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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hour of Code Comes to MCPL

Hour of Code LogoWhat's coding?

What isn't?

These days, there is coding in our phones, our cars, our refrigerators and—oh yeah—our libraries!

Some of the most basic ways coding comes into view in the library is through the library website and online catalog. There are also the databases, of course, including e-books, downloadable audio, e-magazines, articles, and more at your fingertips 24-hours per day. And then there are special portions of the website such as the research guides and this blog.

And, yes, coding makes them all possible.

Boy sitting at a computer
2014 Hour of Code Participant
In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2022, there will be over 1 million open computing jobs in the United States, as a result of job growth and turnover. These jobs will be in multiple industries, across all states, and will require varying sets of computer skills and backgrounds.

That’s why learning coding is especially important for K-12 students. There are a variety of opportunities for students in Montgomery County to start coding, but right now we are in the middle of the Hour of Code™™™, nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

MCPL is participating in the 2015 Hour of Code with programs at three branches: Gaithersburg, Long Branch, and Marilyn Praisner. Students of all ages will have an opportunity to learn a little about what coding is and how it works. We hope to see you there!

Can’t make it out to one of our programs? Try coding either at home or on a public computer at one of our branches. The Hour of Code organization provides a variety of free tutorials appropriate for different age groups and experience levels. Many tutorials are available in multiple languages.

Check our calendar for other coding events at our branches throughout the year, or start the first step (or next step) in your coding education with an exploration of our collection; you'll find a variety of print and, yes, online books and resources related to computers and coding.

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