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Teens, are you looking for books to read this summer? Check out the list of YA books in the Teen Tournament of Books bracket. In celebration of Teen Literature Day in April, Niles teens signed up to participate in a Teen Tournament of Books. Each teen judge read and reviewed two books and then picked their choice to go on to the next round of reading and reviewing  All books judged by the teens are available in the YA Fiction area of the Teen Underground.

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Puppets

Puppeteer Mark Nichols mesmerized a crowd of 32 on Wednesday, July 29 with his puppet-making event. Kids turned lunch bags and coloring sheets into “talking” superheroes. Batman and Thor were pretty popular, although so was Sonic the Hedgehog. (He’s a superhero? Who knew?)

Mark’s company, The Puppet Place, holds arts and puppetry workshops far and wide. All it takes is some bags, action figure cutouts, colored markers and glue – and imagination.

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Butterfly Birth 2015

The Niles Public Library has delivered two healthy, bedazzled Monarch butterflies as of Monday, July 20 – one that day and another the day before. It happened in KidSpace, where a rectangular glass enclosure allowed patrons to observe these little critters evolving from munching caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. It is worth noting that this opportunity could not have been possible without godmother Iris from Patron Services (see photo).

Butterfly Birth 2015

Wise in the way of Monarchs and able to readily find milkweed (which cocooning would-be butterflies insist on), Iris truly is the heroine of the hour. Bravo!

By the way, the butterflies are released into the wild within a few hours after they emerge – just long enough to dry off. If you didn’t get a chance to see these butterflies in action, never fear! There are more caterpillars wrapped snugly in their chrysalises, getting ready to make their reappearance. Stop by KidSpace this week to see if you can catch a glimpse of them before they fly away!

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Hold on to your seats, ladies and gentlemen, and GET READY TO RUMBLE! These will be the battles of the ages. Our teens have brought their latest masterpiece, World Fandom War, for one night and one night only! After many days of rehearsal, we are counting down the final days before the opening night. So what is all this huss and fuss about? A catastrophic tornado destroyed a sacred library, leaving nothing but broken-down characters from well-known stories. Now it will be the battle of the fandoms! We have the Battle of the Gods, Battle H20, and did someone say the Battle of the Bellas? These are just a few examples of the exciting scenes planned out by our teens in their short, original play, World Fandom War.  Read more »

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Taste-of-Chicago

This weekend is the Taste of Chicago, where people can sample dozens of Chicago dishes from restaurants all around the city. If you love the city of Chicago and you love Chicago-style food even more, check out a few of our picks here to discover some of the secret recipes to why Chicago food tastes so good.

1.) Restaurants Chicago-Style: Recipes

2.) Polish Chicago: Our History, Our Recipes

3.) Secrets of Chicago Chefs Cookbook

4.) Chicago Cubs Cookbook: All-Star Recipes from Your Favorite Players

5.) Ethnic Chicago Cookbook

Check out more cookbooks and Chicago picks by visiting our online catalog at www.nileslibrary.org/catalog.

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Summer-Events

We here at the Niles Public Library hope that you and your family are having a fantastic summer so far – but we also know that the weather has not been too great this summer. If you’re stuck at home on a rainy day, come on into the Library. We’ve got some great programs coming up to guarantee that your summer vacation can still be a blast even when the sun isn’t shining.

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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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