Voting is open for the annual Teens Top Ten books!  Visit our website to see the list of nominations.  Teens can vote online and also at the library.  Visit the Ref or AV desks to vote and get free candy!

Voting will take place now through September 17.  The winners will announced during Teen Read Week (October 17-24).  All 26 nominations were chosen by teen reading groups across the country.

For more information about the Teens Top Ten, visit the official website.

Teens who vote at the library get free candy!

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Check out the 25 nominated titles here, then vote for your 3 favorites.  Who will the ultimate winner be?  Will it be Hunger Games? Could it be Breaking Dawn?

About the Teens’ Top Ten

Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.  Readers ages 12 to 18 can vote online, anytime between Aug. 24 and Sept. 18; the winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week.

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vbobWatch music videos of local teen bands Blame the Dog and Sitting on the Ceiling and vote for your favorite!  The winning band will perform live at the library this fall.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room @ 6960 Oakton St.

Update: Congrats to our winner Blame the Dog!  Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming concert.

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Hey music makers!  The deadline for our Virtual Battle of the Bands has been extended to August 15th!  That means you have until Saturday, August 15 to send us a link to your band’s music video!Make a video of your band playing any 1 song & post it on online. Then, send a link to dblock@nileslibrary.org or mmiller@nileslibrary.org .

Please include your band name, band members’ names and ages, address, and phone number with your entry. Local teens and librarians will vote for their favorite.

The winning band will get $100 and perform at the library in the fall.  Attend the video screening on Aug. 20 to vote for your favorite and show support for your band.

Band members must be between the ages 12-21 as of Aug. 15, 2009. Only bands from Illinois are eligible to win.

For more information, contact Donna Block at 847-663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org; and Mary Miller at 847-663-6618 or mmiller@nileslibrary.org .

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Battle of the Bands

When: June 1 – July 31

Got a band together? Looking for a gig? Compete in our virtual battle of the bands! Make a video of your band playing any song and post it online. Then, send us a link to your video.  The deadline for entries is 5pm July 31.

Attend the video screening on August 20 to vote for your favorite and show support for your band. The winning band will get $100 and an exclusive deal to perform at the library.

For more information: contact Donna at dblock@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6434; and Mary at mmiller@nileslibrary.org or 847-663-6618.

Please include: your band name, band members’ names and ages, address, phone number, and any library card number with your entry. Local teens and librarians will vote for their favorite. Band members must be between the ages 12-21 as of July 31, 2009. Only bands from Illinois are eligible to win.

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Press Play & Get Connected!

Voting for Niles’ 2009 Teen Choice Awards began March 1, and continues through March 31.  Vote for you favorite music, movies, games, and more!  Get a small prize when you vote, and you’ll also be entered in our grab bag raffle.

Vote at either the Reference or A/V desks.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!  If the chat box says that no one is available, then email dblock@nileslibrary.org or call 847-663-6434.

Stay tuned for Teen Tech Week, March 8-14.

Participate in our Teen Tech Night on March 10!

Teen Tech Night
Try tech toys & show off your texting and Internet skills to win prizes!
When: March 10, 5-7 pm
Where: Board Room

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Tuesday, Nov. 4 6:00-7:30pm
Join us at the Niles Public Library District for a special YouTube Election Party.  Enjoy pizza & drinks while watching and discussing online campaign videos and live election coverage.
Plus, you’ll get the chance to shoot photos and videos for the library’s YouTube page!

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101 teens voted in our recent mock presidential election.  The votes have been tallied, and here are the results:

Barack Obama & Joe Biden, 79 Votes, 78%  WINNER
John McCain & Sarah Palin, 17 Votes, 17%
Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente, 2 Votes, 2%
Ralph Nader & Matt Gonzalez, 2 Votes, 2%

Image from Barack Obama's campaign website www.barackobama.com

Image from Obama's campaign website

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YALSA’s 2008 Teens’ Top Ten

The vote is in.  More than 8,000 teens voted on this year’s winners.  Thanks go out to everyone who voted!  The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten books are:

  1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

  4. Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

  5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  7. The Sweet Far Thing  by Libba Bray

  8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld

  9. Before I Die  by Jenny Downham

  10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Illinois residents who will turn 18 by (or on) November 4 of this year is eligible to register to vote!  Register at the Niles Public Library by October 7.

Don’t know who to vote for?  Research the candidates with some help from these websites:

FactCheck: http://www.factcheck.org/ - Campaigning politicians make a lot of claims.  How do you know what to believe?  This website cuts through the B.S. to get to the truth.

MyDebates: www.MyDebates.org - MySpace page compares Obama and McCain’s positions on the issues.  Take a survey to see how your own opinions match up, and look at a map that compiles people’s choices.

FiveThirtyEight: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ - Who’s leading in the latest polls? Who would win the presidential election if it were held today?  Two guys collect the latest poll data to produce colorful maps that answers these questions.  Ads for both major candidates appear on this site.

YouChoose: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose - Where do the candidates stand on the issues?  View video clips that provide some insight.

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