Enter the Niles Public Library District’s Teen Read Week “Picture It” Art Contest by October 14!  Your original artwork could decorate the library and this blog.

Entries will be judged by the Teen Advisory Board and displaeyd at a public reception on October 30.  Finalists will appear online, and first place will also receive a $50 gift card.

Email your entries to dblock@nileslibrary.org or bring them to the library at 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL 60714.

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This spring, Niles Public Library District won one of 20 YALSA Summer Reading Program Grants! These grants are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  We used our $1,000 grant to purchase 5 Sony e-readers and 22 popular fiction and nonfiction e-books to enhance the library’s collection for teens.

Niles teens who sign up for summer reading can check out the e-readers from the reference desk on the second floor. The checkout period is the same as for our books, DVDs and video games: 3 weeks.  For more information about our summer reading program, visit our website  or call 847-663-6603.

Books that come loaded on the ereaders include The Hunger Games series, The Maze Runner, and  The Glass Castle. Click here for the complete list of ebooks that come on each Sony Reader.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.  To learn more visit: www.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/landing.aspx.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to: www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

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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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The sun has finally come out, school is almost done with for the year, and Summer Reading is almost upon us.

Our Summer Reading program kicks off June 6.  Sign up, read 4 books and you could win an iPod Touch and other prizes (like free food, free books, movies and maybe even a cool t-shirt).

Save trees this year and check out one of our brand new Sony Readers.  They come loaded with 22 titles, including The Hunger Games trilogy and some fascinating nonfiction like The Glass Castle.

Come to our kick-off event for free food, prizes, and fun!

When: Monday, June 6 4:00-8:00pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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Congratulations to our winning poets!  The winning poems will be displayed on the 3rd floor throughout the month.  They are also published in free booklet.

1st Place: “This Place” by Surdeep Chauhan

2nd Place: “Lonely Girl” by Grace Park

3rd Place: “If my Words were Golden” by Michael Welch

Pick up a copy of our free poetry booklet today!

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In September 2010, wanting to help LGBT teens who can’t picture happy adult lives for themselves, syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry created a YouTube video.

Within a few months, the It Gets Better Project had inspired over 10,000 people to share their own videos, which have been viewed over 35 million times. President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres and the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook and Pixar are among those who have contributed.

It Gets Better has also been adapted into a book that is available now at the library.  There are also many other resources for LGBT teens and their friends and supporters.  Click here to see a list of books: LGBTQ | Niles Public Library District | BiblioCommons.

In addition to It Gets Better, Check out these websites:

The Trevor Project Call the free confidential Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 to talk to a counselor.  Visit the website to chat with a trained volunteer, connect with others and learn more about suicide prevention.

Sex, etc. A sex education website created by teens, for teens.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network Empowering youth to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

American Civil Liberties Union: LGBT The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion through the courts, legislatures and public education across five issue areas including Youth & Schools.

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Celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 22!  This year’s theme is A Billion Acts of Green, an international campaign to register one billion actions in advance of the global Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.  Learn more at the official website.

You can make a difference by reusing shopping bags and eating locally grown and organic foods.  Get involved at the Niles Public Library.  Learn how to transform plastic grocery bags into reusable fabric, and make tasty snacks using eco-friendly ingredients.

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

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The votes are in!  119 teens voted in our annual Teen Choice Awards.  Thank you to everyone who voted.  Now, here are the results:

Favorite Song:  It’s a Four-Way Tie!

All The Lights by Kanye West
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Like A G6 by Far East Movement
Speak Now by Taylor Swift

Favorite Video Game: 

Call of Duty: Black Ops won in a landslide!

The next two were not even close.  Tied for second are:

Sims 3
Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Favorite Movie: 

 

1. Inception
2. Just Go With It
3. The Hangover
4. The Social Network

Favorite TV Show:

Jersey Shore is number 1!

Tied for second are:

2. Glee
2. Family Guy

followed by:

4. Pretty Little Liars
5. Two and a Half Men

Favorite Music Video:
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Whip My Hair by Willow Smith

Second place is four-way a tie between:

Love the Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
We R Who We R by Ke$ha
Poker Face by Lady Gaga
Firework by Katy Perry

Favorite Music Artists: in order of total votes

1. Lady Gaga
2. Eminem
3. Katy Perry
4. Justin Bieber
5. Ke$ha

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Now through March 31, teens can vote in our annual choice awards.

Visit the Reference or A/V desks to pick up a ballot.  Write in your favorite movie, song, music video, TV show and video game and drop it in the box.

Get a small prize when you vote and you’ll also be entered in our grab bag drawing in April.

Check out the winners from last year.

Will someone beat out Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber this year?

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