Harrisburg and Eldorado Libraries Receive PNG State Funding for Technology and Mentors

Secretary of State and Librarian of State Jesse White has awarded $627,624 in 2023 Next Generation Project (PNG) grants to 30 public libraries across the state, including those in Harrisburg and Eldorado.

PNG grants enable mentors to work with middle and high school students to develop skills using a variety of technologies. At-risk students learn to succeed through project-based learning and also learn life skills.

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

PNG grant recipients include the following public libraries:

• Anne West Lindsey District Library (Carterville): $9,905

• Carbondale Public Library: $38,060

• Eldorado Memorial Public Library District: $13,923

• Harrisburg District Library: $12,594

• Marion Carnegie Library: $32,815

• Sparta Public Library: $9,564

• Stinson Memorial Public Library District (Anna): $22,000

The projects received grants from the Illinois State Library through federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income, and underserved populations.

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