HOURS OF OPERATION
Library News for week of August 26, 2014
It is projected that in the next decade there will be about 1 million more
U.S. jobs in the tech sector than computer science graduates to fill them. Of
further interest, it is estimated that nationwide, only 10 percent of K-12
schools teach computer science basics. What to do? Well, look to your library
for some assistance. Several of the following new book purchases address an
educational mission to help our young people prepare for life in today’s
fast-changing society. For example, a few of these materials not only teach how
to write computer programs but they help children to learn to think creatively,
reason systematically, and work collaboratively. These are essential skills for
success and happiness in today’s world. Take a look at what’s available . . .
right here on our shelves:
“Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games,
Art, Science, and Math” by Marjed Marji.
Scratch is a fun, beginner-friendly programming environment popular in schools
around the world. Its playful, intuitive interface uses colorful programming
blocks and cartoon sprites to make real programming more approachable. “Learn to
Program with Scratch” shows just how much you can do with Scratch and teaches
you essential, universal programming concepts along the way. Author Majed Marji
takes you on a tour through Scratch's surprisingly powerful features to teach
programming concepts like procedures, variables, loops, recursion, decision
making, and lists. You will use your new-found skills to create science
simulations, math projects, and even some fun arcade games! Each chapter offers
a summary and practice exercises at the end to make sure the lessons stick.
Scratch is an incredibly fun and easy language to learn, plus you can do some
seriously potent programming with it. This book will help you get the most out
of Scratch and begin your journey into the world of programming.
“Learning to Program with RobotC” by Alex Crow.
This book is by a kid-for other kids! It shows you how to start programming, and
provides easy-to-use code samples that work with real robots. More than that, it
helps young programmers learn principles of software design, which promote
teamwork, creativity, and success. Get a jump-start on robotics with this quick
and easy guidebook.
“Search 2.0 Programming for Teens” by Jerry Lee Ford, Jr.
Focused on the fundamentals and using the free Scratch programming language,
“Scratch 2.0 Programming for Teens” will teach you to develop interactive
stories, games, animations, and other programs on the web, in your computer's
browser, using graphic, customizable code blocks. Written especially for
first-time programmers, this book's hands-on approach emphasizes the design and
development of programming logic. You'll learn important programming concepts
without getting bogged down in complicated details. And the basic principles you
learn here will build a foundation from which you can move on to other, more
complex, programming languages.
“How to Make a Robot Today! For Beginners” by J. Kinsley.
Two Fully Functioning starter 'Bot scripts Bored? Meet 'Nicebot', and 'Shybot'
your dedicated Boredom Busters, who each in turn demonstrate separate aspects of
the principles found in this book, and can be easily modified or extended even
if you have zero programming experience. Anyone can be programming AI within
minutes. Hours, possibly years of fun and a career; both are included. Ready to
run on your PC now!
“Hello App Inventor! Android Programming for Kids and the Rest of Us” by Paula
App Inventor is a free, user-friendly tool that makes it a snap to create
Android apps using Android devices such as phones and tablets--no programming
experience needed. Users decide what they want their app to do and then click
together the colorful jigsaw-puzzle blocks that make it happen. After the
project is finished and tested, App Inventor turns it into a real Android app
that can be run on phones, shared with friends, or even sold in the Google Play
store. (This book will be available early this September).
“Video Game Programming for Kids” by Jonathan S. Harbour.
Requiring no prior programming experience, this book teaches kids introductory
programming techniques with language that they can understand, and uses QB64, a
simple version of BASIC.
The 2014 film “Non-Stop” will be shown on Tuesday, September 2nd at 2:00 p.m. in
the Cumberland Meeting Room. Liam Neeson stars as an air marshal confronted with
a hostile force that plans to kill every passenger on a flight if the government
doesn't pay a hefty ransom in this action thriller. This movie is rated PG-13
and runs 106 minutes.
Performers from the Cumberland County Playhouse will sing songs from “It Ain’t
Nothing But the Blues” at the 12:00 Noon Concert on Wednesday, August 27th in
the Cumberland Meeting Room. All are invited to attend.
The library will be closed in honor of Labor Day on Monday, September 1st.
Information Tip of the Week
A computer or its hard drive can fail at any time and without warning. When
it does, all your personal documents, letters, pictures, music, and videos, are
lost and in many situations cannot be recovered or may costs lots of money to be
recovered. Make sure you have back-up’s of all your important data in case your
Quackers Joke of the Week
Q. Why was the computer cold?
A. Because it forgot to close WINDOWS!
For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County
at 484-6790, online at www.artcirclelibrary.info, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com. The library, at 3 East Street, is open
to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cumberland County Archives &
Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday,
Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.