Project Next Generation

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The Moline Public Library is proud to present

Project Next Generation


Project Next Generation (PNG), an educational technology initiative of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, was established to help educate at-risk students and bridge the digital divide. By providing 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.


The value of this training is evidenced through increased confidence of students as they achieve success through project based learning; reinforced abilities and learning as libraries offer technology based experiences for participating students who might not otherwise have access; the enhanced ability of students to deal with life experiences and the future; and ultimately, the coupling of technology education with safe and friendly environments that foster communication with positive role models.


The Moline Public Library is proud to enter its third year of PNG. Programs are geared toward students in grades 4 through 8 to provide a transition between children’s and teen programming and offer a chance to experience a variety of equipment and technologies. Check back for new events throughout the school year.


LEGO Robotics

Learn how to program robots and compete against your friends. Space is limited so registration is required. Sessions will take place on Mondays: March 5, 12, & 19 @ 6:00 p.m. @ 6:00 p.m. Attendance at the first session or prior experience with LEGO Robotics is required.

Holiday Service Project 

Make cards and gifts to donate to a local nursing home, while enjoying snack and a movie. No registration required. Thursday, December 7 @ 6:00 for grades 6-12 & Monday, December 11 @ 6:00 for grades 4-8.

Dissection Classes

Learn about biology through dissection. Space is limited and registration is required. Students under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult. Students twelve and older, if not accompanied by an adult, must have a permission form turned in prior to each session. Dates will be February 15, March 15, and April 19.

Cooking Classes

Create an entire meal while learning about nutrition and kitchen safety with HyVee dietitian Hannah Eddy. The first session will be on Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. Additional sessions will follow.

Science Classes

Use Arduino kits to learn how to use resistors, transistors, and other components along with programming to complete tasks and experiment to create your own devices. Space is limited and registration is required. The first session will be on Monday, January 8 @ 6:00 p.m. Additional sessions will follow

Illinois Veterans’ History Project

Help collect Illinois veterans’ stories for the Illinois Veterans’ History Project. Training and interviews will take place in the spring of 2018.

After School Fun

Visit the library after school for a variety of video games, board games, computer games and other activities.

January 17—2:30-4:00
Make Your Own PlayDough

January 31—12:00-3:00
Sewn Paper Bookmarks

February 14—2:30-4:00

February 28—2:30-4:00
Duct Tape crafts

March 7—2:30-4:00
Bristlebot Art

March 21—2:30-4:00
MaKey MaKey

April 4—2:30-4:00
Friendship Bracelets

April 18—2:30-4:00

May 2—12:00-3:00
Iron-on T-Shirts (Registration Required)

May 16—2:30-4:00
Your Choice!



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