Schaumburg Library earns grant for popular Tech Bytes program
Schaumburg Township District Library is set to continue its Tech Bytes program for tweens and teens this fall, thanks to funding from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White's Project Next Generation grant.
Schaumburg Library was one of 28 public libraries in the state to win grant funding through Project Next Generation. The Illinois State Library used Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to award more than $559,000 in Project Next Generation grants to the various libraries.
Schaumburg Library is excited to receive $28,640 of these funds to support its Tech Bytes program.
Tech Bytes is a technology-based after-school program for middle school students. Local teens from area high schools and community colleges will facilitate the program, creating dynamic interactions and meaningful impact with the younger teens.
"Tech Bytes has made a huge impact in advancing the technological skills of younger students," said Rayaan Siddiqi, a senior at Conant High School, who served as a Tech Bytes mentor last year.
"Growing up now, you should be well-versed and equipped with strong computer skills, and I feel like we have been striving to accomplish that mission through Tech Bytes."
Siddiqi noted that having older teens mentor tweens and younger teens makes the communication smoother and more relatable.
"Students are able to see an example of a teen who is explaining computer science topics at a young age, and this acts as motivation for them to learn more and more."
Additionally, the Project Next Generation funds will support the library's teen hackathon event and other programs that will help teens use technology for creative projects. The library has hosted successful teen hackathon events over the last two summers, bringing teens together for coding workshops and to build projects that were judged by local industry experts.
Watch for details about upcoming Tech Bytes programs on the Schaumburg Library website, SchaumburgLibrary.org/events.