Join us at the Niles Public Library this Saturday (July 21) for a performance of an original play that has been written and produced by local teens! The Dinklebergs: Road Trip to Nowhere is a 30-minute comedy about a family road trip gone awry. Teenage hipster Brent introduces us to his quirky family: Mom’s obsessed with Twilight, his sister Melissa is obsessed with his best friend, Grandma and Grandpa (or Glozelle & Papa G, as they prefer to be called) refuse to act their age, and Dad doesn’t care about anything. Soon they’re stuck in the car on the way to a family reunion in far off Ar-Kan-Sas, and the GPS is acting a little strangely…

When: July 21, at 11:00am
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles.

Click Here to Register!

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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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Congratulations to all the winners of the library’s 15th annual poetry contest!

Teen Winners:

1st place: Connie Lay-Ngo
2nd place: Najlah Iqbal
3rd place: Anjana Tomay
Honorable Mentions:  Mai Lu and Danielle Brunner

Adult Winners:

1st place: Kevin Shyne
2nd place: Jim Koppersteiner

The poems are all on display on the 3rd floor of the library.  They’ve also been printed in booklets that are FREE to the the public.

  Thank you, thank you, thank to to everyone who contributed poems to us this year.  We had over 70 entries this year and the judging was tough. Thank you also to our wonderful panel of local judges!

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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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79 local teens voted in our annual Teen Choice Awards!  Without any further adieu, here are the winners, determined by a straight count of your votes.

Song
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1. Glad You Came by The Wanted
2. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
2. Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
2. The Motto by Drake

Music Video
1. Glad You Came by The Wanted
2. Turn Me On by Nicki Minaj
3. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
3. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Musical Artist *
1. The Wanted
2. Drake
2. Adele
4. One Direction
5. Nicki Minaj
5. Katy Perry

Video Game

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
3. Super Mario Brothers
4. Mario Kart
4. Sims 3

Movie
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1. Hunger Games
2. Breaking Dawn: Part 1
3. A Walk to Remember
3. Up

TV Show
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1. Pretty Little Liars
2. Victorious
3. The Game
3. Secret Circle
5. Jersey Shore

Thanks to everyone for voting! Tell us what you think of the results.  Who’s missing from the lists?

*Combination of All Song and Music Video Votes

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ImageCan’t get enough of the Hunger Games?

Re-read the entire series, or read it for the first time.  Check out one of our Sony Readers, which contain the Hunger Games trilogy plus 20 other great books!

Click here to get more details on our Sony Readers.

Visit the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library to test and check out one of the ereaders.

Hungry for lamb stew or other foods from the books and movie? We also have an Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook that you can check out.

Writing a report for school?  Check out The Hunger Games Companion and The Girl Who Was On Fire for critical analysis of the series.

Finally, for photos of the movies’ stars, take a look at The Official Illustrated Movie Companion and The World of the Hunger Games.

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Thinking about college?  Struggling to decide on a major or save for tuition?  These two upcoming programs are designed to help!

College Planning Workshop
When: March 13, 7-8:30pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Get help picking a college that will give the best financial aid package, learn what steps to take to ensure the best prospects for admission and maximum financial aid and pick up key strategies for paying for college even when you don’t qualify for financial aid.

Career Vision Start Early – Start Smart When: March 20, 7-8pm
Where: Meeting Room B, 6960 W. Oakton, Niles

Learn what you need to know about making good academic and career choices before choosing a college. Find out why early career planning is important and four great steps for making college major and career decisions. Career Vision is part of a not-for-profit foundation.

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Teen Tech Week:
March 4 – 10

Join us for three great programs!

Geek Olympics Sunday March 4, 2-4pm
Compete for fun and prizes in a search engine battle, make a meme, hack a website, create a digital bulletin board and invent an unbreakable password.

Open Gaming Friday March 9, 4-6pm
Challenge friends to Xbox, Wii and PS2 games on our big screens. Play any of the games available at the library or bring in your own.

Skype with an Artist Saturday March 10, 2-3:30pm
Manga fans will have the opportunity to Skype with the famous graphic artist Svetlana Chmakova.

 

Also, Vote in Our Fifth Annual Teen Choice Awards now through March 31!

Teens can vote for their favorite movie, video game, song and more!

Visit the reference or fiction desks to pick up a ballot.  Everyone who votes gets a small prize and an entry in our grab bag prize raffle.

Results will be posted in early April.

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School’s out next Monday for Presidents’ Day,  so join us at the library for a fun video game tournament. Bring a friend to compete against in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3.  Free food, fun and prizes!

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton

When: Monday, Feb 20, starting at 1pm.

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