Niles Public Library Teen Scene Blog


Bollywood Dancing
January 24, 2011, 12:15 pm
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Register here for Bollywood Dancing on Jan. 30. Ajanta Chakraborty, founder of the dance company Bollywood Groove, will lead this fun cardioclass for ages 12 and up. Ajanta has a Senior Diploma in Indian classical dance from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, and her passion lies in making the Indian dance styles accessible to all ages. Learn to dance like a Bollywood star!

When: Sun, Jan. 30 2-3pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.

“Bollywood” is a slang term for popular Hindi-language musical films made in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) India.  India produces more films each year than any other country in the world, and Mumbai is the center of the Indian film industry. Read more about Bollywood.



Books: 2011 Award Winners
January 12, 2011, 2:39 pm
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YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, has announced the winners of several annual book awards this week.

The Printz Award honors a book that a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year’s winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.  This adventure is set in a not-too-distant future that has been ravaged by global warming. Nailer makes a living by scavenging shipwrecks for copper wire and dreams of making a lucky strike that will allow him to escape his dangerous dad. He longs to parasail aboard one of the sleek schooners that he sees far out on the open ocean. One night a nasty storm grinds all work on the beach to a halt. Nailer and his friend Pima discover a wrecked schooner and go scavenging, only to find a girl on board who wears more wealth on her fingers than they have ever dreamed of. Do they kill her and take her rings? Or do they risk their lives to return her to her clan?

The YALSA Nonfiction Award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults each year.  This year’s winner is Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel. This book was a labor of love. Angel worked on it for years, conducting interviews with Joplin’s friends.  The eye-popping design is a delight. The colors and patterns adorning the pages reflect the psychedelic look of Joplin’s album art. There are also many photos of Joplin, some filling an entire page, that show her both in her awkward youth and as the performer that she transformed herself into. This a fun book to browse through. Angel does a really good job of describing Joplin’s persona and the impact she had on people.

The Morris Award honors a debut-novel written for teens.  This year’s winner is The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston.  Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem solving skills, sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself. “With insightful humor and an impressive economy of language, Woolston brings a fresh voice to teen fiction that will challenge and delight readers,” said Morris Award Chair Summer Hayes.

In addition to these awards, YALSA has produced  Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, Quick Picks, Adult Books, and Popular Paperback lists. There’s lots of great books here, so check them out!



Teens Needed for Focus Group
January 10, 2011, 11:52 am
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We Want to Hear Your Opinions!

Join us for a teen focus group to help the library plan for the future.


Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00pm
in the board room
at 6960 W. Oakton St. in Niles.



Martin Luther King Day
January 4, 2011, 2:21 pm
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The holidays are over and school and work are back in session.  Don’t forget, though, that another holiday is coming up in just 2 weeks!

Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated on Monday, January 17 this year. Learn more about the civil rights leader and the holiday to honor him from The King Center.

This federal holiday coincides with final exams for some schools, so we’re having an open study hall on Sunday January 16.  Free food & drinks will be offered for teens who come to the library to study or take a study break between 1:00-4:30 that day.

On January 17, we’re also hosting an Iron Chef competition for teens.  Register here.




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