Registration is FULL

Registration for the Summer Session of PNG is FULL. Sign up below for the PNG newsletter to be notified when registration is open next session.

The Carbondale Public Library is also taking Teen Summer Volunteers to help out during Summer Reading! More information and the registration form can be found on our website here.

For questions or to get on a wait-list, contact Mr Quinn •

About PNG

Project Next Generation (PNG) is a free afternoon STEM/STEAM program for grades 5-12. PNGers gain exposure to the arts, sciences, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary projects that engage all senses and address all learning styles. Guidance and encouragement is provided by mentors and subject specialists as students solve challenges while developing a peer network.

Workshops include time for PNGers to relax, have a snack, play games, and socialize; to accommodate PNGers’ varied schedules, focused project work generally occurs during the middle hour of PNG, with the first and last 30 minutes reserved for such free time activities as well as arrival, pickup, etc. All supplies and an afternoon snack are provided. Unless otherwise noted, workshops take place in the Library Meeting Room. Registration is required.

Now for Grades 5-12!

For the 2023-2024 fiscal year, Carbondale Public Library (CPL) is pleased to announce its largest award of $37,810 from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White for Project Next Generation (PNG). PNG grants provide for mentors to work with students to develop technological and life skills. PNG has been an integral part of CPL’s youth programming since the inception of the grant program, and this year marks an exciting addition. CPL’s 2023 PNG grant, PNG from A-to-Z, broadens the program initiative by offering STEM/STEAM workshops to high schoolers for the first time.


PNG Director Mr. Quinn Vana •

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 – Illinois State Library

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