Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. The Library offers a free club to teach girls in grades 6-12 computer programming & coding, to stimulate interest in STEM fields & careers, and build skills & confidence. Our club meets weekly for 2 hours during the school year from October-May.

Who can join?

Girls in grades 6 through 12 are welcome by enrollment only each fall. Spaces are limited and acceptance is based on a lottery if there are more applicants than spaces. Some spaces are reserved for returning participants and preference is given to Reading residents. As a condition of acceptance, girls are expected to attend 80% of meetings during the school year. Apply only if you are able to attend regularly.

When does it meet?

The club meets weekly for 2 hours on Saturdays @ 9:30-11:30 AM during the school year from October – May.

Is coding experience required?

No, all levels of coding experience are welcome! Instruction is provided for free and laptops are provided unless you prefer to provide your own.

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted each fall online. Participants will be selected by lottery if more apply than spaces available.


Apply for the 2019-2020 club beginning September 3-17. A link to the online application will be available then.


The club is run by a dedicated group of volunteers with professional experience and/or a talent in STEM fields:

    • Gauri Barar, Former GWC participant, mentor and Summer Immersion participant
    • Charlie Dagli, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
    • Katie Gessler, Raytheon
    • Pooya Khorrami, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Coding Resources

Learn more about coding with our Coding Resources for Teens


  • Girls Who Code FAQ
  • Direct questions about the Library’s club to Renee Smith, Teen Services Librarian, at rdgteen(at) or call 781-944-0840.