'Tis the shopping season
Before you go shopping, especially for big ticket items, don't forget to use our online evaluation resources - Consumer Reports is a great place to start!
Overdrive Changes for eBook Readers
Library eBook vendor Overdrive has introduced an updated mobile app. Penguin Publishing titles on Overdrive are now available and easier to download for Kindle, and patrons can now renew titles that do not have holds on them. More info.
Pinterest is now more popular than tumblr. If you'd like a quick lesson on pinning, Pinterest's help is a good start. GCF Learn Free has a tutorial, along with online learning for many other topics.
New Feature for WolframAlpha
You can now generate math problems with WolframAlpha - choose a topic of study (statistics, arithmetic, algebra, etc.), and learning level, and it will quiz you and explain the answers.
There are many places to read about news in the tech world. Try MIT's Technology Review, Wired, or the Daily Rotation.
The internet is your friend when it comes to doing homework. Find homework resources for all ages online. Help includes free online tutoring for students in grades 3-12 and adults. More info.
How many objects does it take to..
WolframAlpha can now help you find out how many ping pong balls it takes to fill a Boeing 747, or other important questions.
Watch Video from the Library
Explore streaming video and video available for download with your Hennepin County Library card. Browse the latest DVDs ordered by the Library for adults, teens and children, and watch Library instructional videos on YouTube and Vimeo.
Need a fun outing? Try these museums!
Don't forget tech when planning a family outing. We are fortunate to have several museums with a science and technology bent: the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Bakken, The Works, and the Pavek.
Geeking out about words
Wolfram|Alpha recently blogged about the additions to their dictionary, which may include anagrams, crossword puzzle and Scrabble scores, and frequency of use over time. Tech+dictionary=more!
eBooks Collection Innovation
More than 325,000 eBooks have been checked out from Hennepin County Library so far this year — a record pace. We're always looking for better ways to deliver eBooks, and we've been recognized with an honorable mention by the Urban Libraries Council for implementing and integrating eBooks into our collection. Browse our eBooks collection now!
Follow us on Google+
Hennepin County Library posts to Google+ weekly. Follow us for library news, events, resources and more. We're also on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and YouTube
HCL mobile apps
We have a list of HCL mobile apps available, from our mobile catalog, magazines to download, music and more.
Looking for a tech graduation gift?
Consumer Reports has some ideas!
Announcing the newest Webbys!
Voted on by the experts, the Webbys honor the best of the web.
ereader or tablet computer?
Consumer Reports has some thoughts on why you should consider an ereader if you're a bookworm.
Tax forms and instructions are online
Most tax forms and instructions are available online 24/7 through the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the IRS. For more information on tax forms, contact information, taxpayer assistance and additional resources, see the Taxes link in our Government Information subject guide.
HCL Social Media
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to learn more about the Library's services, resources and programs, and to engage in conversation with HCL Librarians and other Library lovers.
Reading books online for kids
Did you know that you can read Tumblebooks, Tumblebooks Spanish, and Bookflix online through HCL? Grab your library card and read!
HCL has eBook classes
Register now for our eBook classes - we'll be covering the basics on how to find, checkout, and download books.
eBook Basics Classes
Did you receive an eReader during the holidays? The Library has thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks for adults and children. Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks at free classes.
Let tech help you with taxes
Libraries don't have tax forms yet, but most forms and instructions are available online 24/7 through the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the IRS. For more information on tax forms, contact information, taxpayer assistance and additional resources, see the Taxes link in our Government Information subject guide.
Purchasing eBook Readers for Holiday Gifts?
Surface, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, or the iPad Mini -- how to choose? OverDrive, our eBook provider, has a holiday gadget guide with descriptions of the popular devices, including kid-friendly tablets, on the market this holiday season. More info.
Computer classes at the library
We have many classes you can take, check our listing of computer classes and sign up!
Tech gift buying guides
Here's a selection of tech gift guides to peruse: c|net, PC Magazine, Make, and Consumer Reports. May you find the perfect gift!
MySecureCyberSpace has been devleoped by Carnegie Mellon University to "empower you to secure your part of cyberspace."
WolframAlpha loves libraries
See what library information that WolframAlpha has in its knowledge engine.
Computer term translator
Whatis? is a handy guide to computer and internet terminology.
Animated Engines website
It's just that: animated engines! Simple, clean, animated line drawings.
Online voting guidance
HCL has compiled a list of resources for voting, see our Politics & Elections resources.
Tekne Award Finalists
See the finalists in the Tekne Award, honoring those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact people's lives and futures.
Back to school for everyone!
Are you interested in a computer class at HCL? Here is our full list of classes. Happy learning!
Library computers and software
Hennepin County libraries offer access to the Internet to anyone with a valid library card registered in our system. All 41 libraries have free wireless Internet access. Software available includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. More info.
Need a new computer for school?
Try PC World and CNET for starters! Also, with a library card, you can view Consumer Reports articles online.
New app for Freegal music downloads
The Library’s Freegal service, which offers up to three free music downloads per week from the vast Sony Music Catalog, has released a mobile app for iOS and Android. Get it from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store. More info.
HCL on YouTube
We have a YouTube channel! We recently added a video on eBooks.
We have eBook classes!
We do! See if one of our eBooks classes works with your schedule.
Have you found our tumblr blog yet?
Rich in area history, HCL's tumblr blog features gems from our Special Collections.
Curious about Reddit?
Locating help in Overdrive
We have help for you! On our Overdrive page, click on "Overdrive Digital Help" on the right. "My Help" is the most useful link.
Use tech to study!
Studying for June ACT or SAT college entrance exams? Try the online practice tests from LearningExpressLibrary, available 24/7 via the Education & Libraries subject guide.
Webbys announced May 21
Webby and People's Voice winners of best websites announced May 21!
Free computer classes
Hennepin County Library offers free technology classes for adults. Learn skills ranging from mouse and keyboard basics to online services such as email and social networking, basic and intermediate skills in Microsoft Office, and more. All classes require advance registration.
HCL online tutorials
Don't forget that we have online tutorials for using a mouse (in several languages), and links for help with Microsoft Office and Open Office.
Victim of fraud?
Check out the government website fraud.org for assistance and filing a report.
True? False? Check Snopes!
Snopes is the authority to check out those forwarded emails and internet stories. Did it really happen? Likely not!
Follow @hclib on Twitter!
We let you know about programs, book sales, and more on Twitter!
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Need tech help desk support?
If you are having problems with library technology (downloading ebooks, for example), you can contact us on our webform, or leave a message for callback on 612-543-8750.
Check out the Teen subtopic Mashup Tools for some resources on creating online content, particularly videos.
Shorty Awards nominations
Have a favorite person you follow on social media? You can nominate them for a Shorty Award through Feb 17th.
Consumer Electronics Show
The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is just over. If you want to check out some of the tech that may come to a store near you, this website is where to go!
Internet Storm Center
The Internet Storm Center detects problems (i.e. worms, viruses), analyzes threats, and disseminates information.
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