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Joliet Public Library launches ‘Project Next Generation 2017’

5/2/2017, 3:33 p.m.

Joliet Public Library will soon launch several Students Summer Excitement programs for students grade 5-12 in conjunction with Project Next Generation (PNG) grant. The Joliet Public Library was awarded the PNG grant in September by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to empower and educate students about the latest technology through positive role models and library based group projects.

The Ottawa Street Branch of the Library will host programs from May 1 through June. These programs will be held in the Youth Services Department on the first floor and will provide learning and creative sessions such as coding, textiles, and electronic circuitry light up.

The Digital Media Studio, on the Lower Level of the Ottawa Street Branch, will also provide programs focused on technology done in the studio. One of the projects will include video interviewing Illinois Veterans, which will allow students to operate a camera and learn lighting, audio, graphics and editing, as well as interviewing skills. Students can also sign up for a program that will teach them the basics of 3D printing.

The PNG programs will be free and open to all students grades 5-12 and will last 3-6 weeks. Students wanting to attend these programs can pick up applications at both Joliet Library locations or called 815-846-3127.

For more information about the PNG grant or these programs stop by the Digital Media Studio on the Lower Level of the Ottawa Street Branch.

The Joliet Public Library is committed to being a resource for the community of Joliet to read, explore, ask and discover. For more information, visit jolietlibrary.org or call 815-740-2660. Library hours are Monday- Thursday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday –Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.