Science is awesome. Dogs are cute. Put them together, and what do you get? An awesome way to learn fundamental concepts in chemistry! Professional chemist and amateur dog trainer, Lauren Girard, combines her two interests to create these fantastic videos about chemical bonds. The atom has never been so cuddly!
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Summer Reading at the Niles Library is a big deal! We work for months and months to get ready for kids to come in and play our giant-sized games. Now it is up and ready to play! Here’s how it works.
Here’s what you need to do:
Step One: Come to KidSpace and sign up. You will get a reading folder.
Step Two: Take a free turn on the game! You will already have earned your first Glummy token to spend at the store.
Younger kids play our Read-to-Me game, where they can play animal games with our volunteers. They win a prize every time!
You might be thinking, That sounds like fun, but there’s a lot of other fun stuff to do over the summer. But kids work hard through the school year to improve their reading and pre-reading skills, and if they stop reading over the summer, they will lose what they learned. Studies show that kids who participate in summer reading programs do better in school. So take some time to read this summer, and come to the library and play.
For more information about our “Paws To Read” Summer Reading Clubs for adults and teens, click here!
It seems almost everyone is compelled to close out the year with a list of Bests. Librarians are no exception, but this year we’re asking you to help us out.
What was the best book of 2013? We narrowed the field to 12 and fashioned the list into a bonafide Tournament of Books, starting on March 1.
The brackets will be posted on the Third Floor slatwall. Every week, paired books will go head to head. Our judges will select a winner to advance to the next round. Tournament books are available in multiple formats for your convenience.
Join in the fun by reading and voting for the best book. Ballots will also be on the Third Floor slatwall.
Here’s a list of this year’s Tournament of Book contenders vying to the title of 2013:
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!
Help mentor young children through our summer reading game. Great public service experience and fun! If you complete at least 10 hours of service you will be invited to our summer reading volunteer pizza party on August 5th.
All Summer Reading Volunteers need to attend a mandatory orientation session. The final orientation date is scheduled for June 16 .
Another volunteer opportunity is “Book Buddies” (reading one-on-one with a child). Ask about it at the youth services desk or call: 847-663-6622
Author Susan Beth Pfeffer will visit us here in Niles on Sunday, Oct. 18! She’s flying in from New York to be here, and we’re super excited to meet her and hear her speak. Maybe you’re more familiar with her books than her name. Her most recent books are Life As We Knew It and the dead & the gone. If you haven’t read Life As We Knew It (LAWKI) yet, then what are you waiting for? It is a great survival story that’s hard to put down once it’s picked up.
Imagine that a meteor is on a collision course with the moon. It’s going to be clearly visible in the sky when it happens, and you think, “I have to see this!” After the collision, there are unexpected results. The moon is knocked from it’s usual orbit. It’s suddenly MUCH closer to the earth than it used to be. The tides are messed up and it gets very cold. Satellites crash. Cell phones and Internet don’t work. Life changes for everyone. What would you do to survive?
the dead & the gone explores this scenario from the perspective of different people living in a different part of the country. It’s fast-paced and asks new questions. What if your parents were gone when the meteor hit, and you couldn’t get in touch with them? You’re now in charge of your younger siblings; how do you keep them alive?
When: Sunday, Oct. 18 2:00-3:30pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL
Come and meet her, even if you haven’t read any of her books. You may be inspired to pick up a copy before you leave!
If you’re like me and tend to leave assignments to the very end, then you may have some last minute summer reading to do! Be sure to check out our high school summer reading lists.
If you don’t see the title you need on the list, then try searching our catalog.
Also, if you’re in middle or junior high school then be sure to check out the Rebecca Caudill nominees; you’ve got a bit more time to read them.
Join Summer Reading and earn prizes!