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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Money Smart for Seniors
Wed., Feb. 6 10:00-11:45 pm
Registration required.
To be held at the Niles Senior Center, 999 Civic Center Dr.
To register, call 847-588-8420.
This workshop will provide you with vital information on how to make smart choices with your money. Participants will learn to recognize how federal deposit insurance protects deposits, how to guard against identity theft, how various types of insurance will help manage risks, and the need to plan for unexpected death or disability. All ages welcome. Presenter: Dedra Thomas, Consumer and Family Economics, University of Illinois Extension Services.
Smart Solution$ targets adults ages 50 and better, but is helpful for anyone seeking financial education. This initiative is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association. Log on to www.nileslibrary.org/smartsolutionsto find tips to help successfully manage your financial future.
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The first order of business will be to build protective walls around the work areas.

The first work areas are 1) the new Board Room (3rd floor) 2) the existing Quiet Study Room (3rd floor) and the area below in Youth Services (1st floor). There might be some dust, but no safety issues. Patrons will have access to the washrooms and our collection.

Due to construction, at this time the Quiet Study Room will be closed. Additional study areas are located on the Lower Level.

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Changes are underway in our renovation project. All of the shelves in the Youth Services circle area were moved out to the Youth Services main area. Special thanks to Maintenance and Page Services who made the process look easy. There was a lot of lifting and moving of books and shelves.

Expect more updates about the renovation process soon!

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