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Middle school students can get one-on-one lessons in coding through the Library's Tech Bytes program. This technology-based program helps kids get ready for high school with the tech knowledge and experience needed to succeed. We've brought in two teens from the area to work as mentors.

We'll be doing recorded sessions of lessons, which you can find on our YouTube page or by browsing our events for teens.

Funding for Tech Bytes was awarded by the Illinois State Library Department, office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Science, made possible under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Meet the Mentors

Rayaan Siddiqi will enter his senior year at James B. Conant High School in all 2020. He loves coding and has made dozens of projects varying from standard web pages in JavaScript to cool mobile games in Android & iOS, available in the app store. He has been programming since he was in 9th grade and has his own YouTube channel for computer science-related videos on topics like artificial intelligence. In addition to his passion for programming and exploring the possibilities of computer science, Rayaan likes to watch/play basketball and travel with his family. ​Check out Rayaan's website.

Andrew Choi is a recent high school graduate who specializes in software design and general tutoring. He, along with a few other coordinators, runs the Tech Bytes program at the Central and branch locations, which consists of mentoring young children interested in technology and coding. His hobbies include illustrating, film watching, and being a computer graphics enthusiast/programmer.