International Observe the Moon Night takes place Saturday, October 12. Look up and take notice of earth’s nearest celestial neighbor. There’s a lot to see with binoculars, a telescope or even just your naked eye.

For even more fun and potential prizes, snap a picture of it and post to Instagram with the hashtag #npldteens for week two of our month-long scavenger hunt. We’ll scroll through everyone’s moon shots and select the best one to re-post in our feed. The winner will also earn a small prize!

Moonrise happens in the Chicago-area right around 2:30 pm, so keep an eye out for it during the day! It sets at 7:45, so be sure to get out to see it in the early evening.

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Poster for Musical High SchoolWelcome to Adequate High School in Adequate, Oregon. The school motto is “Keep it adequate!” and the school cheer is “OKAAAY!” The drama club tries to stage a production of the muscial Mint Green Tap Shoes,  and in the words of Playbill writer and cast member Robbie, they face a lot of challenges. Gabrielle says, “Come for the laughs and good memories. “This play is a lot about accepting people for who they are!” says Rohini.

Click here to register for our premier (and only) performance. Don’t miss out!

When: Saturday, July 20 @ 11 am

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 Oakton St.

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Like to build things and solve puzzles? Join us for Drinking Straw Construction and try your hand at designing and building bridges, towers, sculptures and wind turbines from plastic drinking straws. Experiment with different building techniques and test your creations with weights and wind. Submit your favorite to display in our gallery, but all of your structures are yours to keep!

When: Thursday, July 11 @ 3pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

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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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37 teens braved the construction to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards. Their ballots have been counted, and here are the winners in each category.

Best Song:

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Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Video Game:

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Call of Duty

Best Movie (tie):

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Hunger Games

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Wreck-It Ralph

Best TV Show:

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Pretty Little Liars

Best Music Video:

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Gangnam Style by Psy

Best Musical Artist:

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Macklemore

Best Song, Movie, TV Show and Music Video were selected by a straight count of the popular vote. In the case of Video Games, votes for specific editions of a particular game (ie. 1 for Just Dance 3, 1 for Just Dance 4) were combined (2 for Just Dance) . The Musical Artist category was chosen by combining the votes for best song and best music video.

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Win prizes! Submit up to 6 of your best poems to our annual contest to celebrate National Poetry Month.

To enter you must reside in Northern Illinois and be between 10 and 18 years old as of the deadline: April 21, 2013.

Please include your name, age, address, phone number, name of your school and library card number.

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed prominently in the library.

Download the official flyer with complete rules here.

Questions? Email Teen Librarian Donna Block at dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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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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It’s time for the Niles Public Library’s annual Teen Read Week Art Contest! Your original header art could decorate the library and our blog.  Art may be done in a variety of media – including digital – and must fit the dimensions of the blog header above (700 x 225 pixels).

 First place will also win a $50 gift card! To enter you must be between ages 12 and 18 as of October 26, 2012. Entries will be judged by the library’s teen advisory board. Submit your art at the A/V or Reference desks, or by email to dblock@nileslibrary.org.

Click here for all the details.

Questions? Contact the library at 847-663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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Hey teens, you have until August 31 to register and read to earn prizes through our summer reading program!  After the 31st, the names of everyone who’s completed at least one reading log will be entered in our raffle prize drawing.  The grand prize is an Apple iPod Touch, and we have other prizes including Target and Starbucks gift cards to give away, too.

Don’t miss out, Sign up here!

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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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