Project Next Generation: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire

The Brimfield Public Library has been awarded the Project Next Generation Grant by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for the fourth year in a row. Project Next Generation (PNG) is an initiative that strives to empower young people ages 10-18 by giving them access to new technologies, technology training, and mentors.  

PNG workshops at the Brimfield Public Library currently focus on 3D design, 3D printing, photography, filmmaking, robotics, and drone opperation. Check out the Events below, our Facebook page, call 309-446-9575, or email khahn@brimfieldlibrary.org for more information about upcoming workshops. Workshops are free, but participants must register. Students can also stop by the library and talk to staff about how they can use our 3D printers and pens, cameras, computers, design software, robots and other technology during after school and weekend library hours.

Funding for PNG is provided through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. You can visit the State Library of Illinois for more information about PNG.

Technology

With our equipment and software, you can make videos, 3D models, robots, game worlds, art, crafts, and more! Ask a librarian about how you can use the resources listed below to make your ideas reality.

Software and Apps

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Character Animator
  • Adobe Dimension
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premier Pro
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe XD
  • Cura
  • Garage Band
  • Green Screen
  • GS Wizard
  • iMovie
  • Mindstorms Education EV3
  • 8 Minecraft Accounts
  • PTC Creo
  • Sphero EDU
  • Stop Motion

Hardware

  • 4 Macs/17 PCs
  • 7 iPads
  • Headphones
  • LulzBot Taz 5 3D Printer
  • LulzBot Mini 3D Printer
  • 6 3Doodler Start 3D Pens
  • 6 Canon Rebel T5i Cameras
  • 1 Canon XA30 Video Camera
  • Tripods
  • Lighting Kit
  • External Mic and Boom
  • Green Screen
  • 5 LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robots
  • 5 Ozobot Robots
  • 12 Sphero Robots
  • 2 Arduino Starter Kits
  • Silhouette Cutting Machine

Events

*Registration Required for All Events

FIRST Tech Challenge Team
Ongoing
Grades 7-12

Are you interested in designing, programming, and driving robots? Are you intersted in photography and marketing? Do you like solving challenges with a team? Brimfield's new FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team could use you. Contact Katie to learn more about what roles you could play on the team, the team's upcoming practice schedule, local and regional competitions, and more by emailing khahn@brimfieldlibrary.org.  You can also read more about FIRST and its mission here: https://www.firstinspires.org/

Outdoor Photography Workshop
Grades 6-12
Thrusday, September 13 6:00-7:30

Join Photographer Angie Sneeringer at Jubilee Park on Thursday evening and learn how to use a digital camera to take stunning outdoor photos. The library has 6 cameras availabe.  Reserve one by registering, or bring your own.

Photo Editing with Photoshop
Grades 6-12
Saturday, September 15 10:00-11:30

Come to the library on Saturday to learn tips and tricks for editing your favorite shots from the Outdoor Photography Workshop with Adobe Photoshop. Session limited to 8 participants. 

3D Design Workshop
Grades 6-12
Saturday, September 8 10:00-12:00

Design your own custom stamp using Tikercad and 3D print it using one of the library's 3D printers.  Session limited to 8 participants.

Sphero Robot Battleship
Grades 4-8
Wednesday, September 19 3:45-5:00

Hone your programming and tactical skills while playing a larger version of the classic Battleship game using Sphero Robots.  Session limited to 12 participants.

3D Design Workshop
Grades 4-8
Wednesday, October 17 3:45-5:00

Use our new 3D pens to create Halloween themed objects, or come up with your own designs.  Session limited to 6 participants.