Library Uses Grant to Offer "Tech Bytes" to Tweens

  • Conant High School student Rayaan Siddiqi teaches coding during a Tech Bytes session at the Hanover Park Branch Library. These free after-school sessions take place at the Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates branch libraries.

    Conant High School student Rayaan Siddiqi teaches coding during a Tech Bytes session at the Hanover Park Branch Library. These free after-school sessions take place at the Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates branch libraries. Courtesy of Tamara Cardona

 
Susan Miura
Updated 3/6/2020 8:17 AM

Tech Bytes, an after-school program for junior high students, is taking place at the Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park branches of the Schaumburg Township District Library. Sessions take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Hanover Park Branch, 1266 Irving Park Road; and on Wednesdays at the Hoffman Estates branch, 1550 Hassell Road. These technology instruction sessions are available due to a $23,000 grant from the Illinois State Library Project: Next Generation.

"This is a great way for students to learn coding and get their tech questions answered," said Teen Services Director Joe Marcantonio. "We're excited about getting this grant and having the opportunity to offer Tech Bytes."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Using the grant money, the library bought laptops and hired high Andrew Choi, a Hoffman Estates High School senior; and Rayaan Siddiqi, a Conant High School junior, to teach the sessions. Those interested in learning coding can drop in anytime during the two-hour time slots.

More information about programs, events and classes at the library are listed in the library's February-March Guide, which was mailed to Schaumburg Township residents and is available at www.SchaumburgLibrary.org.

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