Recruiting and supporting community volunteers to lead youth computational thinking activities at the library

Limited available staff is a reality for most libraries, resulting in very real challenges for starting new programs in new content areas. When the Normal (IL) Public Library (NPL) began planning computational thinking (CT) activities we asked ourselves, What do you do to meet your community need when your in-house toolkit lacks necessary resources like computer science (CS) & CT knowledge, available staff, and time?

Learn more about the strategies library staff used to address this challenge.

Audience: 
Upper elementary (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
Learner Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Facilitator Type: 
Library staff member
Community member
Facilitator Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Type of Library: 
Public
School
Tribal
Special
Library Location Type: 
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Size: 
Very small (< 300 students, < 10k population)
Small (< 500 students, < 24k population)
Medium (< 750 students, < 99k population)
Large (< 1000 students, < 500k population)
Very large (1000+ students, 500k+ population)
Topic: 
Text-based programming
Block-based programming
Making
Program Type & Frequency: 
In school time
Out of school time
Ongoing sessions
One time session
Requirements: 
Technology not required
No cost
Ready to Code Pathway Connection: 
Community engagement
Resource Type: 
Strategies
Ready to Code examples
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