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Saint Paul Public Library Offers Free Technology Skills Development Program

Date: Nov 25th, 2013

Saint Paul Public Library Offers Free Technology Skills Development Program

SAINT PAUL, MN - Saint Paul Public Library has begun offering a technology skill development program called Treehouse, an online learning platform that teaches learners coding and web development skills, like building websites or creating mobile apps, through the use of engaging videos, tutorials, and course modules. 

"Digital skills are important to everyone and are important to the City of Saint Paul," Library Director Kit Hadley said, "We are excited to make this resource available to the public for free."

Treehouse is available through the Saint Paul Public Library's website at http://www.sppl.org/treehouse. Library customers can use their library cards to sign up for a free account and can use the program at home.

Once they have created an account, customers have unlimited access to videos covering topics from basic HTML coding to JavaScript to app development for iPhones, iPads, and Android smart phones. Additional courses cover small business start-up and finding jobs in the technology field. Learning with Treehouse is project-based; learners learn by doing. Projects are taught through a combination of short videos, code challenges, and quizzes. The experience is also "gameified," meaning that learners can keep track of their accomplishments and earn badges to mark their progress, unlocking rewards as they progress.

About the Saint Paul Public Library

The Saint Paul Public Library connects people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime. Saint Paul residents can enjoy free access to technology, books, movies, music, classes and more. We're located in 12 neighborhood libraries, Central Library and the Bookmobile. Visit us in your neighborhood or online at sppl.org.

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