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Learn All About Social Security Online and Changes Coming in 2014!

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Beginning August 2014, Social Security number printouts will no longer be available at field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security number and cannot find their card will need to apply for a replacement card. In addition, beginning October 2014, Social Security administration field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters, except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are available online, and can be obtained by registering for a mySocial Security account, or by calling 1-800-772-1213.

We Want YOU to be a Technology Volunteer!

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Are you the person in your family who shows your parents how to use their new smart phones? Do you laugh in the face of a resume created with a never before seen template? Would you like to make an extraordinary difference in your community?

Windows 7 has arrived at DPL!

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Whoo hoo! Say goodbye to Windows XP and helllllooooo to Windows 7!

As many of you have probably heard, Microsoft will no longer provide support for its XP operating system after April 8, 2014. So if you're a home user who hasn't switched to Windows 7 or newer, check out this page for more information.

DPL has already started the upgrades to all public computers. Along with the Windows 7 rollout, there are some other upgrades as well. All the browsers, including Internet Explorer, are up to date.  And now customers can download and install software, too!

Too Much Tech?

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I work with technology all day, yet I still find myself on the iPad in the evenings, watching YouTube videos and checking the news. Sometimes, as I complete another sudoku game or post another Facebook comment, I wonder why I don’t have the gumption to just unplug. I’m going to give it a try. Sort of, anyway.

I don’t think I’ll go so far as attending the summer camp for adults called Camp Grounded. No digital technology allowed! I can understand its appeal, though.

Perhaps I can take the advice of New York Times writer, Nick Bilton, who blogged earlier this year about How to Take a Break from Your Technology. He lists tips such as turning off all smartphone notifications, and establishing “gadget-free zones.” Pretty good ideas, methinks.

eBook Renewals!

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Have you ever wished you could renew eBooks and audio eBooks? Well, now you can!

Here's how it works.

If you have an eBook or audio eBook checked out -- and there is no one else on hold for that item -- you will have the option to renew it! There are a few details that you should know about:

Virtual Connections in the Real World

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Sometimes you meet people online and you may never actually see them face-to-face. With Skype and Face Time and online classrooms, this scenario is completely feasible.

But what's super fun about social networking is what can happen after the laptop or the iPad is powered down. The web can be a great way to meet real people with similar interests -- in the real world!

Women's Open Lab

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Women of Denver, are you looking for a safe place to create? Connect? Work? Practice? Learn? Build? Collaborate? Discover?

Check out the Community Technology Center's weekly Women's Open Lab! We provide:

Internet access, Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and highly skilled staff available to assist with:
   - Resume writing & job searching
   - Basic computer skills
   - Email
   - Internet searching
   - Social networking

Tech Makes Cycling Even MORE Fun!

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Wednesday, June 26, is Denver Bike to Work Day, and lots of Denver Public Library employees will be pedaling to their branch that day. Some of us ride to work several times a week or more! What does cycling have to do with technology? Lots of things, actually.

Denver is a fairly bike friendly city. There are great routes all over, bicycle and mixed-use trails, and roads with dedicated bike lanes. There are a few tools I use to find my way on two wheels.

Advanced Internet Searching for the Extra-Curious

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The internet is chock full o' curiosities, and if you're curious like I am, a plain old Google search just ain't gonna cut it.

It's true that often, when I’m looking stuff up online, I just throw a few words into Google and see what happens. Actually, most of the time that will actually work just fine. But sometimes a search requires a little more finesse in order to dig up really good results.

Did you know you can use Google to search within a website?

Did you know using quotation marks around two or more words creates a search for those words next to one another, and in that exact order?

A simple minus sign before a word in your search prevents results containing that word.

Computer Access for Customers with Disabilities

In the past couple of years, many Denver Public Library Branch Locations have settled into their new digs, enjoying remodeled spaces, more public computers, and updated software. Did you know that several Branch Libraries, including the Central Library, also have improved workstations for customers with physical barriers to access?

These computer workstations have adjustable tables that move up and down to accommodate wheelchairs or customers who are unable to sit. Several types of mice and keyboards are available upon request too, including stationary trackball mice and large print, high contrast keyboards.

The Central Library also has a Braille printer.

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