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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – libraries

Belhus library, Corringham library and Grays library have reopened. Other libraries remain closed until further notice. You can access newspapers and magazines, get e-books and e-audio and take part in job club sessions online.

Go to our coronavirus (COVID-19) safety page for information on visiting re-opened libraries and items due for return. Items due between 1 January and 31 July have had their loan dates extended automatically to 1 September. Please do not put borrowed items in library book drops or letterboxes.

Code Crackers Club

Raspberry Pi, BBC micro:bit, Minecraft, Scratch and Sonic Pi offer exciting new ways to get creative with computer code. Gaming, electronics, and making your own music are just a few things you can do with coding.

Young people can learn how by joining our Code Crackers Club, which runs at most libraries, depending on demand.

Code Crackers Club courses – an introduction to computer coding

Courses are aimed at children aged between 9 and 11 years-old. They are run during school holidays, split over 2 days with 2 sessions each day:

  • day 1 – Scratch and Minecraft Coding
  • day 2 – Sonic Pi (music) and BBC Microbits

We recommend that children with limited or no experience of coding attend the 'Scratch' coding before trying the other coding sessions. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the full duration of each session.

The total cost for a child to attend all 4 sessions is £5 – this must be paid in full at the first session. Parents and carers attend free of charge.

Contact your local library for an application form.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance due to very high levels of interest.

If you are interested in supporting library staff in Code Crackers, offering time during the school holidays and also for practising beforehand, there are volunteer opportunities available.

Grays library
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

: 01375 413 976

: grays.library@thurrock.gov.uk