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Project Next Generation

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded $559,358 in 2021 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants to 28 public libraries statewide. PNG is a mentoring program created by Secretary White and administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills such as effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said White. “I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”

Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.


Marion Carnegie Library is dedicated to providing access to emerging technology for our students. The library has a host of mentors who work to plan programs and events that will teach technology basics! The library is excited to announce the addition of a Technology Lab. Lab hours are Monday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Project Next Generation has funded a technology mentor to allow ages 10 to 18 to access open lab hours and complete personal projects. Our tech mentor also has created “self-paced programs” in which the students can learn essential basics that can be used in future Project Next Generation projects.

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Visit our PNG at MCL website to browse self-paced projects!

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