Library offers coding, mysteries, and the stars

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

While summer reading gets most of the focus, the Marshall County Memorial Library works year-round to bring various programs to county residents.

Starting on Tuesday, March 5, the library is kicking off a new Code Club program allowing young people to learn needed skills and have fun at the same time.

Every Tuesday through the year from 4 to 6 p.m., Code Club will offer 4th through 8th graders the chance to learn computer programming skills by building websites, games, apps, or creating animation.

Its really cool, said librarian Laura Smith. Were hoping the kids will be inspired to keep on going.

Funded through a grant from the Association of Small and Rural Libraries, the informal program is self-paced, allowing students to learn what they what to in whatever way best suits them.

Because it program is self-directed, attendance at every meeting is not necessary, and, while the library will provide computers if needed, students can also use their own laptops or Chromebooks for the program. Tablets will not work however.

Work on the projects can be done at home or at the library between meetings, said Smith.

Presented already in hundreds of libraries nationally, the local response to Code Club has been positive.

Weve had several parents excited to get their kids involved, said Smith.

Also in March, the Murder in the Library interactive mystery evening, cancelled due to bad weather last week, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Like a real life game of Clue, solve the mystery while having a fun-filled family evening.

Registration is also open for the portable planetarium show, happening on April 6.

Students in grades 1 through 6 will get a chance to explore the stars and planets that would normally require a trip to Nashville.

The indoor planetarium with be inflated at the National Guard Armory on that Saturday with three shows scheduled at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Preregistration is suggested for the event due to the limited numbers that the planetarium can hold.

Call the library at 359-3335 to register.