Summer is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing — vacation? Yes, okay, it means two things — getting a job? Oh, okay. Three th– catching up on sleep … forgot about that one. Okay, so summer means a lot of things, but the thing I was thinking of is:

Summer Reading

You’ve probably gotten a list or letter from your school already, telling you what to read. But maybe you’ve lost it, or maybe you just don’t know where to find the books. We’ve got your back with our:

Summer Reading Listravaganza

Click on your school name to find your summer reading titles in our catalog. Don’t see your school? All the copies checked out? No sweat, just contact us and we’ll help you locate a copy of the title (or titles) you need.

Gemini Junior High

Loyola Academy
Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Seniors

Maine East High School
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors

Maine South High School
Choice
Required

Niles North High School

Niles West High School
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep

Resurrection High School

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mangaanimeThe Niles Public Library’s very own Anime & Manga Club have compiled a list of their favorite manga and anime series from the past year. The list includes new volumes and episodes produced in 2012, as well as older titles that were just discovered this past year.

How many on the list have you read or watched? Which ones are new to you?

Check out some of the titles they picked, many of which can be found online.

The next meeting of the Anime & Manga Club is scheduled for Saturday, February 16 at 2:00opm.

 

Best New Anime 2012:

Blue Exorcist

Cardfight Vanguard

Death Note

DRRR

Hetalia (season 5)

High School of the Dead

Is This A Zombie

Naruto

Rosario + Vampire

Sankarea

Sgt. Frog

Suki-tte li na yo

 

Best New Manga 2012

Air Gear

Code Breaker

Is This A Zombie

Legend of Zelda series

Rosario + Vampire

Sgt. Frog

Ultimo

 

Best Older Anime watched in 2012:

Black Rock Shooter

Bleach

BoBoBo-Bo  Bo-BoBo

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Fullmetal Alchemist

Rosario + Vampire

Sgt. Frog

 

Best Older Manga read in 2012:

Black Cat

Bleach

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Inyuyasha

Letter Bee

Naruto

One Piece

Sailor Moon

Sgt. Frog

Soul Eater

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Niles Public Library District’s annual summer reading club begins June 4! Register and read 4 books by August 31 to be eligible for great prizes like reusable cold cups, restaurant gift cards, and an iPod Touch.

Read any books you want, including the titles that are required by your schools.  Already forgot what book you’re supposed to read? Check out the lists, right here:

Gemini

Loyola (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior classes)
Loyola (Senior class)

Maine East (Freshmen, Junior, & Senior classes)
Maine East (Sophomore class)

Maine South (Choice)
Maine South (Required)

Niles North

Niles West (Freshmen class)
Niles West (Sophomore class)
Niles West (Junior class)
Niles West (Senior class)

Notre Dame

Resurrection

You can also visit the reference desk to get a copy of your school reading requirements. We’ll help you locate a copy of any book you’d like to read if we don’t have one readily available.

Many of the above titles are available as ebooks and audiobooks that can be downloaded from MyMediaMall, and some of the most popular are also included on 5 Sony Readers that we have for check out!  Visit the ref desk for more information or to check one out.

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ImageCan’t get enough of the Hunger Games?

Re-read the entire series, or read it for the first time.  Check out one of our Sony Readers, which contain the Hunger Games trilogy plus 20 other great books!

Click here to get more details on our Sony Readers.

Visit the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library to test and check out one of the ereaders.

Hungry for lamb stew or other foods from the books and movie? We also have an Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook that you can check out.

Writing a report for school?  Check out The Hunger Games Companion and The Girl Who Was On Fire for critical analysis of the series.

Finally, for photos of the movies’ stars, take a look at The Official Illustrated Movie Companion and The World of the Hunger Games.

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This spring, Niles Public Library District won one of 20 YALSA Summer Reading Program Grants! These grants are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  We used our $1,000 grant to purchase 5 Sony e-readers and 22 popular fiction and nonfiction e-books to enhance the library’s collection for teens.

Niles teens who sign up for summer reading can check out the e-readers from the reference desk on the second floor. The checkout period is the same as for our books, DVDs and video games: 3 weeks.  For more information about our summer reading program, visit our website  or call 847-663-6603.

