Digital scheme to aid creativity at Leeds libraries

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Children, young people and families will be able to boost their digital confidence and creativity at libraries across the city.

Leeds City Council’s libraries are taking part in a new national digital learning initiative to increase opportunities for young people and to build on its already extensive hi-tech learning programme.

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New activities will include designing and making 3D objects, building robots and stop-motion animation. Each library will also be given ‘Code Green’ detailed digital making kits, to help families learn together and staff will be on hand to help visitors take advantage of the digital opportunities.

The initiative has been developed by the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), the Association of Senior Education and Children’s Libraries (ASCEL) and Arts England as part of the Universal Learning Offer.

Coun Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said: “I am delighted to say that there is already a fantastic and varied digital learning programme available at our libraries across Leeds and through the support of the Universal Learning Offer we will be looking at ways to extend and build on what is already available. There really is something for people of all ages and knowledge, and we are looking forward to working with residents across Leeds to help improve their digital skills.”

The initiative will add to the sessions already offered, such as Code Club sessions on computer programming, Minecraft cafes, Raspberry Pi taster sessions and digital music making. Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries for more information.

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