State Library brings computer programming to kids all across Arizona

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2016

For More Information Contact:

Chris Guerra, Project Specialist
State Library
Phone: (602) 542-6267

Kim Crawford
Communications Manager
Phone: (602) 926-3810
[email protected]

PHOENIX – Technology continues to be a key factor in Arizona’s economy and for future career opportunities. To increase access to technology statewide the Arizona State Library has set aside more than $45,000 for libraries to host Computer Coding Clubs for children. The funding was made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Libraries continue transforming their traditional services by becoming technological centers for their communities,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan whose office oversees the State Library. “The library is an economic driver in our community, encouraging our future workforce by exposing them to current and future technologies.”

Libraries throughout the state host free ongoing computer and science-related programming for children including coding by Prenda, and electronics with Arduino and snap circuits.  

“Most Arizona kids today are surrounded with technology, but they do not have access to the resources and role models necessary to qualify them for high-paying software jobs,” said Prenda Founder Kelly Smith. “With an early start at the library, many of these kids will go on to drive technological innovation and boost the state's economy, and some may even create the next world-changing app or website.”

The libraries receiving funding are:

  • Coyote Branch, Buckeye
  • Camp Verde Community Library, Camp Verde
  • Casa Grande Public Library, Casa Grande
  • Desert Foothills Library, Cave Creek
  • Hamilton Branch, Chandler
  • Coolidge Public Library, Coolidge
  • Flagstaff City – Coconino County Public Library, Flagstaff
  • Glendale Public Library, Glendale
  • Holbrook Public Library, Holbrook
  • Ak-Chin Indian Community Library, Maricopa
  • Maricopa Public Library, Maricopa
  • Parker Public Library, Parker
  • Sunrise Mountain Branch, Peoria
  • Harmon Branch, Phoenix
  • Queen Creek Branch Library, Queen Creek
  • Scottsdale Civic Center Library, Scottsdale
  • Sedona Public Library, Sedona
  • Tempe Public Library, Tempe
  • Yuma Main Library, Yuma

More libraries are offering computer and science-related programming every day. For more information about programs in your area, contact your local library.