April 22 is Earth Day!  Celebrate this Saturday by making treasure from trash.  Turn candy wrappers and pop tabs into chains that can be made into keychains, bracelets, even belts!

When: 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 Oakton St. Niles, IL

During April and May we’re also celebrating the classic novel The Maltese Falcon through our Big Read Program.  Pick up a free copy of the book or download the audio dramatization and attend one of our discussions! How does this book compare to crime fiction in books, TV and movies today?

Audio Discussion Monday, April 19
7:00-8:00pm in the Board Room

Book Discussion Saturday, April 24
12:30-1:30pm in the Board Room

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March Madness & Spring Break are here!

Join us for open sports gaming on Tuesday March 23.  Play NCAA 2010 on the Xbox and Sports Resort on the Wii.  Up to four people can play each console at a time, so bring your friends!

When: 3:00-5:00pm, Tuesday March 23

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles

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Teen Tech Week Runs from March 7 – March 13 this year.

This past Sunday, we held a workshop on making music videos using free software including audacity, scratch, and animoto.

Here is one of the finished videos. Thanks to Christian and Kunal for sharing their music video with us!

Join us on Saturday, March 13, for a digital photo lab.  Create posters, calendars, cubes, and more from your own digital photos or images found on the web.

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Teens aged 10-18 are invited to enter our 13th annual poetry contest.  Submit up to 6 poems by email, snail mail or in person at the library by April 18.

Gift cards to Barnes & Noble will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and all winning entries will be printed in a booklet to be distributed at the library.

Please include all necessary contact information with each submission, so we know who to credit.  Only residents of Illinois are eligible to enter.

Click here to get all the contest details.

Unanswered Questions? Contact librarian Donna Block at (847) 663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org for more information.

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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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Space is still available in our upcoming Beginning Chainmaille Workshop this Saturday!  You’ll get to make 2 pairs of fun, colorful earrings during this one-hour workshop.

Kat, and instructor from Blue Buddha Boutique in Chicago will lead the class.

When: 11:00am on Saturday, January 9
Where:
Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

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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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