Joliet Public Library is launching several programs for students grade 5-12 in conjunction with Project Next Generation (PNG) grant. The Joliet Public Library was awarded the PNG grant in July 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.

Subjects of workshops include creative learning sessions such as robotics, music technology, e-textiles, and smartphone movie making. Outreach workshops will also be available at local school and community centers, showcasing 3D printing and virtual reality.   

The library is partnering with Northern Illinois University’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Exploration Lab for a community wide event in fall 2019. The lab will feature 20 STEM learning stations to promote curiosity in subjects like sound, light, forces, electricity, waves and more. This event will be used to promote PNG workshops and experiences throughout the year.

Most PNG programs are free and open to students grades 5-12. Please see age requirements when you register, as some outreach programs may be for students in grades 7-12. For more information about the PNG grant or these programs stop by the Youth Services Department at either location or Digital Media Studio at the Ottawa Street Branch.




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