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Join the teen winter reading program by reading two books and earn an insulated mug! Every two book finished log qualifies as an entry for prizes.

Drawings will be Jan. 10 for a $50 Amazon gift card,
Jan. 31 for a Kindle WiFi, and Feb. 28 for a Sony Reader WiFi.

Participation open for teens in grades 7-12.

Niles card holders are eligible for the three grand prizes.

Would you like to log your books online? Click here!

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It’s time for the Niles Public Library’s annual Teen Read Week Art Contest! Your original header art could decorate the library and our blog.  Art may be done in a variety of media – including digital – and must fit the dimensions of the blog header above (700 x 225 pixels).

 First place will also win a $50 gift card! To enter you must be between ages 12 and 18 as of October 26, 2012. Entries will be judged by the library’s teen advisory board. Submit your art at the A/V or Reference desks, or by email to dblock@nileslibrary.org.

Click here for all the details.

Questions? Contact the library at 847-663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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Hey teens, you have until August 31 to register and read to earn prizes through our summer reading program!  After the 31st, the names of everyone who’s completed at least one reading log will be entered in our raffle prize drawing.  The grand prize is an Apple iPod Touch, and we have other prizes including Target and Starbucks gift cards to give away, too.

Don’t miss out, Sign up here!

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Join us at the Niles Public Library this Saturday (July 21) for a performance of an original play that has been written and produced by local teens! The Dinklebergs: Road Trip to Nowhere is a 30-minute comedy about a family road trip gone awry. Teenage hipster Brent introduces us to his quirky family: Mom’s obsessed with Twilight, his sister Melissa is obsessed with his best friend, Grandma and Grandpa (or Glozelle & Papa G, as they prefer to be called) refuse to act their age, and Dad doesn’t care about anything. Soon they’re stuck in the car on the way to a family reunion in far off Ar-Kan-Sas, and the GPS is acting a little strangely…

When: July 21, at 11:00am
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles.

Click Here to Register!

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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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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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School’s out next Monday for Presidents’ Day,  so join us at the library for a fun video game tournament. Bring a friend to compete against in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3.  Free food, fun and prizes!

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton

When: Monday, Feb 20, starting at 1pm.

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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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