Teen Wednesday: Open Hack, Financial Tune-Up, Outdoor Movie  

Just in time to keep summer from getting – dare we say it – boring, three supercharged teen activities hit Boulder Wednesday, August 5.

Learn something new and tune-up your brain for upcoming school days at two Boulder Public Library activities. Later, grab true Boulder summer fun with an outdoor showing of “Maleficent” at Central Park.

Open Hack for Youth with Coder Dojo

This STEAM Program provides hands-on exploration in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math with an Open Hack session, perfect for projects with Bitsbox, Scratch, Digital Sandbox, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python.

photo courtesy Coder Dojo Boulder

photo courtesy Coder Dojo Boulder

Led by Coder Dojo Boulder co-champions, Sean Helvey and Christy Knight Spielman, the community building event helps teens and kids expand their creativity and apply technical skills in a friendly environment.

Beginners to advanced coders drop-in Wednesday’s between 4-6 p.m. to work with experienced coders to help debug code or brainstorm ideas for moving to the next level.

Or, register for the Saturday, August 15, session and connect with about 50 other coding enthusiasts.

photo courtesy Coder Dojo Boulder

photo courtesy Coder Dojo Boulder

Volunteers are needed and welcome to fill out a background check at BPL. Sponsored by the Boulder Library Foundation.

When: August 5, 2015 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Boulder Main Library, Mt. Sanitas Room

The Foundation: Basic Financial Literacy for Young People

Basic Financial Literacy provides teens and kids with a working understanding of personal finances in a comprehensive, practical 1.5 hour session.

“Unfortunately, a lot of knowledge about finances comes from making mistakes and getting caught in a situation and learning the hard way,” says Elliott Moran, class instructor and community development specialist at Community Financial Credit Union.

Elliott Moran teaching Financial Literacy. photo courtesy Community Financial Credit Union

Elliott Moran teaching Financial Literacy. photo courtesy Community Financial Credit Union

Moran’s goal is for participants to create a rough plan of action for a young person entering the ‘real world.’

Attendees come to a single session and learn about budgeting, income, expenditures review and how to allocate dollars for things you want.

Moran starts with basic financial priorities:

  1. Make some money
  2. Pay your bills on time
  3. Save $1,000
  4. Start saving for retirement

“We do a goal review, looking at the things that matter most to you and consider how can we create a plan of action to achieve these goals. It could be that you need to save for college, a vacation, a car, open a retirement account, or pay down debt. We do some basic financial math. And we look at saving strategies, credit building strategies, how to underwrite loans,” Moran adds.

It’s perfect for young adults readying to enter a more independent period in their life. But, the financial literacy class can also help those who have been on their own for a while.

Moran’s first tip for college-bound students, “Open your mail.”

Basic Financial Literacy will continue through August with additional sessions next summer.

When: August 5, 2015 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: Main Library, Flagstaff Meeting Room

Watch for Wickedness in Central Park 

photo courtesy Disney Lifestyle

photo courtesy Disney Lifestyle

Don’t miss Wednesday night’s outdoor showing of the 2014 dark fantasy film, “Malecifent,” on a 40’ inflatable screen in Central Park next to the bandshell.

The event is sponsored by Community Financials Credit Union, which recently merged with Boulder Municipal Employees Credit Union.

photo courtesy Community Financial Credit Union

photo courtesy Community Financial Credit Union

The organization also sponsored the showing of “Jaws” at Scott Carpenter Pool, and a drive-in showing of Back to the Future at Flatirons Shopping Mall.

When: August 5, 2015 – Festivities kick-off around 6:30, movie time  around 8:30

Where: Central Park next to the bandshell

So Go

For more information on the extensive programming available through Boulder Public Library, visit the BPL event calendar.

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