Twin Bridges Public Library Receives Funding to Develop Youth Coding Programs
The Twin Bridges Public Library received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December 3-9) and beyond. Twin Bridges Public Library is one of 250 school and public libraries around the country to receive this microfunding from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google.
Join the Twin Bridges Public Library on Thursday December 6th at 6 p.m. to participate in a new activity created by Google called, "An Unusual Discovery." Participants will learn how to program conversations and animate characters to create fun interactive stories. The library will be open Thursday evening for anyone who is interested in trying their hand at this activity or supporting their friends. Lots of alternate coding activities are available and activities will be tailored to interests and comfort-levels. Everyone will have a chance to have fun experimenting with computer science with plenty of help on hand!
The grant was awarded to the Benefactors of the Twin Bridges Library, a volunteer organization that works to support library services and programs. This particular grant will promote an important part of the Benefactors stated mission - providing educational opportunities for the users of the Library, particularly among the youth of Twin Bridges. Many of the libraries that have been granted this opportunity serve large urban populations, and the Benefactors are excited to have been selected to bring the same opportunity to youth in our rural town.
“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include the Twin Bridges Public Library in our CS Ed Week activities this year. We hope this library will join the growing number of libraries excited to offer CS programs that help youth create, problem solve, and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in their future careers.”
“ALA is pleased to provide microfunding to the Twin Bridges Public Library and other Ready to Code libraries,” said ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo. “We hope this microfunding will not only generate enthusiasm for CS Ed Week, but spark year-round programming to develop critical thinking and digital skills youth can draw on over a lifetime.”
The 250 libraries selected for CS Ed Week funding will each host activities based on Google’s free CS First curriculum, which uses video-based instruction to introduce CS to kids through block-based coding. Libraries will pursue projects that reflect Ready to Code themes critical for advancing youth learning, especially for building computational thinking literacies. The Ready to Code team estimates that the CS Ed Week funding will support more than 60,000 youth all around the country taking part in coding activities throughout the week.
Please call the library at 406-684-5416 to register for free if you plan to participate. You can complete the activity on your own or in a group. Computer space is limited and additional sessions will be scheduled to accommodate everyone who would like to participate. Those coming to watch or support don't need to register and will have the option to register for future sessions.
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