Learning to code at the library

Kids in fourth grade or higher can join our Coding Club that meets monthly at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Kids in fourth grade or higher can join our Coding Club that meets monthly at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Looking at a career in tech? Want your kids to be IT literate?

Either way, you want to know about coding.

Here are four ways we can help you or your children learn coding:

1. We have a monthly coding club for kids at The HUB in Mentor High School. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is April 2.

Our club uses Khan Academy online courses, so kids, teens and even adults can learn at their own paces. Find out how to animate drawings, design websites and more. The club is free to attend and open to anyone in fourth grade and higher. You can register to attend online or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

Kids can learn the fundamentals of coding without even realizing it when they play with Ozobots.

Kids can learn the fundamentals of coding without even realizing it when they play with Ozobots.

2. If your kid is too young to join the club, they can learn the basic input/output fundamentals of coding by playing with our Ozobots. (They are one of the several STEAM kits available for use at our Main Branch.)

Here’s how it works: Children can create paths for the robots using different colors and lines. Then, the Ozobots use their optical sensors to read the paths and interpret them as commands.

This sort of input-output training is the same process that people use when coding. So when the children play with Ozobots, they learn the logic and language of coding.

3. Additionally, you can also use Lynda — one of our newest digital services — to learn coding from home. Lynda offers online tutorials that teach introductions to coding languages like:

You can stream the tutorials anywhere and watch as many as you like. Lynda is free to use with your Mentor Public Library card.  And all you need is your card number to create a Lynda profile.

Once you’ve done that, you can immediately browse the more than tens of thousands of educational videos waiting for you.

4. Finally, we have dozens of books on coding (for kids and adults) that you can borrow for free.

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