You Can Learn to Code

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Learning code allows us to do things with computers we wouldn't be able to do otherwise. On Sunday, the Ground Floor joins millions of people in 180-plus countries for Hour of Code, a worldwide celebration of coding and computer science. From 3 to 5 p.m., we'll  geek out with LEGO Mindstorms and Makey Makeys, make coding-themed crafts, and watch an awesome demo by Quadrangles, the robotics competition team at Bloomington High School South. All ages welcome.

The fun doesn't end on Sunday—you can also access a bunch of free coding games all year long on the Hour of Code website.

Coding makes it possible to create websites, computer software, apps, and much more. Your web browser, Facebook, even this website—yep, all made with code. Whether you dream of a career in computer science, or just want a hobby that gives you a better understanding of technology, the Library has the resources to get you coding.

First things first: be sure to check out Lynda.com. With your Lynda account (free using your Library card), you get access to lots of high-quality video courses covering a variety of coding languages and topics like Programming Foundations, HTML, Ruby on Rails, Game Design, and many more. Lynda's easy-to-follow instructional videos with downloadable exercise files are available on desktop computers, or you can download the app to learn on the go.

html5gamebook.jpegAnd remember: just because coding happens on screens doesn't mean books don’t come in handy! The Library's got an entire aisle dedicated exclusively to computer science, including tons on programming languages like JavaScript, Python, C#, and HTML5. And then there are the books on all the fun you can have with Arduinos and Raspberry Pi using your new coding skills.

Prefer e-books? You’re in luck! We have an excellent collection of coding books available free through Overdrive and Hoopla, readable on computers and mobile devices.

level-up-kaye.pngNow, it's true—you could code on any old computer—but the best place to practice your skills is in Level Up, the Library's all-ages digital creativity center. Here you'll find four Macs loaded with software that makes coding easier, like Adobe Dreamweaver, Brackets, and XCode. We also have a shelf full of coding books for reference if you get stuck. And don't forget our free Level Up Workshops, held most Thursday evenings on different creative tech topics (many coding-related).

You've got the tools—now it's time to get coding!