Peoria libraries awarded thousands in Project Next Generation Grants

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Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 11:12 AM CDT
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PEORIA (WEEK) - 30 Illinois public libraries will receive a sum $627,624 to provide mentors for at-risk youth.

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded the money as a part of the 2023 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants. The goal of the grants is to provide mentors to work with middle and high school students to develop skills using various technologies.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said White. “I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library. I am proud that this program is entering its 24th year and continues to help young students position themselves for success.”

PNG grant recipients include the following public libraries:

  • Anne West Lindsey District Library (Carterville) – $9,905
  • Beardstown Houston Memorial Public Library – $14,925
  • Bradley Public Library District – $21,720
  • Brimfield Public Library District – $32,325
  • Carbondale Public Library – $38,060
  • Chicago Public Library – $40,000
  • Chicago Ridge Public Library – $23,960
  • Eldorado Memorial Public Library District – $13,923
  • Elmwood Park Public Library – $12,500
  • Evanston Public Library – $39,241
  • Harrisburg District Library – $12,594
  • Highwood Public Library – $40,000
  • Kankakee Public Library – $17,000
  • LaSalle Public Library – $40,000
  • Marion Carnegie Library – $32,815
  • Matteson Area Public Library District – $20,000
  • Mattoon Public Library – $5,280
  • Mississippi Valley Library District (Collinsville) – $13,599
  • Moline Public Library – $16,920
  • North Riverside Public Library District – $12,793
  • Peoria Public Library – $12,500
  • Petersburg Public Library – $22,154
  • Richton Park Public Library District – $10,000
  • Robert R. Jones Public Library District (Coal Valley) – $24,423
  • Rock Island Public Library – $1,300
  • Schaumburg Township District Library – $39,438
  • Sparta Public Library – $9,564
  • Stinson Memorial Public Library District (Anna) – $22,000
  • Thornton Public Library – $16,000
  • Wood Dale Public Library District – $12,685

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