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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!
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.
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.
The Niles Library’s annual PICK THE WINNERS Oscars contest is over and we have selected our 6 winners:
Grand Prize is $30 to Portillo’s/$30 to AMC Theatres
Five Runner-up Prizes are $10 to Portillo’s/$10 to AMC Theatres
Grand Prize: Zina K. (all 8 correct)
Runner-up: Eunice S. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Ed O. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Mollie W. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Susan K. (7 correct)
Runner-up: Catherine F. (7 correct)
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of those who entered, both in the Library and online.
Join us on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30 pm for our 2014 in Movies with Oscar Preview program. Cecilia, our very own librarian, will review some of the best and the worst of Hollywood in 2014, plus give some Oscars insight. A great opportunity to chat about movies and meet some fellow film lovers!
And of course, the Niles Library’s Oscar season all leads up to our big OSCAR NIGHT PARTY on Sunday, February 22 at 7 pm. Registration is required. Watch the live telecast of the 87th Annual Academy Awards with fellow movie buffs. There will be games, door prize drawings and refreshments. See you there!
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!