Congratulations to all the winners of the library’s 15th annual poetry contest!

Teen Winners:

1st place: Connie Lay-Ngo
2nd place: Najlah Iqbal
3rd place: Anjana Tomay
Honorable Mentions:  Mai Lu and Danielle Brunner

Adult Winners:

1st place: Kevin Shyne
2nd place: Jim Koppersteiner

The poems are all on display on the 3rd floor of the library.  They’ve also been printed in booklets that are FREE to the the public.

  Thank you, thank you, thank to to everyone who contributed poems to us this year.  We had over 70 entries this year and the judging was tough. Thank you also to our wonderful panel of local judges!

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When school’s out for you, the library is a very active place! Thanks to a Young Adult Library Services Association/Dollar General Store grant, we can hire two summer reading interns for 60 hours apiece.

We are looking for students going into grade 11 or 12 who love the library, love working with younger kids, have excellent communication skills, and can roll with the crazy-busy atmosphere in Youth Services during the summer. Interns must be able to work in June and July, and have good computer skills for keeping track of statistics and helping raise our profile on social media sites like Flickr.

You’ll need a mature attitude and a sense of humor. If this sounds like you, please come to the Youth Services desk to get an application, or contact Teen Librarian Donna Block dblock@nileslibrary.org to receive the application via email.

The job will pay $8.25/hour and is a great first job experience. Applications must be submitted by Saturday, May 19th.

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79 local teens voted in our annual Teen Choice Awards!  Without any further adieu, here are the winners, determined by a straight count of your votes.

Song
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1. Glad You Came by The Wanted
2. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
2. Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
2. The Motto by Drake

Music Video
1. Glad You Came by The Wanted
2. Turn Me On by Nicki Minaj
3. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
3. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Musical Artist *
1. The Wanted
2. Drake
2. Adele
4. One Direction
5. Nicki Minaj
5. Katy Perry

Video Game

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
3. Super Mario Brothers
4. Mario Kart
4. Sims 3

Movie
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1. Hunger Games
2. Breaking Dawn: Part 1
3. A Walk to Remember
3. Up

TV Show
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1. Pretty Little Liars
2. Victorious
3. The Game
3. Secret Circle
5. Jersey Shore

Thanks to everyone for voting! Tell us what you think of the results.  Who’s missing from the lists?

*Combination of All Song and Music Video Votes

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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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Thinking about college?  Struggling to decide on a major or save for tuition?  These two upcoming programs are designed to help!

College Planning Workshop
When: March 13, 7-8:30pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Get help picking a college that will give the best financial aid package, learn what steps to take to ensure the best prospects for admission and maximum financial aid and pick up key strategies for paying for college even when you don’t qualify for financial aid.

Career Vision Start Early – Start Smart When: March 20, 7-8pm
Where: Meeting Room B, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Learn what you need to know about making good academic and career choices before choosing a college. Find out why early career planning is important and four great steps for making college major and career decisions. Career Vision is part of a not-for-profit foundation.

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Teen Tech Week:
March 4 – 10

Join us for three great programs!

Geek Olympics Sunday March 4, 2-4pm
Compete for fun and prizes in a search engine battle, make a meme, hack a website, create a digital bulletin board and invent an unbreakable password.

Open Gaming Friday March 9, 4-6pm
Challenge friends to Xbox, Wii and PS2 games on our big screens. Play any of the games available at the library or bring in your own.

Skype with an Artist Saturday March 10, 2-3:30pm
Manga fans will have the opportunity to Skype with the famous graphic artist Svetlana Chmakova.

 

Also, Vote in Our Fifth Annual Teen Choice Awards now through March 31!

Teens can vote for their favorite movie, video game, song and more!

Visit the reference or fiction desks to pick up a ballot.  Everyone who votes gets a small prize and an entry in our grab bag prize raffle.

Results will be posted in early April.

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Free Jazz Concert!  Come out to support Gemini Jazz Band as they prepare for the Illinois Music Education Convention.

When: Friday, Jan. 13 @ 5pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St, Niles

The band program was eliminated from the school budget in the spring of 2004, but since its re-inception in 2005-2006, the Gemini Jazz Band has been a very strong part of the community. They perform regularly  at malls, nursing homes, hospitals and bookstores.  They have also been invited to represent the school district at area awards, banquets and dinners for the East Maine Township, Niles Chamber of Commerce, and Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Since their re-inception in 2005, the jazz band has regularly attended festivals such as the North Shore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School, the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at Rolling Meadows High School, and the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School.  They have earned a 1st division superior rating at every jazz festival they have attended since 2005 and have ranked in the top three of every competitive festival they have attended since 2007.

Individual students from the band have earned honors as Outstanding Soloists at the North Shore Jazz Festival and Most Outstanding Soloist at the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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Join our winter reading club now through January 31, 2012!

Earn a prize after reading 4 books and qualify to enter the grand prize drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire!

There are two ways to sign up and log your books:

1) Log your books online here.  Then, review and rate the books you’ve read.

2) Pick up a book log at the Fiction or Reference service desks. Once completed, return your log and pick up a prize at the Fiction or Reference desks.

Going on vacation?
Record your books wherever you go with online access.

Call 847-663-6613 or email books@nileslibrary.org with any questions.

* The Grand prize winner must be 12-18 years old and have a Niles Library card in good standing.

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The winner of our annual Teen Read Week Art Contest is Anna Koziol of Niles, IL.  Here is her winning artwork:

Her banner will decorate this blog beginning November 1, and will rotate monthly with the other finalists chosen by our teen advisory board and librarians.  Here is the full list of finalists:

2nd Place (tie): Nora Benson, Sergio F.
3rd Place (tie): Carolin Moy, Miguel P.
Finalists: Karyn M., Sava K.

Congratulations!  All of their artwork can be viewed on our flickr site. Meet some of the artists at an art show and concert at he library this Sunday, October 30 from 2-4pm. Local band The Copy Chiefs will perform at 2:00, and there will be refreshments.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries this year.

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College Nannies & Tutors is offering a FREE practice ACT test at the library this Saturday, Oct 8.

The test begins at 12:45 and will run roughly until 4:45pm.  Bring a #2 pencil, a calculator and your brain!

There are still spots, register today!

For more ACT practice, check out these links:

http://www.testprepreview.com/

http://www.actstudent.org/

http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/

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