JAMAICA, NY, June 14, 2016 — Queens Library's Children's Library Discovery Center came alive with the sounds of clicking keyboards, as children in grades 4-8 enthusiastically dove into a demonstration activity that kicked off Google CS First Computer Clubs at Queens Library. Mayor David Dinkins; William Floyd, Google's Head of External Affairs, NY & NJ; and Queens Library's President and CEO Dennis Walcott were on hand to launch it. Queens Library is the first NYC metro-area library to host the program. During the summer, Google CS First will be held at 26 Queens Library locations. Additional sites will be announced for the fall.

Google CS First is intended to empower all students to create with technology through free computer science clubs. The goals are to increase confidence when using computers, to instill courage to try new things, to grow perseverance when tackling difficult problems and to demonstrate the positive impact that computer science has on careers and communities. The Google CS First curriculum follows seven age-appropriate topics, including art, music and sound and game design.

Queens Library is enhancing the program with teen apprentices. Through ExpandED, twenty high school students will be recruited to become apprentices. They will receive high school credit. After receiving training in teaching coding and computer science to children, they will assist children in the Google CS First program over the summer, and after school in the fall.

“Computer Science skills are critical to for the success of our youth and our country. By 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduating students who qualify to fill them,” said William Floyd, Google’s Head of Public Affairs for New York.”Google is proud to work with the Queens Library to educate and empower this next generation through CS education.”

Offering children computer science activities in a relaxed, informal setting will stimulate their natural curiosity and help develop skills that will be useful to them throughout their academic and professional lives. The public library is the perfect place for exploring. Queens Library appreciates Google’s continued partnership in bringing digital literacy to library users, young and old," said Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO, Queens Library.

To find out more about Queens Library’s Google CS First program, go to http://queenslib.org/CSforKids.

[NYLINE] Queens Library Launches Google CS First Computer Clubs for Kids

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