Friday, December 4, 2015

The Hour of Code is here!

December 7-13, 2015 is Computer Science Education Week. has created tutorials for students ages 4-104 to practice programming skills in an engaging format. You do not need a complete hour and you do not need to only participate during this week! This link will give you more information and links about the Hour of Code. You can also see a map depicting participation in this world-wide event! Visit to find out more.

The tutorials include many themes familiar to students and provide videos for instruction. Visit to try and create lines of code to achieve each tutorial's presented challenge. How many levels can you move through? How many lines of code can you create? Have fun and happy coding!

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In July 2013, the first "Hour of Code"themed CSEdWeek reached over 15 million students and over 35,000 events across 167 countries.

In January of 2014, the executive committee of Computing in the Core Voted unanimously to maintain the Hour of Code theme as the centerpiece of the week, and for to continue shepherding this open grassroots celebration of computer science.

One year later, in January of 2015, the Hour of Code reached 100 million "hours served," making the Hour of Code and CS Education Week the largest education campaign in history.

Reading Red Clover Books!

Red balloons appeared in our library! Why would they be here? 

The red balloons are at PPS Library to celebrate our sharing of the first of this year's ten nominees for the Red Clover Children's Choice Picture Book Award! Beginning the first week of December and continuing until voting time at the end of March, we will be sharing these books that were selected by a group of children's literature experts from all around Vermont. Titles include Shh! We Have a Plan, I'm My Own Dog, My Grandfather's Coat, Blizzard and Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos. Visit to get a complete list of  the books and other program activities. Students will make important connections to the Common Core State Standards and District Curriculum as they learn how books are made, the relationship between artwork and text, and other ways of studying literature. Last year, more than 22,000 K-4 students from almost all of Vermont's elementary schools participated in this program. We are excited to be a part of this voting group that will decide the Red Clover Children's Choice Picture Book Award for 2015-2016!