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Project Next Generation

Project Next Generation

Illinois State Library Again Funds Project Next Generation at Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch
By Cynthia Smith

The Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch has once again received a grant “Is All About the Kids” with Project Next Generation (PNG).  The Project Next Generation program teaches 5th thru 8th grade students the latest technology, and helps build character, confidence, and a competitive edge in the classroom.  The goal of Project Next Generation is to bridge the digital divide by making recent technologies accessible to students who have limited access to computers and other technologies at home.  In addition, this program strives to provide a safe and friendly environment with positive role models.  The Project Next Generation Grant allows the hiring of qualified Mentors to teach all sessions and travel with students on field trips.

This year three sessions will be offered.  The first session, October 3- December 6, will focus on communication technology.  Students will research and explore common communication channels including traditional and electronic media. Students will conduct and record Veterans interviews for inclusion in the Illinois Veterans History Project that will be sent to the Office of Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White in Springfield.  Students will learn how to interview by following the guidelines set by the Illinois Veterans History Project before the actual interviews.  Also students will learn how to film from a camcorder to download their project to a memory card.

The second session, February 6 – April 11, 2017, is dedicated to an in-depth study of the 3D Printer.  Project Next Generation students will learn to build their own models from shapes online using our very own 3D Makerbot Replicator Mini Printer.  During this process students will gain a broader understanding of computer modeling and basic mechanics of this new technology.

In the final session, May 1 – July 11, 2017, students will explore the language of computers through the Raspberry Pi Micro-Controller.  Students will learn to code and assemble computer boards as a project.  Finally, all students will travel to Chicago for an educational field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry to view the latest in technology.

Participants are required to sign up.For more information on this FREE program contact Cynthia Smith Branch Manager Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch at 497-2600.

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Kids! - Computers! & Fun!

The Peoria Public Library - Lincoln Branch is pleased to have been chosen as one of the ten Illinois libraries to participate in Project Next Generation.

Project Next Generation Program
Monday & Tuesday Evenings
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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The new session begins with the school year for ages 10 - 14.

Project Next Generation Is All About the Students:

The Peoria Public Library - Lincoln Branch has teamed up with Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian to improving the lives of Peoria children.  The Project Next Generation Program, which started in 2000, is designed to encourage middle school students to participate in using the newest computer technology such as digital cameras; scanners, wireless keyboards, various software packages, and the newest features added to the Lincoln Branch Library are the Lap top computers that feature a flip screen.

The primary goal of this program is to provide opportunities for skill and personal development as well as motivating students to reach new levels of achievement and self-esteem.

By empowering students with new technology and interpersonal skills, Project Next Generation and the Lincoln Branch Library are bridging the traditional with the innovative to influence the Next Generation.

For more information on this FREE program call the Lincoln Branch Library at 497-2600.

Project Next Generation Sites

This is a FREE State of Illinois sponsored program for eligible students. Funding for this grant was provided by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, Using Federal LSTA funding.


Jesse White's Visit
On February 21st Illinois Secretary of Stat and State Librarian, Jesse White mad a visit to students participating in the Next Generation project at the Lincoln Branch. Students demonstrated some of the skills they have learned and showed him the projects they have been working on.

The Office of Illinois Secretary of State has funded Project Next Generation to provide  junior high students with a safe environment in which they may become familiar with new technology and enhance their social skills. Qualified mentors are hired to teach technology and interpersonal skills. With mentoring as the glue, technology as the means, engaged learning as the process, and libraries as the resource, Project Next Generation provides opportunities for skill and personal development.

Project Next Generation Mentors
Cynthia Smith - Branch Head

Carl Trigilio - Lead Mentor

Natalie Tomes - Mentor

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