Project Next Generation (PNG) Workshops for Kids

Project Next Generation (PNG) grant projects encourage personal growth and the educational development of at risk students through the use of mentors, technology and library based group projects. The goal of PNG is to bridge the digital divide by making recent technologies accessible to students who have limited access to computers. In a similar manner, the program strives to provide a safe and friendly environment filled with positive role models. The mentors involved with the program foster the development of self-confidence and pride in their students by helping them gain technical knowledge necessary for future educational and professional success.–Illinois State Library

The Sallie Logan Public Library was awarded a PNG grant from the Illinois State Library.  Grant funds were used to purchase two video cameras and accessories as well as two laptops with video editing software.  In addition, the grant provided funding to hire an experienced mentor to teach the classes.  

Children ages 10 and older will be able to practice film making skills in the 2016 Summer Reading Program at Sallie Logan Public Library.  Registration begins on May 31st with the first session scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th.  The last day of the summer program for this age group will be July 12th.  Interested students should visit the library to register.

April 5 – May 24, 2016

Over the course of eight weekly sessions, the participants worked with library staff members and grant mentor, Ellen Esling. Esling, an experienced graduate student from the SIUC’s College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, provided an excellent foundation for basic film making.  The students learned about storyboards, shot lists, terminology and film editing.  They worked in small groups to write scripts and perform tasks both in front of and behind the camera.  The final sessions were spent editing the footage they had captured in previous sessions.  

Photos from the Spring 2016 PNG program