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Alpena library receives grant for youth coding program

Submitted by Andy Grambau on September 14, 2018 – 3:34 amNo Comment

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library is one of 50 libraries nationwide chosen to receive training and resources to launch a weekly coding club for students.

The project is funded through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries to help youth learn coding through a program called Code Club for Small and Rural Libraries.

Local library officials say small and rural communities are at risk of being left behind as computer programming emerges as a critical skill and the gap in access to computer science education widens between urban and rural America.

Code Club for Small & Rural Libraries seeks to enable libraries in these communities to introduce coding to thousands of youth aged 8-14, which will help them gain skills needed for college and career readiness and life success.

The Alpena County Library Code Club is open to students ages 11-18 and will be offered on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. beginning September 20.

For additional information call 356-6188, extension 20.

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