Join Girls Who Code Partnership and Launch a Free Club

State Library Services is partnering with Girls Who Code to bring free computer science opportunities to elementary, middle and high school children across South Dakota. We would love for your library to host a club!

Girls Who Code Clubs are no-cost afterschool or summer programs for children in grades 3-5 or 6-12 to join a fellowship of supportive peers and use computer science to change the world. Clubs are led by facilitators who can be teachers, librarians, parents or volunteers from any background or field. No prior knowledge is required; many facilitators have no technical experience and learn to code alongside their club members. Read through information about the program and contact Laura Kelly or Kathleen Slocum with questions about how to get started.

As featured in the Cornerstone.

Important: To receive partnership benefits when you register your club, you must indicate "South Dakota State Library" as your partner affiliation on the application's "About Your Club" page for the following question: Is your Club affiliated with a Girls Who Code Community Partner (school districts, library systems, nonprofit organization, afterschool networks etc.)?

Step One

Visit the Girls Who Code Website- Get Involved/Start a Club

Step Two

Present the information to your Library Board and other Library Staff

Step Three

Complete a Girls Who Code Application and be Approved


Step Four

Receive free books from the South Dakota State Library while supplies last!

Girls Who Code clubs are for chidren and teens to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment.

These books align with the Girls Who Code Clubs (The ones are featured for free with reading passages and chapter guides in our Clubs program for 3-5th graders):

  • Learn to Code and Change the World * by Reshma Saujani |
  • The Friendship Code ** by Stacia Deutsch (All 4 books in our fiction series) |
  • Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani |
  • How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk |
  • Baby Code by Sandra Horning

Children and Youth Services Coordinator

Laura Kelly

1-605-773-3131 (Option 5, 1)

Continuing Education Coordinator

Kathleen Slocum

1-605-773-3131 (Option 5, 2)