New English speakers are invited to join this conversation club to practice speaking English.  Meet people from all over the world to share personal stories and discuss current events and other topics chosen by the group. For more information contact Darlene at 847-663-6433.  

Spring dates:

Thurs., April 11, 3-4:30pm
Tues., April 16, 7-8:30pm
Thurs., May 9, 3-4:30pm
Tues., May 21, 7-8:30pm
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37 teens braved the construction to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards. Their ballots have been counted, and here are the winners in each category.

Best Song:

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Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Video Game:

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Call of Duty

Best Movie (tie):

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Hunger Games

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Wreck-It Ralph

Best TV Show:

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Pretty Little Liars

Best Music Video:

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Gangnam Style by Psy

Best Musical Artist:

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Macklemore

Best Song, Movie, TV Show and Music Video were selected by a straight count of the popular vote. In the case of Video Games, votes for specific editions of a particular game (ie. 1 for Just Dance 3, 1 for Just Dance 4) were combined (2 for Just Dance) . The Musical Artist category was chosen by combining the votes for best song and best music video.

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Enter the Niles Public Library District’s Fifteenth Annual by April 21, 2013.

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the library.

First Prize: $75 certificate
Second Prize: $50 certificate
Third Prize: $25 certificate
The contest is open to residents of North Suburban Library System and Chicago. Poems may be
of any length, but handwritten poems not accepted. There is a limit of 6 poems per poet. Each
poem must be on a separate sheet of paper. Email entries may be submitted as one message.
Include your name, age, address, phone number,  name of your school (if applicable)  and library
card number with your entry.
Teens:
To enter you must be between 10 and 18 years old as of April 21, 2013.
Adults:
To enter you must be at least 18 years old.
Submit  your entries to the Reference Desk BY APRIL 21nd or mail your entries to Maryellen Essig or Donna Block c/o Niles Public Library District, 6960 Oakton St., Niles IL, 60714.  OR email your entries with the subject line “Poetry Contest” to messig@nileslibrary.org or dblock@nileslibrary.org.
Questions about the contest?  Call the Library at 663-6603.  Please note we cannot return entries.  Winners will be contacted by telephone.  Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and poem should your entry win.
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new lightsThe Administration and Adult Services staff members moved back into their remodeled offices this week. We’ll post some photos soon.

Starting today, the carpeting in the public area of the 3rd floor begins. The brown wall that has been up since January will come down in the next couple of days.

Next, the shelving with the Literacy and World Languages collections will be moved and that area will have the old carpet removed and prepared for the new carpet.

In the meantime, the old “hockey puck” lights over the Non-Fiction collection were removed and the new lights installed (pictured above).

Also, painting will take place throughout the 3rd floor.

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Adults and Money: To Your Credit

Registration required.
Wed., Mar. 27, 10-Noon. At Niles Senior Center, 999 Civic Center Dr. Call 847-588-8420 to register.
Learn the purpose of a credit report and how it is used, how to order a free copy, and read and dispute errors. Includes information on ways to build and repair credit history. Presenter: Dedra Thomas, Consumer and Family Economics, University of Illinois Extension by Consumer and Family Economics, Univ. of Illinois Extension Services.

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Win prizes! Submit up to 6 of your best poems to our annual contest to celebrate National Poetry Month.

To enter you must reside in Northern Illinois and be between 10 and 18 years old as of the deadline: April 21, 2013.

Please include your name, age, address, phone number, name of your school and library card number.

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed prominently in the library.

Download the official flyer with complete rules here.

Questions? Email Teen Librarian Donna Block at dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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The area around the railing on the 3rd floor was demolished earlier this week. If you’re looking for a place to read, work on your laptop/tablet, or to study, more workspaces are located against the 3rd floor south wall, 2nd floor Reference area, and Lower Level.

The 3rd floor workspace around the railing will be back soon with a new look. One side will continue to be a workspace for patrons with built-in power outlets on the desks for your convenience. The other side will be equipment for patron use.

Also, we’re working on improving our WiFi connection throughout the Library.

We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you!

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Between March and August of this year the installation of a new HVAC system will take place. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The HVAC system has not been changed since 1963. The work is primarily done “behind the scenes” in the 1st floor Administrative area and will not affect patron services.

Here is a photo of the 50 year old boiler:

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And here is a photo of the boiler in pieces:

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In the meantime, temporary heating and cooling units will be installed. We’re looking forward to a more efficient system in the near future.

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code Our March-long Scavenger Hunt has begun! Five codes, just like the one pictured here, have been posted around the library. Pick up a scorecard from the Reference or AV desk, and use the codes to answer the five questions it asks you. Don’t have a phone or other device that can scan the codes? Follow the bit.ly link (in bright orange text) instead.

Turn in your completed scorecard for a small prize and an entry in our prize drawing. Fresh codes will be posted each Friday, so you can play four times.

While you’re at the library, be sure to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards, as well. Get all the details and a ballot from one of the desks.

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Get ready for a month-long scavenger hunt throughout the library! Pick up a scorecard at one of the public service desks and  then look for codes like this one placed around the building. Follow the links and record what you see to earn library swag and a chance at other prizes.

While you’re here, be sure to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards for your favorite movies, video games and more. The fun begins March 1.

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