You’ve probably noticed our really cool new blog header above.  It was submitted by our first place artist in this year’s Teen Read Week Art Contest, Christian V!

Our other finalists are:

Kyle J.
Matthew S.
Karyn M.
Mariana K.
Sam P.
Tal V.

Our seven finalists were chosen by members of the library’s Teen Advisory Board.  Their artwork will appear at the top of this blog during the coming year.  Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!

Visit our flickr site to see all seven finalists.

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NaNoWriMo 2010 is almost upon us!  Don’t know what NaNoWriMo is? It takes place each November, and is basically a no-holds-barred month-long writing free-for-all.  The goal is to knock out a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.

50,000 words in 30 days.  Seem imposssible?  It’s not!  Thousands of people, including teens, have reached the 50,000 goal each of the past 10 years.  The key is to keep at it, just a few thousand words a day, no matter what.

Don’t think that your writing is any good?  Think of this novel as your first draft.  If your novel is rough and ugly at the end of the month, then just remember that you have 11 more months to polish it into a gem. Also remember that just writing something, anything, is an accomplishment.

For NaNoWriMo events near you (including events coming up at the Niles Public Library) visit the official Chicago region website.

NaNoWriMo Events at Niles Public Library

Nov. 1 Kick-Off  Event 6:30-8:30pm
Nov. 15 Midway Write-In 6:30-8:30pm
Nov. 30 Wrap-Up Party 7-8:30pm

All events take place in the Board Room at 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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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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Our Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 7.  Register at the Fiction (lower level) or Reference  (2nd level) desks.

It’s really simple: just for tell us what you read over the summer by filling out a reading log.  You can read whatever you want. Get prizes when you sign up and turn in a log.

Everyone who completes at least one reading log will also be entered in a drawing in August for prizes including an Apple iPod Touch.

Come to our study hall between 5:00-9:00 on Monday to register and get free food!

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