The winner of our annual Teen Read Week Art Contest is Anna Koziol of Niles, IL.  Here is her winning artwork:

Her banner will decorate this blog beginning November 1, and will rotate monthly with the other finalists chosen by our teen advisory board and librarians.  Here is the full list of finalists:

2nd Place (tie): Nora Benson, Sergio F.
3rd Place (tie): Carolin Moy, Miguel P.
Finalists: Karyn M., Sava K.

Congratulations!  All of their artwork can be viewed on our flickr site. Meet some of the artists at an art show and concert at he library this Sunday, October 30 from 2-4pm. Local band The Copy Chiefs will perform at 2:00, and there will be refreshments.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries this year.

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The Teen Read Week Anime and Manga celebration is this Saturday, October, 15 at 3:00pm in the large meeting room. Play Japanese games, munch on Japanese treats, and help plan the November meeting.

Colleen, the library’s graphic artist, will join us to create a Manga collage for the public art show on October 30.  Bring your old manga magazines and/or manga art to add to the collage!  Everyone is also invited to bring individual art work for display at the show.

The art show takes place 2:00-4:00pm on Sunday, October 30.  Local teen ska band the Copy Chiefs will play and refreshments will be served. All art will be returned after the reception.

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College Nannies & Tutors is offering a FREE practice ACT test at the library this Saturday, Oct 8.

The test begins at 12:45 and will run roughly until 4:45pm.  Bring a #2 pencil, a calculator and your brain!

There are still spots, register today!

For more ACT practice, check out these links:

http://www.testprepreview.com/

http://www.actstudent.org/

http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/

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Enter the Niles Public Library District’s Teen Read Week “Picture It” Art Contest by October 14!  Your original artwork could decorate the library and this blog.

Entries will be judged by the Teen Advisory Board and displaeyd at a public reception on October 30.  Finalists will appear online, and first place will also receive a $50 gift card.

Email your entries to dblock@nileslibrary.org or bring them to the library at 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL 60714.

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Sgt. FrogSaturday July 9 is Manga & Anime Day at Niles Public Library!

Our Anime & Manga Club meets at noon to watch Sgt. Frog and share original manga art. Discuss new releases and old favorites.

Stick around for Real Japan for Anime Fans program with local author James Kennedy.  Learn about the Hadaka Matsuri, a Buddhist festival in which thousands of nearly-naked men fight for holy sticks. Come along on the pilgrimage to the 88 temples of Shikoku. Explore the neon streets of Tokyo and tour the temples of Kyoto. Discover how the real Japan ties into its pop culture—for instance, did you know the bathhouse of the gods from Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is based on a real bathhouse?Spirited Away Bathhouse

When: Saturday July 9 noon-3pm
Where: Anime & Manga Club meets in the Board Room,
Real Japan for Anime Fans happens in the Large Meeting Room

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This spring, Niles Public Library District won one of 20 YALSA Summer Reading Program Grants! These grants are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  We used our $1,000 grant to purchase 5 Sony e-readers and 22 popular fiction and nonfiction e-books to enhance the library’s collection for teens.

Niles teens who sign up for summer reading can check out the e-readers from the reference desk on the second floor. The checkout period is the same as for our books, DVDs and video games: 3 weeks.  For more information about our summer reading program, visit our website  or call 847-663-6603.

Books that come loaded on the ereaders include The Hunger Games series, The Maze Runner, and  The Glass Castle. Click here for the complete list of ebooks that come on each Sony Reader.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.  To learn more visit: www.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/landing.aspx.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to: www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

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Even though it’s summer, we realize that you’re often required to read books for school.  That’s why we’ve put together lists of the area schools’ summer reading requirements (with some help from our great volunteers Jan and Tim – thanks guys!).

Wondering what to read and whether it’s available at the library?  Take a look at the list for your school before visiting, and put the books you need on hold. Got questions? Call the reference desk at 847-663-6603, librarians are standing by.

Gemini Junior High
7th & 8th grade in one list

Loyola Academy
9th-12th grades in one list

Maine East High School:
A-M and
N-Z

Maine South High School:
Choice and
Required

Niles North High School
9th-12th grades in one list

Niles West High School:
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors (A-L) and (M-Z)
Seniors

Notre Dame College Prep
9th-12th grades in one list

Resurrection High School
9th-12th grades in one list

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The sun has finally come out, school is almost done with for the year, and Summer Reading is almost upon us.

Our Summer Reading program kicks off June 6.  Sign up, read 4 books and you could win an iPod Touch and other prizes (like free food, free books, movies and maybe even a cool t-shirt).

Save trees this year and check out one of our brand new Sony Readers.  They come loaded with 22 titles, including The Hunger Games trilogy and some fascinating nonfiction like The Glass Castle.

Come to our kick-off event for free food, prizes, and fun!

When: Monday, June 6 4:00-8:00pm
Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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