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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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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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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President Obama is asking young people to help our communties this summer through volunteer service!  Here’s what one Niles teen, Katherine Piekarczyk, has to say about volunteering:

     Although some of us find community service a hassle, or just another unwanted commitment, I think community service is the best way to make yourself and your community better. It’s exactly what people usually associate it with making a difference. By volunteering at the library not only did I help myself, but I also helped my library, and my community. By helping out the library with their projects, I learned how to do new things such as making a website, and I even learned how to be a better leader.

     Community service is definitely something better to do than just moseying around, and letting time go wasted. During my hours of community service, I got to work with new people, and find out new information on new projects I was working on.

     Overall, I became more informed, and I was helping others get informed at the same time. For example, at the library when I worked as a volunteer, the librarian I worked with needed a new display, and we decided on a “What to Do on a Cold Winter Day?” display. By researching ideas, I, myself, found new things to do when I’m bored or stuck inside. Over the several weeks of my volunteering, I saw books disappearing, proving that people were actually interested in the topic I researched for them. So this just goes to prove that my community service was, in fact, beneficial, and helpful for me and my community.

     So next time you’re sitting at home bored and letting time get wasted, why not take a visit to the library, and ask if there’s a way you can help out, even if its only for an hour? Like our thirty-fifth president, John F. Kennedy, had once said, “One person can make a difference and every person should try.

Thanks, Kathy!

Visit our website to learn how you can volunteer at Niles Public LIbrary this summer.

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There are lots of opportunities for teens to earn service hours plus have a fun volunteer experience this summer!

Summer Reading Volunteers
Teens entering grades 7-12 in the fall are invited to volunteer in Youth Services this summer! Attend one orientation session later this month (May 27 or May 29) to volunteer for the Summer Reading Club.

Playbill
Talented local teens wrote a hilarious play, now we need actors & artists to create a successful performance this summer!  Auditions take place MondayJune 29; and rehearsals run Monday, Wednesday, Friday through July 24.  Our final performance & party takes place July 25. You don’t have to attend every single rehearsal to help out!

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Nominate your favorite movie  on the theme Outside In: Rebellion vs. Conformity for a YALSA Top Ten award!

The nomination form has been created with librarians in mind, but you don’t need to be a librarian to submit a movie.  Just fill in as many of the fields as you can, and include your contact information.

For information about producers, distributers, etc. check out IMDB.com or contact a librarian!

 

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Press Play & Get Connected!

Voting for Niles’ 2009 Teen Choice Awards began March 1, and continues through March 31.  Vote for you favorite music, movies, games, and more!  Get a small prize when you vote, and you’ll also be entered in our grab bag raffle.

Vote at either the Reference or A/V desks.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!  If the chat box says that no one is available, then email dblock@nileslibrary.org or call 847-663-6434.

Stay tuned for Teen Tech Week, March 8-14.

Participate in our Teen Tech Night on March 10!

Teen Tech Night
Try tech toys & show off your texting and Internet skills to win prizes!
When: March 10, 5-7 pm
Where: Board Room

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Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 3 for pizza and online videos!

All teens are welcome to watch, share, and discuss videos via youtube, vimeo, and more.  Learn how to make your own videos using our equipment, and help us make & post videos to the library’s youtube site.

When: 6:00pm, Tuesday, feb. 3
Where: Board Room

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Monday, Jan. 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday!  To honor King’s legacy, why not join in a national day of service?  Visit: http://www.mlkday.gov/ to learn more.

To serve local students, the Niles Public Library will also provide Open Gaming!

Monday, Jan 19, 2:30-5:00pm
Play Guitar Hero and other games on our big screens, and learn how you can get involved at the library!

We hope to see you there!

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