Croydon Central Library Code Club

As you can see from the large hole in my post history, I’ve been a little busy for past couple of years. Of course, this is no excuse. I’m just as busy now, if not more so. But I’m going to put more effort into regularly updating this blog.

Code Club is one of the reasons for this extra pressure on my free time. About two years ago I set up a club in our local library. And last week I was asked to answer some questions for a Code Club blog post.

In addition to the Q&A I was also asked to provide some pictures. So last weekend I went around with my camera and captured some shots of the children at work. I used the Canva online design service to create a photo collage:

Croydon Library Code Club
Croydon Library Code Club

Getting these pictures did take significant effort, although the most laborious part was obtaining all of the permissions. I think the results were worth it.


4 responses to “Croydon Central Library Code Club”

  1. Hello Elena, that’s fantastic news. You’ve made my day!

  2. Dear Paul and your team
    My daughter used to come at Croydon Library for coding club in 2015 .
    Now , in 2019, she just told me she’s choosing Computer Science for GSCE.Since she joined your club , coding was part of her school subjects . I hope more children to come and enjoy your club . You and your team change my doughter way of thinking , in a very possitive way and in a long run too.
    Thank you a lot for all your hard work

  3. Thanks for the great questions. I’ve written up my answers in the following post.

  4. Hi Paul

    I read about Croydon library Code Club in the Code Club newletter, it was interesting to hear about your experience. I’m hoping you can answer some questions for me and maybe offer some advice please.

    What programming languages do you use with the children? How do the sessions work on a practical level if they are drop in? Do the children all work on the same type of projects at the same time or is it interest led? Do they work as a group at any point or always individually?

    I run a coding club at a library in Norfolk which is great fun to do, however we are limited in what we can do with the library computers because the council won’t let us download anything to them. So we started with Scratch which seems unique in being useable online without a download, and now we’d like to move on to using other languages, downloadable software and peripheral hardware but are struggling to persuade the library of the merits of this.

    You make a good point about coding bringing boys into the library – I’m going to use that one!


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