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We’re hosting our final furniture sale, and it’s open to the public!

Thursday, January 23, 5-8:30pm
Friday, January 24, 9am-6:30pm
Saturday, January 25, 9-11am

Everything must go by noon on Saturday, January 25!

The furniture sale will be in the Library’s Large Meeting Room.

Items For Sale:

  • Wood Tables: many sizes
  • Chairs: wooden, upholstered, office
  • Computer Tables and Kiosks
  • Kids Furniture
  • File Cabinets
  • Special Niles Library Memorabilia (Beautiful mural from behind the previous Circulation desk and more!)

Cash or credit and carry.

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Celebrate reading with art! Your original 2D art could decorate the Library’s new teen space and website. Art may be done in any media, such as paint, pencil, ink, photography and digital. Finalists will be displayed in the library and online.First place will win a $50 gift card.

Deadline for submissions is Thurs., Oct. 31 @ 9pm

Grades 7-12 are eligible

Entries may be submitted in person, on a flash drive or CD, or as email attachments. For digital art, please send us your highest resolution. Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to display your name and art should your entry win.

Submit your art in person at the adult service desks, snail mail to Donna Block c/o Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714; or by email to teen@nileslibrary.org.

Submit this information with your art:
Name
Address:
School
Grade
Phone
Email

Questions? Contact librarian Donna Block at 847-663-6434.

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Summer is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing — vacation? Yes, okay, it means two things — getting a job? Oh, okay. Three th– catching up on sleep … forgot about that one. Okay, so summer means a lot of things, but the thing I was thinking of is:

Summer Reading

You’ve probably gotten a list or letter from your school already, telling you what to read. But maybe you’ve lost it, or maybe you just don’t know where to find the books. We’ve got your back with our:

Summer Reading Listravaganza

Click on your school name to find your summer reading titles in our catalog. Don’t see your school? All the copies checked out? No sweat, just contact us and we’ll help you locate a copy of the title (or titles) you need.

Gemini Junior High

Loyola Academy
Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Seniors

Maine East High School
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors

Maine South High School
Choice
Required

Niles North High School

Niles West High School
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep

Resurrection High School

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ImageCongratulations to our annual Teen Read Week Art Contest winner, Nicolette Grabiec! Congrats also to our 9 other finalists. Thank you to everyone who interest this year. We had more than 50 fantastic entries. Our winner and finalists were chosen by the library’s Teen Advisory Board.

Check out all ten finalists here, at our Flickr site.

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Even though it’s summer, we realize that you’re often required to read books for school.  That’s why we’ve put together lists of the area schools’ summer reading requirements (with some help from our great volunteers Jan and Tim – thanks guys!).

Wondering what to read and whether it’s available at the library?  Take a look at the list for your school before visiting, and put the books you need on hold. Got questions? Call the reference desk at 847-663-6603, librarians are standing by.

Gemini Junior High
7th & 8th grade in one list

Loyola Academy
9th-12th grades in one list

Maine East High School:
A-M and
N-Z

Maine South High School:
Choice and
Required

Niles North High School
9th-12th grades in one list

Niles West High School:
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors (A-L) and (M-Z)
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep
9th-12th grades in one list

Resurrection High School
9th-12th grades in one list

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The sun has finally come out, school is almost done with for the year, and Summer Reading is almost upon us.

Our Summer Reading program kicks off June 6.  Sign up, read 4 books and you could win an iPod Touch and other prizes (like free food, free books, movies and maybe even a cool t-shirt).

Save trees this year and check out one of our brand new Sony Readers.  They come loaded with 22 titles, including The Hunger Games trilogy and some fascinating nonfiction like The Glass Castle.

Come to our kick-off event for free food, prizes, and fun!

When: Monday, June 6 4:00-8:00pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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Register here for Bollywood Dancing on Jan. 30. Ajanta Chakraborty, founder of the dance company Bollywood Groove, will lead this fun cardioclass for ages 12 and up. Ajanta has a Senior Diploma in Indian classical dance from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, and her passion lies in making the Indian dance styles accessible to all ages. Learn to dance like a Bollywood star!

When: Sun, Jan. 30 2-3pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

“Bollywood” is a slang term for popular Hindi-language musical films made in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) India.  India produces more films each year than any other country in the world, and Mumbai is the center of the Indian film industry. Read more about Bollywood.

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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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