Teen Advisory Board members have chosen the winners of the library’s first summer short story contest.  Competitors all began their stories with the following passage:

As I planted my tan, scorched feet towards the front of the glass-like ocean, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I stood under the starry night as thunder rolled above and lightning danced in the skies.

Our first place winner is Anetta Siemianowicz with her story “Just an Ordinary Guy.”  Her story is published here

Our second place winner is Caroline Moy with “When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes.”  Her story will be published later this week – stay tuned!

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“Just an Ordinary Guy” by Anetta Siemianowicz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Our Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 7.  Register at the Fiction (lower level) or Reference  (2nd level) desks.

It’s really simple: just for tell us what you read over the summer by filling out a reading log.  You can read whatever you want. Get prizes when you sign up and turn in a log.

Everyone who completes at least one reading log will also be entered in a drawing in August for prizes including an Apple iPod Touch.

Come to our study hall between 5:00-9:00 on Monday to register and get free food!

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The votes have been counted for our 3rd annual Teen Choice Awards!  Thank you to everyone who voted!  We received 101 total ballots.  Here are the top vote-getters in each category.

Favorite Song:

1. “Baby” by Justin Bieber
2. “Imma Be” by Black Eyed Peas
3. “Bedrock” by Lil Wayne
3. “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz

Favorite Music Video:

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1. “Baby” by Justin Bieber
2. “Telephone” by Lady Gaga
2. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift
4. “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
5. “Fifteen” by Taylor Swift

Favorite TV Show:

1. Family Guy
2. iCarly
2. SpongeBob SquarePants
2. The Simpsons

Favorite Movie:

1. Alice in Wonderland
2. New Moon
3. Avatar
3. 2012
5. Twilight

Favorite Video Game:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
2. Mario Kart
3. Kingdom Hearts
3. Mario Party
3. NBA 2K10

Favorite Music Artist:

1. Lady Gaga
2. Taylor Swift
2. Justin Bieber
4. Black Eyed Peas
4. Lil Wayne

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Teens aged 10-18 are invited to enter our 13th annual poetry contest.  Submit up to 6 poems by email, snail mail or in person at the library by April 18.

Gift cards to Barnes & Noble will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and all winning entries will be printed in a booklet to be distributed at the library.

Please include all necessary contact information with each submission, so we know who to credit.  Only residents of Illinois are eligible to enter.

Click here to get all the contest details.

Unanswered Questions? Contact librarian Donna Block at (847) 663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org for more information.

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Voting for our 3rd annual Teen Choice Awards will begin March 1!  Starting on the first of the month, stop by the Reference or A/V desks to vote for your favorite movie, music, and more. 

Get a small prize for voting, and you’ll also be entered in a drawing for larger prizes at the end of the month.

Any guesses for the winners this year?  Avatar? Lady Gaga?

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The federal holiday we know as Presidents’ Day is officially intended to celebrate George Washington’s birthday on February 22.

Lincoln’s birthday falls on February 12, and so a dozen states have chosen to celebrate the third Monday of each February as Presidents’ Day, instead.

A few states, including Illinois, also mark Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12.  Unfortunately, for most people it doesn’t mean a day off from school or work.

This February 15, join us for gaming and snacks in the large meeting room from 3-5:00pm.  We’ll have our Xbox and Wii consoles set up, and will be testing out Karaoke Revolution.

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January is awards-season in the library world.  Earlier this week, librarians gathered in Boston to select award-winners in several categories for young adults.

They also selected an annual Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) list, with input from teen readers.  Here are the top ten books from that list:

Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker

Visit the YALSA website to see the full BBYA list.

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Martin Luther King Delivering "I Have A Dream" in Washington, 1963

Monday January 18  is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  King’s actual birthday is January 15, but the national holiday falls on the third Monday of January each year.

Want to learn more about King? Visit the King Center for photos and videos.

Listen to King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as several of his other speeches at Stanford University’s King Institute.

Visit the Encyclopedia of Chicago to read about how the civil rights movement brought King to Chicago in 1966 to advocate for fair housing.

In this video, comedian Stephen Colbert introduces an unusual way to remember King.  For a more serious remembrance, read this message by Coretta Scott King, his wife.

Why not celebrate King’s legacy by participating in a public service project?

Next Monday, we’ll have open gaming 3-5:00pm and a study hall 5-9:00pm in the board room.  The library has many books about King and the civil rights movement, so check them out!

Cover Art for Vol. 1 of Ho Che Anderson's Graphic Biography of King

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There are still spaces available at our after-hours rock show this Friday, December 18 at 6:30pm!  Get your winter break off to a groovy start with three local teen bands!

Skankenstein Ska-punk from Park Ridge, IL
If All Els Fails Alternative rock from Glenview, IL
Blame the Dog Winner of our Virtual battle of the bands, rock from Skokie, IL

Register at our website!

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