Enter our poetry contest by April 17, 2011!

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the library.

First Prize: $75 certificate   Second Prize: $50 certificate   Third Prize: $25 certificate

Contest is open to residents of Chicago and suburbs.

  • To enter you must be between 10 and 18 years old as of April 17, 2011.

  • Limit 6 poems per poet.

  • Include your name, age, address and phone number.

Click Here for the Full Contest Rules.

Email entries: to dblock@nileslibrary.org

Learn more about National Poetry Month.

Looking for inspiration or need some writing tips? Check out some of the great poetry books in our collection.

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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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Celebrate technology with us at the library with Teen Tech Week, running March 6-12.

Teen Tech Week kicks off March 6 with All About Game Design. Meet a game designer from Disney Interactive, and challenge him at Guilty Party.

When: Sunday, March 6 @ 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

The week ends on March 12 with a Digital Storytelling workshop. Use online tools like Xtranormal.com to make animated movies, create pop-up art and shoot your self portrait using a scanner.

When: Saturday, March 12 @ 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

Look for Teen Tech Week displays in the AV area and on the 3rd floor.  Vote in our Teen Choice Awards and get a small prize + be entered in a grab-bag prize drawing at the end of the month!

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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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The holidays are over and school and work are back in session.  Don’t forget, though, that another holiday is coming up in just 2 weeks!

Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated on Monday, January 17 this year. Learn more about the civil rights leader and the holiday to honor him from The King Center.

This federal holiday coincides with final exams for some schools, so we’re having an open study hall on Sunday January 16.  Free food & drinks will be offered for teens who come to the library to study or take a study break between 1:00-4:30 that day.

On January 17, we’re also hosting an Iron Chef competition for teens.  Register here.

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