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Become computer savvy with help from library

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Statistical Abstract, 61.7 percent of households have internet access in their home, and 71 percent of households use the internet somewhere. These statistics emphasize the magnitude of computer use in the United States, and where there are computer users there is a need for computer reference books. So, no matter what you're trying to do, like setting up a blog, trying to perfect a Powerpoint presentation or becoming familiar with Windows Vista, your library is the place to come for help.

Our collection includes guidebooks on many computer business programs for example-Microsoft Office 2007, and personal finance programs such as Quicken. Come in and browse the multitude of information on the subject of computers before your frustration level goes through the roof. The staff at the library also gives classes on different aspects of computer use. Please call or stop in to peruse the latest offerings and reserve your place in the class of your choice.

n Teach Yourself Visually: Microsoft Windows Vista, by Paul McFedries. Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something -- and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 140 Windows Vista tasks. Each task-based spread includes easy, visual directions for performing necessary operations.

n Create Your Own Photo Blog, by Catherine Jamieson. Whether you seek to showcase a professional portfolio or just want your family across the continent to see the pictures from the reunion, you can do it with a photo blog. Catherine Jamieson, whose award-winning blog, Utata, has a legion of fans, gives you all the tools you need in this richly illustrated, full-color guide. She translates Web lingo, walks you through setting up your blog, and provides professional tips on composing, shooting, and editing your photos. Jamieson even helps jumpstart your creativity with 100 photo ideas to get you shooting.

n Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual, by Barbara Brundage. Photoshop Elements lets you do practically anything you want to your digital images. You can colorize black-and-white photos, remove red-eye, or distort shapes. With easy, step-by-step instructions, "Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual" gets you ready to make the most out of all the features available.

n Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances, by Echo Swinford. If you're vexed and perplexed by PowerPoint, pick up a copy of "Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances," This funny, and often opinionated, guide is chock full of tools and techniques for eliminating all the problems that drive audiences and presenters crazy. Microsoft PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software on the planet, with an estimated 30 million presentations given each day. So no matter how frustrated you get, you're not about to chuck the program in the Recycle Bin. "Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances," presents smart solutions to a variety of all-too-familiar, real-world annoyances.

The Detroit Lakes Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL).