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 2015

Thursday, May 7 | 5:30pm-7:30pm | Windows 7 for beginners

Thursday, May 14 | 5:30pm-7:30pm | Internet for beginners

Thursday, May 21 | 5:30pm-7:30pm | Microsoft Excel 2010, part 1

Thursday, May 28 | 5:30pm-7:30pm | Microsoft Excel 2010, part 2

June 2015

New! Thursday, June 4 | 5:30pm-7:30pm | Share your home videos on YouTube
Learn how to upload and edit videos on Youtube, including adding text, music, and transitional effects. Bring a smart phone or digital camera if you have one and we’ll record a quick video in class; otherwise we’ll have a video for you to play with. Requires a Gmail account. Don’t have one yet? Come 15 minutes early and we’ll help you set one up. NOTE: small class size of 8.

New! Tuesday, June 9 | 10am-12pm | Windows 7 Control Panel
Take control of your computer by learning to use the Control Panel. Learn how to manage your computer’s security settings, change your desktop background, uninstall programs, change the size of your icons and text, and more.

New! Thursday, June 11 | 10am-12pm | Basic Computer Security
Learn some basic ways to protect yourself and your computer while you’re on the internet. We’ll talk about privacy settings, choosing strong passwords, sharing information safely, and what to do if you think you have a virus.

New! Thursday, June 18 | 2pm-4pm | Tech drop-in
Drop in with quick questions or come to practice skills from previous classes. Topic examples are: using smartphones, ebooks, email, digital cameras, and more. For in-depth questions, please register in advance to give us time to find an answer for you.

Tuesday, June 23rd | 10am-12pm | Tech drop-in

Class Handouts
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
Design a free website with Weebly
Facebook: the basics
Facebook: security and settings

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. 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.