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We’re happy to announce the winners of our 16th annual poetry contest. We received more than 75 entries this year, and the competition was fierce; especially within the teen category.

All of our local public middle and high schools, as well as many local private schools were represented. Seven judges, including several staff members, read through the poems to select the winners. We were most impressed by the poets’ bravery in expressing their emotions. Our final decisions did not come easy, but reading the poems was a delight.

Visit the 3rd floor of the Library to view all winning poems in both the adult and teen categories. Teen winners are also displayed in the Teen Underground on the Lower Level. Booklets with all of the winning poems are available free to the public, and can be picked up at either display.

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NationalPoetryMonth

April showers bring May flowers…and also meter, verse and rhyme. Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is held each April. The mission of this 30-day campaign is to promote poetry as a living art form, as well as remember our poetic heritage. Much of our oldest surviving literature — including epic works like The Odyssey, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh — are recorded in poetic verse. Likewise, today’s hip hop artists like Kendrick Lamar win praise for composing complex rhymes and delivering them with a melodic flow.

We celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry-writing contest for teens and adults. Now in its sixteenth year, our 2014 contest runs through April 22 (which also happens to be Earth Day).

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On Sunday, March 2, 2014 we held our 10th Annual Oscar Night Party. It was a roaring success. We had almost 70 attendees, all of whom enjoyed the show and winning the fantastic door prizes.

As for the Oscar winners, there were very little surprises over-all. At our Year in Movies: 2013 program on February 25, 2014, I announced the top picks, based on previous award wins. Seven of the top eight on that list ended up winning Oscars, the only non-winner being Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave”. And I was also off some with my picks. I picked six of the eight top winners, being only wrong with American Hustle for both Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Here are the Top Winners:

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Have you heard of the celebration of Korean culture in Skokie and Niles Township?

The Niles Public Library is partnering with the Skokie Public Library and other area organizations to host a variety of Korean events, featuring professional performers and artists as well as local talent. Last month we hosted one of the first programs for the community. It was about Tae Kwon Do, Korean-style presented by Tiger Martial Arts. It was a great success with more than 80 people in attendance.

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Our Pick the Winners Oscar Contest starts today (Feb. 1)!  Vote in eight of the major Oscar categories for your chance to win “A Night Out in Niles” with gift cards to Portillos and to the theaters in Golf Mill Shopping Center.

Pick up a ballot at the Second Floor desk or fill one out here.

All of this Oscar mania leads up to our 10th Anniversary Oscar Night Extravaganza on Sun., Mar. 2 at 6:30pm. Registration for that begins today for Niles cardholders and on Mon., Feb. 10 for all. Register now!

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Breaking News!

We’re hosting our final furniture sale, and it’s open to the public!

Thursday, January 23, 5-8:30pm
Friday, January 24, 9am-6:30pm
Saturday, January 25, 9-11am

Everything must go by noon on Saturday, January 25!

The furniture sale will be in the Library’s Large Meeting Room.

Items For Sale:

  • Wood Tables: many sizes
  • Chairs: wooden, upholstered, office
  • Computer Tables and Kiosks
  • Kids Furniture
  • File Cabinets
  • Special Niles Library Memorabilia (Beautiful mural from behind the previous Circulation desk and more!)

Cash or credit and carry.

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Did you know you can check out free ebooks with your Niles library card?

According to a study released by the Pew Research Center in June of 2012, 58% of library card holders do not know if their library lends eBooks.

The Niles Public Library has two ebook services: The 3M Cloud Library and Overdrive’s MyMediaMall.

Checking out an ebook is just as easy as checking out a print book from the library and you can check them out from anywhere with your mobile device.

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Open for business!

Today at the Niles Public Library we reopened our Main Entrance, revealing new spaces that I have to run downstairs from my 3rd floor office to see every few hours because it is so darn cool.

View photos from our renovation project here!

And there’s another first today, we are starting a new way to let you know about all we have to offer – The Buzz Blog – written by an interesting, intelligent and insightful (and often quite funny) group that includes me and my colleagues.

As the person in charge of promoting the Library, I love to toot my horn for our incredible staff. We know that our community members have other choices they can make to find information and even movies and music; but the access to our knowledgeable and experienced staff is really what separates us from other options that are available.

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