National Coding Week

National Coding Week is an awareness week running from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd September, focusing on generating confidence in computers and technology.

Children are part of a confident Digital Generation having grown up with the internet, smart phones and coding classes. However, many adults have missed out on the digital revolution and feel left behind. The aim of National Coding Week is to give adults the opportunity to learn some digital skills.

If you’re very new to computers, thank you for finding us!

Learning sessions:

In your local branches, you can find a number of helpful learning sessions, and you can click here to browse. You will find many of our county libraries events and courses here, but always ask in branch if you can’t see what you need.

There’s lots of help available, whether it’s for a first time taster or developing particular skills. There’s specialist courses for beginners and help for senior learners on a range of devices and formats.

To try coding at home scroll down to the bottom to see the library Service’s very newest digital learning experience: Micro:bit Lending!

Computer Learning in the Online Catalogue:

There’s loads to find in your local library and you can see all of Hampshire Libraries’ online catalogue all in one place right by clicking here. Below is a selection on computer basics, using new devices such as tablets or smart phones, and even with creating your own coding, games or software:

Android tablets / by Dan Gookin

It introduces you to the features of all Android tablets and details the nuances of what makes a tablet more than a smartphone yet different from a computer.

MacBook for dummies / by Mark Chambers.

Drawing and painting on the iPad / Diana Seidl

The iPad is an incredible tool, but how can an artist unlock its exciting and creative potential? This book explains, in simple terms, step-by-step, all the processes and techniques it offers.

And not forgetting our in-branch selection of magazines!

Computer Active Magazine, Dennis Publishing Ltd 2017

Bimonthly news and user guide

eBooks – Free to download:

If you enjoy the convenience of reading eBooks on our device, you’ve got to look at our growing collection! Our quick and easy eBooks download service is another great place to develop your skills. Use the same library card, download your device’s app, and choose away! Titles can download in minutes and give you the advice when and wherever you need it! If you need any assistance, visit our help section.

You can even download title to your smartphone with the new Libby service, click here for more details.

Getting Started with Coding by Camille McCue
Get Creative with Code!

Exploring iPad by Galen Gruman

The iPad combines the best of your favorite gadgets into one amazing ultraportable touch device.


Windows 10 For Seniors For Dummies by Peter Weverka

Your clear-cut, easy-to-follow guide to Windows 10


And of course we’re very glad to share our eMagazines collection, available via our Digital Library. Select the Computers and Technology section and download your mag choice for free!


Micro:bit Lending:

And finally, we’re very excited to announce our newest digital lending service Micro:bit Lending!

In the spirit of Coding Week, Hampshire Library Service is launching micro:bit lending very soon. A micro:bit is a small programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun. Micro:bits can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments.


These micro:bit packs will be available for customers to borrow for a loan period of 4 weeks. The packs will include: 1 micro:bit, USB cables, Battery packs and a start up leaflet. The packs are coming to larger libraries and Discovery Centres the week commencing Monday 25th September, and are then being rolled out to other branches the week commencing 2nd October.

Just ask in your local branch for more information!

We hope you enjoy lots of digital learning and leisure, the library service really is the best place to get started!

3 thoughts on “National Coding Week”

  1. love the ebook/magazine links……….so many don’t know of this. Advised my bank insurance guy about what you offer – he was amazed.
    I know in this day of modern technology we tend to rely on emails etc, but how about once in a while creating a paper newsletters.


    1. Hi Don, thanks so much for your comments. Glad you’re enjoying the eBooks and magazines! The selection is always growing. Your suggestion is very interesting and we always try to offer a range of access options within the library service. However we are currently committed to reducing our paper output so will need to weigh up the best solution overall. We can always print off a copy in branch for you however a very small charge may apply. I hope that helps, thanks again. Jeremy


  2. Hi Jeremy, sounds like Hants did a great job for National Coding Week last year. We would like to feature you this year on our new National Coding Week site. Can you get in touch please. Thanks. Richard


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