Crack the Code with Fingal Libraries!

Fingal Libraries are delighted to announce their involvement in EU Code Week, unveiling a schedule of events across the county for all ages and abilities.

EU Code Week runs until October 20 in many Fingal Libraries. Last year saw we more than 2.7million people take part in over 44,000 activities in more than 70 countries.

Rush Library will kick off proceedings with the Academy of Code Coding Roadshow on Saturday, October 5th from 2pm – 4pm. These drop-in coding sessions cater for children aged 7+, teenagers and their parents and encourages everyone to try their hand at coding, play some games, or even just to talk to the experts.

Meanwhile, on the same date in Blanchardstown Library, Maker Advocate for DublinMaker.ie ,Vicky Twomey-Lee will host an Introduction to the Programming Language Python for Adults at 2pm.

In Swords Library, Sabine McKenna will offer A Taste of Computer Coding on Saturday, October 19th from 10:30am – 12pm. In this workshop, children aged 8 – 10 will get the opportunity to create and code a simple game using the online platform Scratch.

Two lucky local schools are also getting the opportunity to get involved, with the Academy of Code hosting workshops in Malahide Library on Monday, October 7 from 11am – 12pm; and in Balbriggan Library on Wednesday, October 9th from 11am – 12pm.

Aishling Hyland, Digital Strategy Manager with Fingal County Council, praised Fingal Libraries for their support of such a worthwhile initiative, saying; “It’s fantastic to see Fingal Libraries support EU Code Week with a number of free creative coding events for families and adults. With no tech or prior experience required these inclusive fun events will give participants a taste of how to code, showcasing basic coding principles, digital literacy and problem solving skills.

“Fingal Libraries is the go-to place for people of all ages to learn new skills,” Aishling continued, “promoting a culture of lifelong learning – we would encourage people to sign up to the coding events in their area and give it a go.”

Indeed, encouraging the community to reach its full potential through innovative events and activities, and establishing the position of libraries as key points of access for IT and digital services are among Fingal Libraries’ key objectives, as set out in their Development Plan. Therefore, it is only fitting that they take a starring role in such initiatives as EU Code Week.

Senior Executive Librarian in Fingal Libraries, Helen O’Donnell said: “The Libraries Department of Fingal County Council is delighted to take part in EU Code Week this year, introduction to coding for all ages!”

Booking is essential for EU Code Week events. For further information, or to book your place, please contact your local branch Library.

Blanchardstown Library: Tel 01 890 5560 / E mail blanchlibrary@fingal.ie

Rush Library: Tel       01 870 8414 / E mail rushlibrary@fingal.ie

Swords Library:          Tel 01 890 5894 / E mail swordslibrary@fingal.ie

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For more information please contact:

Patricia Brady – Tel: 01890 5581

Marguerite Drake - Tel: 01 890 5523

Orla Drohan - Tel: 01 890 5531

Email: Library.Events@fingal.ie

Email: press@fingal.ie

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