Your Library in the Hour of Code

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The Hour of Code is a campaign from Code.org to recruit 10 million kids to try computer science for one hour during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15). Industry leaders like Microsoft, Google, Apple, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg; organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; celebrities, athletes, and politicians like will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Enrique Iglesias, and Bill Clinton; and scores of others have joined the campaign.

Computer science is foundational for all students today, yet the overwhelming majority of schools don’t teach it. This is a chance to inspire under-served students to achieve the 21st Century American Dream.

Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show kids that it’s fun to learn the basics. Code.org will provide tutorials that require no prior experience — on a browser, smartphone, or even “unplugged,” if you don’t have sufficient computer access on site.

Work in a school library/media center? This is a great opportunity to partner up with STEM educators. Work in a public library? This would be a great program and an opportunity to partner with your local school. If you already have a coding club, it would be a natural introduction and a means of raising visibility. Simply sign up to host an Hour of Code at your library!

Need an added incentive? Everyone who registers to host an Hour of Code will receive 10GB of free DropBox storage as a thank you gift. You just have to register your organization’s participation.

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