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.

June 2017
 
Thursday, 6/8, 10am-12pm: Basic computer security
Learn some basic ways to protect yourself and your computer while you're on the Internet. We'll talk about privacy settings, choosing strong passwords, sharing information safely, and what to do if you think you have a virus.
 
Tuesday, 6/20, 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, 6/22, 10am-12pm: Introduction to Pixlr: Basic photo editing
Come learn the basics of editing digital photos using the powerful web-based photo editing tool Pixlr. This class will teach you how to: resize your images, use basic touch up tools, add text to photos, create an image from scratch, use filters to change the look of your image, and more. This class will focus on learning through experimenting and is open to all skill levels.
 
Tuesday, 6/27, 10am-12pm: Android phones for beginners
Bring your charged Android phone and learn the basics about how to use it. We’ll talk about how to add and remove apps, adjust general settings, notifications, privacy settings and address any question you might have. Meets in the Trustees Room.
 
Thursday, 6/29, 10am-12pm: iPhones for beginners
Learn how to make calls, send texts, install apps, browse the Internet, and manage security and privacy settings. Meets in the Trustees Room.
 
Classes will take a break in July and August and resume in September. The September schedule should come out in mid-August.

Class Handouts
Windows 10 (link updated 4/17)
Windows 7 for beginners
Internet for beginners (link updated 4/17)
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 (link updated 4/17)
Facebook: security and settings (link updated 4/17)
Windows 7 Control Panel
Craigslist
Using your Android phone
iPhones for beginners
Manage your digital pictures - Windows 7 
Manage your digital pictures - Windows 10
Basic Computer Security
Editing photos with Pixlr
Mail Merge
Introduction to Canva

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

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.

Basic Computer Skills Course. This offers an introduction to many common skills needed to use a computer and the Internet. Free.