Libraries Ready to Code

Libraries Ready to Code

We’re in a world surrounded by technology, and I think it’s important to empower students to be masters of that technology. When I’m coding or making a robot, I really feel like I accomplished something. I’m probably going to be doing something like this in college, so it’s good. Coding is the new literacy. All children in this day and age need to be ready to code. It’s exciting to them. It’s a new industry. It’s something that’s challenging, but they also really realize that this is what the future is about. This is where it begins. I am involved in everything as the school librarian, and that’s because we are the heart of the school here. I see what it means. School libraries are just the place to be. You guys don’t know it, but you just wrote a code. Yeah, I like it. No other class does this. It’s really cool. Libraries, at their core, are about economic development. As jobs change and technology is suffused more and more into our lives and our work, people see the library has a place for learning, a place where they can better themselves and their families. No matter what your skill level. No matter what your financial resources are. No matter what your previous education is. Anybody can come to the public library and learn how to code. When you think of a public institution, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the library, because I’ve been going to public library since I was little, and that’s where you get all your computers all your resources. One way I think libraries definitely would help a diverse population, youth that under-served, youth that are disaffected, is by facilitating computational thinking, tech classes and also coding classes. We’re working on this website called code dot org, basically just learning basic coding. It’s really not just coding. It is a way of thinking and perceiving and problem solving. It’s fun figuring it out. It’s basically
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a complicated puzzle. We’ve already got all of these computers. We have people who are used to working with the public, who are used to working with children. We found out about this program, and she said, “It’s right in the library, in the neighborhood, and it’s free.” So I went and registered. If you want to achieve the national agenda of having kind of having young adults who are pursuing STEM-related careers, Libraries are the mechanism to get young people to be interested. We need a lot more programs like this, in a lot more neighborhoods, because this isn’t something that’s available everywhere. I wish I had something like this when I was a kid. I don’t know that my child is going to be the coder, but I do know that being in this library and being exposed to code is changing the way he thinks and his approach to problem solving, and the way he looks at the world. It’s not only your skills, but it’s your life skills for many areas in the future. It’s really going to set us up in terms of having a really productive workforce, and I think it is also going to set us up to have really informed and engaged citizens moving forward. [Music]

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  1. How about #tagcoding content shared via social media – it would transform the non-fiction part of the internet into a global library

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