Your Library Podcast: S2E1: CS First



CS First participants using Scratch coding

In our first episode of season two of Your Library Podcast, we visit the Kingshighway Library for their CS First Program for kids with Globalhack. CS First is a curriculum from Google that uses Scratch coding language to create different projects. Scratch is a block-based computer programming language that teaches students computer science principles and the logic behind coding. Using music and sound, Globalhack presenters and Youth Services Provider Megan Welsch help participants develop computational thinking in a fun, playful environment. 

We also hear from Young Adult Services Provider Sahara Scott, Popular Materials Manager Kyle Knight, and our very own Honna Veerkamp about the upcoming programs and performers for this year’s Hip Hop Appreciation Week. The Library is celebrating the history and culture of hip hop with its 6th annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week at Central Library from May 13-18.

Also joining us this episode is Program Coordinator Jenny Song to discuss the Summer Camp programs at SLPL. This summer the Library is offering 70 free camps for ages 3-17. Camp themes range from yoga to a program with the zoo to Harry Potter!

Back at Kingshighway, we talk to Library Technician James about his monthly Volume music listening series. The last Thursday of every month, he will focus on a particular music scene, theme, or artist.

Director of Technology Services Jon Drakesmith returns for another Tech Talk with an update about hotspots available for checkout and Chromebooks you can use at the Library.

Your Library Podcast is a monthly audio program that takes you behind the scenes of St. Louis Public Library and features resources, events, and people from throughout the library system. It is produced and hosted by Honna Veerkamp and Mary Meyer. Your Library Podcast theme song is by Garry Moore. Transitional music for this episode is by Thomas Park.  Additional music in this episode is by Drea Vocalz. Drea Vocalz will be performing at this year’s Hip Hop Appreciation Week.

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