101 teens voted in our recent mock presidential election.  The votes have been tallied, and here are the results:

Barack Obama & Joe Biden, 79 Votes, 78%  WINNER
John McCain & Sarah Palin, 17 Votes, 17%
Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente, 2 Votes, 2%
Ralph Nader & Matt Gonzalez, 2 Votes, 2%

Image from Barack Obama's campaign website www.barackobama.com

Image from Obama's campaign website

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YALSA’s 2008 Teens’ Top Ten

The vote is in.  More than 8,000 teens voted on this year’s winners.  Thanks go out to everyone who voted!  The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten books are:

  1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

  4. Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

  5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  7. The Sweet Far Thing  by Libba Bray

  8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld

  9. Before I Die  by Jenny Downham

  10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

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When: Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm
Where: Niles Public Library in the Large Meeting Room

Join us for live music this Sunday!  Local teen band The Green Tangerines won Skokie’s battle of the bands this summer, and now they’re performing FREE at the library.  Teen Idol at the Mill winner Kiara Rivera will open!

Register at our website.

 

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Meet the team behind Shred America!  Hear how they skateboarded 850 miles, from Chicago to New York, watch a preview for their movie, and pick up skateboarding tips.

When: 2:00pm Sunday, September 28
Where: Niles Public Library, Large Meeting Room

Register at our website!

Visit them on MySpace.

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Illinois residents who will turn 18 by (or on) November 4 of this year is eligible to register to vote!  Register at the Niles Public Library by October 7.

Don’t know who to vote for?  Research the candidates with some help from these websites:

FactCheck: http://www.factcheck.org/ - Campaigning politicians make a lot of claims.  How do you know what to believe?  This website cuts through the B.S. to get to the truth.

MyDebates: www.MyDebates.org - MySpace page compares Obama and McCain’s positions on the issues.  Take a survey to see how your own opinions match up, and look at a map that compiles people’s choices.

FiveThirtyEight: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ - Who’s leading in the latest polls? Who would win the presidential election if it were held today?  Two guys collect the latest poll data to produce colorful maps that answers these questions.  Ads for both major candidates appear on this site.

YouChoose: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose - Where do the candidates stand on the issues?  View video clips that provide some insight.

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