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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Free Jazz Concert!  Come out to support Gemini Jazz Band as they prepare for the Illinois Music Education Convention.

When: Friday, Jan. 13 @ 5pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St, Niles

The band program was eliminated from the school budget in the spring of 2004, but since its re-inception in 2005-2006, the Gemini Jazz Band has been a very strong part of the community. They perform regularly  at malls, nursing homes, hospitals and bookstores.  They have also been invited to represent the school district at area awards, banquets and dinners for the East Maine Township, Niles Chamber of Commerce, and Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Since their re-inception in 2005, the jazz band has regularly attended festivals such as the North Shore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School, the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at Rolling Meadows High School, and the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School.  They have earned a 1st division superior rating at every jazz festival they have attended since 2005 and have ranked in the top three of every competitive festival they have attended since 2007.

Individual students from the band have earned honors as Outstanding Soloists at the North Shore Jazz Festival and Most Outstanding Soloist at the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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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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