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.

May 2016
 
Tuesday, May 3rd, 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, May 5th, 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.
 
Thursday, May 12th, 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 Widnows 10 installed.
 
Tuesday, May 17th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Word 2010, 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. 
 
Tuesday, May 24th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Word 2010, 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. 
 
June 2016
 
NEW! Tuesday, June 7th, 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. 
 
Thursday, June 9th, 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, June 21st, 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, June 23rd, 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, and use filters to change the look of your image. This class will focus on learning through experimenting and is open to all skill levels.  
 
NEW! Tuesday, June 28th, 10am-12pm: Design your own marketing with Canva
Learn how to make posters, business cards, social media posts, and more using this (mostly) free and easy to use graphic design website.
 
NEW! Thursday, June 30th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Publisher 2010
Learn how to make trifold brochures and other advertisements using this popular desktop publishing software. 
 
Note: We'll be taking a class break in July and August to update our classes and create new ones. Classes will resume in September.

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

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.