Library Receives Funding to Develop Youth Coding Programs

Libraries Ready to CodeHighland Park Public Library received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December 3-9) and beyond. Highland Park Public Library is one of 250 school and public libraries around the country to receive this micro-funding from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google.

Coordinator of Adult Services, Sherry Johnson said, “We are very excited to be involved in this program. Libraries should be at the forefront of computer science because we have the ability to reach people that don’t have access to Coding in their homes and schools. This type of program from ALA and Google will help libraries reach out to people who need training for today’s job market. ”

“ALA is pleased to provide micro-funding to Highland Park Public Library and other Ready to Code libraries,” said ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo. “We hope this micro-funding will not only generate enthusiasm for CS Ed Week, but spark year-round programming to develop critical thinking and digital skills youth can draw on over a lifetime.”

Highland Park Public Library will jumpstart CS Ed Week with a program on Monday, December 3 at 4:30, but the library will highlight computer science all week and we will continue to offer computer science programming in the future. For more information on Monday’s program or to register contact Sherry Johnson or Karen Jarzabski at or 732-572-2750.