Meeting Archive:
Coding Clubs: Youth Programming for Public Libraries

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Meeting Description:
Does your library offer programs related to coding? Coding is quickly gaining traction as an essential digital skill in the 21st century, and many public libraries are offering coding classes for youth and adults as a way of promoting STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The challenge is that coding is often a new skill for librarians and library staff who are responsible for offering programs. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert in computer science to offer effective educational programs that teach coding skills. There are many free resources that can be used as a guide to starting a coding club at your library, no experience required.

Come to this free webinar to hear about two examples of public libraries that have offered coding clubs using free curriculum provided by library partners.
  • The Memorial Hall Library (Andover, MA) offered a coding club in 2016 in partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that provides a framework and curriculum for coding clubs.
  • The Piscataway Library (New Jersey) just completed their second round of their Computer Science Club using the free Google CS curriculum. This theme centered around Fashion & Design.
This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Please register for this webinar to receive an email notification when the archive is available.
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Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Alex Lis-Perlis
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Alex Lis-Perlis is the Community Specialist for Community Programs at Girls Who Code. As an educator and social activist she is passionate about bridging opportunity gaps in the technology field and at large in our society. This year there will be 1,500 Girls Who Code Clubs in all 50 states.

Anna Tschetter
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Anna Tschetter is a Teen and Reference Librarian north of Boston who is passionate about community building, connecting teens to the right books, and innovative programming. She writes about libraries, YA, and Star Trek at and

Doug Baldwin
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Doug is a passionate maker and librarian whose work focuses on STEM initiatives and technology training. He coordinates the Piscataway Public Library's makerspace activities, as well as serving as project principal for the NJ Makers Day initiative.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and digital literacy. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, Infopeople, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the founder of Kixal, where she creates transformative training experiences for libraries and nonprofits.