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President Obama is asking young people to help our communties this summer through volunteer service!  Here’s what one Niles teen, Katherine Piekarczyk, has to say about volunteering:

     Although some of us find community service a hassle, or just another unwanted commitment, I think community service is the best way to make yourself and your community better. It’s exactly what people usually associate it with making a difference. By volunteering at the library not only did I help myself, but I also helped my library, and my community. By helping out the library with their projects, I learned how to do new things such as making a website, and I even learned how to be a better leader.

     Community service is definitely something better to do than just moseying around, and letting time go wasted. During my hours of community service, I got to work with new people, and find out new information on new projects I was working on.

     Overall, I became more informed, and I was helping others get informed at the same time. For example, at the library when I worked as a volunteer, the librarian I worked with needed a new display, and we decided on a “What to Do on a Cold Winter Day?” display. By researching ideas, I, myself, found new things to do when I’m bored or stuck inside. Over the several weeks of my volunteering, I saw books disappearing, proving that people were actually interested in the topic I researched for them. So this just goes to prove that my community service was, in fact, beneficial, and helpful for me and my community.

     So next time you’re sitting at home bored and letting time get wasted, why not take a visit to the library, and ask if there’s a way you can help out, even if its only for an hour? Like our thirty-fifth president, John F. Kennedy, had once said, “One person can make a difference and every person should try.

Thanks, Kathy!

Visit our website to learn how you can volunteer at Niles Public LIbrary this summer.

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Guess what? This summer, you could win an 8GB iPod Touch and signed audiobooks from Listening Library.

Here’s How: First, pick a character (or characters!) from your favorite fantasy book series. Then imagine: If you could go on a road trip with them, where would you go? What would you do along the way? How would you travel? Finally, Create a video and post it on YouTube! 

There’s lots of “fine print” (i.e. rules) associated with this competition, and to get all the details go here: Listening Library Fantasy RoadTrip Contest.

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Battle of the Bands

When: June 1 – July 31

Got a band together? Looking for a gig? Compete in our virtual battle of the bands! Make a video of your band playing any song and post it online. Then, send us a link to your video.  The deadline for entries is 5pm July 31.

Attend the video screening on August 20 to vote for your favorite and show support for your band. The winning band will get $100 and an exclusive deal to perform at the library.

For more information: contact Donna at dblock@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6434; and Mary at mmiller@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6618.

Please include: your band name, band members’ names and ages, address, phone number, and any library card number with your entry. Local teens and librarians will vote for their favorite. Band members must be between the ages 12-21 as of July 31, 2009. Only bands from Illinois are eligible to win.

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There are lots of opportunities for teens to earn service hours plus have a fun volunteer experience this summer!

Summer Reading Volunteers
Teens entering grades 7-12 in the fall are invited to volunteer in Youth Services this summer! Attend one orientation session later this month (May 27 or May 29) to volunteer for the Summer Reading Club.

Playbill
Talented local teens wrote a hilarious play, now we need actors & artists to create a successful performance this summer!  Auditions take place MondayJune 29; and rehearsals run Monday, Wednesday, Friday through July 24.  Our final performance & party takes place July 25. You don’t have to attend every single rehearsal to help out!

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DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER Contest

To Enter:Write an essay on the topic, “What it means to be a real Gallagher Girl.”Please email your essay to: AllyCarterContest@gmail.com on or before April 30, 2009.

Your essay can be no longer than 250 words. Essays may be shorter than 250 words, but essays over this length will not be considered.

Essays will be judged both on what you say and how you say it, so be sure and spell-check, proofread and turn in an essay that would make a Gallagher Girl proud!

A parent, guardian, or teacher may assist, but you must write the essay yourself.

Entries must be included in the body of the email — no attachments, please. Emails that contain attachments will be deleted immediately and will not be considered.

The subject line of your email should read: GG3 ARC contest.

You may only submit ONE entry, so make it a good one.

Along with your essay, include the following information:

 

  • Your Name

  • Your age (if under 18)

  • A complete mailing address where any prizes you might receive should be mailed (this could be home, school, your parent’s work address, etc.—please note to whose attention the package should be addressed)

  • Your preferred t-shirt size

  • Your email address

Unfortunately, due to the cost and difficulty of shipping overseas, the contest will be limited to people in the U.S. and Canada.If you’ve read and understood these rules and feel up to a challenge, then start writing!The first place winner will receive a signed Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER and a Gallagher Girls t-shirt. The winning entry will be posted on AllyCarter.com!

Second place will receive a “playaway” version of the CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY

audiobook from Brilliance Audio for your school library and a Gallagher Girls t-shirt for you! (A “playaway” is like a mini ipod that has an audiobook automatically loaded on it.)
Winners will be notified via email on or before May 8, 2009.

Winners will be announced on AllyCarter.com on May 9, 2009—exactly one month before DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER will be in stores everywhere.

Thanks, and good luck!

Ally

 

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Nominate your favorite movie  on the theme Outside In: Rebellion vs. Conformity for a YALSA Top Ten award!

The nomination form has been created with librarians in mind, but you don’t need to be a librarian to submit a movie.  Just fill in as many of the fields as you can, and include your contact information.

For information about producers, distributers, etc. check out IMDB.com or contact a librarian!

 

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You’ve been selected for the 74th annual Hunger Games…

Describe in 500 words or less how you would survive the Games for a chance to win lunch in New York with author Suzanne Collins.

Enter the Contest at Scholastic’s website.

100 runners up will receive a copy of the sequel, Catching Fire.

Not familiar with The Hunger Games?  Check it out!

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The library turns 50 this weekend!  Help us celebrate.

Saturday 2:00-3:15pm: Meet illustrator Chris Sheban, check out all the winning entries in our bookmark competition, and enjoy free refreshments!

Sunday 3:00-4:00pm: Bring something to include in the library time capsule!  It won’t be opened until 2059.  What will people 50 years from now think of our lives today?

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