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 6 3D Printer
  • LulzBot Mini 2 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
  • 6 Ozobot Robots
  • 12 Sphero Robots
  • 2 Arduino Starter Kits
  • Silhouette Cutting Machine

Events

*Registration Required for All Events
3D Pen Workshops
Grades 4-8
Wednesday, December 12 or Thursday, December 13 3:45-5:00
Use 3D pens to create Christmas ornaments, snowflakes, and other winter designs.

3D Design: Snowflake Workshop
Grades 4-12
Saturday, December 15 10:00-12:00
Design a unique snowflake using free Tinkercad software and then print it using one of the library's 3D printers.

Food Photography: Christmas Cookies
Grades 4-12
Tuesday, December 18 5:00-7:00
Join photographer Terry Kelch for a yummy photography workshop. Decorate Christmas cookies, learn tips for arranging, lighting, and photographing your creations, and then enjoy some tasty holiday treats.  Workshop limited to seven participants.