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 require advanced registration. Call 608-789-7122 or stop by the Reference Desk (2nd floor at Main) to register or pick up a schedule.

 
October 2017
 
Thursday, 10/5, 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, 10/10, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Excel, part 1
Learn how to get around your spreadsheet, write and edit basic formulas, copy and paste them, and sort through data. 
 
Thursday, 10/12, 10am-12pm: 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.
 
NOW 2 PARTS! Tuesday, 10/17, 10am-12pm: Android phones for beginners, part 1
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, and more.
 
NEW! Thursday, 9/19, 10am-12pm: Android phones for beginners, part 2
Pick up tips and tricks to manage your notifications, adjust privacy settings, and use your camera. We’ll also address any questions you might have.
 
Tuesday, 10/24, 10am-12pm: 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. This class covers some of the content from our Microsoft Word classes.
 
Thursday, 10/26, 10am-12pm: 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.
 
November 2017
 
Tuesday, 11/28, 10am-12pm: iPhones for beginners, part 1
Learn the basic parts of your iPhone, how to connect to wifi, make calls, send texts, and shop for apps.
 
Thursday, 11/30, 10am-12pm: iPhones for beginners, part 2
Pick up tips and tricks on using the control center, keyboard, Safari, your camera, and more.
 
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, 11/7, 10am-12pm: Using Family Search
Thursday, 11/9, 5:30-7:30pm: Using Family Search
Family Search is digitizing their microfilm records and no longer loaning microfilm. Come join us for tips and tricks to find those digital images.
 
Tuesday, 11/14, 10am-12pm: Mapping your ancestors
Thursday, 11/16, 5:30-7:30pm: Mapping your ancestors
As realtors say, location, location, location. Maps can help you identify where your ancestor may have attended church, gone to school, or conducted business. Focus on U. S. sources with some foreign locations.
 
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. Stay tuned for more details!
 
Wednesday, 11/15, 1-3pm: Basics of using Amazon beyond shopping
Friday, 11/17, 2-4pm: Basic Windows 10 operations (please bring your own Windows 10 laptop for this class)
Wednesday, 11/29, 5:30-7:30pm: Basic Word & file management

Class Handouts
Windows 10 (link updated 4/17)
Windows 7 for beginners
Internet for beginners (link updated 4/17)
Word 2010 part 1
Word 2010 part 2
Excel 2010 part 1
Excel 2010 part 2
Excel 2010 part 2 practice workbook
PowerPoint 2010
Gmail
Design a free website with Weebly
Facebook: the basics (link updated 4/17)
Facebook: security and settings (link updated 4/17)
Windows 7 Control Panel
Craigslist
Using your Android phone
iPhones for beginners
Manage your digital pictures - Windows 7 
Manage your digital pictures - Windows 10
Basic Computer Security
Editing photos with Pixlr
Mail Merge
Introduction to Canva

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

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.

GCFLearnFree.org. Many online tutorials covering technology, math, reading, workplace skills, and more. Free.

Techboomers.com. Learn how to use different popular websites. Free.

Basic Computer Skills Course. This offers an introduction to many common skills needed to use a computer and the Internet. Free.