The H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust has approved a grant to the Friends of the Library Kingwood to purchase non-fiction children’s books about technology, coding language and programming. Showing some of the books are (left to right) Anna Weinberger, children’s service librarian; Carolyn Humphrey, FOLK president; and Ryan Fennell, Kingwood Library Branch Manager.The library hosts a successful Lego WeDo Robotics Program, which allows the young patrons to build their own robots out of Lego kits and create strings of code to dictate how their robots move. They teach Lego lions to roar, Lego crocodiles to snap their jaws, and Lego monkeys to play the bongos, all through the use of Scratch, a popular coding language. This coding language uses “blocks” that are color-coded to their actions, allowing even the youngest patrons to create their own code.
“Technology is an ever-growing topic; we see these books as a necessity to keep our young patrons engaged and interested in a field that creates endless possibilities for them in the future,” said FOLK Grant Writer Karen Buchler. The books purchased include everything from learning about being a coder to using programming languages such as Scratch, Ruby and Java. These books are at varying age levels to allow even the youngest readers a chance to learn about coding and its importance in creating new technology.
The librarians are providing the children of the Humble and Kingwood area an avenue to learn fun and challenging new skills. They are providing an outlet for kids to be creative in a field that is constantly evolving. Fostering their interest in Scratch and Ruby coding now could lead to a love of more advanced coding languages in their future.
“For over 30 years, H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust has contributed to worthy causes throughout Texas and we continue to support our community as strongly as ever,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Tournament of Champions Trustee. H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust is a special fund that receives its money from an annual golf tournament sponsored by H-E-B’s vendor community. This golf tournament provides the funds for charitable projects and programs that have a positive impact on local communities within the areas of youth, children, education and health.