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Miami‑Dade Public Library System Introduces Treehouse, Free Online Courses in Software Development and Coding
– Library card‑holders can now access hundreds of courses across 11 topic areas –
(Miami, FL – February 2, 2015) The Miami‑Dade Public Library (MDPLS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new service for all resident library card holders. MDPLS has partnered with Treehouse Island, Inc., a company specializing in online, interactive coursework that offers free technology training for individuals of all ages. Library card holders will have free, 24/7 access to Treehouse content which includes topics like, “How to build iPhone or Android apps,” creating interactive websites and extensive coursework in business development.
Treehouse resources offered by (MDPLS) include over 1,000 free video courses taught by experts in their fields of study. Students are able to progress through Treehouse courses at their own pace. To help reinforce new concepts and skills, students can access quizzes and interactive activities that are built into each of the courses. Through the library’s website customers can access Treehouse via their personal computer or by downloading the Treehouse app to their personal devices.
“This is a valuable resource and shows our commitment to our residents in providing the tools necessary for life‑long learning,” said Social Media Librarian Alisha Latham. “It also gives our residents an opportunity to be creators of technology or learn that new skill that will take them to the next level. You never know, it may be a Miami‑Dade resident that creates the next big app using our Treehouse resource.”
About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami‑Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.