Build your own mobile app

Mobile apps are hot! There are 2.2 million apps available in the Google Play store and iTunes gets 50,000 submissions every month. Now, library users can learn how to build their own mobile apps with the Innovator in Residence at Toronto Reference Library.

Mobile app development course at Toronto Reference Library

Innovator in Residence, Frank Tsonis

Mobile App Development is taught by Innovator in Residence, Frank Tsonis. He’s teaching classes from May to the end of July and participants can book one-hour appointments for extra help. “The digital media programs offered by Toronto Public Library are fantastic. Having access to these resources are essential for both youth and adults,” said Frank. “I wanted to contribute to the goals of the library by sharing my experiences and designing workshops that are fun and informative.”

The Innovator in Residence program is made possible thanks to a Community Grant from Google Canada. The classes are free and open to people of all ages and all skill levels. This is one example of how donors help TPL provide learning opportunities for all Torontonians – regardless of income or life situation.

Anthony Guedes is one of Frank’s students. Anthony recently moved from France to Canada and is hoping to get a job in banking. He’s taking the Mobile App Development course to improve his programming skills and as Anthony says, “The course is better than reading programming books.”  Anthony is building his resumé by taking full advantage of the many courses available at the library. So far he’s taken courses in 3D design, iMovie, digital drawing, income tax and has attended citizenship classes.

There are still openings in some classes. If you’ve never written code before, don’t worry. Frank is very patient and breaks down complex concepts step-by-step. “In a recent class, I demonstrated how to create a layout for Graphical User Interfaces,” said Frank. “I showed the students how to layout two Interface objects on the projector and then I had them try to complete laying out the the remaining three objects in the Interface.  I went around the room and helped each person with any problems as they completed the task.  I noticed that students helped each other out, and just the small task of trying something out in class gave the students confidence that they were indeed gaining the knowledge of how to design Mobile App Interfaces. It is a continuous realization that everyone can grasp these concepts, it just takes time and practice.”

Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Public Library Foundation are grateful to Google and all of our other donors who help make technology available to everyone. If you would like to help ensure that no one is left behind, please donate to the library.