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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You’ve probably noticed our really cool new blog header above.  It was submitted by our first place artist in this year’s Teen Read Week Art Contest, Christian V!

Our other finalists are:

Kyle J.
Matthew S.
Karyn M.
Mariana K.
Sam P.
Tal V.

Our seven finalists were chosen by members of the library’s Teen Advisory Board.  Their artwork will appear at the top of this blog during the coming year.  Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!

Visit our flickr site to see all seven finalists.

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November 13, 2010 is National Gaming Day. Libaries are about much more than books, and National Gaming Day is just one way that we show that.  Libraries who register for National Gaming Day will participate in a variety of ways.  Some will host video game tournaments and others will host board game tournaments.  More than 1,800 libraries around the world will celebrate games this year, just the third year of NGD.

We’re celebrating here in Niles with a Yu-gi-oh! card tournament from 2:00-3:30pm. Bring your own deck to join in the fun and for a chance to win prizes. 

Anyone who wants to try out Wits & Wagers, the game we received for partcipating in National Gaming Day,  is also welcome.  Wits & Wagers is a party trivia game where you don’t need to know the answers to the questions in order to play!

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NaNoWriMo 2010 is almost upon us!  Don’t know what NaNoWriMo is? It takes place each November, and is basically a no-holds-barred month-long writing free-for-all.  The goal is to knock out a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.

50,000 words in 30 days.  Seem imposssible?  It’s not!  Thousands of people, including teens, have reached the 50,000 goal each of the past 10 years.  The key is to keep at it, just a few thousand words a day, no matter what.

Don’t think that your writing is any good?  Think of this novel as your first draft.  If your novel is rough and ugly at the end of the month, then just remember that you have 11 more months to polish it into a gem. Also remember that just writing something, anything, is an accomplishment.

For NaNoWriMo events near you (including events coming up at the Niles Public Library) visit the official Chicago region website.

NaNoWriMo Events at Niles Public Library

Nov. 1 Kick-Off  Event 6:30-8:30pm
Nov. 15 Midway Write-In 6:30-8:30pm
Nov. 30 Wrap-Up Party 7-8:30pm

All events take place in the Board Room at 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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We’re midway through Teen Read Week (October 17-23).  I hope everyone has had time to do some reading this week — just for fun.  No, you say?  Then why not take a few minutes right now?  Drop whatever you’re doing, and take just 30 minutes, or even 20, or 15 to read something you enjoy!

It doesn’t have to be a book.  Books are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also fun to read magazines and the Onion.

If you do have time to read a book, please consider sharing a brief review here.  Reviewers are entered in a drawing for a book store gift card!

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Join us on Sunday for a fun introduction to parkour, or the art of overcoming obstacles.  Hungry zombies are used as motivation to get you started on the road to functional fitness.  The guys at www.zombiefit.org have this to say:

“What if you woke up tomorrow to find your city overridden with zombies, would you survive?  The keys to surviving Z-day are simple: Be able to lift and throw heavy things, run fast and for long distances, and be able to navigate obstacles and urban environments in an efficient manner.”

Watch the ZombieFit team demonstrate workout fundamentals, and then try them out yourself!  Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes so that you’re ready to jump in.

When: Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2:30pm
Where: Niles Public Library
6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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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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