Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, July 14, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes’ graphic novel, Secret Coders. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

The July meeting of the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is part of the Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Kids Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World, an annual program meant to encourage reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages. With the accessibility of coding programs for kids, and the increasing community interest in engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities for children, this book selection is a perfect bridge to introduce middle graders to the mysteries and excitement of computer coding.

Twelve-year-old Hopper has no interest in starting at her new school, Stately Academy. She starts off on the wrong foot with the other students, she doesn’t enjoy her classes, and there is something very strange about the building, with its padlocked doors and walls inscribed with the number 9. When she and new friend Eni notice that the birds might be robots, the duo find themselves peeling back the layers of a computer programming mystery. Coding may not seem like the most obvious choice for a graphic novel, but Yang and Holmes bring a sense of exhilaration and excitement to the topic. Perhaps more importantly, through the enjoyable writing and illustrations, the authors also make the subject accessible – anyone can learn to code.

For more information on all the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World events, including challenges for teens and adults, program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Programming, including the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club and the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.