Project Next Generation

The Brimfield Public Library has been awarded the Project Next Generation Grant by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for the third 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, and robotics. Check out the Events below, our Facebook page, call 309-446-9575, or email 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, cameras, computers, design software, and robots 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.

Photography and Videography

The Brimfield Public Library currently has six Canon Rebel T5i cameras and eight laptops equipped with Adobe Creative Suite, as well as a small photography studio setup in the Maker Lab available for students to use anytime the library is open. Students can attend workshops lead by area photographers and videographers to learn a wide range of skills related to creating and editing digital images and films.  Additionally, students can come to the library during after school and weekend hours and use the equipment and studio setup to refine their skills.

Illinois Veterans History Project

The Brimfield Public Library is partnering with the Illinois State Library to film the remembrances of veterans and civilians who served our state and country during war, so that their contribution will not be forgotten.  Teens ages 13-18 can participate by running the camera during an interview or preparing interview questions and conducting the actual interview. Recordings submitted to the Illinois Veterans History Project will be placed in the Illinois Digital Archives. Learn more about the Illinois Veterans History Project here.

3D Design and Printing

The Brimfield Public Library has two LulzBot 3D printers, a wide variety of PLA and Ninjaflex filaments, and laptops equipped with free design software available for students to use during 3D design and printing workshops and library hours. Students can attend librarian led workshops to learn how to download pre-made 3D designs, create their own designs, and prepare the 3D printers for printing.  Additionally, students can check out laptops during library hours and work on their design skills independently.  3D printers can only be used under staff or mentor supervision.


*Registration Required for All Events

Mindstorms Robot Club
Grades 5-8
Thursday, March 22 5:30-7:00

Explore engineering and programming concepts using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits.  Each session is limited to 10 participants.  This month we will be trying to get our robots to sucessfuly navigate a maze.

Intro to Digital Photography with Terry Kelch
Grade 4-12
Saturday, March 24 10:00-12:00

Take your photography skills beyond point-and-shoot with this fun, hands-on workshop. Use one of the library's cameras or bring your own.  Session limited to 6 participants. Register to reserve you spot.