La Salle Library Receives $40,000 Grant – Shaw Local

The La Salle Public Library received a Project Next Generation Grade 8 grant for 11-14 year olds from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the State Library.

The grant, “Project Next Generation: Destination Discoveries,” in the amount of $40,000 will provide funding for a six-week fall backyard astronomy program that incorporates both daytime astronomy and at night. It also funds a six-week spring program that explores the concept of change in Illinois through the forces of nature, through human interaction, and humans and their environment.

The fall and spring programs are hands-on, mentor-supported, remote enrichment experiences structured to provide unique and flexible learning opportunities using science/technology kits and excursion experiences independent and in groups. Each program will serve 18 participants and is free and open to the public.

Participants who successfully complete either or both programs will receive an invitation to attend an all-expenses-paid field trip to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (fall) and/or the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford (spring). Additionally, as part of the spring program, participants and their families can choose to participate in optional, independent excursions to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, and the Dixon Hut. Waterfowl at Hennepin. These sites offer free admission and return mileage for these trips will be refundable upon completion of site activities related to the spring program.

More information about the fall program will be announced in September, with announcements for the spring program coming in February 2023.

For more information, call the library at 815-223-2341. La Salle Public Library. 305 Marquette St., is ADA compliant.

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