Reviews and Blog Posts: Technology

Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury

Some strange technological things have been afoot the last few days, so I looked online yesterday to see if the planet Mercury was in retrograde. (This is something I do pretty regularly when I see a rash of technology failures, even though I’m a skeptic at heart.) It is. Mercury is in retrograde until July 1, apparently. Technology can be glitchy at any time of year. And I’m not someone who really subscribes to astrological explanations for things that happen in my life. But I work with tech all day, and have an array of gadgets at home.

Net Neutrality and why it really matters...in 900 words.

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Net Neutrality is a phrase that’s been in the news a lot lately, and it’s not a simple thing to explain. But often, important things are not simple things. Net neutrality matters to anyone who uses or will use the internet, whether at home or at places like public libraries, schools or community organizations.

Free summer tech camps for teens at DPL!

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UPDATE 5/14/14: BuildCamp and DevCamp are both at capacity, but you can still register to be placed on the waitlist!

Denver Public Library's ideaLAB is proud to announce two exciting opportunities for tech-minded teens this summer: BuildCamp and DevCamp!

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?

Edison and the rise of innovation

by Leonard DeGraaf

Reviewer Rating:
4

Written by Leonard DeGraaf, archivist of the Thomas Edison National Historic Park, this heavily illustrated biography is academic enough to give the reader a good taste of who Edison was and what his amazing accomplishments were. The historic photographs and artifacts help enhance this story. DeGraaf also takes some time...

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!

Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

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Every five years, the Young Adult Library Services Association creates a list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners in collaboration with academic librarians.

Whether you are a high school student thinking of heading off to college soon, an adult considering returning to school, or at any stage in your life and wanting some direction in your continuing education, the 2014 list is a diverse group of books, nonfiction and fiction, in various categories, that will expand your thoughts about the world around you. The books are at different reading levels and in different formats, and there's something here that should both interest and challenge nearly anyone interested in feeding their mind.

iBrain : surviving the technological alteration of the modern mind

by Gary Small

Reviewer Rating:
3

The advert for this book could read, "This is your brain on technology." Whether you are a digital native or digital immigrant, technology can be friend and foe. As we become more connected, the authors recommend practicing the art of face-to-face communication, including exercising emotional intelligence so these skills don't...

hacking, making, and coding at the library

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Libraries have always been places where communities come together to learn. Most of that used to happen through print - as more and more of our lives are mediated by bits and circuits, libraries have made the shift as well, making emedia and online research tools readily available. 

A couple of our recent programs in the Community Technology Center and the ideaLAB are taking the next steps: helping people open up the tech they use everyday and see what's inside.

Why You Should Play Video Games

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Most people play video games nowadays. Whether it’s a casual session of Words with Friends or an all night binge on World of Warcraft, over half of the US plays video games, and as a species, humans play about 3 billion hours a week (about 125 million days worth, or 342,239 years).

Most kids will have played about 10,000 hours worth of video games by the time they’re 21, which is about the same amount of time they’ll spend in school.

But what do video games do for us?

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