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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.

Interested in a career in bookkeeping?

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Want to start managing your small business's finances with software?

In this free hands-on class, learn about the new QuickBooks Pro 2009 layout and features. Sample files will be used to set up a company account, write checks, pay bills, and run quick reports.
Mouse/keyboarding skills required.

Computer classes are back (and more)!

 New Saturday hours at Central won't slow down the Community Technology Center!

DPL has new hours, and the Central Library will be open from 1 - 5 p.m. this Saturday; but there will still be a lot going on at the Community Technology Center!  

MS WORD 2007 PART I: 2 - 4 p.m.

Do You Want to Learn about Email?

 FREE CLASS!

Learn how to create an email account, send email and articles from medlineplus.gov, attach photos and resumes, and more!

 

Tuesday, November 23, 10:30 a.m.-12 Noon
Central Library, Level 4, outside the Computer Training Classroom.

No registration required. The class is on a first come, first serve basis. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

52 computers in the CTC and counting!

The Community Technology Center just keeps on growing!

If you haven't been to the Central Library's fourth level in the last week or so, come up and check out the ever-expanding Community Technology Center -- we've grown again!  On Wednesday thirty more public computers, complete with Internet access and Microsoft Office 2007, were booted up and made ready for public use.  We now have 20 computers for 2-hour sessions; 24 computers for 1-hour sessions; and 8 computers for 30-minute sessions.  It will be a while before our classrooms are available for group lessons again, but we are still offering

SEEKING TECHNOLOGY VOLUNTEERS

Do you love the fast-paced world of computer technology?

Have you been unable to express your budding love for teaching?

Become a Technology Volunteer!

We need your expertise! The Denver Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist our customers with the uses of computers: everything from online job applications, creating resumes, uploading pictures, learning Microsoft Office applications, downloading music to an mp3 player, getting email accounts, and much more.

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