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September Book of the Month

Our latest Book of the Month is:

How to Think Like a Coder
How to Think Like a Coder by Jim Christian

An understanding of coding is fast becoming an essential skill for the world of work and is increasingly included on school curriculums. How to think like a coder is the perfect introduction.

This book is written for the absolute coding beginner, whether a child or an adult. What makes it particularly accessible is that you don’t even need to use a computer to use this guide.

How to Think Like a Coder insides

The book goes right back to coding basics, teaching key concepts such as loops, data types, pseudocode and calculations.

It purposefully focuses on the foundations of coding in order to equip the reader with a tool kit of coding knowledge which they will be able to apply to whatever technology or advancement they find themselves working on in the future.

Simple language, colourful illustrations and examples from everyday life make this book incredibly accessible and will be useful for children and teachers alike. It also demystifies coding by demonstrating how it can be applied to normal life.

How to Think Like a Coder insides

The fun exercises it includes can easily be done at home, in the library or the classroom without the need for a computer. As a result this book will be an invaluable resource for community libraries and schools that do not have ICT facilities (or even electricity) but which want to give young readers and learners the opportunity to keep up with their counterparts across the world.

Copies of this book will be distributed to many of our partners with community library networks including the Uganda Community Library Association’s libraries.


September Book of the Month

It’s Book of the Month time! This month’s title is:


Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity published by Oxford University Press, 2017 and donated by the National Library of Wales


This latest volume in Oxford University Press’ Africa: Policies for Prosperity series contains a wealth of information on the economic prospects of Tanzania.

It looks at the economic options facing policy makers. Topics range from potential hydrocarbon resources and developing the country’s manufacturing industries, to ways of transforming agriculture, increasing public investment and employment.

The chapter focusing on employment discusses, among other issues, the vital role of basic education in preparing people for work:

While formal education is not the only way to acquire skills for a particular job, the acquisition of basic numeracy and literacy skills is imperative for a country that hopes to reap the demographic dividend of a largely young population.

Books play an important role in acquiring and improving literacy skills yet for many public, school and university libraries, book purchasing budgets and the availability of books locally are limited. We are therefore proud to work with our partners in Tanzania, including the Tanzania Library Services Board (TLSB), to contribute to the country’s development by providing brand new books to support education, reading and lifelong learning.

TLSB ensures the books we send reach children in their schools, students studying at university and public library users of every age and walk of life.

It is crucial for higher education students to have access to new and up-to-date books like Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity to ensure their studies and research remain current. This book has been sent to TLSB who will donate it to one of Tanzania’s universities or public libraries where it will provide students with access to information they would not otherwise be able to access:

The donation is really important since it helps us to cover the gap of some missing references useful for the university community.

– State University of Zanzibar, commenting on books supplied by Book Aid International in 2016.