Centralia Regional Library District Awarded Project Next Generation Grant

August 3, 2019

Project Next Generation (PNG), an educational technology initiative of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, was established to provide technology training for students with limited access to computers. PNG empowers students to succeed academically and eventually as independent, contributing members of society.
In service of this mission, the PNG program offers grant funding to libraries for establishing after-school training programs that not only provide access to computers, software and various technology devices but also hire mentors who are crucial to helping students develop self- confidence and pride in their newly acquired skills.
Centralia Regional Library District (CRLD) recently received notification, from Secretary of State, Jesse White, awarding the library district a FY2020 grant for $10,000 in support of its application entitled, Project Next Generation – Learning for the Future. Funds for this grant are from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
During this grant period, CRLD plans to give participants opportunities to learn skills beneficial to their futures, while in a safe environment. Registration will be online and will open in September. The first of four, five-week, sessions, will begin in October. The overall purpose will be to help prepare participants for their futures. Participants will be in 5th-8th grade and will meet after school, two afternoons a week. There will be family events, funded with the grant, throughout the year which the public will be invited to attend.
In August the search will begin to hire an adult mentor for this program. To ensure you receive updates on this program and other library news, as it happens, sign up for the library’s newsletter at www.centralialibrary.org.