Library to offer girls’ coding classes


TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Public Library is now accepting new members to their Girls Who Code Club (GWCC).

Girls in grades 6-12 can join the club, which meets on Mondays from 4-6 p.m. from Oct. 2 to Dec. 18 in the Tipp City Public Library Meeting Room. Club members are asked to commit to not missing more than two club meetings during the fall 2017 session.

Interested participants can call the library at (937) 667-3826 to register or go to the library website at www.tippcitylibrary.org and register online.

Youth Services Librarian Heidi Martin is the host of the local club and will provide snacks for the girls, compliments of the library. Martin encouraged girls with little or no experience in coding to join, as well as girls who have some coding experience.

“Annye Driscoll will be back as our lead facilitator and is going meet the needs of various experience levels with assistance from our newest facilitator, Nicole Arbuckle, who is in Human Factors Engineering in Huber Heights. The three of us will work together to make this not only an informative experience but also a fun time. We don’t want this to feel like school. We also want to inspire the girls by showing them real-life stories about women in tech fields,” Martin said.

Driscoll is a Dayton-area native and graduate of Ohio University with a degree in computer science. She is a consultant with Sogeti USA in Centerville, working with other companies that need help solving technology problems. Explaining why she wanted to volunteer for GWCC, “I want everyone — especially girls and kids of color — to know that computer science is an option for them. The sad reality is that girls often believe they aren’t good at math or can’t get a STEM degree — and that’s simply not true. Anyone can code, anyone can be a great coder, and anyone can make a fulfilling career out of coding.”

Girls Who Code Club is a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology. Since 2012 this free after school program has taught computing skills to middle and high school girls and inspired over 10,000 girls across America. Reshma Sujani, GWCC founder and CEO, has co-written a fictional series of books for girls called, “The Friendship Code,” which has been touted as “Babysitter’s Club meets coding.”

Sujani also authored a nonfiction book for middle grade readers, “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.” The book is “part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun”, according to the publisher. Look for these books at Tipp Public Library in October 2017. For more information on Girls Who Code clubs, go to their website at www.girlswhocode.com.