Learning to code might lead to a career in computer programming, but it most likely will help develop valuable life skills such as rational thinking, creative problem-solving, ingenuity, and persistence.
Later this month, three Timberland libraries will launch Code Clubs, recommended for all ages (starting at around age eight) and all skill levels, including beginners. Here are the essentials:
Lacey Code Club, 4:30-6 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
October 20 & 27; November 10 & 17; December 1, 8 & 15
Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey, 360-491-3860
Elma Code Club, 3:30-5 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:
October 19 & 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; December 7 & 14
Elma Timberland Library, 119 N. First Street, Elma, 360-482-3737
South Bend Code Club, 3:30-5 p.m. on the following Fridays:
Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23
South Bend Timberland Library, 1st St. & Pacific Ave., P.O. Box 368, 360-875-5532
The “Code Club” software was created by a company called “Prenda” for library-based learning. The application guides students according to individual experience levels and learning styles. The software also provedes social links between students, encouraging a fun and motivating community experience.
Participants may bring a laptop or borrow a library computer, while supplies last.
For more information, call the individual library. All TRL programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the individual libraries.