Code club for children

Derby Libraries Code Club is moving online.

By joining Code Club Online, children will learn the basics of computer programming using Scratch, including how to create simple computer games and animations. 

Code Club Online is organised by Derby Libraries and delivered by trained and knowledgeable library staff. Each Club runs as a structured course lasting for 20 weeks.

The Club is delivered online through the Scratch website. Each week you will be sent an email with a coding project for your child to complete. Your child will need to set up a Scratch account so that their projects can be uploaded onto our Classroom.

Children taking part must be aged from 8 to 13 years old at the start of the course and must be a member of Derby Libraries.

If your child is interested in taking part in our next Code Club, you can register your details below. We will contact you as soon as the date of the next course is confirmed with information on how to book a place.

When registering for the Code Club, please give the name of the child’s parent or carer, their email address and phone number(s) along with the child's name, their date of birth and library card number. Join the library here.

Looking for something for your child to do during the Half Term? Why not try some coding!

Coding is a great way for children to get creative and brush up on their computer skills.

Scratch Cat Goes Skiing 

The project can be completed on Scratch or using Scratch’s downloadable offline app

Coding on Scratch means creating games or animations using blocks of code. These blocks are instructions that tell the objects or characters (“sprites”) in your project what to do.

Just follow the instructions on the project, and click the “i” information boxes if you get stuck.

If your child enjoys this project and would like to do more, you can register interest in our Code Clubs below.

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Our Code Clubs are organised by libraries and sessions are run by trained volunteers and staff. They are held at three libraries and teach children basic computer programming.

What can children do?

Following a 20 week programme they will learn:

  • The basics of computer programming using Scratch
  • How to create computer games and animations

Who can join?

  • Sessions are open to children aged eight to 13
  • Children must be a member of the library to take part but it is really easy to join. Just ask a member of staff or visit our how to join page.

How do I book?

What can children do next?

Code PLUS

Take children’s programming skills to the next level, progressing from building blocks of pre-existing code with Scratch, to using Python to write code for Raspberry Pi. 

This four week chargeable course covers coding with Makey Makeys, BBC Microbits and Raspberry Pi.

To find out dates of our upcoming courses and book your place, visit our Events page

Creative Technology Workshops

These one-off chargeable workshops are expert led and offer a range of practical activities around computer programming including 3D printing, robots and electronics.

To find out dates of our upcoming workshops and to book your place, visit our Events page