9th annual Bloack Party: Before the football game against Georgetown, the 9th annual celebration of creativity features student art exhibitions, music, dance, interactive (free!) arts activities, and delicious food from local restaurants took place

We know, we know – how can you possibly start thinking about summer festivities when the weather is so cold and dreary right now? But planning ahead for those warm summer months can make this bleak winter fly by faster than you thought possible.

If you’ve ever thought about planning a block party in your neighborhood but weren’t sure how to, then this is the program for you. “How to Plan a Niles Neighborhood Block Party” will teach you what you need and what to do to ensure that this Summer you can have a great party with your neighbors. Join us in the Library on Sunday, February 1 from 2 to 4 pm for valuable information while your family has fun creating snowflake designs, sampling hot chocolates and other treats, watching a balloon artist in action and much more.

To register, please visit www.nileslibrary.org/events or call us at 847-663-1234. Make this Summer your best one yet!

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Preschool-Blog

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.

 

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Blizzard-Books

It’s officially the holiday season, which means kids will be out of school and the department store lines will be winding out the door as the holidays are fast-approaching. This also means that it’s the perfect time to stay in during the cold weather and get lost in a good book (or two, or twenty). Now you can put that reading to good use by joining the Niles Public Library’s Winter Reading Club!

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holiday-tree

Joining in the fun of the Holiday Season, fifteen Niles teens decorated the Niles Library Tree for the 5th Annual Festival of Trees in the Center Court of Golf Mill Shopping Center.

The theme for the 2014 library tree, Fandoms Unite, was chosen by the Niles Teen Advisory Board. The teens decked the tree with characters from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, Frozen, Hunger Games, Dr. Who and Divergent. Yoda, the winner of the 2013 Teen Read Month Heroes vs. Villains Sci-Fi Tournament, is the star of the tree. To vote for the Niles Library Tree please bring canned goods to the Customer Service office across from the Golf Mill Professional Building elevators. Each donated food item counts as one vote. Voting ends on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

If you’re a teenager interested in joining the Niles Teen Advisory Board, click here!

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fandom-fest

There is only one day when Star Wars fans, Potterheads, Whovians, and Disney maniacs can all gather and mingle in fan frenzy bliss here at the Niles Library: Fandom Fest! Join us on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 2 to 4pm for a day full of crafts, costumes, and tributes to your favorite movies, TV shows, and comics.

According to our Teen Underground poll, the top fandoms are:

- Anime
- Disney (including the series Once Upon A Time)
- The Hunger Games
- Marvel Universe
- Harry Potter
- Divergent
- Doctor Who
- DC Universe
- Star Wars

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Black Friday Shopping

Now that November is here, it’s that time of year again…HOLIDAY SHOPPING. But never fear, the Niles Library is here!

The holidays can be stressful when you’re trying to find gifts, sending out greeting cards, AND managing your money all while trying to keep your sanity in tact. That’s why we’ve got three great programs this month to help you get through the holidays with ease.

Join us on Saturday, November 8 at 10am for “Mail Merge,” a technology program to manage your mile-long holiday card list. Learn to use Microsoft Word to create mailing labels for large mailings, and if you bring your list of names and addresses to the class, you can get a head start on your mail project. For more information, click here.

Stop by the Library on Monday, November 10 at 1:30pm for “Managing Your Finances for the Holidays” to learn money-saving tips designed to help you avoid buyer’s remorse (and those looming credit card bills in January). Everyone who attends the program will also receive a money management guide titled Personal Finance Made Easy AND a “Stop. Think. Save!” shopping bag. For more info about registration and the program, click here.

And for the tech-savvy folks out there, join us on Monday, November 17 at 7pm for “Top Tech Tools to Manage Your Money.” Learn about the most popular and useful tools to help manage your money, including budgeting websites and apps to give you more bang for your buck. Participants will receive a copy of Personal Finance Made Easy. For more details about the event and registration, click here.

Now you’re ready to face the Black Friday crowds!

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nanwrimo

To all the aspiring writers out there, November is your month to shine.

Beginning November 1st, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a 30 day-long event where you strive to finish a 50,000 word novel by midnight, November 30th. You can share your work and receive feedback from other writers on the NaNoWriMo website, www.nanowrimo.org.

Here at the Niles Library, we’re partnering up with The Office of Letters and Light Chicago Chapter to help you keep those creative juices flowing and those fingers typing. Starting November 3rd, stop by the Library at 6:30 pm every Monday in November for more information about NaNoWriMo and to think up some great ideas for your next bestseller. You can find out more info about the event here.

If you find yourself suffering from a severe case of writer’s block halfway through the month, here are some books you can check out from our catalog that might spur some creativity again:

1) Janet Evanovich’s How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author

2) How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

3) Novelist’s Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book From Boring to Bestseller

4) Writing Fiction for Dummies

5) Writing 21st Century Fiction: High-Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

Happy writing!

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teen-read-week

Each October, Niles teens celebrate the joy of reading for fun.

Check out the display case in the Commons area to view the Teen Advisory Board’s vision of “Turning Dreams into Reality.” What catches the eye (besides the cute Halloween Teddy Bear) are local teen author Joelle Charbonneau’s Young Adult novels. Niles Library has the honor of welcoming Joelle Charbonneau on Monday, October 13th from 4-6pm in the Large Meeting Room. Charbonneau is the author of The Testing, Independent Study and Graduation Day, a dystopian thriller trilogy.

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cookbook

Come one, come all to experience the latest the Niles Public Library has to offer that is guaranteed to leave your taste buds yearning for more.

“Bubble and Squawk” is a new cookbook discussion group that is as tasty as it is informative. Every other month, join us for an hour to discuss different recipes from two featured cookbooks and try a couple out. The steps to get in are simple:

- Choose a recipe from one of the books being discussed.

- Make the recipe.

- Bring it in for everyone else to try.

Everyone will get the chance to sample the dishes and talk about the recipes and cookbooks. Bringing a dish is required to participate, so make sure to try one out!

For our first month of “Bubble and Squawk” in October, the featured cookbooks are Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl and Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my Frontier, both by Ree Drummond. Copies will be available at the Adult Services Reference desk on the 3rd floor.

The discussion will take place on Monday, October 20, from 7 pm to 8 pm. Registration is required to participate, so to guarantee yourself a spot in this mouthwatering munch-athon, click here to register.

To check out Ree Drummond’s other cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks a Year of Holidays, click here.

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RosettaStone-logo

The Niles Public Library is now offering free access to Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of online services designed to help people master a new language. Rosetta Stone offers the proven immersion method that more than 22,000 schools have trusted for over the last 20+ years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library–or anywhere, anytime.

Rosetta Stone is based on the idea that everyone has the ability to learn a new language and features:
-30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
-50 hours of foundational instruction
-Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
-Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more
-Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

Rosetta Stone language-learning unlocks that potential with instant feedback, fun activities and expert guidance to keep you engaged and motivated. Access Rosetta Stone with your Niles library card here.

If you would like to attend a demonstration of Rosetta Stone, sign up here: Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 3pm or Monday, Oct. 6th at 7pm

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