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Does your library offer programs related to coding? Coding is quickly gaining traction as an essential digital skill in the 21st century, and many public libraries are offering coding classes for youth and adults as a way of promoting STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The challenge is that coding is often a new skill for librarians and library staff who are responsible for offering programs. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert in computer science to offer effective educational programs that teach coding skills. There are many free resources that can be used as a guide to starting a coding club at your library, no experience required.
See two examples of public libraries that have offered coding clubs using free curriculum provided by library partners.
— The Memorial Hall Library (Andover, MA) offered a coding club in 2016 in partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that provides a framework and curriculum for coding clubs.
— The Piscataway Library (New Jersey) just completed their second round of their Computer Science Club using the free Google CS curriculum. This theme centered around Fashion & Design.