Puppeteer Mark Nichols mesmerized a crowd of 32 on Wednesday, July 29 with his puppet-making event. Kids turned lunch bags and coloring sheets into “talking” superheroes. Batman and Thor were pretty popular, although so was Sonic the Hedgehog. (He’s a superhero? Who knew?)

Mark’s company, The Puppet Place, holds arts and puppetry workshops far and wide. All it takes is some bags, action figure cutouts, colored markers and glue – and imagination.


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Hold on to your seats, ladies and gentlemen, and GET READY TO RUMBLE! These will be the battles of the ages. Our teens have brought their latest masterpiece, World Fandom War, for one night and one night only! After many days of rehearsal, we are counting down the final days before the opening night. So what is all this huss and fuss about? A catastrophic tornado destroyed a sacred library, leaving nothing but broken-down characters from well-known stories. Now it will be the battle of the fandoms! We have the Battle of the Gods, Battle H20, and did someone say the Battle of the Bellas? These are just a few examples of the exciting scenes planned out by our teens in their short, original play, World Fandom War.  Read more »


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We here at the Niles Public Library hope that you and your family are having a fantastic summer so far – but we also know that the weather has not been too great this summer. If you’re stuck at home on a rainy day, come on into the Library. We’ve got some great programs coming up to guarantee that your summer vacation can still be a blast even when the sun isn’t shining.

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Calling all teens! Do you have a lot of free time and are looking for something to do? Or do you need service hours for school? Or maybe you just want to do something for the good of the community?

For whatever reason you may have, you’re invited to our Teen Volunteer Fair on Sunday, June 7! From 2 to 4 pm, stop by the Large Meeting Room to meet with all kinds of different volunteer organizations from the local area. Just a few of the many organizations that will be there are the Niles Fire Department Explorer Post, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and Brookfield Zoo. This is the perfect opportunity to check out the various volunteer opportunities around you and find out more information about individual places.

To register for the event, click here. To find out what other cool events we’ve got going on for teens this summer, visit our online calendar at www.nileslibrary.org/calendar. Have a great summer!


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Now that summer is coming up, school will be out for the next few months and you’ll have plenty of free time to chill. If you find yourself moping around the house with nothing to do, the Niles Library has just the thing to cure summertime boredom: Become a Summer Reading Club volunteer!

Any students entering grades 7 through 12 for Fall 2015 are encouraged to become a volunteer. Why spend a few hours each week helping out at the Library this summer? You get to have fun while helping little kids, and you can also earn service hours while gaining great experience.

In order to become a volunteer, you will have to attend our Summer Reading Club Volunteer Orientation. There are three different orientations available, of which you only have to attend one. Join us on Saturday, May 30 at 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 3 at 7 pm, OR Thursday, July 2 and 7 pm to learn about this year’s Summer Reading Club theme and general guidelines of volunteering. To register for the orientation, click here.

Make this summer fun and worthwhile with the Niles Public Library!



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Local teen and adult poets submitted more than 160 entries to our annual contest. Our panel of judges selected the winners, which are available in printed booklets and on display in the Library. Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us, and congratulations to all of our winners!

Come meet the teen poets and hear their work at our public Poetry Lounge on Saturday, May 16 from 4-6pm. Weston Clark, National Student Poet, will also be joining us as a special guest to help us honor them. Refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome.

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