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.

March 2017
Thursday, 3/2, 5:30-7:30pm: Microsoft Excel part 1
Learn how to get around your spreadsheet, write and edit basic formulas, copy and paste them, and sort through data.
Tuesday, 3/7, 5:30-7:30pm: 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, 3/9, 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.
Returning 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. Sample searches will be provided if you don't bring your own material. There is no printing available in the training room; please bring a flash drive if you wish to download images you find. Led by Archives staff member Megan. 
Tuesday, 3/14, 10am-12pm: Family Search
Tuesday, 3/21, 10am-12pm: Heritage Quest and Free Sites 
Thursday, 3/23, 5:30-7:30pm: Heritage Quest and Free Sites
NEW DATE! Thursday, 3/30, 5:30-7:30pm: Family Search
NEW! Thursday, 3/30, 10am-12pm: iPhones for beginners
Learn how to make calls, send texts, install apps, browse the Internet, and manage security and privacy settings. Note: This class will meet in the Trustee's Room in the basement.
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. 

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
Excel 2010 part 2 practice workbook
PowerPoint 2010
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 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

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. Online keyboard instruction. Free, but simple account set-up required to use. Many online tutorials covering technology, math, reading, workplace skills, and more. Free. Learn how to use different popular websites. Free.