Fletcher Free Library receives Google sponsored micro grant

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Fletcher Free Library receives Google sponsored micro grant

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 3:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Fletcher Free Library was one of 250 school and public libraries around the country to receive a $500 microgrant Thursday by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December 3-9).

The Fletcher Free will kick off the week with "Teach your Grown Up to Code!" on Sunday, December 2, at 1 p.m., empowering young people to come to the library with their parents and guardians to help their adults better understand the world of coding, while experiencing the creativity, fun, and learning that can happen outside of school. The program will give all an opportunity to creatively experiment with coding in preparation for a week of Hour of Code at Fletcher Free Library. Coding toys and tools will also be available to allow children to explore the additional applications of coding. A display of related books and materials will reinforce the week of coding activities in the youth room.     

A week of after-school supported coding activities for youth will follow. “We’re excited to be offering this fun, learning opportunity for our after-school kids,” said Youth Services Librarian Rebecca Goldberg. “This has been a great opportunity to collaborate with area colleges for student volunteers as well.”

The Fletcher Free will host Hour of Code from December 3rd through the 6th, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5). This week-long, drop-in event is geared toward students seven years of age and above.  Students will engage in Google’s CS First Hour of Code activities, helping to demystify coding.

“ALA is proud to continue the expansion of Libraries Ready to Code,” said ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo. “We hope this microfunding for libraries will not only generate enthusiasm for CS Ed Week, but spark year-round programming to develop critical thinking and digital skills youth can draw on over a lifetime.”

In Grow with Google’s announcement, Vice President Lisa Gevelber said, “Libraries have long been America’s go-to gathering place for learning. Now more than ever, people are using libraries as resources for professional growth. And libraries are stepping up…That’s why starting in January, we’ll also work hand-in-hand with libraries around the country, using technology to help ensure that economic opportunity exists for everyone, everywhere.”

About the Fletcher Free Library

The Fletcher Free Library is Vermont’s largest public library.  The Library’s mission is to inform, enrich and nurture a community of lifelong learners. The Fletcher Free is known regionally for programming that inspires discussion, advances knowledge and strengthens our community.  Fletcher Free is located at 235 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

Source: Fletcher Free Library 11.29.2018