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The number of children in homeschooling has been steadily increasing nationwide, so it makes sense there would be a strong homeschool presence in Niles. That became all the more clear March 4 when 13 homeschooling mothers and their 22 student-children visited the Niles Public Library to learn about the full range of supportive resources it provides.

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Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff pays homage to the new networks that we (myself included) rely on for love: technology.

Brezenoff packs this modern dilemma into a cheeky, geeky story of RPG, LARPing and video game lexicons. I have very limited knowledge about video games, so I was skeptic at first but also curious. After all I am a reader; I take on stacks of books and move up level by level in lexile points.

Fortunately the story itself is not in full video game mode, but it has a few contextual key points that prove that it is in fact a geeky love story. The love story is interesting because it involves a hardcore metal fan, Lesh, and the game profile he creates, Svetlana, who he falls in love with. This is the moral dilemma about modern technology that Brezenoff introduces rather skillfully: Falling in love with a CHARACTER you created! Rather creepy, but in a world of ideal relationships and teenage awkwardness, Lesh’s actions are very relatable (from a teenager’s perspective).

After all, being in love during high school is very awkward and sometimes stressful for the couple and people around them. Brezenoff incorporates these types of teen issues, such as dealing with parents, friends and cliques (Gamer geeks versus metal fans?), in his book quite well. For that, I give Brezenoff a big thumbs-up for the full slice-of-life action, but the whole plot itself is pretty mediocre and similar to modern genres of books that I’ve been reading.

If you are a writer who constantly looks out for slice-of-life, geeky books (especially if you are a gamer of some sort), then this book might fit your criteria. From a reviewer’s perspective with no knowledge of video games whatsoever, I found this pleasing but bland. Brezenoff could have added more background info about the relationship and the clique structure of “gamer versus metal fans” so as to demonstrate the difficulty of their relationship due to their different outlooks. But it is a book that is meant to end well.

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14 Romance Movies Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! For all the hopeless romantics out there, here at the Niles Library we’ve got the perfect selection of romance movies to tug at your heartstrings. So if you’ve got a special someone (or two named Ben & Jerry), grab one of these sweet flicks and fall in love with love all over again.

1) When Harry Met Sally (1989)

2) A Walk to Remember (2002)

3) The Notebook (2004)

4) The Princess Bride (1987)

5) Valentine’s Day (2010)

6) Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

7) 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

8) Legally Blonde (2001)

9) Titanic (1997)

10) Ghost (1990)

11) West Side Story (1961)

12) Pretty Woman (1990)

13) The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

14) An Affair to Remember (1957)

As usual, you can search through our entire DVD/Blu-ray collection at www.nileslibrary.org. Or if you’re technologically inclined, you can download up to ten of these heart-warmers using Hoopla, a new service that lets you instantly download movies, music, and more onto your mobile devices 24/7. All you need is your Niles Public Library card to register at hoopladigital.com/home. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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This movie is old by now, but it is the last significant movie that I’ve seen in a while. I’m super excited for Mockingjay, but that is besides the point.

If I Stay is a tearjerker, and you cannot label it as any less. All of my family members shed at least one tear, and that says a lot since my Polish, whiskey-drinking grandma came along to watch it with my aunt, sister, and me. If I had to put a label on it, I would say that this is a romance movie but I do not have to since this is my blog, and I am glad I do not have to because it was so much more than that.

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The book that I am writing a review about is Panic by Lauren Oliver. It was on the list for the ALA Conference so I decided to give it a shot.

From a personal standpoint I would give this book a rating of 5/5. It was a very well written book and I absolutely loved it! I could not put the book down due to all of the action and suspense that kept going on. The characters were very well portrayed, and the ending was something completely different from what I expected it to be. It actually made me want to start reading it again!

It’s one of my favorite books now and I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to read it. I highly suggest that you go pick up a copy at the Library!

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20-Movies-Turning-20

This is going to be hard to believe, but as we begin the new year that means the heart of the 90s, 1995, was 20 years ago. Do you remember what you were doing that year? Were you surfing the web via AOL dial-up on your Windows 95 computer? Playing Rayman on your PlayStation? Or were you running to Blockbuster to rent the latest movie on VHS?

The cool thing is that all those movies you were popping into your VCR two decades ago can now be checked out here at the Niles Library on DVD and Blu-ray. A major perk to watching these hits now? You no longer have to be kind and rewind! So check out this list of 20 movies turning 20 in 2015, and get ready to be transported back to a time when Boy Meets World aired new episodes and people only used cell phones for making calls.

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Preschool-Blog

Are you searching for a preschool or daycare for your child, but you feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start?

Choosing a preschool for your child is an important decision, so we here at the Niles Library want to offer you all the resources you could need so you can make an informed decision. Join us at the Library on Wednesday, January 21, where we will be hosting the Preschool and Daycare Fair.

Stop by the KidSpace Program Room from 6-6:30 pm to talk with a social worker about choosing the right place for your child. Feel free to bring any questions or concerns you may have and receive tips on how to pick a preschool or daycare.

Starting at 6:30 pm, tour the Preschool and Daycare Fair in the Large Meeting Room to get the chance to talk in person with representatives from local preschools, daycares, and other early childhood centers all in one place. The fair will last until 8:30 pm.

For more information, please call 847-663-1234 or visit our website at nileslibrary.org/events.

Click here if you would like to see a full list of the preschools and daycares available.

 

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JUV-Author-Meet

What are your plans for Thursday, January 22? Oh good, you’re stopping by the Library? Then you’re in luck, because the Niles Library will be hosting an author meet-and-greet with children’s authors Brandon Mull and James Riley!

Brandon Mull is the author of Spirit Animals, Fablehaven, and the Beyonders trilogy. His new series, Five Kingdoms,will keep you coming back for more until March 2016. James Riley, an up-and-coming fantasy writer, is the author of the Upon a Time trilogy and his latest release, Story Thieves.

Join us at the Library on Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm for a chance to ask Mull and Riley any questions you may have about their books. Mull and Riley will be available for autographs after the meet-and-greet. Their books will also be available for purchase at The Book Stall.

This event is made possible by a partnership with The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka. No registration is required, and the event is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

The Niles Public Library is located at 6960 W. Oakton St. at the northeast corner of the Oakton and Waukegan intersection in Niles, IL. If you have any questions about the event, please contact our KidSpace department at 847-663-6622.

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Halloween

Now that the nights will be getting longer and the temperatures will be dropping, it won’t be long before the fall festivities are in full-swing. And while we know you will be busy frolicking through crunchy red leaves in the forest and guzzling pumpkin spice lattes, we highly suggest you make some room in your hectic schedule for some of these entertaining Halloween programs that will be going on here at the Niles Public Library.

We’ve got 7 here that we know you’ll love:

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