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If you’re like me and tend to leave assignments to the very end, then you may have some last minute summer reading to do!  Be sure to check out our high school summer reading lists.

If you don’t see  the title you need on the list, then try searching our catalog.

Also, if you’re in middle or junior high school then be sure to check out the Rebecca Caudill nominees; you’ve got a bit more time to read them.

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Check out the 25 nominated titles here, then vote for your 3 favorites.  Who will the ultimate winner be?  Will it be Hunger Games? Could it be Breaking Dawn?

About the Teens’ Top Ten

Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.  Readers ages 12 to 18 can vote online, anytime between Aug. 24 and Sept. 18; the winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week.

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vbobWatch music videos of local teen bands Blame the Dog and Sitting on the Ceiling and vote for your favorite!  The winning band will perform live at the library this fall.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room @ 6960 Oakton St.

Update: Congrats to our winner Blame the Dog!  Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming concert.

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Celebrate reading with art!

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Submit your original art and we may display it in the library and on the Teen Scene blog!  First place will also win a $50 gift card.  Art may be done in a variety of mediums, and must fit the dimensions 700 pixels by 225 pixels.  Submit your art at the 2nd floor reference desk, by email to dblock@nileslibrary.org; or mail to Donna Block c/o Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714.

Finalists will be displayed in the library and at the top of the Teen Scene blog.   The submission deadline is  Saturday, October 24.  To enter you must be between the ages 12 and 18 as of Oct. 24, 2009.  Limit three entries per artist.  Email entries may be submitted as one message.

What kind of artwork can you submit? Drawing, painting, photography, collage – anything that will look good on a website!

Please note we cannot return entries. Winners will be contacted by telephone.  Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and art should your entry win.

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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Hey music makers!  The deadline for our Virtual Battle of the Bands has been extended to August 15th!  That means you have until Saturday, August 15 to send us a link to your band’s music video!Make a video of your band playing any 1 song & post it on online. Then, send a link to dblock@nileslibrary.org or mmiller@nileslibrary.org .

Please include your band name, band members’ names and ages, address, and phone number with your entry. Local teens and librarians will vote for their favorite.

The winning band will get $100 and perform at the library in the fall.  Attend the video screening on Aug. 20 to vote for your favorite and show support for your band.

Band members must be between the ages 12-21 as of Aug. 15, 2009. Only bands from Illinois are eligible to win.

For more information, contact Donna Block at 847-663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org; and Mary Miller at 847-663-6618 or mmiller@nileslibrary.org .

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Check out some of these books that have been turned into summer movies.  Which is better, the movie or the book?  Tell us what you think and you could win a gift card!

My Sister’s Keeper opened June 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love You, Beth Cooper opens July 10.

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince opens July 15.

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Join Summer Reading and earn prizes!

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Read 4 books (or 3 books and 1 magazine, blog, poem, movie – basically whatever you want) to be entered in our monthly prize drawings for passes to Brunswick bowling, Brookfield Zoo and Navy Pier.

Plus, you’ be entered in our grand prize drawing for an Apple ipod.

Register by August 3 and complete at least one reading log by August 29.  Turn in mutliple logs for more chances to win a prize!

Get all the details here, at our website.

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Like to Read?
Like Children?
Have Some Free Time This Summer?

You Can Be A Book Buddy!

Read to children and listen to them read aloud.  Come to the library just once a week for an hour.   Book buddies need to be entering Grade 8 or higher.  Earn Community Service hours!

Call Clara at (847) 663-6628 for more information.  The Niles Public Library District provides all materials and training.

Book Buddies are awesome!

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Guess what? This summer, you could win an 8GB iPod Touch and signed audiobooks from Listening Library.

Here’s How: First, pick a character (or characters!) from your favorite fantasy book series. Then imagine: If you could go on a road trip with them, where would you go? What would you do along the way? How would you travel? Finally, Create a video and post it on YouTube! 

There’s lots of “fine print” (i.e. rules) associated with this competition, and to get all the details go here: Listening Library Fantasy RoadTrip Contest.

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Battle of the Bands

When: June 1 – July 31

Got a band together? Looking for a gig? Compete in our virtual battle of the bands! Make a video of your band playing any song and post it online. Then, send us a link to your video.  The deadline for entries is 5pm July 31.

Attend the video screening on August 20 to vote for your favorite and show support for your band. The winning band will get $100 and an exclusive deal to perform at the library.

For more information: contact Donna at dblock@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6434; and Mary at mmiller@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6618.

Please include: your band name, band members’ names and ages, address, phone number, and any library card number with your entry. Local teens and librarians will vote for their favorite. Band members must be between the ages 12-21 as of July 31, 2009. Only bands from Illinois are eligible to win.

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