Poster for Musical High SchoolWelcome to Adequate High School in Adequate, Oregon. The school motto is “Keep it adequate!” and the school cheer is “OKAAAY!” The drama club tries to stage a production of the muscial Mint Green Tap Shoes,  and in the words of Playbill writer and cast member Robbie, they face a lot of challenges. Gabrielle says, “Come for the laughs and good memories. “This play is a lot about accepting people for who they are!” says Rohini.

Click here to register for our premier (and only) performance. Don’t miss out!

When: Saturday, July 20 @ 11 am

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 Oakton St.

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37 teens braved the construction to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards. Their ballots have been counted, and here are the winners in each category.

Best Song:

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Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Video Game:

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Call of Duty

Best Movie (tie):

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Hunger Games

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Wreck-It Ralph

Best TV Show:

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Pretty Little Liars

Best Music Video:

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Gangnam Style by Psy

Best Musical Artist:

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Macklemore

Best Song, Movie, TV Show and Music Video were selected by a straight count of the popular vote. In the case of Video Games, votes for specific editions of a particular game (ie. 1 for Just Dance 3, 1 for Just Dance 4) were combined (2 for Just Dance) . The Musical Artist category was chosen by combining the votes for best song and best music video.

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Win prizes! Submit up to 6 of your best poems to our annual contest to celebrate National Poetry Month.

To enter you must reside in Northern Illinois and be between 10 and 18 years old as of the deadline: April 21, 2013.

Please include your name, age, address, phone number, name of your school and library card number.

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

Download the official flyer with complete rules here.

Questions? Email Teen Librarian Donna Block at dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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code Our March-long Scavenger Hunt has begun! Five codes, just like the one pictured here, have been posted around the library. Pick up a scorecard from the Reference or AV desk, and use the codes to answer the five questions it asks you. Don’t have a phone or other device that can scan the codes? Follow the bit.ly link (in bright orange text) instead.

Turn in your completed scorecard for a small prize and an entry in our prize drawing. Fresh codes will be posted each Friday, so you can play four times.

While you’re at the library, be sure to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards, as well. Get all the details and a ballot from one of the desks.

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It’s time for the Niles Public Library’s annual Teen Read Week Art Contest! Your original header art could decorate the library and our blog.  Art may be done in a variety of media – including digital – and must fit the dimensions of the blog header above (700 x 225 pixels).

 First place will also win a $50 gift card! To enter you must be between ages 12 and 18 as of October 26, 2012. Entries will be judged by the library’s teen advisory board. Submit your art at the A/V or Reference desks, or by email to dblock@nileslibrary.org.

Click here for all the details.

Questions? Contact the library at 847-663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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ImageCan’t get enough of the Hunger Games?

Re-read the entire series, or read it for the first time.  Check out one of our Sony Readers, which contain the Hunger Games trilogy plus 20 other great books!

Click here to get more details on our Sony Readers.

Visit the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library to test and check out one of the ereaders.

Hungry for lamb stew or other foods from the books and movie? We also have an Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook that you can check out.

Writing a report for school?  Check out The Hunger Games Companion and The Girl Who Was On Fire for critical analysis of the series.

Finally, for photos of the movies’ stars, take a look at The Official Illustrated Movie Companion and The World of the Hunger Games.

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Thinking about college?  Struggling to decide on a major or save for tuition?  These two upcoming programs are designed to help!

College Planning Workshop
When: March 13, 7-8:30pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Get help picking a college that will give the best financial aid package, learn what steps to take to ensure the best prospects for admission and maximum financial aid and pick up key strategies for paying for college even when you don’t qualify for financial aid.

Career Vision Start Early – Start Smart When: March 20, 7-8pm
Where: Meeting Room B, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Learn what you need to know about making good academic and career choices before choosing a college. Find out why early career planning is important and four great steps for making college major and career decisions. Career Vision is part of a not-for-profit foundation.

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Teen Tech Week:
March 4 – 10

Join us for three great programs!

Geek Olympics Sunday March 4, 2-4pm
Compete for fun and prizes in a search engine battle, make a meme, hack a website, create a digital bulletin board and invent an unbreakable password.

Open Gaming Friday March 9, 4-6pm
Challenge friends to Xbox, Wii and PS2 games on our big screens. Play any of the games available at the library or bring in your own.

Skype with an Artist Saturday March 10, 2-3:30pm
Manga fans will have the opportunity to Skype with the famous graphic artist Svetlana Chmakova.

 

Also, Vote in Our Fifth Annual Teen Choice Awards now through March 31!

Teens can vote for their favorite movie, video game, song and more!

Visit the reference or fiction desks to pick up a ballot.  Everyone who votes gets a small prize and an entry in our grab bag prize raffle.

Results will be posted in early April.

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School’s out next Monday for Presidents’ Day,  so join us at the library for a fun video game tournament. Bring a friend to compete against in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3.  Free food, fun and prizes!

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton

When: Monday, Feb 20, starting at 1pm.

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Free Jazz Concert!  Come out to support Gemini Jazz Band as they prepare for the Illinois Music Education Convention.

When: Friday, Jan. 13 @ 5pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St, Niles

The band program was eliminated from the school budget in the spring of 2004, but since its re-inception in 2005-2006, the Gemini Jazz Band has been a very strong part of the community. They perform regularly  at malls, nursing homes, hospitals and bookstores.  They have also been invited to represent the school district at area awards, banquets and dinners for the East Maine Township, Niles Chamber of Commerce, and Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Since their re-inception in 2005, the jazz band has regularly attended festivals such as the North Shore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School, the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at Rolling Meadows High School, and the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School.  They have earned a 1st division superior rating at every jazz festival they have attended since 2005 and have ranked in the top three of every competitive festival they have attended since 2007.

Individual students from the band have earned honors as Outstanding Soloists at the North Shore Jazz Festival and Most Outstanding Soloist at the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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