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.

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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. All classes meet in the basement training room at Main and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 12. Participants must have some familiarity with a keyboard and mouse use.

Due to popular demand, classes will require advanced registration starting in March 2014. Call 608.789.7122 or stop by the Reference Desk (2nd floor at Main) to register or pick up a schedule.

September 2014
Tuesday, September 9 | 10 am-noon | Introduction to the Computer
Thursday, September 11 | 10 am-noon | The Internet for Beginners

New Series! Genealogy on the Internet
These classes are an introduction to finding genealogy information online. Bring your own family questions and have a chance to practice with your own information. Sample searches will be provided if you don't bring your own material. There is no printing available in the training room; please bring a flash drive if you wish to download images you find.

Tuesday, September 16 | 10 am-noon | Genealogy on the Internet: Ancestry Library Edition
Thursday, September 18 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm | Genealogy on the Internet: Ancestry Library Edition
Tuesday, September 23 | 10 am-noon | Genealogy on the Internet: Familysearch and Free Sites
Thursday, September 25 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm | Genealogy on the Internet: Familysearch and Free Sites

October 2014
Thursday, October 9 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm | Microsoft Word 2010, part 1
Thursday, October 16 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm | Microsoft Word 2010, part 2
Tuesday, October 21 | 10 am-noon | Email for Beginners: Gmail
Thursday, October 23 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm | Design a Free Website or Blog with Weebly
In preparation for National Novel Writing Month, learn how to use Weebly, a free website and blog creator, and pick up a few tips on best practices and copyright issues along the way. After a short demo, attendees will have time to experiment on their own. Bring your own electronic files (pictures, PDFs, Word documents, etc). An email address and experience using the Internet are required.

Class Handouts
Intro to Computers
Internet for Beginners
Word 2010 part 1
Word 2010 part 2
Excel 2010 part 1
Excel 2010 part 2
PowerPoint 2010
Email for Beginners: Gmail
Design a Free Website with Weebly


Other Resources Outside the Classroom

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.

Typing Master is funded by and available to La Crosse residents with a valid library card. Learn the keyboard, or work on improving your speed and accuracy with this interactive website. After logging in with your library card, create an account to track your progress.

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.

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