The Gibsons and District Public Library launched its Digital Literacy Program for kids last month with two coding camps. The two-day programs were offered on eight new Chrome Books recently purchased for this purpose, through a TELUS grant. The 32 participants, who ranged in age from 8 to 15 years old, learned how to write code for simple games and to create digital effects. They enjoyed themselves so much, recalls the Young People’s Librarian Danielle Arsenault, “that it was hard to get them to leave at the end of the day”.
The library will be offering a series of Digital Literacy events over the summer. And coming up in May, the new Chrome Books will be used to record young voices – aged eight to 14 – reading audio books for people who are visually impaired. They will participate in some voice training before participating in recording sessions on Wednesday afternoons.
As with all library programs, participation is free.