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. View full calendar.

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. The 2019-2020 application is now closed. Check back here for updates for next year.


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

    • Gauri Barar, GWC Alum, Mentor and Summer Immersion participant
    • Charlie Dagli, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
    • Katie Gessler, Raytheon
    • Pooya Khorrami, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
    • Vithuli Rajadurai, GWC Alum

Coding Resources

Learn more about coding with our Coding Resources for Kids & 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.