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.

January 2016

Tuesday, January 12th, 10am-12pm: Windows 7 for beginners
Learn how to navigate Windows 7, including how to use the Start Menu, how to create new folders and move files around, and how to use a flash drive.
Thursday, January 14th, 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. 
Tuesday, January 19th, 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. 
Thursday, January 21st, 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.
Tuesday, January 26th, 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, January 28th, 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. 
February 2016
Tuesday, February 2nd, 10am-12pm: Gmail
Learn how to use an email account with Gmail. Don’t have an account yet? Come 15 minutes early and we’ll help get your started. 
UPDATED! Thursday, February 4th, 10am-12pm: Digital downloads from Overdrive
Did you get a new ereader or tablet (iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc) over the holidays, or are you thinking of getting one? Learn how to checkout free ebooks, audiobooks, and more, and get one-on-one assistance. If you would like to practice downloading, please bring your device, the cord that came with it, and your library card.  
Tuesday, February 9th, 10am-12pm: Manage your digital pictures
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.) 
Thursday, February 11th, 10am-12pm: Introduction to Pixlr: basic photo editing
Come learn the basics of editing digital photos using the powerful web-based photo editing tool Pixlr. This class will teach you how to resize your images, use basic touch up tools, add text to photos, create an image from scratch, use filters to change the look of your image, and more. This class will focus on learning through experimenting and is open to all skill levels.  
Thursday, February 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Facebook: the basics
Learn how to find and chat with friends and share pictures. Don't have an account yet? Come 15 minutes early and we'll help you get started. An email address is required. 
Thursday, February 25th, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Facebook: security and settings
Learn how to manage your account and privacy settings.

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.

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.