Bring your own cards for our Holiday Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament. Win prizes!  Snack on tasty goodies!

When: Dec. 28, 2-4:30pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL
Who: Grades 7-12

A lot of our contestants enjoy displaying and trading cards.  Just be careful to keep an eye on your cards throughout the tournament, so that none “walk off.”

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Join our winter reading club now through January 31, 2012!

Earn a prize after reading 4 books and qualify to enter the grand prize drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire!

There are two ways to sign up and log your books:

1) Log your books online here.  Then, review and rate the books you’ve read.

2) Pick up a book log at the Fiction or Reference service desks. Once completed, return your log and pick up a prize at the Fiction or Reference desks.

Going on vacation?
Record your books wherever you go with online access.

Call 847-663-6613 or email books@nileslibrary.org with any questions.

* The Grand prize winner must be 12-18 years old and have a Niles Library card in good standing.

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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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