Google Sponsors School Library Rewards Program on to Teach Coding and Digital Skills

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/03/2019


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – Today, Google and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced The CS First & Applied Digital Skills Classroom Rewards for School Librarians to provide school librarians who teach elementary, middle or high school coding or applied digital skills with a $300 gift card, sponsored by Google, to use towards their own projects registered on

To qualify for an award, school librarians must sign-up with and complete a CS First or Applied Digital Skills activity with their learners. Once the lesson has been completed, school librarians can claim their reward by sharing their experience and feedback via survey. DonorsChoose will send a $300 gift code to qualifying school librarians within 2 weeks completing the survey. Funding available is limited so please sign up for this reward by the end of June. Review the DonorsChoose Help Center to learn more.

“Computational thinking is foundational to the AASL Standards Shared Foundation ‘Explore,’” said Kathryn Roots Lewis, AASL president. “School librarians are asked to guide learners through the lessons provided by Google, which will help learners acquire skills that support them in school, career, and life. School librarians will be rewarded with funding to further expand their school library. AASL is pleased to be working with Google in this campaign.”

"We know that school libraries across the country provide opportunities for students to learn critical skills like coding and computational thinking, practical digital skills and information literacy. We’re excited to partner with AASL to share curriculum and resources with school librarians to support the important work they do,” said Hai Hong, Google’s Computer Science and Digital Skills Outreach Lead.

CS First introduces learners ages 9-14 to computer science concepts using the programming language Scratch, and Applied Digital Skills teaches middle and high school students practical digital skills to be used in the classroom and beyond.


About AASL
The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

About CS First
CS First introduces students ages 9-14 to computer science concepts and the programming language Scratch. All CS First materials are free and include lesson plans and solution sheets for teachers, as well as fun passports and stickers for the students.