Yesterday, the library and Chipotle hosted a screening of the documentary film What’s On Your Plate?.  In the film, two friends investigate where the food they eat comes from. The answers aren’t always appetizing.  There are still places where you can find good, fresh food, such as local farmers markets.

Local Area Farmers’ Markets:

Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market
Saturdays May 8 – November 6
7:30am-1:00pm

Glenview Farmers’ Market
Saturdays June 26 – October 9
8:00am-noon

Park Ridge Farmers Market
Saturdays mid-May through October
7:00am-1:00pm

Ridgeville Farmers Market
Wednesdays June 3-September 30
3:00pm-dusk

Skokie Farmers Market
Sundays end of June to the end of October
7:30 am-12:45 pm

For more information about food & health, check out the resources below

Books

Chew On This and Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Don’t Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock

Food Rules and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

What the World Eats by Peter Menzel

Websites

Naturally Grown www.naturallygrown.org

Fast Food Facts www.fastfoodfacts.info

Food & Water Watch www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Let’s Move www.letsmove.gov

Sustainable Table http://www.sustainabletable.org

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Our Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 7.  Register at the Fiction (lower level) or Reference  (2nd level) desks.

It’s really simple: just for tell us what you read over the summer by filling out a reading log.  You can read whatever you want. Get prizes when you sign up and turn in a log.

Everyone who completes at least one reading log will also be entered in a drawing in August for prizes including an Apple iPod Touch.

Come to our study hall between 5:00-9:00 on Monday to register and get free food!

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Teens aged 10-18 are invited to enter our 13th annual poetry contest.  Submit up to 6 poems by email, snail mail or in person at the library by April 18.

Gift cards to Barnes & Noble will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and all winning entries will be printed in a booklet to be distributed at the library.

Please include all necessary contact information with each submission, so we know who to credit.  Only residents of Illinois are eligible to enter.

Click here to get all the contest details.

Unanswered Questions? Contact librarian Donna Block at (847) 663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org for more information.

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Thinking about college but aren’t sure how to pay for it? Learn about Financial Aid options at our workshop on December 10!  A representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will explain the financial aid application process and tell you about available government grants.

When: Thursday, Dec. 10 @ 7:00pm
Where: Meeting Room A, 6960 W. Oakton Niles, IL

Learn more about the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Their website is designed to help you plan your future, no matter your age now.

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vbobWatch music videos of local teen bands Blame the Dog and Sitting on the Ceiling and vote for your favorite!  The winning band will perform live at the library this fall.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room @ 6960 Oakton St.

Update: Congrats to our winner Blame the Dog!  Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming concert.

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Battle of the Bands

When: June 1 – July 31

Got a band together? Looking for a gig? Compete in our virtual battle of the bands! Make a video of your band playing any song and post it online. Then, send us a link to your video.  The deadline for entries is 5pm July 31.

Attend the video screening on August 20 to vote for your favorite and show support for your band. The winning band will get $100 and an exclusive deal to perform at the library.

For more information: contact Donna at dblock@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6434; and Mary at mmiller@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6618.

Please include: your band name, band members’ names and ages, address, phone number, and any library card number with your entry. Local teens and librarians will vote for their favorite. Band members must be between the ages 12-21 as of July 31, 2009. Only bands from Illinois are eligible to win.

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