Flagler County Public Library is helping residents stay connected with friends by offering a variety of free mobile technology and computer classes focused on teaching and improving the skills necessary to stay in touch remotely.

“Now more than ever these classes are important to offer because of COVID-19,” said Library Director Holly Albanese. “We have to limit class sizes for social distancing, but that also provides attendees more individual attention.”

Assistant Library Director Joe Saloom teaches the classes that range from “Basic Computer” and “Beginning Email” to “Instagram for Adults” and “Photography and Video.”

“We have a lot of people who want to connect with their grandkids and share pictures on Instagram,” Saloom said. “No one knew what a Zoom meeting was a year ago, but now everyone is using it – not just for business but to stay in touch with family.”

Most classes are held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, but there are some class offerings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m on Wednesdays.

“Classes are typically limited to six, but we make allowances for couples because they can sit together,” Saloom said. “We have a curriculum, but we encourage participants to bring questions.”

Upcoming classes are listed below:

  • February 1 – Basic Internet (room still available)
  • February 8 – Hoopla eBooks/eAudiobooks/Movies (mobile tech)*
  • March 1 – Beginning Computer
  • March 8 – Intermediate Computer
  • March 15 – Basic Mobile Tech (mobile tech)*
  • March 29 – Photography and Video (mobile tech)*

      *Bring devices as they are not provided by the Library.

Preregistration is required for the computer classes. Participants must bring their own devices – smart phone or tablet – to the mobile tech classes, but advanced registration is not required.

Full class schedules with class descriptions are available at the Main Palm Coast Branch Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W., or call 386-446-6763.