May-Events

The month of May is a pretty cool time to be a teenager. School is almost out, you may be going to prom, and not to mention the fact that warmer weather = more stuff to do with your friends that doesn’t involve a couch and a TV.

But as the school year winds down, things are just heating up here at the Niles Library, and we’ve got some pretty awesome stuff going on in the beginning of May that we think you’ll like.

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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

Hey…so remember that Winter Block Party we had all planned out for you back in February that was then canceled due to that Super Bowl Sunday blizzard? Well we’re bringing it back. And this time, it’s going to be better (and warmer) than ever!

Join us here at the Library on Sunday, May 3 for our Spring Block Party! From 2 to 4 pm, you can discover “How to Plan a Niles Neighborhood Block Party” this summer while your family has fun creating crafts, enjoying refreshments, and more. You will also have the opportunity to meet with community organizations that can help you make your block party a memorable one. To register for this event, click here.

Get ready for your best summer yet!

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arts-and-crafts

If you can manage to pull yourself out of bed during your luxurious spring break (and sleeping in IS luxurious), stop by the Niles Library the last two weeks of March for our Spring Break Drop-In DIY!

From Monday-Wednesday, March 23-25 and March 30-April 1 and Monday, April 6, join us from 3-5pm in Teen Underground for open crafting. We’ll provide the supplies and materials so you can create whatever you can possibly imagine. For more info about the date, click here.

It’s open for grades 7-12, so invite your friends to check it out too. See ya there!

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mr-rogers

As a librarian I’m always looking for new ways to get kids excited about reading and learning. Recently, however, I’ve been turning to an old favorite for new ideas: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. For more than three decades, Fred Rogers sent a simple yet powerful message to children everywhere: “I like you just the way you are.” I was a loyal Mr. Rogers fan growing up, so when Amazon added more than 300 episodes to their streaming services I decided to revisit my favorite television neighbor.

I expected to revisit a familiar yet dated childhood hero. I thought I’d watch one or two episodes and be done with it. But I found myself mesmerized from the opening song to the closing credits. I realized I had tapped into a treasure trove of ideas and early learning strategies that are every bit as relevant today as they were in 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2001 when Fred Rogers signed off on the series finale.

 

March 20th, 2015 would have been Fred Rogers’ 87th birthday. Join us as we celebrate his life with activities, songs, and fun.

 

 

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Homeschool-Group

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.

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