The McCracken County Public Library is designing and implementing coding programs for local youth through a $20,000 dollar national grant.
The library is one of 28 in the country to receive a grant from Libraries Ready to Code sponsored by Google. The American Library Association initiative promotes computer science and computational thinking for youth.
The grant will fund after-school classes for middle and high school students at the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club and Sprocket at the Coke Plant. The classes provide a hands-on experience with coding through videogame design and music creation.
Library director Susan Baier said the program will also provide opportunities for youth to interact with mentors from STEM fields.