SOME 420 pocket-sized codeable computers are now available in North Yorkshire libraries to help improve children's digital skills.

They were donated by Micro:bit Educational Foundation as part of a worldwide drive to encourage children to get creative with technology.

The BBC micro:bits can be used for all sorts of digital creations and can be borrowed for three weeks and come with instructions.

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They have built-in displays, programmable buttons, motion detection, temperature and light sensors and can be programmed via any computer or used with mobile phones or tablets.

Executive member for libraries Cllr Greg White said: “These are a fantastic addition to our library resources and further support the valuable work our libraries do in assisting the development of digital skills in our communities.

"Many of our libraries already run successful computer coding clubs and the micro:bits offer all North Yorkshire children free access to learn how to code, create and have fun, improving their digital skills.”