The Florida Public Library (FPL) announces that they have received a $2,100 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to design and implement coding programs for young people. FPL is one of 28 libraries in 21 states, out of over four hundred applicants, chosen to receive a grant funded by Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of ALA sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth.
Library Director Madelyn Folino said, “We are thrilled to receive this grant and know that it will offer a vital and visionary program to our local kids. Librarian Sara Verneuille and Library Assistant Maria Martinez collaborated on writing the grant and developing this project and their initiative is to be congratulated. We have been very lucky in winning grants to supplement taxpayer support and this program will be a novel and excellent addition to that record.”
The Library provides a full range of programs for youth of all ages and many local students are to be found in the library after school using library computers, laptops and iPads to play games and do homework. The activities of the grant will build on past Hour of Code programs in two six-week sessions for grades six to eight on Wednesdays and grades four to five on Thursdays. The first session will run from November to January and the second from February to March. A total of 36 youth can be served by the program, which relies heavily on collaborative activities and teamwork.
Florida’s program will involve games, learning computer logic and language, building original games with LittleBits Kits, coding these creations, and developing the curriculum to be followed for the second session. It will offer structured and high-interest learning for students and give them the skills to pursue coding on their own.
Registration is required for this program. To register, call the Library at 651-7659 or visit www.floridapubliclibrary.org and click on the event calendar. For more information call the Library and speak with either Maria Martinez or Meg Sgombick.