Project Next Generation (PNG)


PNG SUMMER 2017 is full. If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact Jennifer Johansson, PNG Director, or 618-457-0354 ext. 6.

Project Next Generation (PNG) is a FREE program at the Carbondale Public Library for students entering grades 5-8. Participants will explore art, science, technology, and gaming through a variety of entertaining and engaging activities. There are 6 unique sessions and students are welcome to sign up for one or all six! All supplies and snacks are provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Join us for some great fun at the library!

Program Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 5th – June 29th and July 10th – August 2nd. 

Program Times: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Register: PNG SUMMER 2017 is full. If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact Jennifer Johansson, PNG Director, or 618-457-0354 ext. 6

Summer 2017 Themes & Activities:

Solar STEM – June 5,7,12,14:  Curious about the upcoming August 21st solar eclipse? With special guest Sara Marten from the University of Illinois Extension Office, we will explore the science of sun power and our solar system. Learn about UV rays, make a sun dial, and discover how we use the sun’s energy.

Eclipse Crafts – June 19,21:  Did you know that Carbondale is the BEST place in the world to view the eclipse?  In this session, we’ll construct a viewer that can be used to safely view the upcoming eclipse. We’ll also make custom glow-in-the-dark eclipse t-shirts.

Creative Journaling – June 26, 28 :  Keeping a creative journal is an awesome way to express yourself and record your thoughts and feelings. Using an old book, you’ll craft your very own personalized journal that can be used as a sketchbook, scrapbook, notebook, or any other way you choose. Special guest, Emilie St. Peter, a prevention educator from the Women’s Center will join us for this session.

Scratch Game Design –  July 10, 12, 17,19:  Using Scratch, a free web based computer coding program, you’ll design your very own multi-level platform style video game.

Harry Potter Party – July 24, 26:  Spend a week at Hogwarts!  The sorting hat will place you in a house, we’ll play quidditch, take a potions class, make a special craft, have a Harry Potter themed trivia contest, and more.

Video Game Madness – July 31, Aug 2:  Play Minecraft, Roblox or other games on the iPads, use Mario Maker to make your own Super Mario brothers level, join in the Smash Bros and Mario Kart tournaments on the WII-U, and play one of our many board games or card games.

Need more information or have questions?

Contact Jennifer Johansson, PNG Coordinator,, 618.457.0354

* 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).