Code club whizz-kids meeting at library

Eyemouth Library Code Club members hard at work.
Eyemouth Library Code Club members hard at work.

Children in Eyemouth are discovering their inner Mark Zuckerberg thanks to a Live Borders library services programme.

Eyemouth Library Code Club aims to develop the computer science-related skills of 9-11 year-olds, club members getting the chance to have fun and learn the basics of computer coding at the same time.

Margaret Menzies, Live Borders’ library and information services manager, said: “Libraries have always been about lifelong learning, and the code club gives the children the chance to try something new.

“We may spark the imagination and ambition of a future scientist, engineer or mathematician, but even if we don’t, the code club is a great opportunity for children to make animations, games and websites, and to develop their ICT skills.

“It is great to see them sharing their ideas, working with one another and above all, having fun.”

In August 2016, Scottish Library and Information Council was awarded funding by Scotland’s Digital Xtra fund to deliver a series of innovative coding clubs and library staff underwent training with the help of Code Club Scotland to deliver the service.

The club, which sees children work together and help each other learn new skills, is certainly going down well with Eyemouth youngsters who are producing some fun and innovative ideas including creating a ghost you can ‘chat’ to.

“I enjoy code club because I learn something new to do on the computer–not just being on Xbox,” said one user, while another said: “I have found out that on computers, my limits are limitless.”

The code club in Eyemouth Library takes place on Wednesdays from 3.30om to 4.45pm, until March 22.