At the December Teen Advisory Board Meeting, Niles teens performed two special service projects for the holidays. Teens created over fifty cards for Hospitalized Kids. Cards for Hospitalized Kids was founded by Jen Rubino when she was a local high school student. From her own experience of combating a connective tissue and bone disorders with long hospital stays, she decided to give a touch of happiness to other teens and children facing long hospital visits. She is currently a student at Georgetown University. Cards are sent to Children’s Hospitals in all 50 states, in addition to Ronald McDonald Houses.
To spread peace and good will during the month of December, the Niles Teen Advisory Board also decorated a mitten tree. The mitten tree is at the entrance to the library next to the Toys for Tots bin. Niles patrons and staff have the opportunity to donate mittens and gloves to a local charitable organization.
The Niles Teen Advisory Board meets the first Saturday of each month, September through June, in the Teen Underground at noon. This friendly group of high school and middle school teens design displays, serve as judges in an annual Teen Tournament of Books, help out on Free Comic Book day in May and brainstorm ideas for teen programs. This year they have served as volunteers at the Maker Fest in November by making emoji and Cub buttons and manning a booth for the Block Party in September.