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.



Holiday Service Project – Thursdays, December 1  & 8* @ 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a holiday film and snacks while making cards and gifts for the elderly.

(* December 8 session is open to grades 6-12)

LEGO Science Projects – Monday, December 12 @ 6:00 p.m.

Try out LEGO science kits to make a car and power it up to see how far it can go.

Squishy Circuits – Monday, January 9 @ 6:00 p.m.

Create circuits and explore electronics using play dough.

Bristlebots – Thursday, January 26 @ 6:00 p.m.

Create a simple micro robot from a toothbrush head and micro motor.

Iron-On T-shirts – Monday, February 13 @ 6:00 p.m.

Design and image and print it out on a Cricut machine to make a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Registration is requested so t-shirts can be provided.

3D Doodlers – Thursday, February 16 @ 6:00

Make 3D sculptures using a handheld pen.

LEGO Robotics – Monday, March 6 & 13 @ 6:00 p.m.

Learn how to program robots and compete against your friends. Space is limited so registration is requested.

Illinois Veteran’s History Project Training – Thursday, March 16 @ 6:00 p.m.

Students in grades 4-12 are needed to volunteer for the Illinois Veterans History Project. Learn interview techniques, how to use recording equipment, and the project’s guidelines. Interviews with veterans will be scheduled in April and May.

Arduino – Thursday, April 6 @ 6:00 p.m.

Arduino is a simple computer project that lets you start learning and tinkering with electronics and coding.

Strawbees – Monday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m.

Strawbees lets you connect straws to each other and build little to huge mechanical objects from just straws and cardboard.

Emoji Pillows – Monday, May 8 @ 6:00 p.m.

Make your own emoji pillows using hand-stitching and sewing machines.


Dates are subject to change. Please check the Moline Library Calendar for more information. Bus passes will be available to participants. For more information, or to register for a program, contact Jan LaRoche at or by calling 309-524-2470.

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