Building Sustainable Coding Programs

The Next Frontier in Digital Literacy

September 19 & October 3, 2018

Also Available On Demand!
Can’t make a live session? All sessions will be available to you on demand following the initial broadcast.

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Code Your Library

You don’t need tech chops to put together an impactful coding program at your library. Over three weeks you’ll learn from leading companies, organizations, and public and school libraries how to design and launch a sustainable coding program that supports digital literacy and 21st Century skills, and has the power to transform your community.

No matter your budget or level of coding experience, this course will guide you through creating an effective and sustainable program at your library.

Learning Outcomes:

Through this interactive course, you’ll learn from experienced leaders how to:

  • Build actionable blueprints for sustainable coding and STEM programs tailored to serve the specialized needs of your community, whether you’re serving children, teens or adults
  • Design and launch a coding program from scratch, from ideation to execution, including making the case to stakeholders and funders
  • Create a program that is truly sustainable—in effort, resources, and audience engagement.
  • Identify and tap community partners to build and maintain your program
  • Learn from model programs and connect with fellow tech-enthusiasts
  • Join a network of learners, with channels to help you connect with like-minded makers
  • Identify the latest technology and how it can be used at your library, including the multitude of free resources and technologies available online

Who should take this course?

Librarians and educators interested in overseeing or developing tech-oriented programming for the library. The course content will be relevant to librarians in schools or public libraries who serve various age groups and demographics. Participants will walk away with a plan for the launch and maintenance of their own coding program.

Group discounts are available!

Register in groups for a unique team-building experience and get everyone working together. Contact us to learn more.

Inspiring Live Guest Speakers + Project-Based Learning

Engage with presenters via live video stream, visual presentations, and chats, and workshop practical ideas in groups, with guidance from an advisor, to map out your custom program. You’ll leave with well-developed plan for a coding program to introduce to your community.

Online Course Features

  • Instructor-led online courses feature personalized interaction over three weeks
  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live webcast (with archive available if you can’t join live)
  • Weekly assignments to help you make progress on your goals
  • Individualized attention from course facilitators who work with you in a coaching environment to help guide your work
  • Ongoing group conversation via discussion forums
  • Articles, videos and other resources
  • Access all course content for 6 months after the course ends
  • Bonus: Register early and get immediate access to archival video recordings from past coding courses

Course Speakers

Course Schedule

WEEK 1: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SESSION 1: Transforming Your Community Through Digital Literacy

2:00-2:45 PM ET

Coding education is not a new fad, and has proven itself to be an indelible part of any 21st century conversation. In this opening keynote, you’ll learn how libraries can play an integral role in equipping communities with the skills they needs to navigate an ever-changing digital landscape, and the far-reaching effects library coding programs can have on your patrons’ lives. You’ll hear tips for retaining student interest and creating a sustainable program—one that not only instructs, but connects participants with future opportunities. This session will leave you feeling inspired and ready to do the life-changing work of building your very own coding program today.


Brandy McNeil
Brandy McNeil
, Associate Director of Technology Education and Training, New York Public Library


2:45-3:00 PM ET

SESSION 2: Partnering for Success: How Small Libraries Can Create Big Programs with a Little Help

3:00-3:45 PM ET

Robust tech programs are not just the realm of large, well-funded library systems. In this session, co-presented by Albuquerque Public Library and Prenda,  you’ll hear how library systems of any size can create successful code clubs, build interest, and secure funding, with the help of a partner organization. We’ll examine the process of planning and executing a code club from multiple angles, providing you with deep insight into how to get started and keep your momentum. You’ll gain useful tools that you can apply to your own scenario in this informative presentation.


Luke Miller
Luke Miller
, Customer Success, Prenda
Nicholas Newlin, Library Services Supervisor, The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County (NM)

WEEK 2: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

SESSION 1: Coding is for Everyone

2:00-2:45 PM ET

In this insightful session with Brook Osborne, Education Program Manager at, you’ll hear all about how a strong outreach plan can help make your coding program sustainable in the long term. In addition to specific programming ideas, this session will focus in on how you can develop tech initiatives that connect you to your most vulnerable populations, increasing the reach of your programs to serve all audiences who need them, and improving access to computer science education for all.


Brook Osborne
Brook Osborne, Education Program Manager,


2:45-3:00 PM ET

SESSION 2: Bit by Bit: Create a Coding Program that Grows with Your Library

3:00-3:45 PM ET

By starting small and scaling up your offerings, you can keep your tech program fresh and attuned to your patrons’ needs. This session will cover all you need to know about beginning a program and expanding it for users of all ages and interests, from kids to adults. From curriculum development, to promotion and marketing, to handling the day-to-day logistics of running your program, to troubleshooting when things go sideways: this session will cover it all. You’ll hear the story of how one library system developed a successful tech initiative and has not only made it last, but has grown it year by year.


James McNutt
James McNutt
, Systems Administrator, Darien Library (CT)


Register early and get immediate access to archived video recordings from past courses:

Innovative Programs to Inspire the Imagination

Alex GianniniIn the closing keynote for our workshop, Alex Giannini, manager of the Westport Library’s MakerSpace and cochair of the wildly successful Maker Faire Westport, will join us to share his experience transforming a strictly STEM-focused MakerSpace into a more inclusive STEAM space, and how to engage your community in making—not just during a special event, but all year round.

Inspiration from the ideaLab

Nate StoneHear one educator’s journey getting his coding program off the ground. In this inspiring session, Nate Stone, will share his process on growing the coding program at Denver Public Library. From offering computer basics courses in the library’s traditional computer lab, to expanding to WordPress, HTML, CSS, and Javascript courses, and later to Python courses, Nate has experience using free online resources to develop an advanced coding program. He’ll discuss ideas for how you can build creative programming at your library, and how these programs serve the community and create meaningful connections with patrons.