Computer Classes

The Library offers free computer classes for those who need a skills brush-up or who have had minimal experience with technology. If you are looking for assistance with an e-reader or Overdrive, visit our Downloads page.

Computer Class Schedule

The Library offers an ongoing series of introductory computer classes. These classes are designed to introduce job seekers to basic, entry-level computer skills. Unless noted, all classes meet in the basement training room at Main. Participants must have some familiarity with a keyboard and mouse use.

Due to popular demand, classes now require advanced registration. Call 608.789.7122 or stop by the Reference Desk (2nd floor at Main) to register or pick up a schedule.

October 2016
Tuesday, October 4th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Word part 2
Follows Word part 1. Learn how to make more complex changes to your document, plus insert charts, pictures, clip art, and page numbers. Learn how to use the thesaurus, add notes, and make use of templates.
Thursday, October 6th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Excel part 2
Follows Excel part 1. Learn how to merge and wrap text, apply filters, create charts, password protect sheets, freeze panes, and more. 
Thursday, October 13th, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Computers for beginners
Never touched a computer before? Come learn the very basics about computers and how to use them, including the mouse and keyboard. 
Tuesday, October 18th, 10am-12pm: Manage your digital pictures (Windows)
Learn how to get your digital camera's pictures onto the computer and sorted into folders. Find out how to save Facebook pictures and hear about different popular options for printing your digital photos. Bring your charged digital camera, any related cords, and a flash drive if you have one. (Flash drives will also be available for checkout or purchase.)
Thursday, October 20th, 10am-12pm: Gmail
Learn how to use an email account with Gmail. Don't have an account yet? Come 15 minutes early and we'll help you get started. 
November 2016
Tuesday, 11/1, 10am-12pm: Holiday letter writing part 1 
Learn how to put together your annual holiday letter in this class! Using Microsoft Word, learn how to change the way your text looks, run spell check, and insert pictures and clip art. If you'd like to use your own photos, please bring a flash drive with your photos OR your charged camera and any connecting cords. 
Thursday, 11/3, 10am-12pm: Holiday letter writing part 2 
Make address labels for holiday cards! Now that you've learned how to write a letter using Micro-soft Word, learn how to make an address book in Excel and use mail merge to create printable ad-dress labels. Please note: printer not available in class. 
Tuesday, 11/8, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Excel part 1 
Learn how to get around your spreadsheet, write and edit basic formulas, copy and paste them, and sort through data. 
Thursday, 11/10, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Excel part 2 
Follows Excel part 1. Learn how to merge and wrap text, apply filters, create charts, password pro-tect sheets, freeze panes, and more. 
Tuesday, 11/15, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Beginner Level Facebook* 
This class will focus on how to create a Facebook account, navigate through all of the different as-pects of Facebook, connecting with friends and family, and much more. 
* Class taught by a Western Technical College Student! A class of Western students have spent the semester preparing classes to teach to the community. Check out the one offered here and look for others offered around town! 
Thursday, 11/17, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Windows 10 for beginners 
Learn how to navigate Windows 10, including the updated Start menu, Action Center, and more. Bring your own laptop with Windows 10 installed.
There are no classes scheduled for December. Happy holidays! Classes will return January 2017.

Class Handouts
Windows 10
Windows 7 for beginners
Internet for beginners
Word 2010 part 1
Word 2010 part 2
Excel 2010 part 1
Excel 2010 part 2
Excel 2010 part 2 practice workbook
PowerPoint 2010
Design a free website with Weebly
Facebook: the basics
Facebook: security and settings
Windows 7 Control Panel

Other Resources Outside the Classroom

City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry. Check out their quarterly catalog to look for very low-cost computer and technology classes.

Western Technical College. Check out their fall lineup of free technology classes
Online Resources

Learning Express Popular Software Skills Center offers course modules on Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and more! Provided to state of Wisconsin residents via Badgerlink.

New User Tutorial. This is a very basic introduction to using a computer, for those with no experience. Free. Online keyboard instruction. Free, but simple account set-up required to use. Many online tutorials covering technology, math, reading, workplace skills, and more. Free. Learn how to use different popular websites. Free.