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This week at the Boyle County Public Library, Dec 1.

The Boyle County Public Library offers many fun, educational events for all ages. The Science in Play 2Go exhibit is currently on display in the Children’s Library.

In addition to several other weekly programs, the following library-sponsored programs are scheduled for this week:

Pictures with Santa: 2-4 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1). Sponsored by the Heart of Danville, Santa will visit with children and listen to their Christmas wishes while posing for photos, held in the Reading Room, free of charge. After seeing Santa, stop by the Community Room to enjoy a fun holiday craft.

Children’s Ornament Workshop: 2-4 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1). Guests can choose from three ornament designs to make and take home. This program will be held in the Storytime Room.

SIP2GO: Special Needs Night: 5-7 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1). An after-hours event for patrons with special needs and their families. Guests will be able to explore the different SIP2GO learning stations at their own pace. A quiet room will also be available for those who need some time away from the noise and activity.

French Café: 5 p.m. Monday. People of all ages can gather together in a relaxed atmosphere to practice speaking French in casual conversation. This event is great for those who are fluent speakers as well as for those who are just learning the language.

Co ding Class: 4 p.m. Monday. This self-paced class uses the CodeHS curriculum. No experience is necessary. Email danville.code@gmail.com to participate. For grades 6-12.

Family Game Night: 4-7 p.m. Monday.  All ages are welcome to stop by and play a wide variety of board games, including both classic and newer games. Pizza and snacks will be available. This event will be held in the Community Room.

KidStir: 4 p.m. Tuesday. This month, participants will be decorating cookies in this cooking class for kids.. Registration is required. Class size is limited to 20. For ages 5-8.

BCPL Trivia Night: 7 p.m. Thursdays. The library will celebrate its 125th anniversary next month. As a lead up to the big event, weekly trivia nights will be held in the Community Room at the library. On Thursday, patrons can play trivia with a team to win items like tote bags, pens, travel mugs, and more. The categories will feature questions on BCPL, Kentucky libraries and general library facts. All ages and families are welcome.

  Memories Worth Remembering Reading: 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Authors who participated in the recent Memories Worth Remembering writing workshop will read from their recollections, each with a unique voice and perspective. This event will be held in the Community Room.

Chess Club: 2-4 P.M. Dec. 8. All ages and skill levels are welcome to come play (or learn how to play) the game of chess. This event will be held in the Community Room.

Call (859) 236-7323,  visit the website at www.BoylePubLib.org, or stop by to inquire about children’s, ‘tween and teen activities, and adult programs offered throughout the month. Some activities require registration for participation.

A global movement

Coding offers usable knowledge of computer science

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. To encourage computer science engagement, the library partners with Lucy Minichillo and Christine Shannon to offer a weekly coding class to middle and high school students. The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st-century success.

“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science—anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st-century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”

Regardless of what students do when they grow up, whether they go into medicine, business, politics or the arts, knowing how to build technology will give them confidence and a competitive edge. Those interested in participating in either of BCPL’s Hour of Code events will need to call or stop by the library to register. All coding classes are held in the computer lab at the library. 

• At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, younger students will learn storytelling with coding when they use Code an Unusual Event from Google’s CS First Hour of Code activities. For ages 7-9. Registration is required.

• At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, older students will use the MIT App Inventor “Talk to Me Mobile App.” For ages 9-18. Registration is required.