Bring your own cards for our Holiday Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament. Win prizes!  Snack on tasty goodies!

When: Dec. 28, 2-4:30pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL
Who: Grades 7-12

A lot of our contestants enjoy displaying and trading cards.  Just be careful to keep an eye on your cards throughout the tournament, so that none “walk off.”

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The Teen Read Week Anime and Manga celebration is this Saturday, October, 15 at 3:00pm in the large meeting room. Play Japanese games, munch on Japanese treats, and help plan the November meeting.

Colleen, the library’s graphic artist, will join us to create a Manga collage for the public art show on October 30.  Bring your old manga magazines and/or manga art to add to the collage!  Everyone is also invited to bring individual art work for display at the show.

The art show takes place 2:00-4:00pm on Sunday, October 30.  Local teen ska band the Copy Chiefs will play and refreshments will be served. All art will be returned after the reception.

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College Nannies & Tutors is offering a FREE practice ACT test at the library this Saturday, Oct 8.

The test begins at 12:45 and will run roughly until 4:45pm.  Bring a #2 pencil, a calculator and your brain!

There are still spots, register today!

For more ACT practice, check out these links:

http://www.testprepreview.com/

http://www.actstudent.org/

http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/

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Your original header art could decorate this blog!  Art may be done in a variety of media – including digital – and must fit the dimensions 225 pixels by 700 pixels.  First place will win a $50 gift card.

To enter you must be between ages 12 and 18 as of October 23, 2010 and live in Illinois. Up to 6 entries may be submitted on paper, flash drive, CD or as email attachments.  Please note we cannot return entries. Winners will be contacted by phone or email.  Please include name, address, age and contact info with your entries.  Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and art should your entry win.

Submit your art by 5:00pm Saturday October 23.  Submissions will be accepted at the A/V and Reference desks, by email dblock@nileslibrary.org and regular mail (Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714)

Check out some of the past winners and finalists here and here.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!  If the chat box says that no one is available, then email dblock@nileslibrary.org or call 847-663-6434.

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Join us Saturday for Project Playbill, an original play written for all ages & performed by local teens!  A magical coloring book is stolen from the museum, causing all  colors to disappear.  Detective Scarlett Redd & her assistant Pinky Periwinkle are on the case.  Can you spot the culprit before they do?


When: 11:00 am Saturday, July 31
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 Oakton St.

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Yesterday, the library and Chipotle hosted a screening of the documentary film What’s On Your Plate?.  In the film, two friends investigate where the food they eat comes from. The answers aren’t always appetizing.  There are still places where you can find good, fresh food, such as local farmers markets.

Local Area Farmers’ Markets:

Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market
Saturdays May 8 – November 6
7:30am-1:00pm

Glenview Farmers’ Market
Saturdays June 26 – October 9
8:00am-noon

Park Ridge Farmers Market
Saturdays mid-May through October
7:00am-1:00pm

Ridgeville Farmers Market
Wednesdays June 3-September 30
3:00pm-dusk

Skokie Farmers Market
Sundays end of June to the end of October
7:30 am-12:45 pm

For more information about food & health, check out the resources below

Books

Chew On This and Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Don’t Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock

Food Rules and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

What the World Eats by Peter Menzel

Websites

Naturally Grown www.naturallygrown.org

Fast Food Facts www.fastfoodfacts.info

Food & Water Watch www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Let’s Move www.letsmove.gov

Sustainable Table http://www.sustainabletable.org

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Each summer, talented local teens put on a play at the library.  There’s a role for everyone whether it’s writing, acting, directing, creating sets and costumes, or running the lights and sound.  We work hard, but also have fun!

2010 Playbill Schedule
June 28 – July 31

Rehearsals take place 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our first meeting will be Monday, June 28.  Our public performance and cast and crew party will take place on Saturday, July 31.

Register for the first meeting here.  Contact librarian Donna Block for more information at 847-663-6434.

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April 22 is Earth Day!  Celebrate this Saturday by making treasure from trash.  Turn candy wrappers and pop tabs into chains that can be made into keychains, bracelets, even belts!

When: 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 Oakton St. Niles, IL

During April and May we’re also celebrating the classic novel The Maltese Falcon through our Big Read Program.  Pick up a free copy of the book or download the audio dramatization and attend one of our discussions! How does this book compare to crime fiction in books, TV and movies today?

Audio Discussion Monday, April 19
7:00-8:00pm in the Board Room

Book Discussion Saturday, April 24
12:30-1:30pm in the Board Room

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