New computer club at Shrewsbury library
Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., is introducing a new club “Let's Develop It!” for computer programmers and developers of all experience level. The group will meet the second Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. beginning June 8. Teens and adults welcome.
The group will share any current projects and plan future workshops on specific topics. The club's leaders will also share valuable resources for those starting out, including HTML, CSS, PHP, Java, JS, JQuery, and Python. Participants can bring a laptop or check out one of the four that the library owns.
“The library has a great meeting space for it and also a portable computer lab of sorts, in the form of laptops,” said coordinator Kate Gray. “We hope that the monthly meetings will be a useful place for people to learn from each other and also lead to a more formal series of classes in specific programming languages targeted at specific age groups.”
Gray, a librarian and self-described “computer tinkerer,” and volunteer Matthew Karas will be facilitating the club. Karas is an engineer and writes computer programs for work and as a hobby. He will be showing examples of his programs at the first meeting to spur conversation and provide examples to less experienced attendees.
“I think today it's easier than ever to learn how to create websites, apps or programs. These tools provide a great way to teach both kids and adults to think differently and empower them to have more control over the digital media landscape,” Gray said.
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