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ideaLAB Rock Stars!!

Several weeks ago, Jesse Perez, along with some of the talented teens from ideaLAB, were asked to take a look at the L.E.D. message board that hangs above the Books and Borrowing checkout station. Considering the sign was pretty old, no one was sure if it could even be fixed!

Two weeks later, the sign was back in its place displaying an array of useful, multicolored greetings for DPL customers.

Don’t forget to backup!!!

computer fail

Many of us are familiar with this scenario: You’ve just spent a lot of time working hard at the computer when the computer turns off unexpectedly or crashes. Or maybe it catches a virus that destroys the whole system! Without a way to retrieve your data, all that hard work is gone. To save time and avoid frustration, start getting in the habit of backing up.

A few of my favorite backup software choices are:

Did Santa bring you a new gadget?

Maybe an iPad? A digital camera? A new phone? Not sure where to start or how to get the most out of your new device? No matter what your new tech toy is, the Community Technology Center at the Central Library can help!

Here are just a few of the FREE classes happening soon:

Ask the Gadget Guy!
(1st Saturday of every month)
Saturday, January 7, 2 - 4 p.m.

FREE Online Entertainment!
Monday, January 9, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

eBooks for Tablets and Smartphones
Tuesday, January 10, 6 - 7 p.m.

All classes held in the Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library. No registration required.

Viruses, Trojans, and, Spyware, oh my!

Join us this Saturday afternoon in the Community Technology Center for our FREE Protecting Your Computer 101 class.

Learn about the different ways your computer can be compromised and how to avoid major computer headaches by using free software that can help protect your computer from viruses, spyware and more.

Protecting Your Computer 101
Saturday, December 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library

Tips for buying a computer

Tech Gadgets

Shopping for tech can be overwhelming  because there are so many options out there:  desktops, laptops, netbooks,  tablets, ereaders--all with different bells and whistles.  Some of our upcoming classes can help you figure out which device is right for you.

Buying a Computer 101
Interested in buying a new computer? Not sure what RAM is or how big a hard drive should be? Learn what to look for so you can determine which computer is right for you!
• November 19, 2-3:30 p.m., Community Technology Center, Central Library, Level 4.

Get Your Game On @ the CTC!

video game

Think you can beat your friends at Super Smash Brothers? Want to see what it’s like to play games with no controller with our new Kinect?

If you are in grade 6-12, come on down to the Community Technology Center at the Central Library every other Tuesday afternoon and show everybody what you can do!  We have a Wii, a PS3, and a Xbox 360 PLUS a Kinect!  Did I mention all this fun is 100% FREE?

Grade 6-12, No registration required.
Every other Tuesday, 3-5 p.m.
Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library

Upcoming dates:
October 25
November 8
November 22
December 6
December 20

Computer Guts

Inside a PC

Interested in how the stuff inside your computer works and want to know which part does what? Or maybe you're trying to upgrade your computer's hard drive?

Even if you're just curious, the Community Technology Center is offering a hands-on class to get to know your computer better! PC Hardware 101 will be held on September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. on Level 4 of the Central Library — and it's free! The CTC is staffed with talented people who are always eager to help you learn, so come and discover your computer's guts!

Ask the Gadget Guy!

Have a new or old tech toy and wish you had someone to help you figure it out? Want to know more about Android apps? Trying to make the most of your iPad? Dying to know what a Nook is? It's time to Ask the Gadget Guy!

On Saturday, August 27, the Community Technology Center's Gadget Guy will be available to answer all of your gadget questions. Don't have a gadget yet to bring with you? Not to worry. Devices like the iPad, Motorola Xoom, Nook and more will be available for you to try out.

Ask The Gadget Guy
Saturday, August 27, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 4
Community Technology Center
Free and open to the public

How to Buy a New Computer

Buying a new computer can be overwhelming, but a little research can go a long way.

The first step is to think about what you will be using your computer for. If you will only be surfing the internet and checking your email, a very basic machine will probably suit your needs, but if you are going to be doing a lot of gaming or video editing, you may need something more powerful.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Performance

  • Hard drive capacity for storage
  • RAM for speed
  • CPU/Processor for multi tasking

Types of computers

Learn to Maintain Your Home Computer

It is important to perform routine maintenance to keep your computer running smoothly and virus free.  Here are some simple steps that can help:

 

 

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