Everybody wants students to learn in school, but figuring out how to measure learning can be a huge problem − as Illinois is finding out. Come March, students throughout Illinois will encounter a new standardized exam that has already generated a lot of controversy.
Brrr! Did December 2014 lull you into the same winter apathy it did me? The unusually warm weather was a treat, but when 2015 swept in with its bitter winds and icy snow, it caught me off guard. I’ve been scrambling to get my winter knitting projects finished and ready to wear ever since.
At first, I was only kicking myself because I wished I had a super-warm scarf to keep my teeth from chattering. Then I read about a new study from Yale School of Medicine that uncovered the link between getting cold and getting a cold. This study has vindicated a bit of motherly wisdom once consigned to the rank old wives’ tale.
Are you searching for a preschool or daycare for your child, but you feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start?
Choosing a preschool for your child is an important decision, so we here at the Niles Library want to offer you all the resources you could need so you can make an informed decision. Join us at the Library on Wednesday, January 21, where we will be hosting the Preschool and Daycare Fair.
Stop by the KidSpace Program Room from 6-6:30 pm to talk with a social worker about choosing the right place for your child. Feel free to bring any questions or concerns you may have and receive tips on how to pick a preschool or daycare.
Starting at 6:30 pm, tour the Preschool and Daycare Fair in the Large Meeting Room to get the chance to talk in person with representatives from local preschools, daycares, and other early childhood centers all in one place. The fair will last until 8:30 pm.
For more information, please call 847-663-1234 or visit our website at nileslibrary.org/events.
Click here if you would like to see a full list of the preschools and daycares available.
What are your plans for Thursday, January 22? Oh good, you’re stopping by the Library? Then you’re in luck, because the Niles Library will be hosting an author meet-and-greet with children’s authors Brandon Mull and James Riley!
Brandon Mull is the author of Spirit Animals, Fablehaven, and the Beyonders trilogy. His new series, Five Kingdoms,will keep you coming back for more until March 2016. James Riley, an up-and-coming fantasy writer, is the author of the Upon a Time trilogy and his latest release, Story Thieves.
Join us at the Library on Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm for a chance to ask Mull and Riley any questions you may have about their books. Mull and Riley will be available for autographs after the meet-and-greet. Their books will also be available for purchase at The Book Stall.
This event is made possible by a partnership with The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka. No registration is required, and the event is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
The Niles Public Library is located at 6960 W. Oakton St. at the northeast corner of the Oakton and Waukegan intersection in Niles, IL. If you have any questions about the event, please contact our KidSpace department at 847-663-6622.
Science is awesome. Dogs are cute. Put them together, and what do you get? An awesome way to learn fundamental concepts in chemistry! Professional chemist and amateur dog trainer, Lauren Girard, combines her two interests to create these fantastic videos about chemical bonds. The atom has never been so cuddly!
Are you a fan of the Hobbit movies? Here are some of my favorites that might hold you over until the Battle of the Five Armies is released (Dec. 17, but who’s counting?). These are my picks for live action fantasy/fairy tale/adventure/romance movies that are pure escapism. And don’t forget, you can catch up on the first two movies on the big screen here at the Niles Library over Winter Break: An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.
What would the world look like if it were stuck in the late 1800s or “pre-World War I” 1900s? Steampunk is a response to that idea: Authors “freeze” society at a time when steam drives not just railroads and ships, but everything imaginable.
Electricity has not become dominant; airplanes (with fixed wings, anyway) have not been invented, and cars either have not been invented or are only owned by rich people. Instead, state-of-the-art gizmos include lighter-than-air ships (bigger cousins of the Goodyear blimps we see at NFL football games) and intelligent machinery (tank-like armored things that walk on mechanical legs).
That is what the books Airborn and Leviathan tell us: Airborn has worldwide air traffic sailing in high-altitude wind, while Leviathan has England and Germany butting heads with the help of artillery-toting “walkers” controlled by drivers inside. Society’s outlook sort of resembles Victorian England, with an emphasis on “class” (aristocrats rule – common folk serve), conformity (people think there is a “right way” to do things), and being an imperial power (making war on your neighbors helps).
In the Oxford English Dictionary, a “classic” is defined as “something which is memorable and an outstanding example of its kind.”
Disney Masterpiece collections are just that, and the fact that multiple generations have watched these beloved classics proves that they can stand the test of time.
Today let the Niles Library take you on a journey to a time way before Frozen and High School Musical. Check out some of these Disney Animated Classics that we’ve been circulating in our catalog for decades:
Now that the nights will be getting longer and the temperatures will be dropping, it won’t be long before the fall festivities are in full-swing. And while we know you will be busy frolicking through crunchy red leaves in the forest and guzzling pumpkin spice lattes, we highly suggest you make some room in your hectic schedule for some of these entertaining Halloween programs that will be going on here at the Niles Public Library.
We’ve got 7 here that we know you’ll love:
If you have ever read any of The Spiderwick Chronicles books as a kid, or you just saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last summer, then step right up to the Niles Public Library to meet the famous authors behind these books on Friday, September 26th at 7 pm.
As authors of their own separately successful series, Cassandra Clare (author of The Mortal Instruments series) and Holly Black (co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles) have teamed up to pen a new book together, Magisterium: The Iron Trial. The first in a five book series, The Iron Trial hit bookstores on September 9th. As only one of two stops in Illinois on the Magisterium US Tour, readers who attend the meeting at the Niles Library will get the chance to meet Clare and Black to discover what it’s like working together, ask questions, and get an autographed copy of their new book. Recommended for readers ages 9 and up, this event is free and open to the public.
There is no registration required for this event, but tickets will be handed out starting at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited, so make sure to arrive early to guarantee yourself a seat in the meeting room. If you’ve got copies of the authors’ books that you would like to get signed feel free to bring them. If there is a large crowd then we may limit the number of items each person can have autographed. The BookStall will also be here in the Commons area of the Library selling books at 6:15 pm.