YALSA helps libraries get "Ready To Code" on behalf of ALA

In June 2017, the American Library Association (ALA) announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S. libraries "Ready To Code".

The program is 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 (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future. The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Marjike Visser, Associate Director of OITP and Libraries Ready to Code project manager, trust that all kids will benefit from learning to code. 

Twenty-five to 50 participating libraries out of 396 that have applied will receive funding from the 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 and rapidly iterating on a CS 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 CS resources that libraries find most useful for designing and implementing youth CS programming and a guide to accompany the resources.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is administering the program on behalf of ALA.


The selection committee is comprised of nine representatives within ALA:

Michelle Cooper, Aaron Elkins, and Kelly Hincks from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Collette Drouillard, Conni Strittmatter, and Shilo Halfen from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Peter Kirschmann, Rachel Magee, and Carrie Sanders from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


The final libraries will be announced in late October.

For more information or questions, contact Abigail Jamroz at ajamroz@ala.org