Voting for our 3rd annual Teen Choice Awards will begin March 1!  Starting on the first of the month, stop by the Reference or A/V desks to vote for your favorite movie, music, and more. 

Get a small prize for voting, and you’ll also be entered in a drawing for larger prizes at the end of the month.

Any guesses for the winners this year?  Avatar? Lady Gaga?

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The federal holiday we know as Presidents’ Day is officially intended to celebrate George Washington’s birthday on February 22.

Lincoln’s birthday falls on February 12, and so a dozen states have chosen to celebrate the third Monday of each February as Presidents’ Day, instead.

A few states, including Illinois, also mark Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12.  Unfortunately, for most people it doesn’t mean a day off from school or work.

This February 15, join us for gaming and snacks in the large meeting room from 3-5:00pm.  We’ll have our Xbox and Wii consoles set up, and will be testing out Karaoke Revolution.

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Martin Luther King Delivering "I Have A Dream" in Washington, 1963

Monday January 18  is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  King’s actual birthday is January 15, but the national holiday falls on the third Monday of January each year.

Want to learn more about King? Visit the King Center for photos and videos.

Listen to King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as several of his other speeches at Stanford University’s King Institute.

Visit the Encyclopedia of Chicago to read about how the civil rights movement brought King to Chicago in 1966 to advocate for fair housing.

In this video, comedian Stephen Colbert introduces an unusual way to remember King.  For a more serious remembrance, read this message by Coretta Scott King, his wife.

Why not celebrate King’s legacy by participating in a public service project?

Next Monday, we’ll have open gaming 3-5:00pm and a study hall 5-9:00pm in the board room.  The library has many books about King and the civil rights movement, so check them out!

Cover Art for Vol. 1 of Ho Che Anderson's Graphic Biography of King

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There are still spaces available at our after-hours rock show this Friday, December 18 at 6:30pm!  Get your winter break off to a groovy start with three local teen bands!

Skankenstein Ska-punk from Park Ridge, IL
If All Els Fails Alternative rock from Glenview, IL
Blame the Dog Winner of our Virtual battle of the bands, rock from Skokie, IL

Register at our website!

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Thinking about college but aren’t sure how to pay for it? Learn about Financial Aid options at our workshop on December 10!  A representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will explain the financial aid application process and tell you about available government grants.

When: Thursday, Dec. 10 @ 7:00pm
Where: Meeting Room A, 6960 W. Oakton Niles, IL

Learn more about the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Their website is designed to help you plan your future, no matter your age now.

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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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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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bookDo you…

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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