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Thanks to a generous grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Niles Public Library District was able to hire two summer interns to assist with our summer reading program for youth. Over 1,750 children from preschool through 7th grade participated in the program this summer. Our two interns, Jenny Hau and Christina Alexandru worked behind the scenes and directly with patrons for a total of 121 hours. This was a first job experience for both of them. Librarian Debbie Graham said, “ I do believe these two wonderful young women really benefited from the experience.”

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37 teens braved the construction to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards. Their ballots have been counted, and here are the winners in each category.

Best Song:

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Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Video Game:

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Call of Duty

Best Movie (tie):

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Hunger Games

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Wreck-It Ralph

Best TV Show:

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Pretty Little Liars

Best Music Video:

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Gangnam Style by Psy

Best Musical Artist:

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Macklemore

Best Song, Movie, TV Show and Music Video were selected by a straight count of the popular vote. In the case of Video Games, votes for specific editions of a particular game (ie. 1 for Just Dance 3, 1 for Just Dance 4) were combined (2 for Just Dance) . The Musical Artist category was chosen by combining the votes for best song and best music video.

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The votes are in!  119 teens voted in our annual Teen Choice Awards.  Thank you to everyone who voted.  Now, here are the results:

Favorite Song:  It’s a Four-Way Tie!

All The Lights by Kanye West
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Like A G6 by Far East Movement
Speak Now by Taylor Swift

Favorite Video Game: 

Call of Duty: Black Ops won in a landslide!

The next two were not even close.  Tied for second are:

Sims 3
Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Favorite Movie: 

 

1. Inception
2. Just Go With It
3. The Hangover
4. The Social Network

Favorite TV Show:

Jersey Shore is number 1!

Tied for second are:

2. Glee
2. Family Guy

followed by:

4. Pretty Little Liars
5. Two and a Half Men

Favorite Music Video:
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Whip My Hair by Willow Smith

Second place is four-way a tie between:

Love the Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
We R Who We R by Ke$ha
Poker Face by Lady Gaga
Firework by Katy Perry

Favorite Music Artists: in order of total votes

1. Lady Gaga
2. Eminem
3. Katy Perry
4. Justin Bieber
5. Ke$ha

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Yesterday, the library and Chipotle hosted a screening of the documentary film What’s On Your Plate?.  In the film, two friends investigate where the food they eat comes from. The answers aren’t always appetizing.  There are still places where you can find good, fresh food, such as local farmers markets.

Local Area Farmers’ Markets:

Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market
Saturdays May 8 – November 6
7:30am-1:00pm

Glenview Farmers’ Market
Saturdays June 26 – October 9
8:00am-noon

Park Ridge Farmers Market
Saturdays mid-May through October
7:00am-1:00pm

Ridgeville Farmers Market
Wednesdays June 3-September 30
3:00pm-dusk

Skokie Farmers Market
Sundays end of June to the end of October
7:30 am-12:45 pm

For more information about food & health, check out the resources below

Books

Chew On This and Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Don’t Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock

Food Rules and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

What the World Eats by Peter Menzel

Websites

Naturally Grown www.naturallygrown.org

Fast Food Facts www.fastfoodfacts.info

Food & Water Watch www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Let’s Move www.letsmove.gov

Sustainable Table http://www.sustainabletable.org

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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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Marvel Comics announced last Thursday that Barack Obama will appear in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583, available  on Jan. 14th.

In the comic, Spider-Man comes to the rescue when Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration is disrupted.

Want to get together with other comic & manga fans?  Come to our discussion on Saturday, Jan. 17!   Eat munchies and you could win a free comic.  This month’s discussion topic is weapons & war

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The next time a parent or teacher yells at you for text messaging too much, then you can tell them this story.

Two doctors used text messaging to perform life-saving surgery on a 16-year-old in Congo.  The young man’s arm had been shot off, and the wound became infected.  To save him, a doctor would need to amputate the remains of his arm and shoulder.  The only available surgeon had never performed this very risky surgery, but he knew another surgeon in England who had.  So, they communicated through text messages before and during the surgery.  The surgeon in England texted step-by-step instruction to the surgeon in Africa, the operation succeeded, and the young man lived!

Keep texting, and someday you could save a life!

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