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Grant Opportunity for Small & Rural Libraries: Coding Clubs

2018 July 6
by Cindy Fisher

Learning to code is often compared to learning to speak another language. It requires diligence and stresses regular practice for mastery. It’s also fun, provide new ways of understanding the world and is often more fun and fulfilling when done with others.

A new grant opportunity brings the expertise, resources, and support, for facilitating coding clubs to rural and small libraries!

A code club is an informal program that takes place at a library where kids ages 8-18 learn computer programming skills. Teaching kids computer programming skills can dramatically impact your community by providing kids with 21st century career opportunities and instilling a valuable set of life skills, like computational thinking and problem solving.

The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is funding a grant to deliver all the resources necessary to run a code club in small and rural public libraries. Those resources include one-on-one training sessions, code club software, and ongoing coaching and support.  Fifty libraries  from across the United States will be selected to participate in this grant.

With Prenda‘s help, code club does not require any coding knowledge to run. It does, however, require:

  • Computers (laptops or desktops)
  • High-speed internet
  • A space in the library
  • Library staff/volunteer to facilitate

To be eligible for this grant you must qualify as a “small or rural public library.”

  • Small = any public library with a service area of 15,000 or less
  • Rural = any public library more than 25 miles from an ‘urbanized area’ (as defined by the US Census)

If you meet these requirements and excited about this grant, apply by July 16th! The application is available at https://tinyurl.com/yd7jnaqh Want more information? Attend an informational webinar on July 9th at noon. Register for the webinar here.

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