James W. Curry Public Library Starts Youth Code Club transforming kids’ lives through computer programming education

French Creek, WV: The James W. Curry Public Library is beginning a weekly code club in February of this year. In this informal educational setting, kids will learn computer programming skills through a series of tutorials and projects. They will work towards building websites, video games, phone apps, animations and more, all the while, learning how to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. 

Library director, Judith Williams says this about the upcoming code club: “I am very excited that with the help of the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and  Prenda, we are able to create this opportunity in our community. Coding and the associated life skills this program can offer have the potential to significantly impact both individuals and the community as a whole.”

The club will be open to all kids ages 8-18 and will meet weekly on Thursday from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Younger siblings are welcome with parent /caregiver. To learn more, please contact Judith Williams at jlwilliams@upshurcounty.org or 304-924-6724.

While traditionally, libraries have been a place to borrow books, they are increasingly transforming into a community resource center, offering classes, courses, and experiences for people of all ages and interests. Code club fits with that mission.

The Curry Library is partnering with technology company, Prenda, to offer their club. Prenda provides software, training, and support for libraries around the country to run engaging programming where kids can learn how to code. Learn more at http://prenda.co.

The James W. Curry Public Library, founded in 1980 by its namesake, sits atop brook Hill in southern Upshur County and provides a full range of library services. To learn more about our offerings visit us on Facebook @jwcpl.

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