Girls in grades 6-12 who are interested in computers and technology are invited to join the new Girls Who Code Club, which will meet in the library’s Idea Studio makerspace to learn about computer science in a fun, safe and relaxed atmosphere.
The first club meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, September 24. The club will meet five times between September and December. Girls who sign up for the September 24 meeting will be signing up to take one of the limited club spots and committing to attend all five meetings (dates listed on the Calendar). Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, at the Calendar. Some of the open slots are being set aside for girls who attended coding sessions this summer. Girls who are unable to get in will be added to a waiting list and will have first priority when registration opens for spring semester meetings.
Before the first meeting, the library is holding an informational gathering at 5:30 p.m. Monday, September 10, for adults interested in volunteering their time at club meetings. Volunteer opportunities will include single visits, ongoing facilitators and facilitators for specific topics. Adults from any industry are welcome; women in IT and computer science especially are encouraged. No registration required.
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. There are more than 1,500 Girls Who Code clubs across the United States.
The Idea Studio is a permanent do-it-yourself zone in the lower level with equipment to use for free and DIY programming. The Idea Studio is open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. More information is available at www.fdlpl.org/ideastudio and on the studio’s Facebook and Instagram pages, found at Idea Studio FDLPL.