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Miami-Dade Public Library System Joins Millions in "The Hour Of Code"

– A national initiative to encourage students of all ages to explore computer coding
and consider a career in computer science –

(MIAMI, December, 9, 2013) – Ninety percent of American schools do not teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. And yet, technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live.

That’s why the Miami-Dade Public Library is participating in The Hour of Code, a weeklong campaign, which aims to have 10 million students in the United States experience one hour of computer science in school. The overall goal is to increase students’ interest in computer science and code writing as future career paths. Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two-times the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Science Foundation, by 2020, there will be one million more jobs than students entering the field.

Children and teens are invited to attend the following “Hour of Code” events:

Tuesday, December 10, 4-5 p.m.
(Teens)
North Dade Regional – YOUmedia Miami
2455 NW 183 St. • 305-625-6424

Wednesday, December 11, 3-4 p.m.
(separate groups for children and teens)
Arcola Lakes Branch
8240 NW 7 Ave. • 305.694.2707

Thursday, December 19, 4-5 p.m.
(separate groups for children and teens)
Main Library
101 W. Flagler St. • 305-375-2665
(call 305-375-5021 to pre-register)

Free Wi-Fi is available for those with their own laptops. Library laptops will also be available.

For more detail on this event, and for a schedule of upcoming coding classes visit www.mdpls.org or call 305‑375‑2665.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
A recipient of the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, The Miami-Dade Public Library System, strives to be a compelling community destination by providing a five-star customer service experience. With 49 branches and two bookmobiles, the library aims to reach every resident of Miami-Dade County who has a desire for informational, educational and recreational materials. The library provides access to more than 3.9 million books, movies, audiobooks, and more; 1647 public computers; 120 self-checkout machines, and Wi-Fi at every location. The library proudly serves more than seven million visitors that come through its doors annually, and another 4.4 million that access collections and services through its website www.mdpls.org.

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Media Contact:
Jessica Melgarejo Cespedes
305-375-3327
melgarejoj@mdpls.org