From Teenreads.com:

Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2008 for the Teen Choice Book Award!

In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2008. The five titles that receive the most “votes” will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2009 Teen Choice Book Award. Later we will tell you where you can go vote for them once the five finalists have been announced. The winner will be announced in May 2009.

All you have to do is fill out the form found here between now and January 31, 2009. Your top five selections may come from the list we’ve provided below, or you can vote for titles not on the list. Important Note: Please be sure that the book(s) was released for the first time in 2008; this means that paperbacks originally published as hardcovers will not be accepted. If you’re uncertain about a book’s release date, we suggest you search for that title on Amazon.com.

Click here to nominate your favorite books of 2008.

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Illinois residents who will turn 18 by (or on) November 4 of this year is eligible to register to vote!  Register at the Niles Public Library by October 7.

Don’t know who to vote for?  Research the candidates with some help from these websites:

FactCheck: http://www.factcheck.org/ - Campaigning politicians make a lot of claims.  How do you know what to believe?  This website cuts through the B.S. to get to the truth.

MyDebates: www.MyDebates.org - MySpace page compares Obama and McCain’s positions on the issues.  Take a survey to see how your own opinions match up, and look at a map that compiles people’s choices.

FiveThirtyEight: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ - Who’s leading in the latest polls? Who would win the presidential election if it were held today?  Two guys collect the latest poll data to produce colorful maps that answers these questions.  Ads for both major candidates appear on this site.

YouChoose: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose - Where do the candidates stand on the issues?  View video clips that provide some insight.

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Teen Ink is looking for bloggers!

From Teen Ink:

Do you like fashion? Or music or books? Are you in the college application process, or do you have an obsession you would love to write about?

Email blog@teenink.com to apply to be a Primary Blogger for Teen Ink magazine.

If you don’t see a category there that interests you, tell us what you’d LIKE to see on the blogs.

WHY APPLY:

- You can write for an audience of millions!
- It looks GREAT on a college application or resume.
- If you want to be a writer, you’ll have a ton of writing samples and be ahead of the game.
- It’s heck-a fun!

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Perform inCasting Call! the original comedy Fairy Tales: Abridgedthe play where the director goes nuts!  We’re preparing for a free performance at the library on July 19.  We need three more actors to play small but important roles including Cinderella and Prince No. 7.  Rehearsal and performance time can be counted towards community service requirements.  Anyone who is interested should contact Donna at 847-663-6434, or just show up at any of the rehearsals!  We meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3 pm.  On Mondays and Fridays we’re in the large meeting room, and on Wednesdays in the board room.

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Theater MasksWe need you (yes, you!) to help with our annual summer theatre project.  Writing, acting, designing and decorating, putting on makeup, running sound fx and lights – whatever your talents and interests, there is a role for you!  Beginning Monday, June 16, earn volunteer hours (and have fun!) at the library.

When? 1:00-3:00 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays June 16 – July 18 (with a performance on July 19).
Where? Niles Public Library, in the large meeting room
What? Create an original play for children & families
Why? It’s fun & a good deed!

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Beginning Monday, June 9, you can register for our summer reading program especially for teens.  We’re going to be giving away prizes including ear buds, flash drives, and Panera coupons. 

Open Book

There will also be a drawing for a Sony PSP at the end of the summer.  Read any 4 books (including audiobooks and graphic novels) for a chance to win.

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Many of you will be required to read at least one book (maybe more) over the summer.  Before you go out and buy those books, you may want to try the library.  We’ve got local public and private schools’ summer reading lists, and can help you locate the books.  Search our catalog now.

If the book you want is checked out, then we can put a hold on it for you.  We stock multiple copies of the popular books, so you won’t have to wait all summer to get them.  Find out how to win prizes by reading.

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Summer Reading Volunteers

We cannot run our Summer Reading Club without the help of our wonderful volunteers!  Volunteer and earn service hours as well as good experience working with kids.  Volunteers must register for and attend one Volunteer Orientation session.  Register online at www.nileslibrary.org, in person, or call 847-663-6623 starting May 1st.

 

Book Buddies

Teens, share the joy of reading with a child and earn service hours. If you have free time this summer and are in 8th grade or older, you can be a Book Buddy!  Buddies read to and listen to children read once a week for an hour. The library provides all materials and training. For more information or to sign up to be a Book Buddy, call Clara at 847-663-6628.  

 

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