Melanie's blog

Working it Out

mapmyfitness

I like to work out because it's a great way to release stress, to get better sleep and to have more energy. Yada yada yada, right? We all know these things are true. But, like most people, I get into ruts when I don't exercise at all. It's soooooo hard to get back on track. But I've discovered a few fun online tools -- which are available for free -- that might help keep you motivated!

Currently I use MapMyFITNESS to track all the exercise I do, minus my bike commuting (more on that later). I'm not going to claim to understand the psychology of why logging every physical activity works, but it does. There's something extremely satisfying about having a record of what you've done to keep you motivated. MapMyFITNESS is far and away the most comprehensive free app I've used to record workouts.

What is KeyTrain and what's in it for me?

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Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!

If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!

Party Planning Online

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Now that my whole family is on the email bandwagon, planning parties, potlucks and holidays is super easy! Free online tools like Punchbowl and evite help hosts and hostesses keep track of who is attending and who is bringing what -- or whom! I encourage you to try one out, maybe for a big Memorial Day potluck!

If you have a big family or lots of friends, you've probably experienced the agony of planning a potluck. Was Jenny bringing pecan pie? Or did she say coleslaw? I've been bombarded with emails to the effect of, "What can I bring? I was thinking ham." But Dad already agreed to bring ham, so then it's a phone call, text messages or emails to Dad and Jenny, and some Advil.

Google Better!

Google

Google is a very powerful tool, particularly if you know how to use it correctly.  Try a few of the simple tips shared here, and you'll be on your way to Googling better!

All locations of the Denver Public Library will be closed on Monday, March 26, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. Wait. Cesar who? Let's use Cesar Chavez to practice some advanced Google search techniques.

Organizing Your Virtual World

Most of us have favorite bloggers, trusted news websites, an email account and a few social networks we follow, too. Maybe the sites are bookmarked for quick access or addresses pop up in the browser history upon beginning to type. In some cases complete web addresses have been memorized! Stop the insanity!

I don't know about you, but my mornings used to be all about a cup o' joe and time set aside for perusing the newspaper. It's been a long time since I've had actual ink and paper delivered to my doorstep, but I fondly remember opening up a newspaper and leisurely trolling for scandalous headlines, often skimming the heady news articles and jumping straight to the crossword puzzle and comics. This familiarity is comforting, to be sure. The beauty of newspapers is the way they're organized; we know what to expect when we open one up. Breaking news appears on the front page.

Download FREE Denver Public Library Books to your Nook, Kindle, mp3 player... and more!

eBook Reader

If you got a fancy new Nook or Kindle for Christmas but aren't sure how to make it work with Denver Public Library's downloadable books, fret not! The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done.

Come to one of our eMedia classes at the Central Library, or attend a Tech Petting Zoo at your neighborhood branch library to learn how to find, check out, download and transfer books to your reader.

If you have an eReader and/or laptop, please bring them to class. If you are curious about purchasing an eReader, devices will be available to try out!

Upcoming Tech Petting Zoos:

Schlessman Family Branch Library: Thursday, 1/12, 10 - 11 a.m.

Online Holiday Fun!

NPR

The holiday season is upon us! Looking for fun, free and festive online entertainment? Look no further!

There are lots of fun things to do online during the holidays, from listening to an old favorite like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to finding a new recipe - Romanian Zucchini Potato Latkes, perhaps? Here are a few sites to get you started!

Hold the turkey, hold the stuffing.

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Are you freaked out because your son is bringing his vegan girlfriend for Thanksgiving? Wondering what to feed a gluten-free friend? Cooking for someone who has food preferences different from your own can be daunting. Fortunately, the internet has a treasure trove of recipes that will please any type of eater. So get out your laptop, fire up the oven, and prepare to sit down to a feast that everyone on your guest list can enjoy!

You're probably wondering what a post about special diets is doing in the Library's Technology Blog. Well if you're an adventurer like me, you hop online to get the latest news, check weather reports, and ooo and awwwww over photos of your friends' kids. The web is also my favorite place to find recipes! It's true. I can often be found whipping up vegan vittles in my kitchen with my laptop sitting safely atop the breakfast bar. I have piles of vegan cookbooks, but when I've cooked for friends with different dietary restrictions I went to the internet for recipes.

Open Labs - We're Here to Help!

Computer Lab

Did you take an Excel class and need a little help practicing what you learned? Are you looking for work but aren't quite sure how to upload your resume to an online job application? Open Labs are designed for people just like you!

An Open Lab is a good place to practice the things you've learned in CTC classes. Of if you're a job seeker you can get pointers on your resume. It's a great place to get help filling out online applications or replying to Craigslist job posts. If you are mostly comfortable working on your own but think you might need a little help from our staff, stop in and check out an Open Lab!

Thursday, October 13 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 20 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 27 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

What You Need to Know About Cyberbullying

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Bullies used to have to do their dirty work face-to-face, lurking on the school playground or outside the neighborhood 7-11. These days bullying also happens online, on social networking sites, in emails, and via text message. Check out these online resources for facts on cyberbullying, how to help prevent it, and what to do when it happens.

National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying

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