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.

November 2015

Thursday, November 5th, 10am-12pm: NEW! Get started with HTML 
Ever wondered how websites actually work behind the scenes? Learn how to change a blank screen into an actual webpage using HTML. It's painless, we promise!
Tuesday, November 10th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Excel 2010 part 1
Learn how to get around your spreadsheet, write and edit basic formulas, copy and paste them, and sort through data.
Thursday, November 12th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Excel 2010 part 2
Follows Excel part 1. Learn how to merge and wrap text, apply filters, create charts, password protect sheets, freeze panes, and more.
Tuesday, November 17th, 10am-12pm:  NEW! Holiday letter writing part 1
Learn how to put together your annual holiday letter in this class! Using Microsoft Word 2010, learn how to change the way your text looks, run spell check, and insert pictures and clip art. If you'd like to use your own photos, please bring a flash drive with your photos OR your charged camera and any connecting cords. 
Thursday, November 19th, 10am-12pm: NEW! Holiday letter writing part 2 
Make address labels for holiday cards! Now that you've learned how to write a letter using Microsoft Word, learn how to make an address book in Excel and use mail merge to create printable address labels. Please note: printer not available in class.
RETURNING SERIES! Classes taught by Western Technical College students
A class of Western students have spent the semester preparing classes to teach to the community. Check out the two offered here and keep your eyes out for the others offered around town!
Monday, November 16th, 1-3pm: Pinterest: Prepare for the holidays
Wednesday, November 25th, 3:30-5pm: Online shopping: Tools for tracking and finding deals (great for Black Friday shoppers)

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
Windows 7 Control Panel

Other Resources Outside the Classroom

Tech Tutoring: Basic Computer Assistance Program through Western Technical College
* Free, 45 minute appointment where you can ask your technology questions to a Western Technical College student tutor.
* All appointments conducted in a Western computer classroom.
* Appointments are limited to certain basic computer topics using only Windows 7, Dell computers.
* A 3 appointment maximum per semester per participant enforced.
Register with La Crosse Public Library staff, call 608.789.4798 or go online to!
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.

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.