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.

September 2016
 
Tuesday, September 6th, 10am-12pm: 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. 
 
Thursday, September 8th, 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, September 13th, 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, September 27th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Word part 1
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, September 29th, 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. 
 
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. 

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
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 the Neighborhood Centers' quarterly catalog to look for very low-cost computer and 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.