Learn to Code

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Do you want to learn a new skill over the summer? Have you always wanted to look under the hood of your favorite websites and video games? Have you ever wondered how you could use technology to make the world a better place? Do you need a way to get your parents off your back about too much screen time?  Pick up a book, grab your computer, and learn to code! It is fun, it’s (mostly) free, it is super creative, and it can be super helpful.  A computer, internet service and a Verona Public Library card are all you need to get started. Reserve the books below for curbside pickup or check them out online with OverDrive or Hoopla.  If you never coded before, Scratch is great to start with. If you are a Minecraft buff, there are even books about how to hack and code your own mods in Minecraft.

Raspberry Pi Projects for Kids: Create an MP3 Player, Mod Minecraft, Hack Radio Waves, and more!

Dan Aldred

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“A beginner-friendly collection of projects using the Raspberry Pi, including a motion-triggered camera, a way to turn on lights using Minecraft, and using Bluetooth signal devices to see who is in the area. Each project provides step-by-step instructions, full-color photos, and the complete code”—From PALS Plus Catalog

The Power of C++

Ashley Ehman

Power of Coding Series

Available via Hoopla

Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer are web browsers that are very different from one another, but they have one big similarity: large elements of each were written in C++. This volume introduces readers to important concepts like object-oriented programming while elaborating on the fascinating history of C++, providing examples of code, and exploring the relationship between C++, C, and C#. – From Hoopla

Code A Minecraft Mod in JavaScript Step By Step

Joshua Romphf

Available via Hoopla

Minecraft is a global phenomenon, adored by millions of gamers, but what if Minecraft could teach vital computer literacy and programming skills? Simply put: It can. This engaging and informative resource is designed to guide coders on a journey to enjoy their favorite game while they learn the basics of JavaScript, which is one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Starting off with brainteasers and working up to real coding, these fun and exciting activities will teach everything needed to know how to write a brand new mod. – From Hoopla

Creative Coding in Python: 30+ Programming Projects in Art, Games, and More

Sheena Vaidyanathan

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Also Available via Hoopla

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer programming with 30+ fun projects in the intuitive programming language of Python with Creative Coding in Python. – From PALS Plus Catalog



Help Your Kids with Computer Coding: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide, From Binary Code to Building Games

Carol Voderman

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This unique guide is full of fun exercises and helpful tips that will help children learn all aspects of coding. Step-by-step explanations make the complex art of programming clear, teaching the basics of JavaScript, Python, and C++. Eventually building to more advanced projects, Help Your Kids with Computer Coding will have children and parents alike creating their own games, apps, 3-D models, animations, and websites in no time. – PALS Plus Catalog

Get Coding! : Learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Build a Website, App, and Game

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“All you need to get started is a computer and this programming guide, a book that’s just right for beginners of any age to develop real coding skills. Follow the step-by-step instructions through six exciting missions and you will learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Once you’ve helped secure the infamous Monk Diamond, continue to improve and test your expertise by coding your own projects and accomplishing your own daring missions!”—From PALS Plus Catalog