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My toddler and I light stuff on fire.

We have a new routine at my house. When it’s getting towards bedtime my two and a half year old stands expectantly by the couch and begins her nightly chorus of “can I play Stickman? Can I play Stickman? Mommy, can I play Stickman?

Join Our Toy Hack at the Denver Mini Maker Faire!

The Denver Mini Maker Faire logo

Please join us this May 3rd and 4th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the National Western Complex for the first-ever Denver Mini Maker Faire! Denver Public Library will be in booth 815, hosting a toy hack - Arc Thrift Stores of Colorado has generously donated a mountain of broken toys, and we're inviting you to make something new and exciting out of them to take home (see what our teens made at our last toy hack here)!

Volume Denver

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The next round of submissions for Volume is now open. Head to the submissions page and send us your music!

Learn All About Social Security Online and Changes Coming in 2014!

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Beginning August 2014, Social Security number printouts will no longer be available at field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security number and cannot find their card will need to apply for a replacement card. In addition, beginning October 2014, Social Security administration field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters, except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are available online, and can be obtained by registering for a mySocial Security account, or by calling 1-800-772-1213.

We Want YOU to be a Technology Volunteer!

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Are you the person in your family who shows your parents how to use their new smart phones? Do you laugh in the face of a resume created with a never before seen template? Would you like to make an extraordinary difference in your community?

eBooks and Audio eBooks: How to Return and Renew

Return Overdrive Read and before downloading from website

eBooks and most audio eBooks can be returned early. All eMedia automatically expires at the end of the checkout period. Returning items early is optional. You can never have an overdue eBook.

The process varies depending on the format and device you're using.

Overdrive Read and not-yet-downloaded titles: return from your eBook Account

Teen Tech Week in the ideaLAB

Teen Tech Week is full of geeky goodness.

Teen Tech Week celebrates everything that you can do at the library besides checking out young adult dystopian paranormal romance mystery novels. This year, the ideaLAB is doing it up in style: from March 10th to March 15th, we have a full week of workshops, where you can do everything from make simple circuits to coding your own Minecraft mod.

All events for Teen Tech Week in the ideaLAB are free and open to anyone ages 12 to 19. Most of them will be held in the ideaLAB on Level 4 of the Central Library. Here's the details:

Electronics Scavenger Hunt! Monday, March 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Come rip apart an old piece of electronics (we’ll have some on hand) and compete in a scavenger hunt to find out what makes it tick!

What is Net Neutrality and Why Should Anyone Care?

No entry sign, courtesy of Elliot Brown on Flickr

On the 14th of this month, the US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit issued a ruling in a case brought by Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission. Verizon was challenging the FCC's attempt to "compel broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic the same regardless of source," as the ruling put it - what is popularly known as "net neutrality." Verizon won. Mostly.

Back in 2010, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order - a set of rules designed to provide a basic framework for internet service providers (ISPs). It banned content blocking (where an ISP simply blocks subscriber's access to a specific site or type of data) and charging content providers for access to their network (think Comcast charging Netflix to provide its service to Comcast internet subscribers).

Windows 7 has arrived at DPL!

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Whoo hoo! Say goodbye to Windows XP and helllllooooo to Windows 7!

As many of you have probably heard, Microsoft will no longer provide support for its XP operating system after April 8, 2014. So if you're a home user who hasn't switched to Windows 7 or newer, check out this page for more information.

DPL has already started the upgrades to all public computers. Along with the Windows 7 rollout, there are some other upgrades as well. All the browsers, including Internet Explorer, are up to date.  And now customers can download and install software, too!

MUZZY - The Language Learning Program for KIDS

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Hey, Kids!  Want to learn a new language?  Check out our fun new Muzzy Online software.

Denver Public Library has had the popular Muzzy series of language learning videos and DVDs for years.  Now, we're expanding to include the Muzzy Online language program. 

You can find the same silly videos, games, and favorite characters you already know and love online with your library card - no more waiting!  Muzzy Online teaches French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese and has courses to improve English, geared toward new English speakers. 

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