Software Development

Delaware Libraries offers a dev opportunity for kids with Scratch Coding Club

Looking for summer tech learning for kids or teens? There's always the library.

Route 9 Library.

(Photo by Holly Quinn)

Delaware Libraries offers all kinds of free events, clubs and services, from 3D printing and laser cutting to job search and entrepreneurial services. You can even have a virtual medical appointment at the library.

It’s also still one of the best places to go for youth programming, and with summer here, it’s a good time to make use of the free coding classes for kids and teens.

Learning to code can start as early as pre-kindergarten age; Jonathan Adly, founder of the former Coderrific Academy, once described intro-level coding as a “building block” that can be taught to young children along with reading, writing and basic math. And keep in mind that the coding many young adults today learn in first-year college classes will eventually be considered elementary school level.

With that, consider this summer’s coding class offerings from your local library system, including a few virtual options:

  • Virtual Scratch Coding Club for kids ages 7 to 12 — Saturdays, June 19; July 10; and Aug. 21
  • Virtual Scratch Jr. for kids ages 4 to 8 and their parents — Thursday, June 24
  • Fandemonium series teaching code for video games for ages 12 to 17 — Thursday, July 22
  • Coding for teens at Milford Public Library — Monday, Aug. 23

You can find details and registration info for coding classes, and lots of other events, on the Delaware Libraries calendar.

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