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.

January 2017
 
Tuesday, 1/10, 10am-12pm: 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.  
 
Tuesday, 1/17, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Word part 1 *Postponed to 1/19*
Great for absolute beginners and “it’s been a while” folks. Learn how to get around your document, change how your text looks, and run spell check. Also learn about saving and printing. 
 
Thursday, 1/19, 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. 
 
Tuesday, 1/24, 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, 1/26, 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.  
 
February 2017
 
Tuesday, 2/7, 10am-12pm: Internet for beginners
Want to learn how to get around on the Internet? We'll discuss different web browsers, how to search for and browse around different websites, and ways to protect your privacy online.
 
Tuesday, 2/14, 10am-12pm: Facebook basics
Learn how to find and chat with friends and share pictures. Don't have an account yet? Come 15 minutes early and we'll help you get started. An email address is required.
 
Tuesday, 2/21, 10am-12pm: Facebook security and settings
Learn how to manage your account and privacy settings.
 
New series! Searching for health informaiton online
An Internet course for individuals with diabetes or prediabetes
Taught by UW-La Crosse Physical Therapy students! Learn to find reliable health and wellness information from websites. Also learn to evaluate the quality of online health information.
 
Thursday, 2/9, 10:30am-12pm: Evaluating health websites
Thursday, 2/16, 10:30am-12pm: Navigating the NIH Senior Health website
Thursday, 2/23, 10:30am-12pm: Navigating the Medline Plus website 

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
Gmail
Design a free website with Weebly
Facebook: the basics
Facebook: security and settings
Windows 7 Control Panel
Craigslist

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.

Keybr.com Online keyboard instruction. Free, but simple account set-up required to use.

GCFLearnFree.org. Many online tutorials covering technology, math, reading, workplace skills, and more. Free.

Techboomers.com. Learn how to use different popular websites. Free.