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Like to build things and solve puzzles? Join us for Drinking Straw Construction and try your hand at designing and building bridges, towers, sculptures and wind turbines from plastic drinking straws. Experiment with different building techniques and test your creations with weights and wind. Submit your favorite to display in our gallery, but all of your structures are yours to keep!

When: Thursday, July 11 @ 3pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

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patriotic_nail_art_design_konadTop off your red, white and blue Fourth of July fashions with some original nail art. Our very own staff artist, Colleen, will demonstrate fresh nail styles and help you decorate your own nails in patriotic colors.

When: Tuesday, July 2 @ 3:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St

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Playbill of 2013 has been in pre-production for approximately several days now! Basically, if you don’t know what Playbill is, it is a magical show of creative chaos…well, I say chaos pertaining to this year…but Playbill is a play put on by teens your age! And as I was saying before about the creative chaos… this year a large group of teens have written a script of a musical in high school that goes all wrong—thus, I called Playbill for this year a creative chaos. :)  

“I am sitting here, getting a behind the scenes look of the 2013 Playbill. The script writing process is in, well, progress, and I can hear the teens’ heads ticking with much thinking.But enough about what I have say—

There  are a few people that have some spectacular words to sputter out at you—-to inspire you to join and/or watch the playbill show of 2013!”

Robbie: “Kids in school trying to put on a show but face LOTS of challenges. Funny, realistic comedy for high schoolers!”

Gabrielle: “I love playbill…I come for the laughs and good memories. This is one of the highlights of my summer! I wish I had started sooner.”

Rohini: “I joined last year because a friend told me to, and I came back because I wanted to. It is fun and progress is picking up speed. This play is a lot about accepting people for who they are!”

Go here to find out how to register for Playbill

Click here to look at the Playbill Calander

Ps. This is Musical High School NOT High school Musical

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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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Celebrate Earth Day with Food!


Earth Day Dinner

5:30-7pm Monday, April 22

Make and eat personal pizzas using fresh local and organic ingredients.

Test out a new app that tells you about what’s in your food, and learn how to judge what foods at the grocery store are better for you and the environment.

The menu will be vegetarian-friendly.

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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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Win prizes! Submit up to 6 of your best poems to our annual contest to celebrate National Poetry Month.

To enter you must reside in Northern Illinois and be between 10 and 18 years old as of the deadline: April 21, 2013.

Please include your name, age, address, phone number, name of your school and library card number.

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed prominently in the library.

Download the official flyer with complete rules here.

Questions? Email Teen Librarian Donna Block at dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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code Our March-long Scavenger Hunt has begun! Five codes, just like the one pictured here, have been posted around the library. Pick up a scorecard from the Reference or AV desk, and use the codes to answer the five questions it asks you. Don’t have a phone or other device that can scan the codes? Follow the bit.ly link (in bright orange text) instead.

Turn in your completed scorecard for a small prize and an entry in our prize drawing. Fresh codes will be posted each Friday, so you can play four times.

While you’re at the library, be sure to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards, as well. Get all the details and a ballot from one of the desks.

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Get ready for a month-long scavenger hunt throughout the library! Pick up a scorecard at one of the public service desks and  then look for codes like this one placed around the building. Follow the links and record what you see to earn library swag and a chance at other prizes.

While you’re here, be sure to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards for your favorite movies, video games and more. The fun begins March 1.

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