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COLUMN: It Really Does Compute

— Whether you were an early adapter or have furiously resisted for decades, computers are a fact of modern life and we’re here to help you make the most of them with dozens of computers for public use and classes for everyone from newbies to old pros. This month’s offerings include our usual Wired Wednesdays (for beginners), two full day sessions on Microsoft Word 2010 for folks needing to update their skills and our usual Friday Tech drop ins for anyone needing assistance to tackle a specific problem with portable devices from smartphones and ereaders to laptops and tablets. The Friday programs are drop in, but all other computer classes require registration. Sign up on our online calendar at bville.lib.ny.us, call 635-5631 or email us at info@bville.lib.ny.us to reserve your place.

Wired Wednesdays

Microsoft Word Basics 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 offers an introduction to the most popular word processing software on the market to beginners and those flummoxed by the newest update.

Email Basics at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27: Even if you hate email, you probably need it for job applications, family connections and dealing with corporations and the government. Learn what email can do for you in a comfortable hands on setting.

Full-day Microsoft Word Sessions

Whether you are looking for work or just looking to upgrade your skills, this two session series on Microsoft Word is a fantastic opportunity to learn the newest upgrade and add it to your skill set. Session one, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12: Taught by instructors from New Horizons, participants will learn basic concepts required to produce basic documents. They will create, edit and enhance standard documents using Microsoft Office Word 2010. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to: create a basic Word document; edit a document; format text; format paragraphs; insert a table; insert special characters and graphical objects; control the page setup and appearance of a Word document; and proofread documents for accuracy.

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