I hope everyone has had a chance to read and enjoy the first place winner of our recent short story contest!

photo by Kyle May

Our second place winner is Caroline Moy with “When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes.”  Her story is published here.  Although all the two winning stories began with the same first two sentences, they go in completely different directions.

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When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes by Caroline Moy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Teen Advisory Board members have chosen the winners of the library’s first summer short story contest.  Competitors all began their stories with the following passage:

As I planted my tan, scorched feet towards the front of the glass-like ocean, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I stood under the starry night as thunder rolled above and lightning danced in the skies.

Our first place winner is Anetta Siemianowicz with her story “Just an Ordinary Guy.”  Her story is published here

Our second place winner is Caroline Moy with “When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes.”  Her story will be published later this week – stay tuned!

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“Just an Ordinary Guy” by Anetta Siemianowicz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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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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Our summer reading club is almost over.  There’s just one week left to turn in your reading logs.  Friday, August 27 will be the last day.  Register and turn in your completed logs by 5:00pm that day to be eligible for prizes!

Our grand prize this year is an iPod Touch.  We’re also giving away two Sansa Clip+ mp3 players.  All of these devices are compatible with our downloadable audiobooks.

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Are you ready for our Hunger Games Challenge on August 11?  Why not train yourself for the trivia portion of the contest by visiting the official Hunger Games Facebook page?  You can also sign up to win free books there!

Anxiously awaiting the release of Mockingjay on August 24?  View the trailer here, and the countdown clock here.

Join us Wednesday, Aug 11 for The Hunger Games Challenge!

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Your original header art could decorate this blog!  Art may be done in a variety of media – including digital – and must fit the dimensions 225 pixels by 700 pixels.  First place will win a $50 gift card.

To enter you must be between ages 12 and 18 as of October 23, 2010 and live in Illinois. Up to 6 entries may be submitted on paper, flash drive, CD or as email attachments.  Please note we cannot return entries. Winners will be contacted by phone or email.  Please include name, address, age and contact info with your entries.  Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and art should your entry win.

Submit your art by 5:00pm Saturday October 23.  Submissions will be accepted at the A/V and Reference desks, by email dblock@nileslibrary.org and regular mail (Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714)

Check out some of the past winners and finalists here and here.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!  If the chat box says that no one is available, then email dblock@nileslibrary.org or call 847-663-6434.

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Join us Saturday for Project Playbill, an original play written for all ages & performed by local teens!  A magical coloring book is stolen from the museum, causing all  colors to disappear.  Detective Scarlett Redd & her assistant Pinky Periwinkle are on the case.  Can you spot the culprit before they do?


When: 11:00 am Saturday, July 31
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 Oakton St.

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Yesterday, the library and Chipotle hosted a screening of the documentary film What’s On Your Plate?.  In the film, two friends investigate where the food they eat comes from. The answers aren’t always appetizing.  There are still places where you can find good, fresh food, such as local farmers markets.

Local Area Farmers’ Markets:

Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market
Saturdays May 8 – November 6
7:30am-1:00pm

Glenview Farmers’ Market
Saturdays June 26 – October 9
8:00am-noon

Park Ridge Farmers Market
Saturdays mid-May through October
7:00am-1:00pm

Ridgeville Farmers Market
Wednesdays June 3-September 30
3:00pm-dusk

Skokie Farmers Market
Sundays end of June to the end of October
7:30 am-12:45 pm

For more information about food & health, check out the resources below

Books

Chew On This and Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Don’t Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock

Food Rules and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

What the World Eats by Peter Menzel

Websites

Naturally Grown www.naturallygrown.org

Fast Food Facts www.fastfoodfacts.info

Food & Water Watch www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Let’s Move www.letsmove.gov

Sustainable Table http://www.sustainabletable.org

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Planning to watch Niles’ 4th of July parade this Sunday?  Keep an eye out for the Niles Public Library.

Be on the look out for our book van, decorated book carts, and maybe even a librarian or two on rollerblades .  Want to march or bike in the parade with us? Give us a call at 847-663-1234 and get a free t-shirt!

The parade kicks off at 9:00am at Notre Dame College Prep, and proceeds south along Harlem to Grennan Heights Park.

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We’ve got three local teen bands lined up to play live at the library on June 18.  Blame the Dog, winner of last year’s virtual battle of the bands is back!  Joining them are Illusion and Southern Fear.

Help us kick off our “Make Waves” summer programming lineup!  Register by calling at 847-663-1234 or visiting our website: http://www.nileslibrary.org.

When: Friday June 18 6-8pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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