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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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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79 local teens voted in our annual Teen Choice Awards!  Without any further adieu, here are the winners, determined by a straight count of your votes.

Song
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1. Glad You Came by The Wanted
2. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
2. Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
2. The Motto by Drake

Music Video
1. Glad You Came by The Wanted
2. Turn Me On by Nicki Minaj
3. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
3. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Musical Artist *
1. The Wanted
2. Drake
2. Adele
4. One Direction
5. Nicki Minaj
5. Katy Perry

Video Game

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
3. Super Mario Brothers
4. Mario Kart
4. Sims 3

Movie
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1. Hunger Games
2. Breaking Dawn: Part 1
3. A Walk to Remember
3. Up

TV Show
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1. Pretty Little Liars
2. Victorious
3. The Game
3. Secret Circle
5. Jersey Shore

Thanks to everyone for voting! Tell us what you think of the results.  Who’s missing from the lists?

*Combination of All Song and Music Video Votes

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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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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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Bring your own cards for our Holiday Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament. Win prizes!  Snack on tasty goodies!

When: Dec. 28, 2-4:30pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL
Who: Grades 7-12

A lot of our contestants enjoy displaying and trading cards.  Just be careful to keep an eye on your cards throughout the tournament, so that none “walk off.”

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Join our winter reading club now through January 31, 2012!

Earn a prize after reading 4 books and qualify to enter the grand prize drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire!

There are two ways to sign up and log your books:

1) Log your books online here.  Then, review and rate the books you’ve read.

2) Pick up a book log at the Fiction or Reference service desks. Once completed, return your log and pick up a prize at the Fiction or Reference desks.

Going on vacation?
Record your books wherever you go with online access.

Call 847-663-6613 or email books@nileslibrary.org with any questions.

* The Grand prize winner must be 12-18 years old and have a Niles Library card in good standing.

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The Teen Read Week Anime and Manga celebration is this Saturday, October, 15 at 3:00pm in the large meeting room. Play Japanese games, munch on Japanese treats, and help plan the November meeting.

Colleen, the library’s graphic artist, will join us to create a Manga collage for the public art show on October 30.  Bring your old manga magazines and/or manga art to add to the collage!  Everyone is also invited to bring individual art work for display at the show.

The art show takes place 2:00-4:00pm on Sunday, October 30.  Local teen ska band the Copy Chiefs will play and refreshments will be served. All art will be returned after the reception.

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College Nannies & Tutors is offering a FREE practice ACT test at the library this Saturday, Oct 8.

The test begins at 12:45 and will run roughly until 4:45pm.  Bring a #2 pencil, a calculator and your brain!

There are still spots, register today!

For more ACT practice, check out these links:

http://www.testprepreview.com/

http://www.actstudent.org/

http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/

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