English for newcomers, coding, keyboarding classes at library

Programs that teach young learners how to code, master keyboarding skills, overcome their fear of public speaking and develop leadership skills are among numerous classes offered at the Markham Public Library this fall.

Of course, there’s lots for all ages, including conversational classes for newcomers and an indigenous nature walk to learn Ojibway creation stories and take part in a gratitude circle.

Newcomers are invited to join Basic Digital Skills Coaching for Newcomers and learn how to use Zoom, Google Maps, YouTube, mobile apps and more at the Cornell Branch and Thornhill Community Centre Branch. Chess in the Library teaches children how to play chess at the Unionville Branch.

The Markham Village Branch offers a variety of courses. Coding Early Readers teaches four- to six-year-olds the basics of coding by solving programming puzzles and interactive games. Typing skills teaches eight- to 12-year-olds the correct methods of typing through various hands-on activities and educational games. Junior Coders aged six to eight years learn the basics of programming by snapping together digital blocks on iPads to make characters move, jump, dance and sing. Kids ages nine to 12 years are invited to improve their public speaking skills and a leadership skills program for nine to 12-year-olds promises to foster self-esteem while enhancing talents, skills and motivation through a variety of exercises and activities.

Cantonese Songs & Stories and an English Conversation Circle that newcomers to improve conversational English and meet new friends will both be held at the Angus Glen Branch. The Love of Language Club (LOL CLUB) invites newcomers ages six to 15 to practise their English communication, writing and reading skills at the Aaniin Branch.

The Markham Village Indigenous Nature Walk is held Saturday, Sept. 24. Alan Colley of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours leads the three-hour outdoor program and will introduce participants to Indigenous teaching, including the 7 Grandfather Teachings, 13 Grandmother Moon Teachings and Medicine Wheel Teachings. All ages are welcome, and children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Click here to learn more about dates, cost and to register. You’ll also find information about a host of other programs, including read and write, phonics, storytime, and homeschoolers activities/programs for children.

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