OK — I LOVED the first one — Silent in the Grave — and this one is good, but somehow, it didn’t captivate me the first novel did. This one also features Lady Julia Gray and her PI cohort Brisbane — who have sort of a Victorian Maddie Hayes/David Addison relationship…meaning they are civil to each other at time, argue at times, claim they can’t stand the other and really just want to sleep together. This time, Julia, Brisbane, members of her family and some friends are snowbound in a castle retreat…and then one of the houseguests turns up murdered. Julia and Brisbane once again provide the right amount of sexual tension…without being too un-Victorian about it.

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When: Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm
Where: Niles Public Library in the Large Meeting Room

Join us for live music this Sunday!  Local teen band The Green Tangerines won Skokie’s battle of the bands this summer, and now they’re performing FREE at the library.  Teen Idol at the Mill winner Kiara Rivera will open!

Register at our website.

 

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Meet the team behind Shred America!  Hear how they skateboarded 850 miles, from Chicago to New York, watch a preview for their movie, and pick up skateboarding tips.

When: 2:00pm Sunday, September 28
Where: Niles Public Library, Large Meeting Room

Register at our website!

Visit them on MySpace.

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Illinois residents who will turn 18 by (or on) November 4 of this year is eligible to register to vote!  Register at the Niles Public Library by October 7.

Don’t know who to vote for?  Research the candidates with some help from these websites:

FactCheck: http://www.factcheck.org/ - Campaigning politicians make a lot of claims.  How do you know what to believe?  This website cuts through the B.S. to get to the truth.

MyDebates: www.MyDebates.org - MySpace page compares Obama and McCain’s positions on the issues.  Take a survey to see how your own opinions match up, and look at a map that compiles people’s choices.

FiveThirtyEight: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ - Who’s leading in the latest polls? Who would win the presidential election if it were held today?  Two guys collect the latest poll data to produce colorful maps that answers these questions.  Ads for both major candidates appear on this site.

YouChoose: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose - Where do the candidates stand on the issues?  View video clips that provide some insight.

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Teen Ink is looking for bloggers!

From Teen Ink:

Do you like fashion? Or music or books? Are you in the college application process, or do you have an obsession you would love to write about?

Email blog@teenink.com to apply to be a Primary Blogger for Teen Ink magazine.

If you don’t see a category there that interests you, tell us what you’d LIKE to see on the blogs.

WHY APPLY:

- You can write for an audience of millions!
- It looks GREAT on a college application or resume.
- If you want to be a writer, you’ll have a ton of writing samples and be ahead of the game.
- It’s heck-a fun!

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Fans of writers Rachel Cohn and David Levithan may want to mark October 3 in their calendars.  That’s when the movie-version  of their popular book Nick & Norah’s Infinte Playlist opens nationwide.  The movie stars Michael Cera (Superbad, Arrested Development) and Kat Dennings (ER, House Bunny).

Check out Nick & Norah‘s website to make and send a playlist of your own to your friends!

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