Training the next generation of computer scientists is happening at the Independence Public Library.

Thanks to a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation awarded to Indy Idea Hub and facilitated by the Independence and Monmouth Public Libraries, students from our community are gaining hands-on coding experience through the Youth Coding League, weekly classes and assignments introducing them to computer science. The students compete in national championships and even receive team uniforms.

While over 90 schools nationwide participate in the program, the Independence Public Library is the first public library in the United States to offer this program.

“This is something we can do—and should be doing more of—providing the space for kids to learn something new and enjoy it,” said Library Director Patrick Bodily.

The Spring season of the Youth Coding League begins with a preseason interest session on January 8, 2024. If you have any questions, contact the Independence Public Library here: