Northern Middle Library Receives Funding to Develop Youth Coding Programs

Last Updated on Nov 30, 2018 at 2:24pm

Northern Middle Library announced today that they have 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. Northern Middle Library is one of 250 schools 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.
 
“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include Northern Middle Library in our CS Ed Week activities this year. We hope these libraries 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 Northern Middle Library and other Ready to Code libraries,” said ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo. “We hope this grant 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.”
 
Northern Middle media specialist Ali Schilpp said, “We are grateful to be selected for this grant. ALA and Google’s support will provide the resources that we need to implement CS for all our students. We are hopeful that these opportunities will jumpstart interest in CS and prepare them for future careers. In addition to our library’s Hour of Code, we have the expertise and mentorship of David Yoder, Principal; Project Lead the Way teacher, Brian Schilpp; Computer Science teacher, April Lewis; and Resource teacher, Chuck Trautwein. These educators support our students and CS programs throughout the year.”
 
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.
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