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AT THE LIBRARY: All you need for coding and technology

There are many types of code that come to mind, important in day-to-day life. Some are behind the scenes, creating things we now take for granted.

From the code-breaking computer pioneering Alan Turing, to the modern-day genius of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, coding skills are becoming a necessity in today’s world.

With help from the Code Mobile initiative, we’re able to help people with their coding skills by offering coding workshops at public libraries in Pictou and Antigonish Counties for free.

What is Code Mobile? The Code Mobile initiative began as a cross-country road trip when a cargo van was transformed into a computer lab on wheels, complete with all the tools needed to host pop-up workshops in communities big and small.

That first road trip was such a success, thanks to a generous investment from the federal government’s CanCode initiative, they established a permanent fleet of 13 trucks that operate year-round. Each Code Mobile is powered by a regional Code Squad whose mission is to put technology in the hands of Canadian youth who may not otherwise have the experience.

If anyone age eight and up is interested, they can call in advance to register. You can also learn more about the project by visiting

Workshops in public libraries throughout Pictou and Antigonish counties include:

Antigonish Library – Tuesday, July 31, 2 p.m. Call (902) 863-4276 in advance to register.

Pictou Library – Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. Call (902) 485-5021 in advance to register.

New Glasgow Library – Tuesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. Call (902) 752-8233 in advance to register.

Stellarton Library – Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2 p.m. Call (902) 755-1638 in advance to register.

Westville Library – Tuesday, Aug.t 14, 2 p.m. Call (902) 396-5022 in advance to register.

River John Library – Monday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m. Please call (902) 351-2599 to register.

Need help with other kinds of technology? We have you covered!

A warm welcome to the new technology assistants in public libraries throughout Pictou County!

At New Glasgow Library we have Abby MacKenzie. A recent graduate of Northumberland Regional High School, she will be pursuing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies this fall. Every week at 11 a.m. until Aug. 23 she will be putting on a Techie Thursday program which is a fun way to explore technology.

To learn more about programs or make an appointment for one-on-one computer assistance, call 902-752-8233!

In the Stellarton and Westville libraries, we welcome Emma Taylor to the role of technology assistant. Emma is entering her fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program at UPEI this fall, aspiring to attend Dalhousie’s Dental Hygiene program after graduation. She’s looking forward to working at the Stellarton and Westville libraries this summer, is planning some fun programs for all ages, and is available for one-on-one technology assistance in Stellarton on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Westville. Call the Stellarton Library at 902-755-1638 or the Westville Library at 902-396-5022 for more information about her programs or to make a technology training appointment.

In Pictou and River John libraries this summer, Ainslie Murray will be stepping into the role of technology assistant. A recent graduate of Northumberland Regional High School, she will attend St. FX University in the fall. She has lots of fun programs planned and is available for one-on-one training sessions at both locations, by appointment only. She is at the Pictou Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (to book an appointment call 902- 485-5021) and River John on Mondays and Thursdays (to book an appointment call 902-351-2599).

Holly MacLean is Community Outreach Assistant for Pictou County. For more information on upcoming library programs, special events and services, please drop by your local library branch, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or visit us online at

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