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In addition to our many computer classes, the Kalamazoo Public Library also has a myriad of books that will be helpful to you in your quest for basic computer knowledge. One of my favorites is Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics. I like a couple things about the book. First, I enjoy the funny bobblehead looking images that accompany helpful sidebar tips. One such tip says "Tip: The cursor changes shape--to a double-ended arrow--when it's positioned over the edge of a window". Those types of tidbits of knowledge are spread throughout this great resource.
Second, the book is fabulous at one of the things I encourage most in the classes here at the library: knowing the lingo. Knowing what various computer terms are will vastly increase your confidence and ability to "speak" computers with people. For example, in the world of the computer mouse, there are commands such as right-clicking, hovering, dragging and dropping, and double-clicking. Do you know what each command will do and when to use each command? Little things like that make a world of difference in feeling knowledgeable about computers.
So, come on down for a class, and while you're here, check out our great section on computers!
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics