Black Friday Shopping

Now that November is here, it’s that time of year again…HOLIDAY SHOPPING. But never fear, the Niles Library is here!

The holidays can be stressful when you’re trying to find gifts, sending out greeting cards, AND managing your money all while trying to keep your sanity in tact. That’s why we’ve got three great programs this month to help you get through the holidays with ease.

Join us on Saturday, November 8 at 10am for “Mail Merge,” a technology program to manage your mile-long holiday card list. Learn to use Microsoft Word to create mailing labels for large mailings, and if you bring your list of names and addresses to the class, you can get a head start on your mail project. For more information, click here.

Stop by the Library on Monday, November 10 at 1:30pm for “Managing Your Finances for the Holidays” to learn money-saving tips designed to help you avoid buyer’s remorse (and those looming credit card bills in January). Everyone who attends the program will also receive a money management guide titled Personal Finance Made Easy AND a “Stop. Think. Save!” shopping bag. For more info about registration and the program, click here.

And for the tech-savvy folks out there, join us on Monday, November 17 at 7pm for “Top Tech Tools to Manage Your Money.” Learn about the most popular and useful tools to help manage your money, including budgeting websites and apps to give you more bang for your buck. Participants will receive a copy of Personal Finance Made Easy. For more details about the event and registration, click here.

Now you’re ready to face the Black Friday crowds!

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true-detective

One of the most talked about new TV shows of 2013 had to be True Detective, HBO’s crime/buddy drama set in backwater Louisiana.

One reason it was so popular is that HBO has the magic touch when it comes to dramas (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, etc.). Another reason is the cast – two actors (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) star in it, both of whom have normally stuck to feature film roles, especially McConaughey, who in 2013 was having a year actors only dream of, culminating in a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

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nanwrimo

To all the aspiring writers out there, November is your month to shine.

Beginning November 1st, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a 30 day-long event where you strive to finish a 50,000 word novel by midnight, November 30th. You can share your work and receive feedback from other writers on the NaNoWriMo website, www.nanowrimo.org.

Here at the Niles Library, we’re partnering up with The Office of Letters and Light Chicago Chapter to help you keep those creative juices flowing and those fingers typing. Starting November 3rd, stop by the Library at 6:30 pm every Monday in November for more information about NaNoWriMo and to think up some great ideas for your next bestseller. You can find out more info about the event here.

If you find yourself suffering from a severe case of writer’s block halfway through the month, here are some books you can check out from our catalog that might spur some creativity again:

1) Janet Evanovich’s How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author

2) How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

3) Novelist’s Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book From Boring to Bestseller

4) Writing Fiction for Dummies

5) Writing 21st Century Fiction: High-Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

Happy writing!

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Breakfast-Review

Do we all have a dream? As human beings, we are very much susceptible to the pits of our own idealism. Lost in an imagined world of our own wonders leads us to question: What is true anymore? Sarah Combs’ debut book, Breakfast Served Anytime, questions the availability of dreams and the intangible journey of social navigation.

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Walt_Disney_Pictures

In the Oxford English Dictionary, a “classic” is defined as “something which is memorable and an outstanding example of its kind.”

Disney Masterpiece collections are just that, and the fact that multiple generations have watched these beloved classics proves that they can stand the test of time.

Today let the Niles Library take you on a journey to a time way before Frozen and High School Musical. Check out some of these Disney Animated Classics that we’ve been circulating in our catalog for decades:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Dumbo (1941)

Cinderella (1950)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Aristocats (1970)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Little Mermaid Book

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Tomboy-Review

As a young girl growing up in the 1980s-90s, cartoonist Liz Prince preferred wearing sneakers, a boys’ blazer and a baseball cap instead of wearing dresses. She role-played Ghostbusters with her guy friend Tyler, and played right field on her local little league team. This preference for “non-girly” things continued through her adolescence and is the subject of Tomboy, her new memoir for teens.

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hotel-review

Wes Anderson is not my favorite film writer/director working today. I find most of his movies pointless. They all seem to share a like vision but I guess I just do not understand or care about that vision. I can see what he is trying to do and I don’t want to bother. My favorite film of Anderson’s, The Darjeeling Limited, was less inane (in my opinion) than most of his films. But if there is one thing all of Andersons’ films share, it is that they are highly quirky. This might sound like I mean it as a bad thing – I do not. I like quirky. I just usually do not like Anderson’s brand of quirk. But in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the quirkiness works. Mostly everything works.

The best part of The Grand Budapest Hotel is the world Anderson creates. It’s unique, visually charming, and highly imaginative.

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teen-read-week

Each October, Niles teens celebrate the joy of reading for fun.

Check out the display case in the Commons area to view the Teen Advisory Board’s vision of “Turning Dreams into Reality.” What catches the eye (besides the cute Halloween Teddy Bear) are local teen author Joelle Charbonneau’s Young Adult novels. Niles Library has the honor of welcoming Joelle Charbonneau on Monday, October 13th from 4-6pm in the Large Meeting Room. Charbonneau is the author of The Testing, Independent Study and Graduation Day, a dystopian thriller trilogy.

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TBR2

The Hit by Melvin Burgess began with a promising concept: a drug called Death that plagues a society in the near future. This drug provides the victim with one week of pure bliss, including anything they could ever ask for in terms of riches, power, intelligence, and romantic partners – however, after the week is up the victim dies. As the story progresses the plot becomes extremely convoluted with the addition of several seemingly unnecessary characters and a subplot of a terrorist organization that manufactures fake death. The protagonists had superficial personas, which made them unrelatable and unlikable. The fast-paced nature of the novel kept me interested in the story, but it fell short of my expectations. The idea of a world obsessed with a particularly fatal drug had the potential to be the foundation for a thought-provoking book, however Burgess should have further explored the societal and emotional effects of such a drug in order for his book to live up its potential.

- Nicolette

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

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TBR3

Much like The Hunger Games and The Testing, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean is a dystopian novel centered around the aftermath of a war. Living in a town torn apart by war, William “Billy” Dean is an enigmatic child whose unknown powers guide him into a world of mystery. This novel is an exceptional story suited for adults but is admired by young adults as well. With a well-paced plot, David Almond tells the story using Billy Dean’s illiterate stance so the reader can get a glimpse into his mind. You get to watch Billy grow and see his perceptions alter. Patient readers will enjoy this book to its fullest potential and will revel in its perplexity.

- Kristjan

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

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