Speaking to an audience of nearly 80 people, writer Kate Klise enchanted listeners at the annual Battle of the Books Award Ceremony held last month at Niles Public Library District. The author of several very popular book series for young readers, she is perhaps best known for 43 Old Cemetery Road, now up to Book […]
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Emily and Ashley Bialasik may well be the daughters many other parents wish they had: avid readers who, between them, have earned 33 patches in KidSpace’s Reading Patch Club. Their patches go in the plastic baseball-card protective sheets that KidSpace gives all participants (as do most kids’), making quite a collection. At the rate Bialasik […]
“If you build it, they will come.” (Man, will they ever come!) That, in a nutshell, was the lesson learned from the Jan. 30th LEGO Day!, a 6-hour extravaganza hosted by the Chicago Area LEGO Users Group (ChiLUG) at the Niles Public Library. These diehard LEGO wizards have built everything from a scale model of […]
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 […]