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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Thanks to this wonderful thing called the Internet, people can look up all kinds of quick and easy recipes for that last minute meal or late night snack. So I bring you the first installment of Eat Cheats, a selection of cool, fun, easy-to-make meals for one that you can eat right out of your coffee cup. This post will focus on the Nutella Mug Cake, based on my experience with the recipe and what you need to successfully bake your own little cake.  Who says you can’t enjoy mini desserts without an Easy-Bake Oven?

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It was the splash heard ’round the town. Less than a week after partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Niles Public Library has inspired more people to participate in this worthy cause to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known in the U.S. as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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While the high level of participation in the challenge is great, many of the people pouring gallons of icy water over their heads don’t fully understand what ALS is or early warning signs of the neurological disease. So for those interested in learning more about ALS, here is a compiled list of some resources – both books and DVDs – that can be found at the Niles Public Library to provide a better understanding of it:

Until I Say Good-Bye

Tuesdays With Morrie

Luckiest Man

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Niles Public Library hosted its Battle of the Books Awards Ceremony Friday night, Feb. 7, with help from the author of Kimchi and Calamari and Rocky Road: Rose Kent, ex-naval officer, Kraft Foods employee, and business writer turned bestselling children’s author.

Not the usual career path (if there is such a thing). Anyway, it all started in the third grade when a teacher, impressed by a poem Rose Kent had written, told her, “You know, Rose, you are a writer.” She didn’t especially believe it, and didn’t actively pursue that vocation for a couple of decades, but it made an impression.

It came as no surprise to her mother when the third grader raced home: “She just asked me, ‘Who do think has been using all that loose leaf paper?,’” said Kent. A self-professed “freckle-faced, shy kid at school,” Kent would come home, grab handfuls of paper, and start writing. Her stories featured bold characters (not like the shy person she felt herself to be) having amazing adventures all over the world. “It was my way of making sense of things,” she says.

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International Observe the Moon Night takes place Saturday, October 12. Look up and take notice of earth’s nearest celestial neighbor. There’s a lot to see with binoculars, a telescope or even just your naked eye.

For even more fun and potential prizes, snap a picture of it and post to Instagram with the hashtag #npldteens for week two of our month-long scavenger hunt. We’ll scroll through everyone’s moon shots and select the best one to re-post in our feed. The winner will also earn a small prize!

Moonrise happens in the Chicago-area right around 2:30 pm, so keep an eye out for it during the day! It sets at 7:45, so be sure to get out to see it in the early evening.

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Like to build things and solve puzzles? Join us for Drinking Straw Construction and try your hand at designing and building bridges, towers, sculptures and wind turbines from plastic drinking straws. Experiment with different building techniques and test your creations with weights and wind. Submit your favorite to display in our gallery, but all of your structures are yours to keep!

When: Thursday, July 11 @ 3pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

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patriotic_nail_art_design_konadTop off your red, white and blue Fourth of July fashions with some original nail art. Our very own staff artist, Colleen, will demonstrate fresh nail styles and help you decorate your own nails in patriotic colors.

When: Tuesday, July 2 @ 3:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St

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Playbill of 2013 has been in pre-production for approximately several days now! Basically, if you don’t know what Playbill is, it is a magical show of creative chaos…well, I say chaos pertaining to this year…but Playbill is a play put on by teens your age! And as I was saying before about the creative chaos… this year a large group of teens have written a script of a musical in high school that goes all wrong—thus, I called Playbill for this year a creative chaos. :)  

“I am sitting here, getting a behind the scenes look of the 2013 Playbill. The script writing process is in, well, progress, and I can hear the teens’ heads ticking with much thinking.But enough about what I have say—

There  are a few people that have some spectacular words to sputter out at you—-to inspire you to join and/or watch the playbill show of 2013!”

Robbie: “Kids in school trying to put on a show but face LOTS of challenges. Funny, realistic comedy for high schoolers!”

Gabrielle: “I love playbill…I come for the laughs and good memories. This is one of the highlights of my summer! I wish I had started sooner.”

Rohini: “I joined last year because a friend told me to, and I came back because I wanted to. It is fun and progress is picking up speed. This play is a lot about accepting people for who they are!”

Go here to find out how to register for Playbill

Click here to look at the Playbill Calander

Ps. This is Musical High School NOT High school Musical

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Celebrate Earth Day with Food!


Earth Day Dinner

5:30-7pm Monday, April 22

Make and eat personal pizzas using fresh local and organic ingredients.

Test out a new app that tells you about what’s in your food, and learn how to judge what foods at the grocery store are better for you and the environment.

The menu will be vegetarian-friendly.

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Get ready for a month-long scavenger hunt throughout the library! Pick up a scorecard at one of the public service desks and  then look for codes like this one placed around the building. Follow the links and record what you see to earn library swag and a chance at other prizes.

While you’re here, be sure to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards for your favorite movies, video games and more. The fun begins March 1.

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