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Decatur Public Library

The Decatur Public Library was one of 31 statewide to receive Project Next Generation grants from Secretary of State Jesse White. 

DECATUR — Secretary of State Jesse White has awarded $14,600 to the Decatur Public Library to help middle- and high-school students learn technology and life skills through project-based learning. 

The grant comes through the Project Next Generation program, which provides mentoring to students through project-based learning. Decatur was one of 31 libraries across the state to receive a grant.

White, who is also the state librarian, distributed $526,790 total to libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations, White's office said. 

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” White said in a statement. “I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”

The money comes from federal Library Services and Technology Act funds. 

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