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New “Hour of Code” Events to Teach Basics of Computer Coding/Programming

Adults learning computer skills.The Hour of Code is coming to Broward County Libraries (BCL) during National Computer Science Education Week, celebrated December 9-15, 2013. Throughout the week, nine BCL locations will hold events and computer classes that cover the basics of computer coding and programming. Events will be held for children, teens and adults; all are free and open to the public.

Facebook Founder Mark ZuckerbergMicrosoft Chairman Bill Gates 

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg; Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code initiative encourages students of all ages to explore computer coding and consider a career in computer science. According to, the number of computer science jobs available is growing three times faster than the number of computer science graduates. At the current rate, there will be more than one million computer jobs unfilled in the year 2020. 
“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find,” Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg recently stated. “There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today.”
For students interested in a career in computer science, finding training in the field can be difficult. Currently, 90% of U.S. schools do not teach computer science, so there is a real need for computer science education that is practical and applicable. Hour of Code events are a great place to start. Even for those headed for other professions can benefit from the skills learned in Hour of Code. Skeptical? Just ask Bill Gates.
Teens hovering around a computer 
“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better,” says Gates. “[It] creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”
Hour of Code Events
December 9
4 to 5 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
December 10
4 to 5 p.m., ages 10-18, South Regional/Broward College Library
6 to 7 p.m., Weston Library
December 11
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Teens, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
December 12
11 a.m. to 12 Noon, Weston Library
4 to 5 p.m., Main Library
December 13
4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Middle School Students, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
December 14
11 a.m. to 12 Noon, North Regional/Broward College Library
2 to 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
2 to 5 p.m., West Regional Library
3 to 4 p.m., Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
Free Computer Classes @ Your Library
Computer classLearn more and get tech-savvy at free computer classes @ your library. From basic computer literacy to advanced courses in Microsoft Excel, Word and more, the library has classes for every level, need and interest. Computer classes are held in library locations countywide and are scheduled conveniently during days, nights and weekends. For more information and to locate a computer class, please visit Broward County Library’s Events & Classes page. Classes offered include:

Explore Computer Coding with Resources at BCL

The Code Book: How to Make It, Break It, Hack It, Crack It, by Simon Singh (eBook only)
Computer Science Basics in Ruby, by Ophir Freder
Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Programming, by Greg M. Perry
Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming, by Jason Briggs
Javascript Step by Step, by Steve Suehring
Python in Easy Steps, by Mike McGrath
HTML 5 Game Development for Dummies, by Andrew Harris
SQL for Dummies, by Allen G. Taylor (eBook only)
Android Game Programming for Dummies, by Derek James
Learning IOS Design, by William Van Hecke