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.

April 2017
 
NEW! Thursday, 4/6, 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 questions you might have. Meets in the Trustee's Room.
 
Thursday, 4/13, 5:30-7:30pm: 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. 
 
Tuesday, 4/18, 10am-12pm: Manage your digital pictures (shown using Windows 10)
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.)
 
Saturday, 4/22, 1pm-4pm: Accelerated Excel
Part of Money Smart Week! Are you a little rusty with your Excel skills? Come to our advanced (quickly paced) workshop where we combine both of our Excel classes into one! This session is great for people who have experience with Excel, but need a refresher or want to learn some skills beyond the basics. 
 
May 2017
 
Thursday, 5/4, 10am-12pm: Microsoft PowerPoint
Learn how to use this popular presentation and slide show software. Learn how to create and edit slides, change color schemes, apply transitions and animations, set up timing options, plus printing and saving options.
 
Tuesday, 5/9, 10am-12pm: Pinterest
Learn how to search for projects and ideas, create and add to boards, follow other pinners, and more. Don’t have an account yet? Come 10 minutes early and we’ll help you get started. An email address is required.
 
Thursday, 5/11, 10am-12pm: Craigslist
Learn how to use Craigslist to buy or sell items, search for jobs, post community events, and more! We’ll also discuss important safety tips.
 
Tuesday, 5/16, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Microsoft Word part 1
Great for absolute beginners and “it’s been a while” folks. Learn how to get around your doc-ument, change how your text looks, and run spell check. Also learn about saving and printing.
 
Thursday, 5/18, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Microsoft Word part 2
Follows Word part 1. Learn how to make more complex changes to your document, plus in-sert charts, pictures, clip art, and page numbers. Learn how to use the thesaurus, add notes, and make use of templates.
 
NEW! Tuesday, 5/23, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Smart shopping with your smart phone
Shopping apps and your smart phone can help you be a smarter shopper. Learn about differ-ent types of apps and possible security concerns. Bringing your phone along is helpful but not absolutely necessary.

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.