Niles Public Library District’s annual summer reading club begins June 4! Register and read 4 books by August 31 to be eligible for great prizes like reusable cold cups, restaurant gift cards, and an iPod Touch.

Read any books you want, including the titles that are required by your schools.  Already forgot what book you’re supposed to read? Check out the lists, right here:

Gemini

Loyola (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior classes)
Loyola (Senior class)

Maine East (Freshmen, Junior, & Senior classes)
Maine East (Sophomore class)

Maine South (Choice)
Maine South (Required)

Niles North

Niles West (Freshmen class)
Niles West (Sophomore class)
Niles West (Junior class)
Niles West (Senior class)

Notre Dame

Resurrection

You can also visit the reference desk to get a copy of your school reading requirements. We’ll help you locate a copy of any book you’d like to read if we don’t have one readily available.

Many of the above titles are available as ebooks and audiobooks that can be downloaded from MyMediaMall, and some of the most popular are also included on 5 Sony Readers that we have for check out!  Visit the ref desk for more information or to check one out.

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When school’s out for you, the library is a very active place! Thanks to a Young Adult Library Services Association/Dollar General Store grant, we can hire two summer reading interns for 60 hours apiece.

We are looking for students going into grade 11 or 12 who love the library, love working with younger kids, have excellent communication skills, and can roll with the crazy-busy atmosphere in Youth Services during the summer. Interns must be able to work in June and July, and have good computer skills for keeping track of statistics and helping raise our profile on social media sites like Flickr.

You’ll need a mature attitude and a sense of humor. If this sounds like you, please come to the Youth Services desk to get an application, or contact Teen Librarian Donna Block dblock@nileslibrary.org to receive the application via email.

The job will pay $8.25/hour and is a great first job experience. Applications must be submitted by Saturday, May 19th.

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Speak
By:
Laurie Halse Anderson
               Speak is about a fifteen year old girl that is nearly mute, depressive, and alone. High school still dances around her taunting her. She’s doesn’t really care, even though she doesn’t say much on the outside she has a lot of thoughts on the inside. Melinda is now known as the girl that doesn’t speak nor has friends; she pulls a disappearing act sometimes. She is known as the “Girl that called the cops at that last great party”.  What people don’t know is why and why is she so depressed? Last year, people knew Melinda had a friends, she talked quite a lot even if she didn’t have a say in everything. Something happened that pushed Melinda over the edge, but… what? Melinda won’t Speak.
I read a lot of books but never like this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved it. I read it more than a couple times. I am now reading it for a small group assignment. I thought that I would be completely bored with it reading it, but it was like I just read it for the first time.
This is a great book to read at school.

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This book is about a teenage boy in high school who is struggling. He has a hot older sister in which everyone looks up to, Naomi. Everything goes wrong when his sister Naomi faxes her brother sample advice column to her ex-boyfriend/ her brother’s English teacher and Newspaper Teacher. He starts writing advice to high school classmates….. This doesn’t sound to bad right? But what if he’s posing as his sister while writing all the advice?

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How would I describe this book? Probably as “a satirical social critique disguised as a John Greenesque high school sex comedy.” With a narrative voice straight out of a Woody Allen film, Ned Vizzini tells the story of a typical neurotic teenaged schmuck named Jeremy Heere, who inhabits a very atypical plot. He, wanting to be more cool, swallows a pill called a “squip” which is a supercomputer in pill form that begins to inhabit his brain and control his life. This makes him cool, but at the same time takes a toll on his personal life. Did I like Be More Chill? That’s a hard question. Often the tone of the book was too arch-snobbish for me, and the wannabe-Byron protagonist often grated, but the little complexities (e.g. the implied fact that the book is set in an alternate reality) and the dry, sarcastic sense of humor that the squip (who speaks with Jeremy throughout the entire book) itself has pushes past those small disputes I had before. Over all, Be More Chill is a flawed, but entertaining book.

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Even though it’s summer, we realize that you’re often required to read books for school.  That’s why we’ve put together lists of the area schools’ summer reading requirements (with some help from our great volunteers Jan and Tim – thanks guys!).

Wondering what to read and whether it’s available at the library?  Take a look at the list for your school before visiting, and put the books you need on hold. Got questions? Call the reference desk at 847-663-6603, librarians are standing by.

Gemini Junior High
7th & 8th grade in one list

Loyola Academy
9th-12th grades in one list

Maine East High School:
A-M and
N-Z

Maine South High School:
Choice and
Required

Niles North High School
9th-12th grades in one list

Niles West High School:
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors (A-L) and (M-Z)
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep
9th-12th grades in one list

Resurrection High School
9th-12th grades in one list

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Publisher ABC-CLIO is hosting a new history research competition, History Uncovered.  Teams of 2-6 high school students can compete for cash prizes for them and their school.  From the History Uncovered website:

Select the top 10 people, events, or places that have shaped the course of history.

Choose from the following options:

  1. U.S. History

  2. U.S. Government and Civics

  3. Ancient World History (through late Middle Ages, A.D. 1500)

  4. Modern World History (A.D. 1500 through present)

  5. Geography

    Prizes for the High School Competition will be awarded in each of the five categories.

    Prizes include digital whiteboards, monetary grants, ABC-CLIO online database product subscriptions for schools, and cash awards for student winners. All Team Entries have an opportunity to be included in the History Uncovered Hall of Fame, and are also eligible for monthly drawings for school site prizes!

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What is the most urgent issue for president Obama to address after taking office, and why?

WHAT IS “C-SPAN StudentCam”?

C-SPAN StudentCam is an annual documentary competition.  Students are asked to create a short (5 to 8 minutes) video documentary that explores an issue of national significance that they believe is in need of urgent attention from the new president of the United States.

StudentCam is open to all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) in the United States as individuals, or teams of 3 students. The competition is also open to international students and there will be one $500 prize for the best international entry. Videos must be the original work of students, however, teachers may provide guidance and critiques.

Your documentary should include more than one point of view. YOU MUST USE C-SPAN PROGRAMMING TO ENHANCE YOUR DOCUMENTARY. Videos that do not use C-SPAN programming will be disqualified.

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE C-SPAN OFFICES by Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

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