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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 technology-based classes. These classes are designed to introduce the community to current technology, as well as introduce job seekers to basic, entry-level computer skills. Unless noted, all classes meet in the basement training room at Main. On occasion, our classes will be taught by Western Tech students, with supervision from Library staff.
Due to popular demand, classes require advanced registration. Call 608-789-7122 or stop by the Reference Desk (2nd floor at Main) to register or pick up a schedule.
Thursday, 3/1, 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 get your started.
Updated series! Genealogy on the Internet
These classes are an introduction to finding genealogy information online. Bring your own family questions and have a chance to practice with your own information. There is no printing available in the training room; please bring a flash drive if you wish to download images you find.
No more microfilm: FamilySearch in the digital age
FamilySearch is digitizing their microfilm records and no longer loaning it. Come join us for tips and tricks to find those sometimes hidden digital images. FamilySearch now requires signing up for a free account and that requires an email address. Don't have an email address? Sign up for our Gmail class or stop by the Reference Desk for assistance. Led by Archives staff member Megan.
Tuesday, 3/6, 10am-12pm
Thursday, 3/8, 5:30-7:30pm
March back in time with online newspaper searching
Have you been hoping to locate that 1926 obituary of a distant relative or to learn what issues concerned your school board your senior year? Yet, are you at a standstill, perhaps due to time constraints or trepidation over using microfilm? By learning how to maneuver NewspaperARCHIVE and other online newspaper resources to find obituaries and/or local history, you can sidestep these potential ruts in the road and accelerate your research rhythm. Led by Archives staff member Carla.
Tuesday, 3/13, 10am-12pm
Thursday, 3/15, 5:30-7:30pm
Tuesday, 3/27, 10am-12pm: Facebook basics
Learn how to find and chat with friends and share pictures. Don’t have an account yet? Come 15 minutes early and we’ll help you get started. An email address is required.
Thursday, 3/29, 10am-12pm: Facebook security and settings
Learn how to manage your account and privacy settings.
Tuesday, 4/10, 10am-11am: Library streaming and downloading services
Find out about all of the movies, music, books, and audiobooks you can download for free through the library! Bring your charged smart phone or tablet if you’d like to download the apps and set up an account during class. Note: the music and movie apps are only available to La Crosse city residents.
Thursday, 4/12, 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.
Tuesday, 4/17, 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.
Thursday, 4/19, 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, 4/24, 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, 4/26, 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.