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 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 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.

November 2014
Tuesday, November 4 | 10 am-noon | Introduction to the Computer
Thursday, November 6 | 10 am-noon | The Internet for Beginners
Tuesday, November 11 | 10 am-noon | Microsoft Excel 2010, part 1
Thursday, November 13 | 10 am-noon | Microsoft Excel 2010, part 2

NEW! Manage Your Digital Pictures
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.) There will be plenty of time to play.

Tuesday, November 18 | 10 am-noon | Manage Your Digital Pictures
Have a laptop computer? Bring it along with your digital camera and cords. This class will meet in the auditorium.
Thursday, November 20 | 10 am-noon | Manage Your Digital Pictures
Don't have a laptop computer? Come to this one!

NEW! Classes Taught by Western Technical College Students
A class of Western students have spent the semester preparing classes to teach to the community. Check out the two offered here and keep your eyes out for the others offered around town!

Wednesday, November 12 | 10 am-noon | Internet Explorer: Security Settings
Wednesday, November 19 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm | Google Maps: Explore Your World

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.

Keybr.com 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.