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 […]
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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 […]
The number of children in homeschooling has been steadily increasing nationwide, so it makes sense there would be a strong homeschool presence in Niles. That became all the more clear March 4 when 13 homeschooling mothers and their 22 student-children visited the Niles Public Library to learn about the full range of supportive resources it […]
Everybody wants students to learn in school, but figuring out how to measure learning can be a huge problem − as Illinois is finding out. Come March, students throughout Illinois will encounter a new standardized exam that has already generated a lot of controversy. (more…) 3020
What would the world look like if it were stuck in the late 1800s or “pre-World War I” 1900s? Steampunk is a response to that idea: Authors “freeze” society at a time when steam drives not just railroads and ships, but everything imaginable. Electricity has not become dominant; airplanes (with fixed wings, anyway) have not […]
Once again, the Niles Public Library is asking patrons (especially our youngest ones) to make visiting the Library part of their summer routine. And it’s working! KidSpace patrons are racing the calendar in this, the eighth of nine weeks of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, to read (or be read to) and get prizes, prizes, […]