Halloween

Now that the nights will be getting longer and the temperatures will be dropping, it won’t be long before the fall festivities are in full-swing. And while we know you will be busy frolicking through crunchy red leaves in the forest and guzzling pumpkin spice lattes, we highly suggest you make some room in your hectic schedule for some of these entertaining Halloween programs that will be going on here at the Niles Public Library.

We’ve got 7 here that we know you’ll love:

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bitterriver

Keller’s second mystery set in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia and featuring prosecutor Bell Elkins is ALMOST as strong as the first, A Killing in the Hills (2012).

I loved Keller’s first Elkins outing (it was one of the most compelling American mysteries I had read in a while), so I was very excited by the prospect of another harrowing suspense tale. Although it’s not as strong as the first, this story is still intense – a real page-turner. This time, just as Elkins is put in charge of prosecuting the case of a murdered teenager found in the river, two more devastating events happen in Acker’s Gap…a sniper shoots up the courthouse and there is an explosion at the popular diner in town. Elkins pursues the case in her usual persistent way, but this time, her life comes under threat and the case has issues hitting too close to home, literally.

The best part of this book, as it was with A Killing in the Hills, is the well-constructed plot, fully-realized characters and excellent, top-notch writing. Keller, a journalist by trade who earned a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for her feature writing in the Chicago Tribune, has found a second trade: crime novelist. I cannot wait for the next Elkins book!

The book is available for check out at the Niles Public Library.

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The Niles Public Library is now offering free access to Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of online services designed to help people master a new language. Rosetta Stone offers the proven immersion method that more than 22,000 schools have trusted for over the last 20+ years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library–or anywhere, anytime.

Rosetta Stone is based on the idea that everyone has the ability to learn a new language and features:
-30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
-50 hours of foundational instruction
-Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
-Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more
-Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

Rosetta Stone language-learning unlocks that potential with instant feedback, fun activities and expert guidance to keep you engaged and motivated. Access Rosetta Stone with your Niles library card here.

If you would like to attend a demonstration of Rosetta Stone, sign up here: Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 3pm or Monday, Oct. 6th at 7pm

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If you have ever read any of The Spiderwick Chronicles books as a kid, or you just saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last summer, then step right up to the Niles Public Library to meet the famous authors behind these books on Friday, September 26th at 7 pm.

As authors of their own separately successful series, Cassandra Clare (author of The Mortal Instruments series) and Holly Black (co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles) have teamed up to pen a new book together, Magisterium: The Iron TrialThe first in a five book series, The Iron Trial hit bookstores on September 9th. As only one of two stops in Illinois on the Magisterium US Tour, readers who attend the meeting at the Niles Library will get the chance to meet Clare and Black to discover what it’s like working together, ask questions, and get an autographed copy of their new book. Recommended for readers ages 9 and up, this event is free and open to the public.

There is no registration required for this event, but tickets will be handed out starting at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited, so make sure to arrive early to guarantee yourself a seat in the meeting room. If you’ve got copies of the authors’ books that you would like to get signed feel free to bring them. If there is a large crowd then we may limit the number of items each person can have autographed. The BookStall will also be here in the Commons area of the Library selling books at 6:15 pm.

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five-memorial

I should start this review by expressing some bias on my part. I am personally connected to the events in this book since my uncle was one of the patients in Memorial during Katrina. Thankfully, he was one of the lucky ones who got out shortly after the flooding began. As I was reading this story, it was all the more captivating and heart-wrenching since I kept thinking what would have happened had my uncle not been as lucky.

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Read digital copies of your favorite magazines on your computer, smartphone, or tablet on our new service Flipster. Use your Niles Public Library card to access current and back issues of over 40 popular titles such as: US Weekly, Food Network Magazine, Rolling Stone, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, and Seventeen.

Flipster Features:
-Magazines are full-print, full-color duplicates of the print magazine (including ads).
-Our collection includes current and back issues of 40 popular titles.
-You can access Flipster with your computer or mobile device.
-Offline viewing is available via the Flipster app for the iPad and iPad mini.
-Download as many magazines as you’d like 24/7.
-Titles never expire so there are no overdue fines.

Access Flipster though our website at www.nileslibrary.org. Click in the Research tab under Resources.

There will be two Flipster demonstrations if you would like more information. Register here: Thursday, September 25 at 3pm or Monday, October 13 at 7pm

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nutellla cake

Thanks to this wonderful thing called the Internet, people can look up all kinds of quick and easy recipes for that last minute meal or late night snack. So I bring you the first installment of Eat Cheats, a selection of cool, fun, easy-to-make meals for one that you can eat right out of your coffee cup. This post will focus on the Nutella Mug Cake, based on my experience with the recipe and what you need to successfully bake your own little cake.  Who says you can’t enjoy mini desserts without an Easy-Bake Oven?

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It was the splash heard ’round the town. Less than a week after partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Niles Public Library has inspired more people to participate in this worthy cause to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known in the U.S. as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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While the high level of participation in the challenge is great, many of the people pouring gallons of icy water over their heads don’t fully understand what ALS is or early warning signs of the neurological disease. So for those interested in learning more about ALS, here is a compiled list of some resources – both books and DVDs – that can be found at the Niles Public Library to provide a better understanding of it:

Until I Say Good-Bye

Tuesdays With Morrie

Luckiest Man

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Staff members of the Niles Public Library took the icy plunge this past Saturday to honor Dr. Fred Purcell, the uncle of Patron Services clerk Samantha Menard, who has been diagnosed with ALS. They also commemorated the life of Moira Steiner, a Tech Services clerk who succumbed to ALS in 2006.

Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known in the U.S. as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a brain disease that affects the muscles that control speaking, swallowing, and breathing. There is no known cure or even a treatment to slow down the process, which usually overtakes a person in about 3 years. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a phenomenon that has swept the nation in recent months due to its viral popularity. It seeks to raise awareness about this crippling disease as well as to inspire people to raise money towards research for a cure.

The rules are simple: Film yourself getting cold water dumped over your head, donate, and challenge more people to do the same. The Niles Public Library challenged the Niles Public Library Board of Trustees, Skokie Public Library, Des Plaines Public Library, Park Ridge Public Library, and Chicago Public Library (Edgebrook and Roden Branches). Watch the chilly fun ensue here:

For more information on ALS research, visit www.alsa.org.

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