Kenton Library Awarded Grant for Youth Coding Programs
The Kenton County Library won a $25,000 grant from the American Library Association to design and implement coding programs for young people.
The Kenton County Public Library is one of twenty-eight libraries across the country to receive a grant from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google, which promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth.
“We are honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious and generous grant," said Kenton Co. Public Library executive director Dave Schroeder. "Our staff will use the funds to work with children and teens in our area to implement STEM-based programs which include a six-weeks robotics course and coding classes.”
Schroeder expects that the library programs will offer children new opportunities.
“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include the Kenton County Public Library in our cohort of Ready to Codegrantees and support them with the knowledge and skills to do what they do best: empowering youth to create, problem solve and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in their future careers.”
“As centers of innovation and information, libraries are the ideal place for youth – especially those underrepresented in tech jobs – to get the CS skills they need to succeed," said ALA President Jim Neal said. "ALA is pleased to provide these new resources to Kenton County Public Library and other Libraries Ready to Code grantees to help young people cultivate problem-solving skills, in addition to coding, that are at the heart of libraries’ mission to foster critical thinking.”
Classes will begin this December. Search for STEM/Ready to Code programs on the event calendar to find the classes at www.kentonlibrary.org/events.