Memory-of-James-Horner

James Horner was a famed and Oscar-winning composer of contemporary classic films, including Aliens and Titanic, for which he won Academy Awards for both Best Original Score and Best Original Song. His career began slow in the late 1970s, but after two big successes in 1982 (48 Hrs. and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock), he sealed his reputation as one of the best composers in Hollywood. Here is a compiled list of his works, available for checkout here at the Niles Library:

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Teen-Volunteer-Fair

Calling all teens! Do you have a lot of free time and are looking for something to do? Or do you need service hours for school? Or maybe you just want to do something for the good of the community?

For whatever reason you may have, you’re invited to our Teen Volunteer Fair on Sunday, June 7! From 2 to 4 pm, stop by the Large Meeting Room to meet with all kinds of different volunteer organizations from the local area. Just a few of the many organizations that will be there are the Niles Fire Department Explorer Post, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and Brookfield Zoo. This is the perfect opportunity to check out the various volunteer opportunities around you and find out more information about individual places.

To register for the event, click here. To find out what other cool events we’ve got going on for teens this summer, visit our online calendar at www.nileslibrary.org/calendar. Have a great summer!

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Girl-on-Train-Review

As the HOT book right now I was hesitant to read this in the midst of the current fervor, but since I need to know what people are reading, I acquiesced. This is a solid thriller/mystery that lives up to and even surpasses the comparisons to the previous “flavor of the month” thriller, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

What I liked most about The Girl on the Train is the characters and their development. The novel is told mostly from the point-of-view of Rachel, an out-of-work alcoholic whose life has been spinning out of control since her and her ex-husband began having problems (they eventually divorced after he cheated on her). But there are other parts told by two minor characters, Anna and Megan, which gives a deeper insight into not only other characters, but other sides of Rachel. After Megan goes missing, we not only get Rachel’s side of the story, but we hear from Megan herself in chapters that flash back to the time before she vanished. And like Gone Girl, we are left wondering what happened to Megan, or if anything happened to her at all.

Hawkins does a fantastic job of setting the characters up. Rachel’s downward spiral is convincing and seemingly accurate. The ending, though, does lack some intensity (trying to give a thriller a satisfying end is not an easy task), but overall I feel this is a worthwhile read. Is it worth all of the hubbub it’s getting? Well, considering SOME of the books out there, anytime a well-written, entertaining book does well, it’s justified. And this one is both well-written and entertaining enough for any suspense reader.

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Summer-Reading-Club

Now that summer is coming up, school will be out for the next few months and you’ll have plenty of free time to chill. If you find yourself moping around the house with nothing to do, the Niles Library has just the thing to cure summertime boredom: Become a Summer Reading Club volunteer!

Any students entering grades 7 through 12 for Fall 2015 are encouraged to become a volunteer. Why spend a few hours each week helping out at the Library this summer? You get to have fun while helping little kids, and you can also earn service hours while gaining great experience.

In order to become a volunteer, you will have to attend our Summer Reading Club Volunteer Orientation. There are three different orientations available, of which you only have to attend one. Join us on Saturday, May 30 at 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 3 at 7 pm, OR Thursday, July 2 and 7 pm to learn about this year’s Summer Reading Club theme and general guidelines of volunteering. To register for the orientation, click here.

Make this summer fun and worthwhile with the Niles Public Library!

 

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Theory-of-Everything-Review

I will be honest upfront: I find that I like biopics, especially those based on individuals who have to overcome tremendous obstacles. I am also a sucker for “un-actor-like” roles…meaning the actor or actress plays someone 360 degrees from their own self. But (and this is the very big stipulation) only if done well. Very well. Read more »

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Whiplash-Review

I saw Whiplash late one night at the end of a three-movie-day before the Oscars in February, so I was tired and my eyelids were fighting me when seeing movie number three. As soon as Whiplash began, sleepiness was the furthest thing from my mind. I was captivated, disturbed, angry, shocked, and afraid. The movie itself is good…not great.  But it features two stellar performances by Miles Teller as the student and especially by J.K. Simmons (who went on to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, in addition to every other award under the sun) as the brutal and almost maniacal teacher.

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BB-King

The music industry lost a legend with the passing of B.B. King on May 14.  Best-known as an acclaimed blues singer and songwriter, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He was, along with his famous, iconic guitar “Lucille,” named #6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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