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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

2017: Illinois Veterans History Project

In 2017, area middle-school youth participated in Project Next Generation, a grant opportunity through the Office of Secretary of State, Jesse White.  In this grant cycle, youth used digital literacy skills learned through the News Literacy Project to produce thirty-minute interviews with area Veterans. These interviews became part of the permanent archive of the Illinois Veterans History Project. To view the interviews, click here: Illinois Veterans History Project Interviews

2018: Illinois Veterans History Project and 3D Design/Printing

In 2018, area midde-school youth participated in Project Next Generation, a grant opportunity through the Office of Secretary of State, Jesse White.  In this grant cycle, youth used technology to connect with the past, present and future.  In the course of eight weeks, youth worked as a team in learning digital skills to produce interviews for the Illinois Veterans History Project.
 
Concurrently, youth worked, collaboratively and independently, in exploring the world of 3D Design and Printing, including using SolidWorks - a CAD software used by professional engineers, Structure Sensor 3D Scanner - used primairly in the medical field for prosthetics, and various types of 3D printers.  Library staff collaborated with the faculty at Illinois Valley Community College for this part of the program. Faculty also discussed career paths and opportunities. 
 
As part of exploring 3D printing, participants went on a working educational field trip to the Abraham Presidental Museum & Library, in Springfield, where they used the Structure Sensor 3D Scanner to scan historical objects.  These scanned objects will be printed. 
 
To view the interviews, click here: Illinois Veterans History Projects Interviews
 
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