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!
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 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!