The warmer weather is making its way here to the Chicagoland area, and this time it looks like it’s here to stay until fall. With summer vacation right around the corner, there’s more time for fun, like watching movies! In honor of the upcoming season, we’ve got some awesome family movies to beat the heat this summer:
The number of children in homeschooling has been steadily increasing nationwide, so it makes sense there would be a strong homeschool presence in Niles. That became all the more clear March 4 when 13 homeschooling mothers and their 22 student-children visited the Niles Public Library to learn about the full range of supportive resources it provides.
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).