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Author: Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Ready to Code library’s “Game Hacker” teaches skills for success

In this video Ak-Chin Indian Community (Maricopa, AZ) librarian Jeffrey Stoffer celebrates the accomplishments of students in their Libraries Ready to Code  program, Game Hacker: Making, Fixing, Breaking. See how young people participating in Game Hacker are learning skills that will enable them to succeed in any future opportunity they pursue.

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Partner with AspireIT to offer coding programs for girls: Join May 23 webinar

An important focus for the Libraries Ready to Code community is to empower youth who may have fewer opportunities or exposure to coding activities, including girls – and connecting with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) through their AspireIT program is one way libraries are reaching more young…

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Ready to Code high school library teaches students to teach computational thinking

In this video Phoenix City Councilmember Daniel Valenzuela interviews Maryvale High School Teach-Librarian Jean Kilker and Libraries Ready to Code Learning Research Consultant Caitlin Martin about their unique Ready to Code program. Kilker and Martin describe how high school students interested in early childhood development careers are learning the importance…

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Libraries partner with ConnectHome for digitally inclusive communities

ALA has supported ConnectHome since its launch in 2015 by helping to connect local libraries with their public housing authority, the lead in local efforts to connect low-income housing residents to online opportunities. Libraries have provided digital literacy training, resources, and other support necessary to be successful online. As part…

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Ready to Code library plans CS training materials for librarians

Libraries Ready to Code grantee Waseca Public Library is setting plans in place to help other libraries in their regional system create customized computer science and computational thinking programs. Matthew White, a librarian at Waseca Public Library, shares his takeaways from Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) cohort meetings at the…

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