Learn the Basics of Computer Programming During  "Hour of Code" Events at Broward County Libraries
- Free programs are a fun and informative introduction to computer science -

Adults learning computer skills.

Free "Hour of Code" events teach basic computer programming.

DATE: November 21, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath,
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - 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.

"Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains,“ says Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.

The Hour of Code initiative encourages students of all ages to explore computer coding and consider a career in computer science. According to Code.org, 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. As 90% of U.S. schools do not teach computer science, there is a need for free computer science education, and the Hour of Code events are a great place to start.

December 9
4 to 5 p.m.,
South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, 954-357-7595

December 10 

4 to 5 p.m., Ages 10-18.
South Regional/Broward College Library 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
6 to 7 p.m.,
Weston Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, FL 33332, 954-357-5420

December 11
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Teens.
Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025, 954-357-8090

December 12

11 a.m. to Noon,  
Weston Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, FL 33332, 954-357-5420
4 to 5 p.m.,
Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-7444

December 13

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Middle School Students.
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282

December 14

11 a.m., to Noon,  
North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066, 954-201-2600
2 to 3 p.m.,
Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331, 954-357-6580
2 to 5 p.m., 
West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324, 954-7651560
3 to 4 p.m., 
Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025, 954-357-8090

For more information on Hour of Code, please visit code.org/hourofcode. For details on Computer Science Education Week, please visit their website at csedweek.org.

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Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, Broward.org/Library which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.

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