Midlothian Libraries - Preparing Kids for the Future!

Midlothian Libraries are helping young people to develop technology skills which will be vital for them to thrive in their future careers.
Young people aged eight and over can now learn coding at their local library.

What is coding?

Some of you may ask ‘What is coding?’
Put simply coding is computer programming. A code is a language that computers can understand. It is made up of words and numbers and tells your computer what you want it to do. When you learn to code you can make things happen on your computer for example it can be used to create games, music, film, animation and also to develop websites. Programming and associated digital skills are forecast by government to be in increasingly high demand in the job market, and code clubs are the first step in addressing a future skills gap by inspiring children and young people to get creative with computers.

Free Coding Clubs

Midlothian libraries have been some of the first in Scotland to run code clubs. These give young people the opportunity to learn a wide variety of digital skills in a fun environment. Gorebridge, Penicuik, Dalkeith, Mayfield and Loanhead libraries all run regular code clubs. In addition a code club is supported at Rosewell community centre. These sessions are FREE and run by library staff.

Learning new skills

David MacDonald who works as a Library Assistant has been training library staff across Scotland while on secondment to the Scottish Library and Information Council. David said:
“Coding skills are increasingly being seen as desirable in the employment market and these fun sessions for beginners provide a good introduction. Programmers, developers, computer scientists and software engineers needed coding skills but it looks like in the future these skills will be needed for a variety of roles. I would therefore urge youngsters to come along and find out more.”

Stephen Harris, Library Development Officer said:
“Our code clubs have been a great success but we are not content to rest on our laurels – we want to expand what’s on offer and give Midlothian’s young people the chance to fully develop their potential in this field. The main thing is that the code clubs are fun – children are learning key skills without knowing it, and having a great time into the bargain creating their own animations, computer games and cartoons.”

Volunteers

If any adults would like to volunteer to help out at the code clubs, they should get in touch. This is a great opportunity to gain new skills for the employment market and also to help support young people.

More information

To find out about coding sessions at your local library for your child or to volunteer to help run the classes, contact Christopher Godfree-Morrell, Service Development Leader:

26 Sep 2017