Coding Clubs in the Library

CodecademyYou may have heard of Codecademy, the website that offers free coding classes in a variety of programming languages such as JavaScript, Python, and Ruby, but did you know that Codecademy also offers free kits to help you start a coding club in your school or library? The best part is that you don’t need to a background in computer science to host a coding club!

Coding is an increasingly important skill for students to acquire, and if they don’t have the opportunity to learn it in school, hosting a club at the library is an ideal partnership! As librarians, we know digital literacy is essential. The Codecademy site emphasizes that “digital literacy is now a fundamental skill like reading and writing.”

In the introduction to the kit, Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed, points out that “Kids spend an increasing portion of their lives interacting with and through screens…Introducing kids to code reveals to them how computers are really ‘anything’ machines, capable of doing pretty much anything we program into them. It gives them the ability both to read and to write in the foundational languages of the digital age and, in doing so, fundamentally transforms their perspective from that of user to maker, consumer to creative.”

Sign up to download your free kit and make plans to get started! Have you implemented programs like this at your library? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments!

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