Libraries Ready to Code

Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) among our nation’s youth.

9/1/17: The application period for the Google Libraries Ready to Code project is now closed.  If you are in an area of the country affected by Hurricane Harvey and were not able to get an application in on time, please contact the Ready to Code Team as soon as possible about your application.

You can learn more about Libraries Ready to Code by accessing our resources and library case studies.

Ready to Code History: By Libraries, For Libraries

On June 22, 2017, the American Library Association announced a competitive grant program sponsored by Google to fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S. libraries "Ready to Code.” The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future.

25 to 50 participating libraries will receive funding from ALA, along with consulting expertise and operational support from Google. Individual libraries may use funding for devices, staffing, marketing and other costs associated with piloting an educational toolkit developed in partnership, by libraries, for libraries.

The toolkit, set to release in conjunction with National Library Week in April 2018, will consist of computer science resources that libraries find most useful for designing and implementing youth computer science programming. This cohort of libraries will also initiate a community of practice to sustain momentum and build expertise across thousands of school and public U.S. libraries.

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