nanowrimoNovember is National Novel Writing Month!  Last year, more than people 119,000 people registered at www.nanowrimo.org/  and attempted to write a 50,000 word novel between Nov. 1-30.  More than 21,000 people completed their novel!  NaNoWriMo is all about writing as much as you can, for fun.  No editing (you can edit in December)!

Celebrate at the library with our kick-off party on Tuesday, November 3.  Meet other writers, get writing tips, and try out some fun writing exercises.

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Tues. Nov. 3
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Anyone 13 and older can register and participate.  There’s also a Young Writers Program that has made some really cool writing resources available, for free!  Check out the 100% non-lame writers’ workbooks for middle and high school students.

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BBW09Celebrate your freedom to read this week!  Visit the official Banned Books Week website and the ALA website to learn more about banned & challenged books.

Check out the map to see where books have been challegned and banned during the past couple of years. Do you know of a book challenge that hasn’t been included on the map?  Tell us about it!

Also, be sure to read the poem “Manifesto” by Ellen Hopkins. You may have read her work before, she’s written several popular books including Crank & Glass, both of which were recently challenged at a school library in Norman, OK.

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When: 6:30 PM Friday, September 25, 2009
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 Oakton St.

Gabriela Carrillo, the winner of Golf Mill Mall’s recent Teen Idol @ the Mill contest will perform a special after-hours concert at the library! The first and second runners-up of the singing competition, Brittany Tepper and Catherine Krol, will also perform.  We’re looking forward to hearing all three of these talented young ladies – visit our event page to reserve your seat now!

See/hear Gabriela sing “Bleeding Love” on youtube.

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Check out the 25 nominated titles here, then vote for your 3 favorites.  Who will the ultimate winner be?  Will it be Hunger Games? Could it be Breaking Dawn?

About the Teens’ Top Ten

Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.  Readers ages 12 to 18 can vote online, anytime between Aug. 24 and Sept. 18; the winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week.

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vbobWatch music videos of local teen bands Blame the Dog and Sitting on the Ceiling and vote for your favorite!  The winning band will perform live at the library this fall.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room @ 6960 Oakton St.

Update: Congrats to our winner Blame the Dog!  Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming concert.

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Celebrate reading with art!

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Submit your original art and we may display it in the library and on the Teen Scene blog!  First place will also win a $50 gift card.  Art may be done in a variety of mediums, and must fit the dimensions 700 pixels by 225 pixels.  Submit your art at the 2nd floor reference desk, by email to dblock@nileslibrary.org; or mail to Donna Block c/o Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714.

Finalists will be displayed in the library and at the top of the Teen Scene blog.   The submission deadline is  Saturday, October 24.  To enter you must be between the ages 12 and 18 as of Oct. 24, 2009.  Limit three entries per artist.  Email entries may be submitted as one message.

What kind of artwork can you submit? Drawing, painting, photography, collage – anything that will look good on a website!

Please note we cannot return entries. Winners will be contacted by telephone.  Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and art should your entry win.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!  If the chat box says that no one is available, then email dblock@nileslibrary.org or call 847-663-6434

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guitar-hero-world-tour-logoTuesday July 28 2:00-4:00pm Play Guitar Hero 4 just for fun or practice for the tournament!

Wednesday July 29 2:00-5:00 Compete for prizes!  Individual and group compeition.  Brackets will be used in the individual competition.

Special prizes for a new group competition in Guitar Hero 4.  Sign up to perform as a group and the audience will vote for their favorite.  Grades 5th-12th, only!

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