Everybody wants students to learn in school, but figuring out how to measure learning can be a huge problem − as Illinois is finding out. Come March, students throughout Illinois will encounter a new standardized exam that has already generated a lot of controversy.
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Brrr! Did December 2014 lull you into the same winter apathy it did me? The unusually warm weather was a treat, but when 2015 swept in with its bitter winds and icy snow, it caught me off guard. I’ve been scrambling to get my winter knitting projects finished and ready to wear ever since.
At first, I was only kicking myself because I wished I had a super-warm scarf to keep my teeth from chattering. Then I read about a new study from Yale School of Medicine that uncovered the link between getting cold and getting a cold. This study has vindicated a bit of motherly wisdom once consigned to the rank old wives’ tale.
Are you searching for a preschool or daycare for your child, but you feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start?
Choosing a preschool for your child is an important decision, so we here at the Niles Library want to offer you all the resources you could need so you can make an informed decision. Join us at the Library on Wednesday, January 21, where we will be hosting the Preschool and Daycare Fair.
Stop by the KidSpace Program Room from 6-6:30 pm to talk with a social worker about choosing the right place for your child. Feel free to bring any questions or concerns you may have and receive tips on how to pick a preschool or daycare.
Starting at 6:30 pm, tour the Preschool and Daycare Fair in the Large Meeting Room to get the chance to talk in person with representatives from local preschools, daycares, and other early childhood centers all in one place. The fair will last until 8:30 pm.
For more information, please call 847-663-1234 or visit our website at nileslibrary.org/events.
Click here if you would like to see a full list of the preschools and daycares available.
Ah, September. The temperatures are cooling, the leaves are turning, and people all around town are signing up for library cards. Why? Because September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!
There’s not a single reason why you shouldn’t have a library card, but there are a plethora of reasons why you should.
1. Everyone in your family can get a uniquely designed library card (Adult have three design choices, one for teens, one for kids).
2. Only Niles library cardholders can check out Hot Pick items (the newest movies and books).
3. Your Niles library card will give you access to more than 50 online resources including Rosetta Stone, Flipster, Tutor.com, Tumblebooks, and more.
4. You can download an eBook, eAudiobook, magazines, and more at 3am while comfortably tucked away in your bed.
5. Um, did we mention free? Free books, free movies, free video games, and free music – all for you with your FREE library card.
So come on in to the Niles Library with your ID and sign up for one today (or renew the one you haven’t used since 1998 – we won’t tell). Or visit our website at www.nileslibrary.org/apply-card-online to sign up online.
Once you sign up for a new card, you will be entered into our drawings for some fantastic prizes. Adult new cardholders are eligible for an iPad Mini. Teens and Kids new cardholders are eligible for a 4 pack of movie theater tickets. AND there will be 10 bonus winners who receive a $5 Superdawg gift card. It’s a win/win situation.
Read digital copies of your favorite magazines on your computer, smartphone, or tablet on our new service Flipster. Use your Niles Public Library card to access current and back issues of over 40 popular titles such as: US Weekly, Food Network Magazine, Rolling Stone, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, and Seventeen.
-Magazines are full-print, full-color duplicates of the print magazine (including ads).
-Our collection includes current and back issues of 40 popular titles.
-You can access Flipster with your computer or mobile device.
-Offline viewing is available via the Flipster app for the iPad and iPad mini.
-Download as many magazines as you’d like 24/7.
-Titles never expire so there are no overdue fines.
Access Flipster though our website at www.nileslibrary.org. Click in the Research tab under Resources.
There’s nothing I love more than a good story. Luckily, as a KidSpace librarian, I spend a lot of time reading & telling to kids of all ages. This summer, I’ve decided to give preschoolers a chance to sit in the storytime chair in a story dictation program called Little Authors.
For decades, preschool teachers have been using story dictation methods developed by early childhood education luminaries like Vivian Paley and Carol Avery to help children put their ideas, experiences, and fantasies on paper. Story dictation is a deceptively simple early learning activity. All you need is paper, pencils, and your undivided attention. Ask a child to describe an event, idea or person; and write down the words exactly as the child says them. Then read the story back to her, and watch her face light up in pride & triumph!
Here are some of the fantastic stories written by a few of Niles’ homegrown little authors:
Ah, the holidays.
There are any versions of cherishing the holidays as there are families. They may watch (for the 27th time!) Ralphie’s quest for an air rifle in A Christmas Story or George’s redemption in It’s a Wonderful Life. Never any shortage of baked goods around this time, either. If a tree is involved, out come dusty boxes of ornaments and in comes a five foot evergreen. Others will light the Menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. It’s all good.
But the holidays also bring something which strikes fear into the hearts of parents: Children with no school to go to! A few hours of TV-movie nostalgia and cookie-munching and tree decorating may not be enough. Where to find things for them to do, watch, listen to, and — yes, even over the holidays — read?
Here. Video games help the holidays speed by. If the holidays are a “blast your enemies”-free zone, maybe they’d go for electronic hockey or Sims or Diego. If blasting is allowed, they could get in touch with their inner Harry Potter. A little laid-back wizarding — in Kinect, Wii, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, or Xbox — might be just the thing.
The image above is probably embedded in every kids and adults mind alike that it hardly warrants guessing where it came from if you’ve watched the movie from your childhood or for the first time.
This hit family holiday comedy is a feel good movie for all ages!
Aside from being one of my all time favorite holiday movies, it deserves to be on the list of top classic holiday movies. Its multiple themes of togetherness, forgiveness, and most importantly family, transcends time itself and still plays on till this day. Though it premiered in November of 1990, the movie itself does not get tiring. Though the laughs may wane a little after watching the “Wet Bandits”, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, encounter the various booby traps–which I alone admit to actually recreating my own battle plans when I was small–the end result is still pretty darn hilarious.
The plot of the movie is simple: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister gets left home alone after his family accidentally leaves him behind due to a mishap at the beginning of the movie, which I will not spoil, but is pretty ridiculous that you forget about it after watching the whole movie. He is forced to defend himself and his home after the two bumbling burglars sets their sights on their property. Amidst all the gags and the action that most of the comedy derives from, the emotional core of the movie and the music itself elevates it to a whole different experience.
At its core, it’s a heartwarming tale that tugs at the strings mainly because of the mother’s attempt to get home to her little boy. You’ll find yourself cheerful, festive, smiling, and maybe develop a slight “lump” in your throat after the movie.
So if you find yourself stuck with nothing to watch during the holiday season, pick yourself up a copy of the movie or put it on hold here. We also have the movie on Blu-ray here. Trust me, you won’t regret it.