Our mission at the Muskingum County Library System is to find and facilitate opportunities for our community to Read, Discover, Learn, and Create... and on a recent Saturday in June, with the help of Kano Computer Kits, we did just that!
Twenty children, between the ages of 8 and 13, were invited to the John McIntire Library to build their own computers and discover the wealth of potential that computer programming has to offer them. For some, they brought some prior knowledge of computers to the table; others were complete beginners, hesitant to be tasked with the responsibility of making something out of the pieces and parts laid out before them. By the end of the workshop, I believe that every one in attendance - child and adult alike - felt as if the task of building a computer was something that anyone can do!
Our Kano computers aren't just going to end up stored away in a closet, either! On July 1st, we officially opened up membership to our very own Kano Club, allowing attendees of the first workshop and their friends and family to begin checking out Kano computers for use at home or school. To keep the community growing, we plan to periodically give existing members of the Kano Club new membership cards to share with their friends or classmates who may be interested in using Kano, too! Kano Club members will also be the first to know about upcoming workshops and events, including a workshop on computer programming in late 2016.