Beyond the Computer Age: A Best Practices Intro for Implementing Library Coding Programs

Stephanie C. Prato


At the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), we are working to develop a comprehensive plan for supporting computer science education and coding for every age through the public library’s informal learning platform.

We introduce young children to programming logic, we teach elementary and middle school children coding languages, and we support adults in skill building and career shifts. In January 2016, President Obama announced the “Computer Science for All” initiative, which identified STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning and computer science as national priorities for all age groups.

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Megan Smith, “Computer Science For All,” What’s Happening (blog), January 30, 2016,

“Promote Computer Science,”, 2015,



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