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If you have ever read any of The Spiderwick Chronicles books as a kid, or you just saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last summer, then step right up to the Niles Public Library to meet the famous authors behind these books on Friday, September 26th at 7 pm.

As authors of their own separately successful series, Cassandra Clare (author of The Mortal Instruments series) and Holly Black (co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles) have teamed up to pen a new book together, Magisterium: The Iron TrialThe first in a five book series, The Iron Trial hit bookstores on September 9th. As only one of two stops in Illinois on the Magisterium US Tour, readers who attend the meeting at the Niles Library will get the chance to meet Clare and Black to discover what it’s like working together, ask questions, and get an autographed copy of their new book. Recommended for readers ages 9 and up, this event is free and open to the public.

There is no registration required for this event, but tickets will be handed out starting at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited, so make sure to arrive early to guarantee yourself a seat in the meeting room. If you’ve got copies of the authors’ books that you would like to get signed feel free to bring them. If there is a large crowd then we may limit the number of items each person can have autographed. The BookStall will also be here in the Commons area of the Library selling books at 6:15 pm.

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It was the splash heard ’round the town. Less than a week after partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Niles Public Library has inspired more people to participate in this worthy cause to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known in the U.S. as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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While the high level of participation in the challenge is great, many of the people pouring gallons of icy water over their heads don’t fully understand what ALS is or early warning signs of the neurological disease. So for those interested in learning more about ALS, here is a compiled list of some resources – both books and DVDs – that can be found at the Niles Public Library to provide a better understanding of it:

Until I Say Good-Bye

Tuesdays With Morrie

Luckiest Man

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As a children’s librarian, I have a front row seat to the greatest show on Earth: toddlerdom. Toddlers are fascinating, brilliant little people whose curiosity drives them to seek new experiences every waking hour of the day. At the same time, they lack practical knowledge, time-sense, and impulse control. This combined with extreme emotional intensity can lead the most angelic two-year-old to behave like a complete maniac. In her new book, How Toddlers Thrive, developmental psychologist and Director of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, Dr. Tovah Klein explores the unique challenges parents face when their babies enter the dreaded “terrible twos”. She writes,

Toddler behavior is often paradoxical: they seem to swing between extremes for no apparent reason—or at least, this is the way it looks to us adults…Why do their moods and their actions seem so erratic and hard to predict? How can we love them with all our hearts, but feel so powerless in the face of their crazy-making behavior? The answer to these questions is found when we peek inside their brains and understand what makes toddlers tick.

Klein’s approach is not a one-size-fits-all approach. She offers no easy fixes, but rather encourages parents “see the world through your toddler’s eyes”. She calls this shift in perspective a “Parenting Point of View”. The goal is to help parents approach the day-to-day challenges toddlers dish out with a clear head and full heart.

Of course, she offers no guarantees that you won’t want to tear your hair out sometimes. Since misery loves company, read Jason Good’s: 46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might Be Freaking Out. Keep in mind, brave parents of wild little maniacs: THIS TWO SHALL PASS!

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Once again, the Niles Public Library is asking patrons (especially our youngest ones) to make visiting the Library part of their summer routine. And it’s working!

KidSpace patrons are racing the calendar in this, the eighth of nine weeks of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, to read (or be read to) and get prizes, prizes, prizes… Readers (who read independently, usually chapter-book fiction) are plowing through books, as are pre-readers (whose families count how many books are read to them). Readers win tokens (“wooden money” redeemable for prizes), while pre-readers who’ve had lots of Picture Books read to them (four books earn one game play) are winning bushel baskets of prizes.

At any given time, dozens of kids are crisscrossing KidSpace reading, redeeming tokens, and playing their games, (Readers roll huge dice and move characters they choose, while pre-readers choose from several games which involve “a pup tent,” “Guess Which Animal,” and digging through sand for buried treasures.). It’s a busy place, tied together under the theme “Paws to Read” (pun intended, and in which various woodland and other cuddly animals feature prominently).

And, for those readers who earn the right to play their game at least nine times, there is a prize package that includes fun coupons and a free book in a cool tote bag. All kids who visit 9 times by August 8 can enter the drawing for a grand prize.

