Abe Lincoln’s birthday is celeberated this weekend.  We’re celebrating at the library with open gaming on Monday, February 21.  Rock Band 3 and other popular Xbox games will be available to play.

When: Monday, Feb. 21 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

Learn more about our 16th president here. Or, check out a few books about Lincoln.  Here are just a few:
Lincoln Through the Lens, 
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look,
Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War,
Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel

and Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.

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Say hello to our new online catalog!  The new catalog makes searching for books, movies, and music easier.  Keeping track of what you’ve read, watched and listened to is also easier, with virtual shelves. 

Did you love something, or hate something?  You can let others know by rating it.  Add tags, comments, similar titles and more.  You can share lists with friends, or keep them totally private – what and how much you share is entirely up to you.

For more information, check out this video introduction:
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcPZ48O4ggI]

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Decorate a dazzling picture frame for Valentine’s Day.  Crafter Linda Williams will lead this crafting workshop. Register now!

When: Saturday, February 12 2:00-3:30pm

Where: 6960 W. Oakton St Niles, IL

Find crafting and DIY resources here, on our website. Also check out etsy more inspiration.

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Register here for Bollywood Dancing on Jan. 30. Ajanta Chakraborty, founder of the dance company Bollywood Groove, will lead this fun cardioclass for ages 12 and up. Ajanta has a Senior Diploma in Indian classical dance from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, and her passion lies in making the Indian dance styles accessible to all ages. Learn to dance like a Bollywood star!

When: Sun, Jan. 30 2-3pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

“Bollywood” is a slang term for popular Hindi-language musical films made in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) India.  India produces more films each year than any other country in the world, and Mumbai is the center of the Indian film industry. Read more about Bollywood.

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YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, has announced the winners of several annual book awards this week.

The Printz Award honors a book that a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year’s winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.  This adventure is set in a not-too-distant future that has been ravaged by global warming. Nailer makes a living by scavenging shipwrecks for copper wire and dreams of making a lucky strike that will allow him to escape his dangerous dad. He longs to parasail aboard one of the sleek schooners that he sees far out on the open ocean. One night a nasty storm grinds all work on the beach to a halt. Nailer and his friend Pima discover a wrecked schooner and go scavenging, only to find a girl on board who wears more wealth on her fingers than they have ever dreamed of. Do they kill her and take her rings? Or do they risk their lives to return her to her clan?

The YALSA Nonfiction Award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults each year.  This year’s winner is Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel. This book was a labor of love. Angel worked on it for years, conducting interviews with Joplin’s friends.  The eye-popping design is a delight. The colors and patterns adorning the pages reflect the psychedelic look of Joplin’s album art. There are also many photos of Joplin, some filling an entire page, that show her both in her awkward youth and as the performer that she transformed herself into. This a fun book to browse through. Angel does a really good job of describing Joplin’s persona and the impact she had on people.

The Morris Award honors a debut-novel written for teens.  This year’s winner is The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston.  Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem solving skills, sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself. “With insightful humor and an impressive economy of language, Woolston brings a fresh voice to teen fiction that will challenge and delight readers,” said Morris Award Chair Summer Hayes.

In addition to these awards, YALSA has produced  Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, Quick Picks, Adult Books, and Popular Paperback lists. There’s lots of great books here, so check them out!

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I hope everyone has had a chance to read and enjoy the first place winner of our recent short story contest!

photo by Kyle May

Our second place winner is Caroline Moy with “When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes.”  Her story is published here.  Although all the two winning stories began with the same first two sentences, they go in completely different directions.

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When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes by Caroline Moy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Teen Advisory Board members have chosen the winners of the library’s first summer short story contest.  Competitors all began their stories with the following passage:

As I planted my tan, scorched feet towards the front of the glass-like ocean, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I stood under the starry night as thunder rolled above and lightning danced in the skies.

Our first place winner is Anetta Siemianowicz with her story “Just an Ordinary Guy.”  Her story is published here

Our second place winner is Caroline Moy with “When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes.”  Her story will be published later this week – stay tuned!

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“Just an Ordinary Guy” by Anetta Siemianowicz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Are you ready for our Hunger Games Challenge on August 11?  Why not train yourself for the trivia portion of the contest by visiting the official Hunger Games Facebook page?  You can also sign up to win free books there!

Anxiously awaiting the release of Mockingjay on August 24?  View the trailer here, and the countdown clock here.

Join us Wednesday, Aug 11 for The Hunger Games Challenge!

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Your original header art could decorate this blog!  Art may be done in a variety of media – including digital – and must fit the dimensions 225 pixels by 700 pixels.  First place will win a $50 gift card.

To enter you must be between ages 12 and 18 as of October 23, 2010 and live in Illinois. Up to 6 entries may be submitted on paper, flash drive, CD or as email attachments.  Please note we cannot return entries. Winners will be contacted by phone or email.  Please include name, address, age and contact info with your entries.  Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and art should your entry win.

Submit your art by 5:00pm Saturday October 23.  Submissions will be accepted at the A/V and Reference desks, by email dblock@nileslibrary.org and regular mail (Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714)

Check out some of the past winners and finalists here and here.

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

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