Books that come loaded on the ereaders include The Hunger Games series, The Maze Runner, and  The Glass Castle. Click here for the complete list of ebooks that come on each Sony Reader.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.  To learn more visit: www.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/landing.aspx.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to: www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

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Even though it’s summer, we realize that you’re often required to read books for school.  That’s why we’ve put together lists of the area schools’ summer reading requirements (with some help from our great volunteers Jan and Tim – thanks guys!).

Wondering what to read and whether it’s available at the library?  Take a look at the list for your school before visiting, and put the books you need on hold. Got questions? Call the reference desk at 847-663-6603, librarians are standing by.

Gemini Junior High
7th & 8th grade in one list

Loyola Academy
9th-12th grades in one list

Maine East High School:
A-M and
N-Z

Maine South High School:
Choice and
Required

Niles North High School
9th-12th grades in one list

Niles West High School:
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors (A-L) and (M-Z)
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep
9th-12th grades in one list

Resurrection High School
9th-12th grades in one list

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In September 2010, wanting to help LGBT teens who can’t picture happy adult lives for themselves, syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry created a YouTube video.

Within a few months, the It Gets Better Project had inspired over 10,000 people to share their own videos, which have been viewed over 35 million times. President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres and the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook and Pixar are among those who have contributed.

It Gets Better has also been adapted into a book that is available now at the library.  There are also many other resources for LGBT teens and their friends and supporters.  Click here to see a list of books: LGBTQ | Niles Public Library District | BiblioCommons.

In addition to It Gets Better, Check out these websites:

The Trevor Project Call the free confidential Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 to talk to a counselor.  Visit the website to chat with a trained volunteer, connect with others and learn more about suicide prevention.

Sex, etc. A sex education website created by teens, for teens.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network Empowering youth to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

American Civil Liberties Union: LGBT The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion through the courts, legislatures and public education across five issue areas including Youth & Schools.

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YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, has announced the winners of several annual book awards this week.

The Printz Award honors a book that a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year’s winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.  This adventure is set in a not-too-distant future that has been ravaged by global warming. Nailer makes a living by scavenging shipwrecks for copper wire and dreams of making a lucky strike that will allow him to escape his dangerous dad. He longs to parasail aboard one of the sleek schooners that he sees far out on the open ocean. One night a nasty storm grinds all work on the beach to a halt. Nailer and his friend Pima discover a wrecked schooner and go scavenging, only to find a girl on board who wears more wealth on her fingers than they have ever dreamed of. Do they kill her and take her rings? Or do they risk their lives to return her to her clan?

The YALSA Nonfiction Award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults each year.  This year’s winner is Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel. This book was a labor of love. Angel worked on it for years, conducting interviews with Joplin’s friends.  The eye-popping design is a delight. The colors and patterns adorning the pages reflect the psychedelic look of Joplin’s album art. There are also many photos of Joplin, some filling an entire page, that show her both in her awkward youth and as the performer that she transformed herself into. This a fun book to browse through. Angel does a really good job of describing Joplin’s persona and the impact she had on people.

The Morris Award honors a debut-novel written for teens.  This year’s winner is The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston.  Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem solving skills, sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself. “With insightful humor and an impressive economy of language, Woolston brings a fresh voice to teen fiction that will challenge and delight readers,” said Morris Award Chair Summer Hayes.

In addition to these awards, YALSA has produced  Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, Quick Picks, Adult Books, and Popular Paperback lists. There’s lots of great books here, so check them out!

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Voting is open for the annual Teens Top Ten books!  Visit our website to see the list of nominations.  Teens can vote online and also at the library.  Visit the Ref or AV desks to vote and get free candy!

Voting will take place now through September 17.  The winners will announced during Teen Read Week (October 17-24).  All 26 nominations were chosen by teen reading groups across the country.

For more information about the Teens Top Ten, visit the official website.

Teens who vote at the library get free candy!

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January is awards-season in the library world.  Earlier this week, librarians gathered in Boston to select award-winners in several categories for young adults.

They also selected an annual Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) list, with input from teen readers.  Here are the top ten books from that list:

Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker

Visit the YALSA website to see the full BBYA list.

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