaming the grounds of A.K. Bissell park, the Civic Center and surrounding areas. She’ll be teaching you how to identify trees using bark, buds, and clues you can find on site using library and online resources. Be prepared for some interesting tree facts and arts and crafts inspired by these locations.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

digital privacy and security 101
JanUARY 28, 2021

Join us on January 28th at 1:00pm for our first Technology Class of the year. In this introduction to Digital Privacy and security attendees will:

  • Understand the basic concepts of digital privacy and security.
  • Evaluate potential privacy and security risks by conducting threat modeling.
  • Learn specific tools/strategies you can implement as part of a security plan.
Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here

Additional information:
A previous recording of this webinar from Summer 2020 is also available to watch here.

janUARY 21, 2021

World Wise Wednesdays presents Six Degrees of Separation: Oak Ridge. 

This webinar will focus on successful actors and musicians from Oak Ridge and the concept of “Bacon’s Law,” also known as “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” There is a good chance that you may have such a connection through some former Oak Ridgers who are now prominent in the entertainment world.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here! 
Click here for a list of sources. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

videoconferencing 101
October 29, 2020

On October 29th, earn basic videoconferencing tips, strategies, and techniques to use in today’s virtual world of meetings and classes in Videoconferencing 101: Meetings & Classes.

In this introductory class attendees will learn about key aspects of videoconferencing including:
  • Sound/Audio
  • Lighting/Camera
  • Tools/Connection
  • Security
  • Etiquette
  • Presentations
Whether through virtual meetings or classes, videoconferencing platforms are wonderful tools that enable us to connect, communicate and learn while continuing to social distance. Though not new, these platforms are being used more than ever and this class is designed to help new users and help more experienced users improve their skills. Questions are welcome.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here and download the matching handout.
To watch the videos referred to during the webinar as additional resources for general meeting tips, click:

re-imagine oak ridge
october 21, 2020

World Wise Wednesdays presents Wayne Blasius, Community Development Director. He will offer a presentation on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to define Oak Ridge’s downtown in a way that honors our past and enables an equally extraordinary future.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch it here!
Click here to view the video Wayne shows in his presentation, and here to view a brochure of the plans for Downtown Oak Ridge.

For more information about Downtown Oak Ridge, visit the city's Community Development page or email Wayne Blasius at wblasius@oakridgetn.gov with questions and comments.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.

Quick and Healthy Recipes: Fresh Garden Vegetables
JulY 15, 2020

World Wise Wednesdays Presents: Barbara Peplies, Anderson County Health Department WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Nutritionist and Sabrina Greene, Anderson County Health Department Public Health Education Coordinator will present a timely program on cooking with the summer’s abundance of fresh vegetables to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Did you miss the webinar? Download the recipes here! 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library.