American boys are falling behind girls in reading. Many experts believe that and, if it’s true, it is a source of deep concern. Just the fact it might be true keeps librarians awake at night. Niles, no more nor less than anywhere else, has such boy readers and needs to understand what’s at stake.Be the first to comment!
You might not know his name, but you will surely know his face. A veteran character actor that has starred in blockbusters, indie films, television and kids movies, James Rebhorn is one of Hollywood’s most unsung and unknown heroes. No matter how big or small the role, Rebhorn always pursued his roles with the same tensity and passion. The wonderful thing about character actors, as opposed to movie stars, is that they rarely get pigeon-holed in a type of role and are able to express their vast acting talents across all genres. That certainly applied to Rebhorn, who went from action to comedy to dramas with ease and skill. He will be missed!
Check out these James Rebhorn movies at the Niles Public Library:Be the first to comment!
Within the last decade, the Young Adult genre has skyrocketed in irrepressible popularity. It seems that with this increasing regard, film companies have grasped at the opportunity to impress the YA fan club, in hopes of making the next hit blockbuster. Many have tried to replicate the success of such franchises as Twilight and The Hunger Games, but only a handful have succeeded. The movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s worldwide bestselling book Divergent, has seemingly played its cards right and won the hearts of moviegoers everywhere.Be the first to comment!
As season four of The Walking Dead creeps towards its close, let’s take a moment to ponder: why do more than 19 million people watch a show about zombies each week? Why do you have to go back to 2008 to find a show that could beat The Walking Dead in the ratings? Compared to other super-powered monsters (like vampires) zombies are pretty pathetic. They can barely even climb stairs. Plus, they’re gross. Did Robert Kirkman, the creator of the original comic book series, dream of the phenomenon it would become?Be the first to comment!
The Niles Public Library’s Lego Club is built on the idea that motivated and creative kids, ranging from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, will produce clever and interesting projects if you take these steps:
1) put a few thousand Legos in front of them
2) maintain a safe space where they are free to experiment, plus “show off” creations to each other and their parents or caregivers
3) take photos of Lego-makers with their creations (everyone who wants theirs taken) and post to social media
4) provide a tasty treat when Lego Club ends (a “thank you” for everybody’s cleaning up and putting Legos back in their bins).Be the first to comment!
“What can I do to help my son enjoy reading more?”
Imagine you are me – the only male librarian in KidSpace – and the person asking is a harried mother (it is usually the mom who’s asking). Her son gets so-so grades and reads below his grade level; what’s more, getting him to read at all is like pulling teeth. The only incentive left is to withhold the Xbox controller until his school-assigned reading is done… And reading books for pleasure? That aren’t even on the school list? Forget it!Be the first to comment!
Interested in reading reviews/comments about the books chosen for the Tournament of Books? Our Adult Services Librarians (Tournament Judges) will blog about their choice here on the Buzz Blog. In Round 1, Part 3, Darlene F. and Cyndi R. comment on their picks below.Be the first to comment!