Project Next Generation: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire

The Brimfield Public Library has been awarded a 2022 Project Next Generation (PNG) grant. Project Next Generation: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire strives to help young people ages 10-18 develop a wide range of technical skills, achieve success through project-based learning, explore possible career paths, and hone skills such as critical thinking and effective communication. This is Brimfield's 7th PNG grant.

As part of 2022 PNG: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire, students will create 3D designs, build and program robots, use virtual reality technology, design video games, explore the night sky during Astronomy Club meetings, and capture the world around them during Photography Club meetings. Check out the Kids and Teen Event pages or our Facebook page for information on upcoming workshops and club meetings. Workshops and clubs are free, but participants must register. 

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Project Next Generation Events

Astronomy Club (RR)
Grades 4-12

Thursday, February 10 7:30-8:30 
Join Peoria Astronomical Society member Bob Pauer for a demonstration of how the night sky changes over time and then journey through the stars using the library's Virtual Reality headsets. If the library is closed due to winter weather, Astronomy Club will meet Thursday, February 24 instead. (PNG)

Thursday, March 10 7:30-8:30 
Come learn how to plan your nigth sky observation from Peoria Astronomical Society member Bob Pauer and then bundle up, head outside, and view it through the library's telescope. If weather does not allow for clear viewing, Astronomy Club will meet on Thursday, March 31 instead. (PNG)

3D Design: Fandom Fun (RR)
Grades 4-12

Monday, March 21 6:00-7:00 
Thursday, March 24 11:00-12:00 
3D prints fail and filament gets old and brittle. Turn plastic trash into treasure by using heat guns to melt our unusable filament into new shapes. Take home your melted art to gift or display. Please only register for one session. Each session is limited to 6 participants. (PNG)

Photography Club (RR)
Grades 4-12

Tuesday, February 22 4:00-5:00 
Spend time in front of and behind the camera during this fun session focused on portrait photography and lighting. Don't have a digital camera? Use one of the library's. (PNG)

Tuesday, March 29 4:00-5:00 
Join photographer and educator Angie Sneeringer as we create our own DIY light boxes and use them to photograph small objects. Don't have a digital camera? Use one of the library's. (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.

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.


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

  • Cura
  • Garage Band
  • Green Screen
  • GS Wizard
  • iMovie
  • Mindstorms Education EV3
  • 8 Minecraft Accounts
  • Sphero EDU
  • Stop Motion


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