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State Representative Ryan Spain announced that Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, will be awarding a 2019 Project Next Generation (PNG) grant to Brimfield Public Library as well as 30 other libraries throughout the State.

“Brimfield Public Library has an excellent track record as strong stewards of grant funding,” said Rep. Ryan Spain.  “I am pleased Secretary White awarded their application funding.”

The Brimfield Public Library District will receive $21,770 in grant funding as part of Secretary White’s announcement of more than $525,000 in statewide funding.

“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,” said Secretary White in announcing this year’s awards. 

Project Next Generation is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries.  Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting, and conflict resolution.

Recipients were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Grants were awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.  For more information, visit

Rep. Spain attended the Peoria County Farm Bureau Picnic & the Woodford County Farm Bureau Picnic, both on August 20.  Below is a photo from the Woodford County Picnic in Eureka.

Rep. Ryan Spain & Senator Chuck Weaver hosted their annual Senior Fair at Snyder Village in Metamora on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  Dozens of exhibitors and seniors attended to learn more about state and local agencies and services.

State Representative Ryan Spain is seeking volunteers for his Second Annual Summer Reading Club Ice Cream & Swimming Party. The party is held to reward students of the 73rd Legislative District for reading eight books over the course of the summer. Volunteers will be asked to help check readers into the party and work at the ice cream tables. “It’s incumbent on all of us in the community to encourage students to get ahead by becoming better readers. Volunteering at my Summer Reading Party is a fun way to get involved in helping young people get ahead,” said Rep. Spain.

The party will be held in the beginning of August at Shore Acres in Chillicothe. Those interested in volunteering can learn more by contacting Carrie Frank at Rep. Spain’s Peoria District Office at 309-690-7373 or e-mail