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Code Club unleashes creativity in Eyemouth

Children in Eyemouth are discovering their inner Mark Zuckerberg’s thanks to an innovative scheme being delivered by Live Borders Library Services.

Aimed at encouraging 9-11-year-olds develop their computer science related skills, Eyemouth Library Code Club is a free service which gives members the chance to have fun and learn the basics of coding at the same time.

Margaret Menzies, Live Borders Library & Information Services Manager said: “Libraries have always been about lifelong learning, and the Code Club gives the children the chance to try something new.

“We may spark the imagination and ambition of a future scientist, engineer or mathematician, but even if we don’t, the Code Club is a great opportunity for children to make animations, games and websites, and to develop their ICT skills.

“It is great to see them sharing their ideas, working with one another and above all, having fun.”

In August 2016, Scottish Library & Information Council (SLIC) was awarded funding by Scotland’s Digital Xtra fund to deliver a series of innovative coding clubs.

SLIC is now organising the comprehensive training of library staff, with the help of Code Club Scotland, which is open to all 32 of Scotland’s library services.

The initiative, which sees children work together and help each other learn new skills, is certainly going down well with the youngsters who are producing some fun and innovative ideas including creating a ghost you can ‘chat’ to.

I enjoy Code Club because I learn something new to do on the computer–not just being on Xbox,” commented one user, while another said: “I have found out that on computers my limits are limitless.”

The Code Club in Eyemouth Library takes place on Wednesdays 3.30-4.45pm, until March 22.