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Once again, the Niles Public Library is asking patrons (especially our youngest ones) to make visiting the Library part of their summer routine. And it’s working!

KidSpace patrons are racing the calendar in this, the eighth of nine weeks of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, to read (or be read to) and get prizes, prizes, prizes… Readers (who read independently, usually chapter-book fiction) are plowing through books, as are pre-readers (whose families count how many books are read to them). Readers win tokens (“wooden money” redeemable for prizes), while pre-readers who’ve had lots of Picture Books read to them (four books earn one game play) are winning bushel baskets of prizes.

At any given time, dozens of kids are crisscrossing KidSpace reading, redeeming tokens, and playing their games, (Readers roll huge dice and move characters they choose, while pre-readers choose from several games which involve “a pup tent,” “Guess Which Animal,” and digging through sand for buried treasures.). It’s a busy place, tied together under the theme “Paws to Read” (pun intended, and in which various woodland and other cuddly animals feature prominently).

And, for those readers who earn the right to play their game at least nine times, there is a prize package that includes fun coupons and a free book in a cool tote bag. All kids who visit 9 times by August 8 can enter the drawing for a grand prize.

GRAND PRIZES ARE HOT: a scooter, a bicycle, and a Family Pack of 4 passes to Six Flags Great America

Okay, to summarize, let’s do this by the numbers:
∙ Way over 1,000 kids signed up
∙ Thousands of fiction chapter books, pre-reader Picture Books, and other reading experiences generated
∙ Hundreds of books featured in readers’ “Share a Book” sheets (think of these as very simple, user-friendly book reports)
∙ Thousands of tokens won in the readers’ game or earned (from readers’ turning in completed “Share a Book” and “Reading Challenge” sheets)
∙ Thousands of prizes and toys purchased with tokens (by readers) or won outright (by pre-readers)
Impossible to calculate: improvements to kids’ literacy as a result of summertime reading
∙ Tons (number impossible to know) of fun had by participants, staff, and the teen volunteers without whom the Summer Reading Program could not take place

For more photos of our Summer Reading Club for kids, click here!

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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.

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Younger kids play our Read-to-Me game, where they can play animal games with our volunteers. They win a prize every time!

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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!

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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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The kickoff to summer reading of 2013 has finally begun!

What do you have to do for the Summer Reading in order to build your future:

Read or listen to 4 books. Log them online; then visit the Niles Library to pick up one of four collectible buttons and a pair of ear buds.

Teens can also pick up a log at any service desk at the Niles Library and log their reads by hand.

You’ll also be entered in our weekly and end-of-the-summer prize drawings. Weekly prizes include gift cards. The grand prize is an iPad Mini. Yes, an iPad Mini….don’t miss out!

*Only Niles cardholders are eligible to win the iPad Mini.

Thinking how to sign up? Just go to… http://www.nileslibrary.org/evanced/sr/homepage.asp?ProgramID=56 and sign away.

Reading is more then reading some words on paper made from a tree. Reading is to be inspired and entering  a world where the impossible becomes possible.

Create a world with endless possibilities….Read: Build Your Future during the 2013 Summer Reading.

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Summer is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing — vacation? Yes, okay, it means two things — getting a job? Oh, okay. Three th– catching up on sleep … forgot about that one. Okay, so summer means a lot of things, but the thing I was thinking of is:

Summer Reading

You’ve probably gotten a list or letter from your school already, telling you what to read. But maybe you’ve lost it, or maybe you just don’t know where to find the books. We’ve got your back with our:

Summer Reading Listravaganza

Click on your school name to find your summer reading titles in our catalog. Don’t see your school? All the copies checked out? No sweat, just contact us and we’ll help you locate a copy of the title (or titles) you need.

Gemini Junior High

Loyola Academy
Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Seniors

Maine East High School
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors

Maine South High School
Choice
Required

Niles North High School

Niles West High School
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep

Resurrection High School

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Niles Public Library District’s annual summer reading club begins June 4! Register and read 4 books by August 31 to be eligible for great prizes like reusable cold cups, restaurant gift cards, and an iPod Touch.

Read any books you want, including the titles that are required by your schools.  Already forgot what book you’re supposed to read? Check out the lists, right here:

Gemini

Loyola (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior classes)
Loyola (Senior class)

Maine East (Freshmen, Junior, & Senior classes)
Maine East (Sophomore class)

Maine South (Choice)
Maine South (Required)

Niles North

Niles West (Freshmen class)
Niles West (Sophomore class)
Niles West (Junior class)
Niles West (Senior class)

Notre Dame

Resurrection

You can also visit the reference desk to get a copy of your school reading requirements. We’ll help you locate a copy of any book you’d like to read if we don’t have one readily available.

Many of the above titles are available as ebooks and audiobooks that can be downloaded from MyMediaMall, and some of the most popular are also included on 5 Sony Readers that we have for check out!  Visit the ref desk for more information or to check one out.

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When school’s out for you, the library is a very active place! Thanks to a Young Adult Library Services Association/Dollar General Store grant, we can hire two summer reading interns for 60 hours apiece.

We are looking for students going into grade 11 or 12 who love the library, love working with younger kids, have excellent communication skills, and can roll with the crazy-busy atmosphere in Youth Services during the summer. Interns must be able to work in June and July, and have good computer skills for keeping track of statistics and helping raise our profile on social media sites like Flickr.

You’ll need a mature attitude and a sense of humor. If this sounds like you, please come to the Youth Services desk to get an application, or contact Teen Librarian Donna Block dblock@nileslibrary.org to receive the application via email.

The job will pay $8.25/hour and is a great first job experience. Applications must be submitted by Saturday, May 19th.

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This spring, Niles Public Library District won one of 20 YALSA Summer Reading Program Grants! These grants are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  We used our $1,000 grant to purchase 5 Sony e-readers and 22 popular fiction and nonfiction e-books to enhance the library’s collection for teens.

Niles teens who sign up for summer reading can check out the e-readers from the reference desk on the second floor. The checkout period is the same as for our books, DVDs and video games: 3 weeks.  For more information about our summer reading program, visit our website  or call 847-663-6603.

Books that come loaded on the ereaders include The Hunger Games series, The Maze Runner, and  The Glass Castle. Click here for the complete list of ebooks that come on each Sony Reader.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.  To learn more visit: www.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/landing.aspx.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to: www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

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Even though it’s summer, we realize that you’re often required to read books for school.  That’s why we’ve put together lists of the area schools’ summer reading requirements (with some help from our great volunteers Jan and Tim – thanks guys!).

Wondering what to read and whether it’s available at the library?  Take a look at the list for your school before visiting, and put the books you need on hold. Got questions? Call the reference desk at 847-663-6603, librarians are standing by.

Gemini Junior High
7th & 8th grade in one list

Loyola Academy
9th-12th grades in one list

Maine East High School:
A-M and
N-Z

Maine South High School:
Choice and
Required

Niles North High School
9th-12th grades in one list

Niles West High School:
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors (A-L) and (M-Z)
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep
9th-12th grades in one list

Resurrection High School
9th-12th grades in one list

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The sun has finally come out, school is almost done with for the year, and Summer Reading is almost upon us.

Our Summer Reading program kicks off June 6.  Sign up, read 4 books and you could win an iPod Touch and other prizes (like free food, free books, movies and maybe even a cool t-shirt).

Save trees this year and check out one of our brand new Sony Readers.  They come loaded with 22 titles, including The Hunger Games trilogy and some fascinating nonfiction like The Glass Castle.

Come to our kick-off event for free food, prizes, and fun!

When: Monday, June 6 4:00-8:00pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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