Project Next Generation


The Moline Public Library is excited to offer our seventh year of Project Next Generation Programming. Project Next Generation is an educational technology initiative of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White. It was established to help educate at-risk students and bridge the digital divide. By providing technology training for students, PNG empowers students to succeed academically and eventually as independent, contributing members of society.


The goal of this year’s program: Dream, Design, Do! is to engage students in grades 4-12 in various STEAM programs to increase their knowledge, skill, and confidence in these areas. Students are asked to contribute to a journal that will be put together at the end of the grant cycle to chronicle our journey. Contributions will consist of poetry and creative writing, arts and crafts, photography, and photos and comments from the programs attended. While contribution to this journal is not a requirement to participate, students are urged to submit at least one piece per program attended. In the spring, students will be invited to assemble these contributions into the journal and learn how to bind them into a book. Each participant will receive two copies of the final product.


Participation in this year’s PNG programming will be virtual. Once registered for a program, students will be able to pick up a kit with needed supplies, if applicable, and then given an invitation to attend live through Zoom. These sessions will not be recorded, and attendance is strongly encouraged as there is limited space available. Please visit and fill out the PNG Information form. This only needs to be done once per student per school year. 


LittleBits Coding — November 30 & December 2, 7, & 9 @ 3:30
Learn the basics of coding using LittleBits with Sanchia Horst Sommer. This four-part series will take place on November 30 and December 2, 7, & 9 @ 3:30 via Zoom. Registration is required and is limited to one per household due to limited equipment. Up to four students can participate per household registration but will need to share a single kit.

Creative Writing — November 16 @ 3:30
Join Ryan Collins from the Midwest Writing Center to learn the basics of creative writing on Monday, November 16 @ 3:30 via Zoom. Registration is required and space is limited. 

Poetry — December 14 @ 3:30
Join Ryan Collins from the Midwest Writing Center to learn the basics of creative writing on Monday, December 14 @ 3:30 via Zoom. Registration is required and space is limited. 

Tech Crafts
** Circuit Cards — December 3 @ 3:30
** Embroidery Headphones — date TBA
** E-Sewing — date TBA
** Metal Stamping — date TBA

** Foil Embossing — December 17 @ 3:30
** Faux Watercolor — date TBA
** Snowglobes — date TBA
** Canvas Painting — date TBA 

Forensic Science
** Fingerprinting — November 18 @ 3:30
** Chromatography — date TBA
** Genetics — date TBA
** Blood Spatter — date TBA

Digital Photography — January 6, 13, 20, & 27 @ 3:30

Digital Cartooning — dates TBA

Dissection — dates TBA

Bookbinding — dates TBA



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).



For more information, or to register, contact the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or through our online calendar.


Program offerings and dates are subject to change. Please visit our online calendar for the most up-to-date information.

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