CoderDojo, a global volunteer movement to teach kids to code for free, has founded a new chapter which will meet at the Santa Monica Public Library beginning on Saturday, November 10 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library’s Children’s Activity Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Through a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code in a sociable, fun environment that emphasizes how coding can be a force for change in the world. The first session will focus on Java and is open to young people age 11-17 (parents are welcome too). Participants are expected to collaborate, learn together, and openly share their code and ideas. The library will have a limited number of computers available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop if possible. Knowledge of coding opens the door to new career opportunities, stimulates new ways of thinking, and develops greater understanding of our digital world.

This program is free, but registration is required; visit the Youth Services Desk or call 310-458-8621 to sign up. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week prior to event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10, and 18. The Expo Line and other bus routes stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

Submitted by Kelly Wortham, Information Management Librarian

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