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Learn to use Facebook at the Community Technology Center!

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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

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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:

Community Technology Center keeps growing

Over the last few months, public computers at the Central Library have been moving to the CTC, a centralized location on the fourth floor where we have technology experts ready to provide training and support. If you've visited us recently, you've probably noticed we've gotten a bit busier on the fourth floor. In fact, the number of people using computers in the CTC has more than tripled in the last year. In December alone, we had over 12,000 uses of the computers on the fourth floor.

These numbers will continue to climb, as we moved the final 22 public computers to the CTC in early January, bringing us up to 94 total. Later this year we will be adding even more computers, and filling out our two computer training classrooms, thanks to participation in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Each step brings the CTC closer to the vision of a full Community Technology Center. If you haven't already, stop by and check us out.

Automated Handling What?!

Come on down to the Central Library for a full-on view of the fun and fantastic new automated handling system or sorter! You can see it in action through a viewing window on Level One. There's another one at the Schlessman Branch Library of which you may catch a glimpse through an open door when passing through.

The sorters are part of the Library's radio frequency identification (RFID) system implemented as part of the Better Denver Bond program. These sorters allow our staff to focus on serving you better. They also provide immediate return of your materials. And the items get back on the shelf faster for the next customer. Check out this video to see how it works.

Customize your own website

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Are you interested in learning how to customize your website a bit more?

Take these FREE classes at the Library:

January 3, 6–8 p.m.

Intro to HTML and CSS - Take a look at how HTML and CSS can help you expand upon your website development skills. Must have an email account to attend this class.

January 10, 6– 8 p.m.

Expanded Intro to HTML - Go a bit beyond the basics of HTML and discover a few more uses for this web development tool. PREREQS: Either attend Intro to HTML and CSS OR have some basic experience using HTML.

January 24, 6–8 p.m.

Got a Nook for Christmas? Want to read eBooks on your iPhone? We can show you!

Puzzled over eBooks?

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 is offering several eMedia classes in January that will teach you things like how to download library eBooks to your new Nook or to access eMedia from your Droid! With upgrades to the library's services and temporary changes, there is no better time to take the plunge! Once you learn how to put eMedia on your portable devices, you will be able to check out library books from the comfort of your own home without packing up your kids or finding a parking place! Sound good? Bring your device -- eReader, MP3 player, iPhone, Android, laptop, etc.

eBooks for iPhone and Android

Overdrive Media Console for iPhone and Android

New apps launched today - December 7, 2010. With the new free OverDrive Media Console app you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audio eBooks directly to your iPhone or Android phone.

Update: if you've downloaded the previous version of Overdrive's app, and are having problems with the e-books appearing after you download them, you may need to delete the app and download it fresh. See commenter Mark's thread below.

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