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FREE Online Entertainment

Computers are great. Seriously, think of all they do for us. They spell check our horribly written term papers, they help us find dinner for date night, and they help us keep in contact (some say too much so) with all our friends on Facebook. Most importantly tho, they can distract us for hours on end when we are trapped inside by a couple feet of snow. Here are some suggestions of places you can go for free online entertainment:

Music:

Pandora.com - On Pandora you can create radio stations that play the type of music you like. You start with an artist or song and Pandora tries to find similar songs for you to listen to; this has the added bonus of being a great way to learn about new bands!

Grooveshark.com - Grooveshark allows you to create a playlist by searching for artists or titles you like. You then drag them into a play bar and it will play the songs you have chosen in the order you have put them in.

eBooks for eReaders

By now, most of you know about the eBooks you can download from Denver Public Library, but do you know about other places you can go to get free eBooks for your Nook, Kindle or other eReader? There are many sites out there that have taken books out of their copyright and digitized them for public consumption. They are free, and you never have to return them.

Because most of these titles are outside of copyright, you are not looking at current best sellers. But if you want to get your Shakespeare or Austen on, you've come to the right place. I have actually found a few surprises in some of the catalogs, including some Kurt Vonnegut, P.G.

Plan Your New Year's Resolution!

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's is just around the corner, are you prepared for your New Year's Resolution? Take a look at some places on the web to help you keep some common resolutions, including: Get Into Shape, Quit Smoking, Get a New Job, Learn a Language and Save $$$.

Getting in shape seems to be the most sought after goal of New Year's resolutions.  The only problem is, it's really hard to get started (and we don't want to embarrass ourselves trying new things in a strange gym). So what can we do to get our motivation up and our weight down?
Where can I go to workout? Check out Denver Rec Centers! They are a cheaper option to the larger national gyms.

What eReader is Right for You?

There are so many eReaders on the market, it can be confusing trying to figure out which one is the right one for you. One big question I hear from Denver Public Library patrons all the time is, “which one works with the materials I can download from your website?” The answer is most of them should work, some better than others. I have had the opportunity to play with a few of the commonly used eReaders, and here is what I see as the pros and cons to each:

Kindle – The Kindle only recently started working with the library’s downloadable eBooks, but it is probably the easiest device to use. All other eReaders require a separate software to be installed on your computer before you can transfer a title to your device. With the Kindle, it’s all done wirelessly.

Is the Purple Pill Right for You? - Get Health Information Online

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. 

Learn more in our free class, Is the Purple Pill Right for You?

Manage Your Money - Online!

It's possible to do just about anything online these days, including applying for Social Security benefits and managing your personal finances.  Our community partners, the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, will show you how in back-to-back classes this Thursday, September 1, at 2 pm and 3 pm

The Community Technology Center is pleased to welcome instructors from the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union.

Introduction to Social Security Online

Thursday, September 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Connect with eMedia at a branch near you!

Volunteer Dawn assists a patron learning how to use the iPad.

Did you know that you can still check out eBooks and place holds, even when the library is closed? We have a large collection of eMedia -- downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks (movies) -- available on your portable device or home computer 24/7. The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done.

The Community Technology Center will be heading out to several branch libraries to give you an opportunity to learn how to download and install the software needed to access Denver Public Library's eMedia collection.

We will be visiting the following branches on the following dates and times:

Virginia Village Branch Library: Wednesday 7/27, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Web Development Class Series

Interested in learning how to build your own website?  Come to our series of 4 classes to learn the basics of website development using Wordpress.com.

Classes run from 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. on Level 4 in the Large Classroom at the Central Library on the following days:

Monday, June 6; Monday, June 13; Monday, June 20; Monday, June 27.

Each class in this series will build on the skills covered in the previous classes so attendance at all four is strongly recommended.  Over the course of the 4 classes, we will cover:

Tech Petting Zoo at Bear Valley Branch on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tech Petting Zoo

Did you know that you can still check out eBooks and place holds, even when the library is closed? We have a large collection of eMedia -- downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks (movies) -- available on your portable device or home computer 24/7. The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done!

The Community Technology Center will be heading out to Bear Valley Branch Library on Saturday, April 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. to give people an opportunity to learn how to download and install the software needed to access Denver Public Library's eMedia collection.

If you have a laptop or smart phone, please bring it with you! We will help you install and set up the software on site!

Website Development Classes

Interested in building your own website?  Come to our series of 5 classes to learn the basics of website development using Moonfruit.com. 

Classes run from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Level 4 in the Large Classroom at the Central Library on the following days:

Monday, February 7; Tuesday, February 8; Monday, February 14; Tuesday February 15; Tuesday, February 22.

Each class in this series will build on the skills covered in the previous classes so attendance at all five is strongly recommended. Class 5 will be an open lab to come in and work on the website you have developed and get additional assistance for any areas you found tricky during the class. Participants must have an email address and at least intermediate level typing and mouse skills. Over the course of all 5 classes, you will cover:

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