20-Movies-Turning-20

This is going to be hard to believe, but as we begin the new year that means the heart of the 90s, 1995, was 20 years ago. Do you remember what you were doing that year? Were you surfing the web via AOL dial-up on your Windows 95 computer? Playing Rayman on your PlayStation? Or were you running to Blockbuster to rent the latest movie on VHS?

The cool thing is that all those movies you were popping into your VCR two decades ago can now be checked out here at the Niles Library on DVD and Blu-ray. A major perk to watching these hits now? You no longer have to be kind and rewind! So check out this list of 20 movies turning 20 in 2015, and get ready to be transported back to a time when Boy Meets World aired new episodes and people only used cell phones for making calls.

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Preschool-Blog

Are you searching for a preschool or daycare for your child, but you feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start?

Choosing a preschool for your child is an important decision, so we here at the Niles Library want to offer you all the resources you could need so you can make an informed decision. Join us at the Library on Wednesday, January 21, where we will be hosting the Preschool and Daycare Fair.

Stop by the KidSpace Program Room from 6-6:30 pm to talk with a social worker about choosing the right place for your child. Feel free to bring any questions or concerns you may have and receive tips on how to pick a preschool or daycare.

Starting at 6:30 pm, tour the Preschool and Daycare Fair in the Large Meeting Room to get the chance to talk in person with representatives from local preschools, daycares, and other early childhood centers all in one place. The fair will last until 8:30 pm.

For more information, please call 847-663-1234 or visit our website at nileslibrary.org/events.

Click here if you would like to see a full list of the preschools and daycares available.

 

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JUV-Author-Meet

What are your plans for Thursday, January 22? Oh good, you’re stopping by the Library? Then you’re in luck, because the Niles Library will be hosting an author meet-and-greet with children’s authors Brandon Mull and James Riley!

Brandon Mull is the author of Spirit Animals, Fablehaven, and the Beyonders trilogy. His new series, Five Kingdoms,will keep you coming back for more until March 2016. James Riley, an up-and-coming fantasy writer, is the author of the Upon a Time trilogy and his latest release, Story Thieves.

Join us at the Library on Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm for a chance to ask Mull and Riley any questions you may have about their books. Mull and Riley will be available for autographs after the meet-and-greet. Their books will also be available for purchase at The Book Stall.

This event is made possible by a partnership with The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka. No registration is required, and the event is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

The Niles Public Library is located at 6960 W. Oakton St. at the northeast corner of the Oakton and Waukegan intersection in Niles, IL. If you have any questions about the event, please contact our KidSpace department at 847-663-6622.

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Film-Registry-Blog

Each year, the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry selects 25 films “showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.” Here is a list of the 2014 inductees.  The titles in bold are owned by the Niles Library.

13 Lakes (2004)

Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)

The Big Lebowski (1998) (also on blu-ray)

Down Argentine Way (1940)

The Dragon Painter (1919)

Felicia (1965)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) (also on blu-ray)

The Gang’s All Here (1943)

House of Wax (1953)

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

Little Big Man (1970)

Luxo Jr. (1986) (Pixar)

Moon Breath Beat (1980)

Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)

The Power and the Glory (1933) (ordering)

Rio Bravo (1959)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) (also on blu-ray)

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) (ordering)

Saving Private Ryan (1998) (also on blu-ray)

Shoes (1916)

State Fair (1933)

Unmasked (1917)

V-E +1 (1945)

The Way of Peace (1947)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

 

Click here to see the full list of NFR titles.

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New-Year,-New-You

2015 is here, and it’s time to start the new year off right.

According to USA.gov, some of last year’s most popular New Year’s resolutions were to lose weight, eat healthy, save money, and take a trip. If any of these are on your list of New Year’s resolutions, the Niles Library has the information you need to start achieving your goals.

Here are some books you’ll find in our catalog that can help:

1) Suzanne Somers’ Eat Great, Lose Weight

2) Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 20,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day

3) Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit

4) Your Travel Guide

5) 100% Job Search Success

6) Love Food & Live Well: Lose Weight, Get Fit, & Taste Life at Its Very Best

7) Deal With Your Debt: The Right Way to Manage Your Bill$ and Pay Off What You Owe

8) 50 Things You Can Do Today to Manage Stress

Check out more books like these by visiting our online catalog here.

Happy New Year!

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scar-boys

The Scar Boys is currently one of my favorite books I have read in the past few years. Myself being a musician playing guitar, I could connect to this story on a personal level. You do not have to be a musician to enjoy this book though. The Scar Boys exemplifies what is like to be in a band, why you form one, and sometimes how they sometimes break up on a first hand account from the author.

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music4dark

Well, we’ve arrived at the very darkest time of the year, literally. With just 9 hours, 7 minutes and 43 seconds of daylight, December 21 is the darkest day of our year. The one positive about this day is that we’ve finally hit bottom, and our days will grow gradually brighter and brighter for the next six months.

Aside from eating massive amounts of carbs (mmm … potato pancakes) during the winter months, I’ve found that listening to music — with the volume turned up LOUD — makes a huge impact on my mood when the sun is missing. Music also makes the time I spend in the gym working off those carbs bearable.

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wedding-night

Once again, Kinsella brings her brand of fluff to fiction.

Straying once again from her mainstay Shopaholic series, this stand-alone story revolves around Lottie and Ben, a couple who reunite after years and rekindle their love affair. Soon they are getting married. Lottie’s family thinks this is a drastic mistake, so they do everything in their power to stop the quickie marriage from being consummated. Sound silly? I will not lie: It is. However, it would not be Kinsella if it was not knee-deep in silly. That is part of the appeal here; you do not read this in place of Tolstoy. You read this at a beach or on vacation when you are trying to escape from reality.

When you want something meaty and in-depth to read, please do not seek out Kinsella. If you do not want to think and you want to escape into a fun, light story, Sophie Kinsella is for you!

Wedding Night is available for check out at the Niles Public Library!

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