Public Library offers Naples Free Net Tech Classes

calendarIn partnership with Collier County Public Library, NFN instructors will present beginning and intermediate skills classes at library branches throughout the county. Classes offered are Basic Computer Skills, E-Mail, Use of the Internet, Word Processing, and Spreadsheets with separate lectures on Windows 8.1, Google Applications & Services, and Tablets & Smartphone Apps.

Visit Collier County Library Computer Classes web page to learn more and to register online.  for details regarding any of these classes.

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NFN Education Program Fall 2013

NFN’s founders built the organization on three pillars in 1995, Access, Content and Education. Public education of digital literacy was a major focus point for NFN volunteers and although after 17 years basic internet skills are not in high demand anymore recent surveys revealed the digital literacy is now a job requirements in professions that have long been hands-on only, but are now moved into the digital age with the advent of mobile technology and a bigger need of reporting and tracking of the workforce.

Basic Computer and Internet classes: Public Library & Naples Free-Net

Many companies require future employees to fill out their job applications online and also require e-mail address for communication. In 2012 the Collier County Library started an initiative together with SWFL Workforce and scheduled classes around libraray branches with a remote computer lab. David Chalick recruited instructors among long time NFN volunteers, and June Scott, Marv Weisberg and Birgit Pauli-Haack held monthly classes at the library. The grant did not renew, and a lot of work still needs to be done so NFN education chair James Mc Donald and David Chalick, head librarian at the Collier County Libraray of Golden Gate branch teamed up and came up with a combined plan for additional computer and internet basic classes held at the pubblic library branches and taught be NFN volunteers.

NFN Walk-in Clinics: Computer, Windows, Email, Internet, Digital Photography

Another area of classes are for all levels of skill sets are held weekly at the NFN offices/Computerlab and are designed to be Walk-In Clinics. People with specific questions to a certain range of topics. The Walk-in clinics are for members and non-members the latter will be asked for a $10 donation to the Naples Free-Net.

NFN Tune-up Tuesdays

NFN Volunteers will tuneup your PC desktop or laptap for more efficient running. Download Microsoft updates; update virus protection, check dialup configuration; install free programs that run diagnostics; download updates to your other programs.
Donations are requested: For Premium members: $25.00; for Standard members: $30.00; and for non-members: $40.00.
We will take 2-3 clients each Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis only. Call our Helpdesk at 417-1400 each TUESDAY ONLY to reserve a spot as available.

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2013 Board of Directors

Directors & Officers

  • Warren Anderson (
  • William R.(Bill) Coakley (
  •  Roger Kastel (, President *
  • Bob Luparello (, Treasurer *
  • Birgit Pauli-Haack (, Past-President *
  • George Santos (, Vice-President *
  • Sonny(H.J.) Saunders (  Secretary *
  • Charles Smallwood (
  • Dennis “Duke” Vasey (
  • Marv Weisberg (
  • Benno Eidus (
  • Al Martinez (

* Executive Committee

Director Emeritus: Melody Hainsworth (

Total: 12 Members | Quorum: 7 Members.

Meetings are every second Monday of the month.
Unless otherwise noted, Board meetings are held at the Naples Free -Net Headquarters, 5035 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL 34113

Annual Meeting – Volunteer Service Awards 2013

NFN Volunteers WordCloudDuring this year’s Annual Membership Meeting, president Roger Kastel gave out the Volunteer Service awards.

Click on above names to read more about the accomplishments of each Award Winner. Distinguished Service Awards awarded to Knute Hartman and James McDonald. Knute Hartmann has dedicated his service on two shifts per week for the past three years. He is very thorough and meticulous in his Helpteam duties. James McDonald, our new Education Coordinator has worked long and tirelessly setting up the Education program for the NFN. In that role, he has created syllabuses for each course, recruited new instructors and has taken our education department to a higher level. The feedback from students has been most favorable. The NFN has a very knowledgeable and professional Education program, thanks to you James.

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