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What the heck is a Docent, and why do you really want to be one?

Docent with student

UPDATE: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants we've seen as a result of this blog post. We are currently at capacity, and will not be accepting more Docent applications at this time. Check back later!

At DPL, “Docent” is a fancy word for a highly-trained volunteer with special skills, and here at the Community Technology Center, docents are basically the glue that holds the place together.

They teach one-on-one lessons to customers who need help with topics like email, internet searching, word processing and job seeking, as well as downloading music and even advanced topics like designing websites. They also work the help desk with staff, answering phones and customer questions with intelligence, courtesy and a healthy sense of humor. Some docents even teach classes.

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:

New Classes! Social Security & Managing Your Finances Online

SS Online Logo

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, June 2, at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The Community Technology Center is pleased to welcome instructors from the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, who will teach two new classes this coming Thursday, June 2.

Introduction to Social Security Online

Thursday, June 2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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:

 

 

Looking for a job?

The Community Technology Center at the Central Library is offering several classes in May that can help!


Creating a Resume with Microsoft Word
Monday, May 16, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Learn how to create a resume with Microsoft Word using a template.

Resume Open Lab
Thursday, May 19, 3-5 p.m.
Working on perfecting your resume? Drop in and get some help.

Online Job Search
Tuesday, May 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Take a look at some popular (and some not so well known) websites for looking for jobs.

Learn to use Facebook at the Community Technology Center!

Facebook logo

Have your friends been pestering you to set up a Facebook account?  Are you brand new to social networking?  Come and learn how to use Facebook safely and effectively.  It's easy - and FUN!

If you've been putting off learning to use Facebook, or if you're new to the social networking scene, Facebook 101 is for you! In this class you'll learn the basic functions of Facebook, as well as how to adjust privacy settings for a safe online experience. There are over 500 million active Facebook users worldwide, so connecting with college roommates, grandchildren, and former coworkers is easier than ever.

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!

Sign up for Text Message Notification

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Want to be notified of library holds and overdues on your mobile phone? Sign up for text notification in My Account.

You'll never forget to pick up a hold again with text notification. To change your settings go to My Account and select Contact Information and Preferences.  Add your mobile phone number and carrier to your account and set your notification preference to TXT Messaging. If you are always on the go, it's easy to stay connected to the Denver Public Library.

Text a call number to your mobile phone

mobile phone

No need for pencil and paper, text a call number to yourself or a friend by clicking on the cell phone icon next to the availability information for an item.

It's quick and easy to text a call number to your mobile phone. Simply find the library item in the online catalog, click on the availability button, and you will see a cell phone icon next to the call number. Click on the icon, type in your 10 digit phone number, select a carrier, and send! (charges from your carrier may apply)

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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