Illinois Library Holding Auto Maintenance Classes for Local Youth

Feb. 29, 2024
Kids between ages 10 and 18 will learn about basic automotive maintenance from Mike Whitver, the library’s technology lab mentor and current automotive technology student.

A library in Marion, Illinois, will be holding car maintenance classes for local youth throughout March in celebration of its Automotive Maintenance Month, reports WPSD Local 6. 

Hosted by the Marion Carnegie Library, the classes are part of Project Next Generation: a mentoring program launched by former Secretary of State Jesse White that operates through libraries across the state.

Every Saturday in March, kids between ages 10 and 18 will learn about basic automotive maintenance from Mike Whitver, the library’s technology lab mentor and current student in Southern Illinois University’s Automotive Technology program. Whitver has several years of experience working in the automotive industry and has led similar programs in Chicago.

Free and open to the public, each class will center around a new subject, with students performing tasks on a service truck provided by Hale’s Automotive of Marion. By the end of the series, the kids will be able to confidently perform tasks such as putting on a spare tire or changing windshield wiper blades.

“The kids will be able to get completely hands-on and learn skills they’ll be able to use for the rest of their lives,” said Whitver.

More information on the upcoming classes can be found on Marion Carnegie Library’s official website.