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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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We want your opinion on our new Digital Media Lab!

When the Niles Public Library construction project is completed, in addition to 8 study/meeting rooms, we are also planning to offer a Digital Media Lab. This space will provide visitors with computers loaded with software that will enable users to creatively express themselves. Please answer the survey questions to help us determine the technology that is most desired by our community.

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Thanks to all the young artists for helping decorate our temporary wall in front of the old circle area in Youth Services! Colored pencils are available at the Youth Services desk if you’re interested in participating. The picture to the right is a sneak peak at what is going on behind the wall.

Miss our big space for play? For the next month or two, we’ll be hosting a special playtime on Fridays in the Youth Services program room. Grownups and kids are invited to our quick (15-minute) Pit Stop Storytime at 11:30am followed by free play with toys, puzzles and games til 12:30pm.

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The Pew Internet and Life Project released a very interesting report on Libraries Services in the Digital Age.  They found that 80% of Americans say that reference librarians and borrowing books are “very important” services that libraries provide. They also found that 77% of Americans say free access to computers and the internet are “very important.”

The survey also looks at how people use the library.  They found that Americans use libraries to check out books, do research, attend programs,  use the internet, study, read newspapers and magazines, use online database, and many other services. 

What services do you think are important for libraries to provide and how do you use your library?

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mangaanimeThe Niles Public Library’s very own Anime & Manga Club have compiled a list of their favorite manga and anime series from the past year. The list includes new volumes and episodes produced in 2012, as well as older titles that were just discovered this past year.

How many on the list have you read or watched? Which ones are new to you?

Check out some of the titles they picked, many of which can be found online.

The next meeting of the Anime & Manga Club is scheduled for Saturday, February 16 at 2:00opm.

 

Best New Anime 2012:

Blue Exorcist

Cardfight Vanguard

Death Note

DRRR

Hetalia (season 5)

High School of the Dead

Is This A Zombie

Naruto

Rosario + Vampire

Sankarea

Sgt. Frog

Suki-tte li na yo

 

Best New Manga 2012

Air Gear

Code Breaker

Is This A Zombie

Legend of Zelda series

Rosario + Vampire

Sgt. Frog

Ultimo

 

Best Older Anime watched in 2012:

Black Rock Shooter

Bleach

BoBoBo-Bo  Bo-BoBo

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Fullmetal Alchemist

Rosario + Vampire

Sgt. Frog

 

Best Older Manga read in 2012:

Black Cat

Bleach

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Inyuyasha

Letter Bee

Naruto

One Piece

Sailor Moon

Sgt. Frog

Soul Eater

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