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Community Projects

Little Free Libraries: A Hometown Collaboration of Business, Art and Community

In 2015, the Library, with the generosity of Home Depot and area artists, installed five Little Free Libraries around LaSalle.  In addition to serving as public Art, the Little Free Libraries continue the library tradition of public access to information. Participate, share and enjoy the Little Free Libraries in your community.

Noise vs. News: What's Your Source?

Noise vs. News was a collaborative project between Illinois Valley Community College’s Jacobs Library and LaSalle Library in 2017.  It brought scholars, journalists, and the public, together, in an exploration of professional and public responsibilities related to establishing truth in news, and using that knowledge as a first step in finding common ground.  In this important and timely series, topics will include the First Amendment and its protections, "fake" news detection, the the ethics of journalism, and the importance of truth and courage in maintaining a democracy.   The project was live-streamed and later, archived and closed captioned in English and Spanish. 

Project Next Generation: Illinois Veterans History Project

In May of 2017, area middle-school youth had the opportunity to literally, “make history,” in a unique program offered by the LaSalle Public Library. Partnering with the State of Illinois, via a Project Next Generation grant from the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, and with the premiere digital literacy organization, News Literacy Project, the Library offered youth 21st century digital literacy workshops. These workshops taught technical skills and critical thinking related to information and journalism. The skills and insights gained from the workshops provided the foundation for the final project, the filming and production of a permanent archive for the Illinois Veterans’ History Project.

Using their newly acquired skills, workshop participants developed questions, interviewed Illinois Veterans, and recorded the interviews using digital audio/video technologies. The finished project has become a permanent archive of the Illinois Veterans’ History Project. Videos will be transcribed at a later date.  

Project Next Generation is funded by the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, the Illinois State Library and in part using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Project Next Generation: Illinois Veterans History Project + 3D Design/Printing
 
In 2018, the Library's Project Next Generation program allowed participants to use technology to connect with the past, present and future.  In the first half of the eight week program, youth worked as a team learning the features and uses of digital cameras, recording equipment and video editing software to produce high-quality archival interviews for the Illinois Veterans History Project.  The thirty minute recorded interviews will become part of the Illinois Veterans History project, in addition to becoming a part of the Library's Local History collection.
 
To view the interviews, please click here.
 
Building on both the technical and collaborative skills learned with the Veterans Project, youth continued to connect with the past, present and future by working collaboratively and independently exploring the world of 3D Design and Printing, including using SolidWorks, Structure Sensor 3-D Scanner, and various 3-D printers.  In this part of the program, the Library collaboratated with faculty at Illinois Valley Community College. 
 
Youth went on a working field trip to the Abraham Presidental Museum & Library, in Springfield, where they used the Structure Sensor 3-D Scanner to scan historical objects to be printed.  
 
To see 3-D Design and Printing with Professor Dorene Data, at IVCC, click here:  PNG - 3-D Design and Printing  
 
To see the PNG Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library/Museum Field Trip, click here below:
 

Project Next Generation is funded by the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, the Illinois State Library and in part using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.   

The Library would like to thank Genevieve Kaplan, Director of Education at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, for her help in finding suitable objects for our participants to scan, and for giving us some "behind-the-scenes" information about certain exhibits.   We would also like to thank Green River Lines for a wonderful trip down, especially our driver, Richard, in addition to Dorene Data, at IVCC, for her time as an instructor.