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 provides.Be the first to comment!
Best known for his work as Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series, Nimoy was a beloved philanthropist, poet and film director, though he never stopped enjoying his Star Trek roots. He recently co-starred in the 2009 Star Trek remake, as well as a cameo in the remake’s second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness. In addition to his “Spock” work in movies and on TV, he often lent his voice for video games, animated films and documentaries. He will be missed…by Sci Fi fans and others the world over.Be the first to comment!
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.Be the first to comment!
Another year, another Oscar Night Party at the Niles Library. This, our 11th annual celebration, was once again a success. Sixty people watched, cheered and even shared fashion gossip with their friends and fellow movie buffs. We played trivia and many people walked out with door prizes, which included movie books, AMC Theatre gift cards and nominated DVDs.
Most of the people were satisfied with the Best Picture winner Birdman, though part of the audience seemed to be rooting for another pick, mainly Boyhood. Whether your favorite film won or not, it was a fun night for movie lovers.
Though we have to wait until next year for the next Niles Library Oscar Night Party, you can check out the winning and nominated DVDs and Blu-rays at the Library all year round to have a movie night at home!
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The Niles Library’s annual PICK THE WINNERS Oscars contest is over and we have selected our 6 winners:
Grand Prize is $30 to Portillo’s/$30 to AMC Theatres
Five Runner-up Prizes are $10 to Portillo’s/$10 to AMC Theatres
Grand Prize: Zina K. (all 8 correct)
Runner-up: Eunice S. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Ed O. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Mollie W. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Susan K. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Catherine F. (7 correct)
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of those who entered, both in the Library and online.Be the first to comment!
Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff pays homage to the new networks that we (myself included) rely on for love: technology.
Brezenoff packs this modern dilemma into a cheeky, geeky story of RPG, LARPing and video game lexicons. I have very limited knowledge about video games, so I was skeptic at first but also curious. After all I am a reader; I take on stacks of books and move up level by level in lexile points.
Fortunately the story itself is not in full video game mode, but it has a few contextual key points that prove that it is in fact a geeky love story. The love story is interesting because it involves a hardcore metal fan, Lesh, and the game profile he creates, Svetlana, who he falls in love with. This is the moral dilemma about modern technology that Brezenoff introduces rather skillfully: Falling in love with a CHARACTER you created! Rather creepy, but in a world of ideal relationships and teenage awkwardness, Lesh’s actions are very relatable (from a teenager’s perspective).
After all, being in love during high school is very awkward and sometimes stressful for the couple and people around them. Brezenoff incorporates these types of teen issues, such as dealing with parents, friends and cliques (Gamer geeks versus metal fans?), in his book quite well. For that, I give Brezenoff a big thumbs-up for the full slice-of-life action, but the whole plot itself is pretty mediocre and similar to modern genres of books that I’ve been reading.
If you are a writer who constantly looks out for slice-of-life, geeky books (especially if you are a gamer of some sort), then this book might fit your criteria. From a reviewer’s perspective with no knowledge of video games whatsoever, I found this pleasing but bland. Brezenoff could have added more background info about the relationship and the clique structure of “gamer versus metal fans” so as to demonstrate the difficulty of their relationship due to their different outlooks. But it is a book that is meant to end well.Be the first to comment!