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Do you seek a strong female for thrills and romance? Is travel with a mysterious man more up your alley? How about zombies and demons? Or angelic warriors?

Okay, so maybe those last two don’t seem like great dates, but what if those dates are with books? All February long, the Niles Library invites you to take a chance on literary love: let us set you up on a blind date with a book. These “dates” are all wrapped and put on display with only a few vital details to identify them. Visit the Lower Level for teen titles, and the Second Floor for adult titles.

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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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Now through March 31, teens can vote in our annual choice awards.

Visit the Reference or A/V desks to pick up a ballot.  Write in your favorite movie, song, music video, TV show and video game and drop it in the box.

Get a small prize when you vote and you’ll also be entered in our grab bag drawing in April.

Check out the winners from last year.

Will someone beat out Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber this year?

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Voting for our 3rd annual Teen Choice Awards will begin March 1!  Starting on the first of the month, stop by the Reference or A/V desks to vote for your favorite movie, music, and more. 

Get a small prize for voting, and you’ll also be entered in a drawing for larger prizes at the end of the month.

Any guesses for the winners this year?  Avatar? Lady Gaga?

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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.

lifeImagine 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?

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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!

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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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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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From Teenreads.com:

Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2008 for the Teen Choice Book Award!

In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2008. The five titles that receive the most “votes” will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2009 Teen Choice Book Award. Later we will tell you where you can go vote for them once the five finalists have been announced. The winner will be announced in May 2009.

All you have to do is fill out the form found here between now and January 31, 2009. Your top five selections may come from the list we’ve provided below, or you can vote for titles not on the list. Important Note: Please be sure that the book(s) was released for the first time in 2008; this means that paperbacks originally published as hardcovers will not be accepted. If you’re uncertain about a book’s release date, we suggest you search for that title on Amazon.com.

Click here to nominate your favorite books of 2008.

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