GRAND PRIZES ARE HOT: a scooter, a bicycle, and a Family Pack of 4 passes to Six Flags Great America

Okay, to summarize, let’s do this by the numbers:
∙ Way over 1,000 kids signed up
∙ Thousands of fiction chapter books, pre-reader Picture Books, and other reading experiences generated
∙ Hundreds of books featured in readers’ “Share a Book” sheets (think of these as very simple, user-friendly book reports)
∙ Thousands of tokens won in the readers’ game or earned (from readers’ turning in completed “Share a Book” and “Reading Challenge” sheets)
∙ Thousands of prizes and toys purchased with tokens (by readers) or won outright (by pre-readers)
Impossible to calculate: improvements to kids’ literacy as a result of summertime reading
∙ Tons (number impossible to know) of fun had by participants, staff, and the teen volunteers without whom the Summer Reading Program could not take place

For more photos of our Summer Reading Club for kids, click here!

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Father’s Day is only a couple of days away.

Whether you’re a son or daughter wanting to buy your father a gift or you’re a father looking for a good read this weekend, we have a great list for you!

This list has a little bit of everything. Celebs writing about fatherhood. Check! A Guy Fieri cookbook. Check! How to become the coolest dad around. Check!

All the titles are linked back to our catalog for more information, availability, or to place a hold. Happy Father’s Day!

A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball by Dwyane Wade

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg

Be the Coolest Dad on the Block: All of the Tricks, Games, Puzzles, and Jokes You Need to Impress your Kids (and Keep Them Entertained for Years to Come!) by Steve Caplin

Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look by Steven R. Schirripa

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Summer Reading at the Niles Library is a big deal! We work for months and months to get ready for kids to come in and play our giant-sized games. Now it is up and ready to play! Here’s how it works.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step One: Come to KidSpace and sign up. You will get a reading folder.

Step Two: Take a free turn on the game! You will already have earned your first Glummy token to spend at the store.

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Younger kids play our Read-to-Me game, where they can play animal games with our volunteers. They win a prize every time!

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You might be thinking, That sounds like fun, but there’s a lot of other fun stuff to do over the summer. But kids work hard through the school year to improve their reading and pre-reading skills, and if they stop reading over the summer, they will lose what they learned. Studies show that kids who participate in summer reading programs do better in school. So take some time to read this summer, and come to the library and play.

For more information about our “Paws To Read” Summer Reading Clubs for adults and teens, click here!

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This may shock some people, but The Fault in Our Stars, a romantic drama based on a book by YA author John Green, actually drew more viewers its opening weekend than a big sci-fi action summer blockbuster starring Tom Cruise. If you read one of the 7 million copies of The Fault in Our Stars that have been sold so far, if you’ve passed it on to a friend or relative, if you’ve run screaming across a room to embrace someone who you’ve discovered has also just read the book, if you’ve followed the progress of TFiOS from book to screen worrying that the filmmakers might cast the wrong Hazel or cut your favorite line, then you will hardly be surprised.

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Nowadays it seems like every other book is being turned into a movie.

Did you know the Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, The Wolf of Wall Street is based on a book by Jordan Belfort?

Librarians from the Adult Services department at the Niles Public Library put together a list of books to read before they hit the big screen. All the titles are linked back to our catalog for more information, availability, or to place a hold.

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Ever wonder what books Library staff and patrons are reading and loving? Check out a few of the many books that garnered 5-Star reviews during our Winter Reading Club, which just ended. More than 120 teen and adult participants read and reviewed a total of 627 books including fantasy, horror, realistic fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, essays, young adult literature and graphic novels.

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You’ve got to hand it to best-selling author James Patterson: he is doing his part to get young people to read. He’d already put $1.5 million into student scholarships and essay competitions, then set aside $1 million to help independent bookstores.

Now he is bankrolling the 2-million-hits-per-month website ReadKiddoRead.com, which profiles high-interest books. Asked about what’s at stake, Patterson minces no words: “I’m here to save lives.”

Strong words. But Patterson should know: he is a one-man publishing empire, author of youth and young adult classics such as Maximum Ride, Alex Cross and, most recently, Treasure Hunters and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. He knows his audience — and is alarmed. “There are…millions of kids in this country who’ve never read a book they like,” he told Kirkus magazine.

Patterson knows what dangers loom for those who hate to read: “[I]t’s going to be hellish…to get through high school, and…[get] jobs and a life that has some satisfaction.”

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