Libraries have a deep and abiding association with books. By extension, the library has always been a place of learning committed to supporting students, scholars, and lifelong learners. As technology has advanced and information has become accessible in new formats, libraries have incorporated a wide variety of digital resources into their collections. Kent County Public Library is no exception.
If you have a Kent County Public Library card (and there’s no reason not to since any Maryland resident can apply for a card at no cost), you can access a wealth of digital resources through KCPL’s website. In addition to being able to download ebooks and audiobooks, access online reference centers, and do research using the eLibrary, you can now also take six-week instructor-led online classes through Gale Courses. New sessions start monthly and the online learning environment allows you to learn anywhere at any time while also interacting with your instructor and fellow students. When you finish a class with a passing score, you receive a certificate of completion.
With your library card, you can register for classes at no cost. Whether your goal is professional development or personal enrichment, you can choose from hundreds of topics, including:
- Digital Photography and Graphic Design
- Preparing for the GED, SATs, or GREs
- Building and Running a Business
- Intro and Advanced Computer Classes
- Grant Writing
- Health Care Certifications
- Exploring Careers
- Tools and Skills for Educators
- Web Design and Coding
- Writing and Publishing
To explore the full course catalog, visit kentcountylibrary.org and choose Gale Courses from the Events & Classes menu.
If you are curious about Gale Courses, please join us for Getting Started with Gale Courses on Wednesday, August 5th. Questions are encouraged at this in-person orientation and you’ll learn the basics of navigating the Gale Courses online learning environment. This session is not required in order to register for classes, but will be helpful for anyone who has questions or needs help getting started
For more information about Gale Courses or to register for the August 5th orientation, please visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410-778-3636.