The Great Bend Public Library will start a weekly code club in February. In this informal educational setting, kids will learn computer programming skills through a series of tutorials and projects. They will work toward building websites, video games, phone apps, animations and more, all the while learning how to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers, said GBPL Assistant Director Amy Mayhill.
“We are excited to show children in the community options for future careers and spark their creativity for lifelong learning in an exciting way,” Mayhill said.
The club will be open to all kids ages 8-18 and will meet weekly on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m. and 6:30-7:45 p.m. To learn more, contact Amy Mayhill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-792-2409 Ext 128.
While traditionally, libraries have been a place to borrow books, they are increasingly transforming into a community resource center, offering classes, courses, and experiences for people of all ages and interests. Code club fits with that mission, Mayhill said.
The Great Bend Public Library is able to offer this club to the community through a grant sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and PRENDA. GBPL was one of 50 libraries chosen from 250 applicants. The grant value of $4,500 covers coaching, training, software and materials for a year.
Prenda provides software, training, and support for libraries around the country to run engaging programming where kids can learn how to code. Learn more at http://prenda.co.