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Hour of Code: How We Did It, What We Learned

An Hour of Code offers basic programming tutorials for kids.

Hour of Code is an annual event (held in December during Computer Science Education Week) created in 2013 to encourage students to learn computer science and advocate for more schools to teach it. Only 25 percent of U.S. schools teach computer science, according to Computer Science Education Week. That's where libraries come in: By hosting an Hour of Code event, librarians provide a platform for patrons to receive an engaging introduction to computer programming.

Access Entertainment Introduces Patrons to Free Digital Content

Unwrapping digital presents is easy. Using them is not as simple. Some Raytown, Mo., residents head to the library to learn how to get the most out of their electronics.

Christmas is coming — and with it, library patrons looking for ways to get the most out of the electronic devices they unwrapped under the tree.

At Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL), the Raytown Branch has created Access Entertainment, an hour-long program that takes patrons on a tour of the library’s website and shows them step-by-step how to find free books, movies and music for their personal screens.

Rural Roots: Holiday Tradition

Gilpin Library Christmas tree

Rural libraries are uniquely situated within their communities to relate on a personal level, rather than merely “business as usual.” One cool way to do this is by becoming an integral part of the celebratory atmosphere around holidays. Rural libraries can plan something patriotic for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, something sparkling and loud for the 4th of July, thoughtful and reflective for Thanksgiving, and nostalgic and traditional for Christmas.

Holidaze Crafts for Teens

Holiday Crafts

I love the holidays, so I always look forward to planning many different holiday programs just for teens. This year, I decided to create a program where teens can create holiday crafts to give to friends and family. My plan is to have several stations where they can create holiday cards, a sweet treat, ornaments and a peppermint candy bowl. I also really want to have a gift-wrapping station so they can wrap all of their presents, as well as a tasty refreshment center. I found an awesome recipe for hot cocoa and holiday frosted brownies for the refreshment center.

 

Unique Games to Play for International Games Day @ your library

International Games Day @ your library logo

If you're like me, you look forward to International Games Day every November. Maybe you'll participate in this year's International Minecraft Hunger Games tournament or play the Global Gossip Game, provide a selection of awesome board games, or set up a LAN party and play Halo 3 (like we're doing this year at our library).

Reaching for the Stars!

Satellite broadcasting dishes

Satellite broadcasting dishesThose who know me know that I am quite the science fanatic. While I possess neither the technical skills nor the knowledge to actually pursue a career in science (I have the report cards to prove it), I do possess a deep-seated love and passion for scientific research and discovery in a variety of fields, including space, space travel and the search for potential life in outer space.

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