YALSA has just announced the five finalists for their brand new award for young adult nonfiction.  Here they are.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone

“Angering and inspiring. 13 women proved in the early 1960s that they were just as suited to space exploration as men  and yet they were denied the opportunity.  These “almost astronauts” share details about the early days of the space program that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heiligman

“Opposites attract! Charles Darwin is a budding naturalist, struggles with religious doubt, and is fresh from a voyage around the world. Emma Wedgwood loves music, is devoutly Christian, and a sloppy homebody. When they decide to marry, both are terrified. Their beliefs seem very different, but both are open-minded.”

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip Hoose

“Claudette Colvin was just 15 years old when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white person. “It’s my constitutional right!” she declared, as Montgomery, Alabama police officers pulled her off the bus.  She later provided key testimony in a landmark court case against segregation.”

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous and Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
by Candace Fleming

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
by Sally M. Walker

“Fascinating true forensic & historical mystery. Forensic anthropologists study the skeletons of people of different ages and walks of life who lived and died along Chesapeake Bay. Enlightening & never dull!”

All five titles are available at the Niles Public Library.

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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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NGD2009-logoEver wanted to create your own board game or card game?  Now’s your chance!  Create your game from a mixture of raw materials and pieces of other games.  You make up the rules and decide how the game can be played and won.

When: Sat. Nov. 14 1:00-2:30pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

Register now!

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BBW09Celebrate your freedom to read this week!  Visit the official Banned Books Week website and the ALA website to learn more about banned & challenged books.

Check out the map to see where books have been challegned and banned during the past couple of years. Do you know of a book challenge that hasn’t been included on the map?  Tell us about it!

Also, be sure to read the poem “Manifesto” by Ellen Hopkins. You may have read her work before, she’s written several popular books including Crank & Glass, both of which were recently challenged at a school library in Norman, OK.

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When: 6:30 PM Friday, September 25, 2009
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 Oakton St.

Gabriela Carrillo, the winner of Golf Mill Mall’s recent Teen Idol @ the Mill contest will perform a special after-hours concert at the library! The first and second runners-up of the singing competition, Brittany Tepper and Catherine Krol, will also perform.  We’re looking forward to hearing all three of these talented young ladies – visit our event page to reserve your seat now!

See/hear Gabriela sing “Bleeding Love” on youtube.

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Check out the 25 nominated titles here, then vote for your 3 favorites.  Who will the ultimate winner be?  Will it be Hunger Games? Could it be Breaking Dawn?

About the Teens’ Top Ten

Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.  Readers ages 12 to 18 can vote online, anytime between Aug. 24 and Sept. 18; the winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week.

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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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