Dec. 2 6:00-7:30pm
Watch and discuss online videos.  Seen the Twilight movie and have something to say about it?  Now’s your chance!  Create videos for the library’s youtube site.  Shoot our Ben Franklin exhibit, or review Twilight.

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What is the most urgent issue for president Obama to address after taking office, and why?

WHAT IS “C-SPAN StudentCam”?

C-SPAN StudentCam is an annual documentary competition.  Students are asked to create a short (5 to 8 minutes) video documentary that explores an issue of national significance that they believe is in need of urgent attention from the new president of the United States.

StudentCam is open to all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) in the United States as individuals, or teams of 3 students. The competition is also open to international students and there will be one $500 prize for the best international entry. Videos must be the original work of students, however, teachers may provide guidance and critiques.

Your documentary should include more than one point of view. YOU MUST USE C-SPAN PROGRAMMING TO ENHANCE YOUR DOCUMENTARY. Videos that do not use C-SPAN programming will be disqualified.

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE C-SPAN OFFICES by Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

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Saturday, Nov. 22 - Comics Discussion at 3:00 pm in the Board Room

Bring a favorite manga, comic, or graphic novel to discuss, or pick one from our list.  This month’s theme is School Daze, so many manga and comics are set at school.  Munchies included, and you could win a free comic!

Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Sunday, Nov. 23 – Science with Ben 1:00-4:00 in the Large Meeting Room

“Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky” by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Build a kite and test out other electrical experiments pioneered by Ben Franklin.  Got a science fair project to work on?  Pick up some of helpful science fair information we’ve compiled for you.

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Actor Robert Pattinson appeared recently at Orland Square Mall south of Chicago.  Read about his adventures in this article.

Here’s another story about fans  who were turned away from the event.

Would you have waited overnight for a chance to meet Pattinson?  Would you be upset if you were turned away?

The Twilight movie opens nationwide on November 21. 

If you’re planning to see it anyway, then why not write a review?  From Betsy, at Teen Ink Magazine:

Hey all:

We’re holding a “Twilight” movie review contest, and we want you to participate whether you’re a lover or a hater! The writer of the best review (positive or negative) will receive their choice of a Twilight companion book or a Teen Ink book. You’ll also receive a year’s subscription to Teen Ink Magazine, and your review will be seriously considered for publication!

-Betsy

The contest deadline is December 1st.  Post your review (positive or negative) on Facebook, or email it to betsy (at) teenink.com.

You can also post your movie reviews at the NPLD website.  Local reviewers are entered in a monthly prize drawing!

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The Niles Public Library Teen Advisory Board has met and judged all 69 entries in our 2008 Teen Read Week Art Contest.  Thank you to everyone who submitted their artwork!  Six finalists have been chosen to serve as blog headers for the Teen Scene blog during the next year.

First place (currently displayed) - Crystal N.
Second place - Kelsey Schwert
Third place – Ronald J.B.
Fourth place - Roymona O.
Fifth place – Jerry M.
Sixth place – Karyn M.

Congratulations to all our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who submitted art, as well as to our fantastic judges!

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Tuesday, Nov. 4 6:00-7:30pm
Join us at the Niles Public Library District for a special YouTube Election Party.  Enjoy pizza & drinks while watching and discussing online campaign videos and live election coverage.
Plus, you’ll get the chance to shoot photos and videos for the library’s YouTube page!

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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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