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.

April 2016
Tuesday, April 5th, 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, April 7th, 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.
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, April 12th, 10am-12pm: Ancestry Library Edition
Thursday, April 14th, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Ancestry Library Edition
Tuesday, April 19th, 10am-12pm: Heritage Quest, Familysearch and Free Sites
Thursday, April 21st, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Heritage Quest, Familysearch and Free Sites
NEW! Saturday, April 23rd, 1pm-4pm: Accelerated Excel
Familiar with Excel, but looking for a refresher or for some tips and tricks? We'll cover our content from parts 1 and 2 - in three hours! Previous experience with Excel required.
May 2016
Tuesday, May 3rd, 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. 
Thursday, May 5th, 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.
Thursday, May 12th, 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 Widnows 10 installed.
Tuesday, May 17th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Word 2010, 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. 
Tuesday, May 24th, 10am-12pm: Microsoft Word 2010, 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. 

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

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.

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.