Coding in the Real World

By Kate Schefer, Digital Products Coordinator

Computer programmers continue to be one of the most sought-after positions in all industries. But what about those of us who don’t have a formal tech background? Many people still have never taken a course in any digital capacity, let alone one focused specifically on computer languages and coding. But plenty of us are doing fine in our modern age. So how are we able to keep up? Read More

Makerspace Roundup

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By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

January 17 is a red-letter day in the world of STEAM! It’s Ben Franklin Day and Kid Inventors’ Day. Libraries can celebrate these occasions today—and all year through!—by encouraging kids to try their hand at their own inventing and/or creative projects, whether those projects be science, technology, engineering, arts, or math-focused. Read More

Author Spotlight: Allyssa Loya

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by Jenny Krueger, Publishing Director for School and Library

I met Disney Coding Adventures author Allyssa Loya at the 2017 TLA (Texas Library Association) conference when she presented to a packed house about how she got a coding club up and running in her library. As she presented, I heard a familiar refrain from the librarians in attendance—they knew they needed to get started with coding in their libraries, but they didn’t know where to start. It’s a common problem, as coding comes with a fear factor for students and educators who aren’t familiar with it. Read More

5 Things I Learned at TLA

By Mandi Janikowski, Editor, School/Library Planning & Partnerships

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending my first Texas Library Association (TLA) conference in Dallas. What an amazing experience! From wandering the exhibit hall to sitting in on sessions to talking with librarians from all over the state, I learned so much in the three days I was there. It was an excellent reminder of why I wanted to get into the publishing industry in the first place. Read More